The Nâm Retreat House goes by the following daily routine:
From 08.00 am – Breakfast
10.00 am – Asha Meditation with rattle
11.00 am – Active Devotion (for work retreat visitors)
14.00 pm – Warm lunch
18.30 pm – Asha Meditation with drum
19.15 pm – Souper
During the following moments, this rhythm is expanded with:
During the Private Retreat and the Asha Meditation Weekends of Silence:
10.00 am – Asha Meditation with rattle
12.30 pm – Asha Meditation with rattle or drum
16:30 pm – HarpMood with Breath Meditation
18.30 pm – Asha Meditation with drum
During the Breath Meditation Weekends of Silence:
10.00 – 10.40 Silent Breath Meditation
11.00 – 11.20 Breath Walk
12.00 – 12.40 Silent Breath Meditation
13.00 – 13.20 Breath Walk
17.00 – 17.40 HarpMood and Silent Breath Meditation
18.20 – 18.50 Breath Walk
During the Nâm Retreat of Silence with HarpMood:
10.00 am – Asha Meditation with HarpMood
11.30 am – 2nd Attunement
13.30 pm – 3rd Attunement
15.30 pm – 4rd Attunement and Recitation
17.30 pm – HarpMood
During Yoga Meditation Retreat
8.00 am – Yoga class
16.30 pm – Yoga class
With each visit, guests are invited to be in ‘selective silence‘. An invitation to communicate as little as possible with others when it comes to ‘small talk’ and we like to eat in silence in order to better appreciate the food that has been prepared with care and attention.
Of course besides the meals there is room for questions, a meaningful conversation and a laugh but the focus is inviting to draw within and the resonance of the place and residents support this as much as possible.
During the Nâm Silence Retreats and silence weekends there is, after an introduction, an absolute silence during the whole weekend / week.
Meditation is a state in which all the dimensions of experience are attuned. A state we naturally embrace, because it demonstrates what we are in the purest sense. It is nevertheless very difficult to live in such a state because one is unavoidably bothered by all kinds of previous experiences, physical unease, an ongoing flow of ideas, future dreams, wishes and desires to which one gives importance and that veils such a state. Identifying with all these aspects of experience is a natural startingpoint for everyone.
Only when one becomes aware identification can lie elsewhere, and from there cultivate an inner attitude of letting go of the importance of all the impulses coming from these fields of experience, these veils can be lifted. Therefor being able to meditate in the true sense, requires as a first step, a primary realisation that you are something else than what you customarily assume yourself to be. Practicing Nâm Meditation will help this realisation to grow and to make the shift to another identification.
As expressions of human living we are the bridge that connects two aspects of our being; Awareness and Experience. A pure state of meditation is a state of meditation between these two aspect of our being. Before birth there is only unconscious Awareness, this can be imagined as a vertical ax. At birth Awareness becomes (sub)conscious experience that shapes itself in an I-identification, experience can be imagined as horizontal fields or dimensions.
The Task of Human Living consists in clearing the bridge from obstacles which veil our pure natural state. When the bridge is cleared Awareness and Experience start to interact. Awe and Wonder from one side then leads to Guidance from the other side. This is not a dichotomy of two opposites like for instance heaven and earth. Experience is nothing other than Awareness it is only of a clouded nature. Regular sitting meditation helps to clear the bridge.
Learning to meditate and practising it together
Both when visiting the Nâm Retreat House in general and more specific and comprehensive during our meditation training courses you will be introduced in the Nâm Meditation techniques.
Since meditation is not easy meditation techniques are helpful to attune ourselves and with that invite the meditative state. Our techniques are developed by Yoginâm, who himself lives in a profound state of meditation. Naturally, like no other, he knows what it takes to embrace such a state, and more importantly, what to avoid in this exploration.
By using these techniques consequently in daily life, one will inevitably notice a shift in attention to an all embracing state of being. This will happen in a natural way, gradually, that is living.
One cannot ‘force’ this transformation, but one can support and invite it by using the appropriate techniques.
The Breath Meditation is our basic meditation method in which breathing is the key. This form can be learned by anyone using the natural breathing. For those who feel the longing to go deeper into meditation there is the possibility to receive The Breath which is a very powerful tool of Rememberence and our most important instrument for the spiritual endeavour. The purest form of the Breath Meditation is a period of silence with a bell anouncing the beginning and the end.
Asha* Meditation is a method in which the silence of the Breath Meditation is alternated with rhythm. Because it is especially in the beginning difficult to find this silent and all embracing state of meditation using rhythm is a proven way to find the more quiet and all embracing state of meditation faster.
*Asha means the natural flow of life. In Asha for example synchronicities happen naturally and awe and wonder and gratefulness are the foundations of our attitudes and behaviours. One can only tune into this natural flow and live in attunement with Asha when one’s inner rhythm, one’s inner attitudes and behaviours are and maintaines synchronised with this outer rhythm, the natural flow of life which then becomes a Guidance to live by.
The Breath Walk is a Breath Meditation in which the body is more actively involved.
By conducting these techniques together with others, you will be more easily able to muster the intent to actually meditate. Therefore, meditating together can create a solid foundation for this exploration as well.
And gradually one becomes aware these two aspects inner and outer are just two parts of one and the the same coin, or differently said one becomes more aware of the all embracingness living is. A daily programme with Asha Meditation helps to find and maintain this synchronisation. Therefor the Breath- and Asha Meditation and the Breath Walk are important tools for attunement.
An introductory film on Asha Meditation:
What is a HarpMood?
When life is in line with its essence you open up for transcendental Awareness, which guides you to inspiration and spiritual healing.
In order to help people reach this transcendence, Yoginâm found a method, or rather the method found him, in which sound is the vehicle for inspiration, guidance and healing. The sounds that you hear from a harp resonate through you, they bypass the mind and connect with your transcendence. You just have to adopt an attitude of openness in order to experience its benefits.
HarpMood is therefore a form of communication beyond words. A communication between Yoginâm in a transcendental state of Being and your transcendental Being. With this, the sounds become an instrument to re-member what you really are, in essence.
HarpMood precedes a period of silence and is therefore a preparation for the silent state of meditation.
HarpMood is not a kind of spiritual background music to quieten the deliberations of mind and create a beneficial atmosphere for meditation. The sounds are the communication in which the resonance is exchanged. Therefore the experience of the tones of the HarpMood is different for everyone, because everyone is unique as a living human being.
Harp Mood really gives you a deep and grateful/intens/joy/beautiful/love(ly) Heart mood.
A grateful guest
You will find an explanation of the other meditations and instruments here.