October 15, 2020

People United’s Kind Places & Spaces project explores the positive impact that creative art & design can have in community spaces. We’re particularly interested in looking at how these creative interventions might spread positive messages, bring people together and encourage communities to think or behave in a pro-social way. You can find out more here.

Neelam & Adrian Saredia-Brayley’s Kindfulness Space is one of six ideas commissioned during the Summer of 2020 for Kind Places & Spaces. You can experience the digital exhibition here – and please do let us know what you think in the comments below.

We would love to work with Neelam and Adrian to develop this project further. Perhaps you have the connections to help us trial the first Kindfulness Space in your area community venue? If so, please get in contact with us so we can explore the possibilities.

 

Neelam & Adrian Saredia-Brayley: Kindfulness Space

A proposition for a dedicated Kindfulness Space to be incorporated into places where the public gather to wait – such as airports, train stations and shopping centres.

A digital image depicting an open space shown from above, with seats and wheelchair spaces facing north, south, east and west, curved screens and multiple large plants.Neelam & Adrian Saredia-Brayley, 2020

Neelam and Adrian’s proposal includes a design layout, soundscapes, poetry, guided meditation and photography. Together they combine to give us a taste of what we might experience if we were to enter one of their Kindfulness Spaces.

A Kindfulness Space could provide some much needed time to calm the breath before a flight or to focus on quiet plants and relax the body if overstimulated at a shopping centre. Or, it could simply provide some moment of unique arts entertainment, encouraging wonder while waiting for your delayed train.”

 

A Kindfulness Space would be a safe, accessible, calming public retreat, offering an alternative, positive experience to the public spaces we can sometimes find stressful, boring or over-stimulating. It would be a dedicated zone to support individual wellbeing and reflection, giving users a rare opportunity to slow down, to re-engage senses and to be kinder to themselves and the world around them.

“Installing Kindfulness Spaces in the kind of public places that can cause anxiety would help to decrease or dissipate negative feelings. You would be less likely to take your anger or stress out on others, or on your loved ones. You wouldn’t be bottling it up in an unhealthy way, instead negative feelings could be slowly and kindfully let go.”

 

The Kindfulness Spaces would feature real plants, forest imagery, calming videos, comfortable chairs and headphones – for tuning into guided meditations, gentle poetry or nature soundscapes. They would be welcoming escapes from spaces that don’t often accommodate mindfulness.

“These spaces are revolutionary in that they turn away from capitalist tendencies to making money from people in every available space, both physical and digital. Instead they focus on us being human, being present in our own lives, and they remind us to look after ourselves and each other, and to find beauty, joy and wonder in the small things.”

 

To experience Neelam & Adrian’s Kindfulness Spaces proposal in full we encourage you to:

Listen
Take a moment from your day, relax and listen to:

1. A poem by Neelam Saredia-Brayley titled ‘The Healing’, and set to music. (3.20 mins). Music: ‘September’ by Kai Engel is licensed under a Attribution License. From the Free Music Archive. Edited by Neelam Saredia-Brayley

 

2. A Kindfulness Meditation by Adrian Saredia-Brayley. (9.15 mins) Background music ‘Deep Meditation’ thanks to David Fesliyan at www.fesliyanstudios.com. Edited by Adrian Saredia-Brayley.

 

3. A soundscape featuring ocean sounds, birdsong and a gentle music piece called ‘A Quiet Morning’. (3.53 mins) Background music ‘A Quiet Morning’ and birdsong thanks David Fesliyan at www.fesliyanstudios.com. Sea waves recorded by Mike Koenig at www.soundbible.com. Edited by Neelam & Adrian Saredia-Brayley.

 

Explore
Immerse yourself in an annotated digital aerial drawing of a Kindfulness Space centre to discover a more in-depth description of the idea. Click here to download a higher resolution of this resource.

The same image as above but with three text-boxes shown in the top left of the image. The boxes are too small to read but the text is included in the linked PDF document.Neelam and Adrian Saredia-Brayley, 2020

View
Slow down and enjoy this series of nature photography by Neelam Saredia-Brayley. They are examples of the type of images that would be hung on the walls and used on screens in Kindfulness Spaces.

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Kind Canterbury is funded & supported by:

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  1. What a fantastic idea. It might be nice to introduce something like this into schools too. A different sort of breaktime that allows kids to stop, relax and calm.

    Caroline Dean

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