A Journey To The Center Of The Self In Iceland
I was recently in Iceland for a Silent Retreat that has been organized by the Icelandic branch of NATHA YOGA CENTER in Reykjavik. This event took place from the 16th until the 23rd of January and ended with a spiral meditation in the new yoga center in Reykjavik.
‘Welcome signs from “Minniborgir”Iceland – A rainbow appeared following the first meditation in the morning’
Our meeting with the country of the four fighting elements was very warm … it is the warmest temperature in Europe now in Iceland!
Moreover we were taken from the airport directly to the Blue Lagoon, the most famous Icelandic resort for travelers. Being placed near a geothermal power unit, the Blue Lagoon is the result of the interaction between human activity of harvesting the inner power of the earth and the lava field that exist everywhere in Iceland. As a result you have surreal blue water that contains amazingly many minerals and salts, placed in the bed of lava field.
We were spoilt for a few hours in the hot highly mineralized water before reaching the yoga center in Reykjavik. This was a very warm reception in the country where ice and fire are molding the land and sea.
Softened by the Blue Lagoon we were hosted for a night in the NATHA headquarters and we took the chance to visit the new center on Boltholt 4, street (very near the center of Reykjavik).
Serafim and Magdalena (the heart-full coordinators of the yoga school in Iceland) are wonderful hosts, organizing this retreat with Danish-Icelandic precision ensuring that everyone from abroad was collected from the airport and hosted in the facilities they prepared. The yoga center is just finished and shares the same warm and beautiful simplicity that you can observe throughout Reykjavik and Iceland.
Since the last time I was in Iceland the activity of the yoga school has rapidly developed and now NATHA YOGA CENTER is an important spiritual center of the country.
At this time of year the daylight lasts only a little more than five hours a day and it is only rarely you will get the chance to see a glimpse of the sun.
You can see the picture taken 10 am when we were embarking on the silent retreat site.
This is an excellent time of the year to begin the journey into the inner world.Interestingly, not far from the Retreat site is the place where Professor Lindenbrock and the other heroes from Jules Verne’s famous “Journey to the center of the earth” began their adventure, inside of a volcano. For us today, we will begin the journey to the center of our being, theSupreme Self ATMAN in similar conditions of austerity and silence.
The barren landscape and the lava field covered with moss, marked by the chain of volcanoes is the simplest view one can hope in order to slow down the mind in its search for the outer excitement and deepen the inner experience.
The place were the retreat is being held is called “Minniborgir” and it is a small hut village just finished and made ready to receive tourists, it’s placed in the middle of a lava field that reaches for many miles around without any neighbors
At the line of horizon we have a direct view of Europe’s most active volcano HEKLA that is predicted to erupt this year 2010.
This we were told when arriving at the Retreat site!
After a short administrative meeting where everyone is informed about the retreat rules and the way it is organized everyone is ready to begin this journey.
The second day of the retreat, another rainbow!
For the second day in the lunch time we have a big clear rainbow on top of our retreat site. At this time of the year, rainbows are an extremely rare phenomenon and to have them repeatedly is definitely an amazing sign. This is also the whole atmosphere in the retreat: an amazing silence full of Grace.
The daily program is the following:
9.00 – 11.00 Meditation: The revelation of the Divine Self ATMAN
11.00 – 12.30 Hatha Yoga performed in Unison. It mainly consists of those techniques that facilitate the revelation of the Divine Self ATMAN.
12.30 – 13.00 Meditation: The Revelation of the divine Self ATMAN
13.00 – 16.00 Lunch and break
16.00 – 19.00 Meditation: The Revelation of the Divine Self ATMAN
19.00 – 20.00 Hatha Yoga at the yoga hall but the techniques are performed individually (the personal tapas)
20.00 – 21.30 Dinner
21.30 – 22.00 Meditation: The Revelation of the Divine Self ATMAN
22.00 – 23.00 Conference
23.00 – 23.45 Meditation in telepathic communion with Grieg, our spiritual master
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