“We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence”
Dag Hammarskjöld, 1957.
Hammarskjöld the UN Secretary wrote this as an introduction to the visitors of the reopened meditation room in the UN-building. “We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense”
Hammarskjöld was also known as an outdoorsman and avid hiker in the Swedish mountain. Commenting on the increased use of aircraft to reach the wilderness he wrote in 1947;
“Why deprive the yield of the long trek into the wilderness, where stillness grows within us, catch us, purifies us, recreates us”.
Now, more than half a century later, and the need for stillness, silence and contact with nature is more evident than ever?