The Living Room - A Silent Space in the City Centre
Nowadays we are constantly switched on; if you scan the bus or Dart on your morning commute you'll notice everybody is glued to their phones, mindlessly scanning their various social media platforms. In the evenings when we come home from work we usually interact briefly with whoever is at home before settling in for the evening to watch something on television or our laptops. The fact that we all possess third hands in the form of our mobile phones means that we are contactable 24/7, and people almost seem indignant when they can't immediately get through to you.
Similarly, in our work lives the hustle and bustle can seem a bit much as you rush out to grab a sambo on your lunch break before legging it back to your desk in time for that dreaded conference call. In the long run, this kind of lifestyle can't be good for us, and there's a lot to be said for turning our devices off every now and then to reassess. Unfortunately, we can't just jet off to a desert island whenever life seems too overwhelming, so why not look at options closer to home to clear our heads in the form of mediation and yoga?
Thankfully there's a secret little spot right in the city centre where you can go to relax in the middle of the day. The Living Room is a little space on the corner of Coppinger Row, smack bang in the centre of town. You've probably walked by it so many times without even realising what it is. Acting as a 'Silent Space' the Living Room is an oasis of calm, open to the public free of charge. Open between 9.30am and 3.30pm, it's the perfect place to pop into if you've half an hour to kill and don't fancy nursing a coffee in some garishly lit café.
The Living Room was founded by Christine Clear, who wanted to bring a sacred space of silence to Dublin. While it is run by Christian Meditation Ireland, there are no religious expectations and it is very much a safe space for people of all denominations. On weekdays at lunchtime there are two half hour long meditations for anyone who wants to clear their head, and re-emerge energised with a pep in their step for the rest of their day. Even if you set yourself the challenge of attending one meditation session a week in January, it will really help you start 2015 in a calmer, more Zen fashion.