Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016 video

From 15 October 2015, you may register for the Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016. Take your time to browse the World Retreat 2016 web pages and watch the following video:

How was the first Acem retreat in the Pyrenees?

In the summer of 2015, Acem Spain arranged its first retreat at Boí Taüll Resort in the Pyrenees, as a preparation for the World Retreat 2016. Some of the participants have shared their experiences below. Read more…

Hiking in the Pyrenees

Travel tips after the World Retreat 2016

My wife Joy and I spent a week hiking in the Pyrenees last summer, in the Aigüestortes national park close to the site of next year’s World Retreat.

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It was like magic!

Mercedes Ozuna

Mercedes Ozuna on Acem Meditation

If I hadn’t meditated, I wouldn’t have had the necessary self-confidence, but last autumn I applied for a promotion at work. I didn’t have the courage to do such things before, but have developed more trust in myself. Read more…

Why worry?

why worry

On worries and negative thoughts

By Petter Halvorsen

When we meditate, we sometimes drift into worry and ruminations. The stream of thoughts can bring about various inner dialogues. At times we get into negative evaluations about how we meditate: “Am I doing it right now? Is this a free mental attitude? Am I repeating the meditation sound properly?” There is often a critical inner voice that speaks to us and governs our inner action during meditation. Read more…

The art of small adjustments

By Ellen Gravklev

office workersIt’s a busy evening like many others. There are e-mails to answer, bills to be paid, work-related tasks you should complete. You start out optimistically, get some stuff done, check your Facebook account, and move on. Read more…

Slimming with yoga?

Studies indicate health gains from mind-body techniques

By Erik Ekker Solberg, PhD, cardiologist, specialist in sports medicine

yoga vajraAccording to recent studies, yoga and meditation practices may help us to lose weight, reduce our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and slow down our pulse. Both psychological and physical quality of life seems to improve. Read more…

A Meditative Film

Another Year by Mike Leigh

By Folke Gravklev

Another Year - Meditation FilmAs a keen meditator for decades and a professional film and television producer for almost as long, I have been looking for meditative films. Alas, they are not easy to come by. Films about existential topics and the human condition can be found, but truly meditative films are few and far between. Film as a means of expression is mostly about things we can see with the eye, and storylines that set emotions and relations in motion. The cinema offers little opportunity for quiet reflection, for the ambiguous, for silence, or for subtle acts like repeating the meditation sound. In meditation we often move through foggy mental landscapes without clear direction; in films, we rarely have this opportunity. The audience must always be entertained, fascinated, or moved. Read more…

Close your eyes and you will see

– but deadlines are approaching

man in meditationEven with a conventional mindset, you can appreciate what an Acem retreat has to offer: a swim in the lake, a walk in the woods, a room with a view, and interesting conversations with people from various parts of the world. The benefits of spending a week of your summer holiday sitting alone in your room with closed eyes for several hours a day may be less obvious. In fact, however, long meditations are where you pave the way for more fundamental changes in your life. Read more…

The brain’s default mode network – what does it mean to us?

Marcus Raichle interviewed by Svend Davanger

“We discovered the default mode network accidentally, without any preconceived notion of it,” says the brain researcher Marcus Raichle. “Nobody had thought of anything like the default mode network in our brain. It is different from the brain’s visual and movement systems.” Read more…