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Emotional processing increases when the mind is allowed to wander

– recent brain research attracts worldwide attention

The brain shows more signs of relaxation during meditation than during ordinary rest. Nondirective meditation has a greater impact than does concentrative meditation, especially in parts of the cortex associated with the processing of stress, emotions, and memories.

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Groundbreaking research on meditation and the brain

Nondirective meditation activates the brain’s resting network, allowing processing of thoughts, memories, and emotions

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Flow and friction in dance and meditation

Rolf Brandrud, Acem Meditation initiatorRolf Brandrud

In meditation, as in dance, we can be in a free flow, allowing our impulses to be expressed lightly and freely. But the more the free flow is allowed expression, the more clearly we notice the friction that makes it challenging for us. More training and practice may then help us get past the obstacles. Besides, to reflect over, share, and exchange our experiences of obstacles may give us the necessary motivation to go on when we encounter friction.
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A movie screen for our experiences

Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes
PhD, Professor, Acem Initiator

In what climate do you meditate? Is it easy to repeat your meditation sound and to let spontaneous thoughts come and go? When is it more difficult? When there are many thoughts, or no recognized thoughts, or when you have a tendency to fall asleep? Or perhaps when thoughts about certain situations come to mind?

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World Champion in Acem Meditation

Christopher Grøndahl

meditation championBy following the instructions in this article, you will be able to meditate on an international top level. Read more…

More creative with meditation?

By Rolf Brandrud

Meditating back to backCreativity is on everyone’s lips. Can we claim that meditation helps us become more creative? Yes, says Rolf Brandrud. Read more…

“Mirror mirror on the wall – tell me how I meditate”

Walking in our inner house of mirrors
By Carina Heimdal

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We make judgments about ourselves and our appearances. The dark circles under our eyes should be smaller, we should look more energetic, and our hair should be tidier.

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Mindfulness and Acem Meditation

Focused or Nondirective Attention

By Øyvind Ellingsen

Lars closed eyes

Shifting the mode of the mind is a common feature of various types of meditation used for stress management and personality development. In this article, Øyvind Ellingsen discusses similarities and differences in the ways mindfulness and Acem Meditation achieve such a shift.

In mindfulness, focused attention directed toward the breath and other body sensations is the basic training for reducing stress, mind wandering and negative thoughts. Acem Meditation is practiced with a nondirective mode of attention that allows spontaneously occurring thoughts, images, and sensations to emerge and pass freely. Using a meditation sound induces a marked relaxation response and facilitates emotional processing. Read more…

Free mental attitude – a metacognitive shift

By Øyvind Ellingsen

Øyvcind EllingsenThe brain’s natural resting state is not a void or an absence of thoughts, but a spontaneous wandering among thoughts, episodes, images and feelings (1). Usually only 50 % of us are aware of them, but if we ask people at random, we learn that we all have such activity 30-50 % of the time, also when we are preoccupied with other activities.

The spontaneous stream of thoughts is reduced during tasks that require concentration, and increases during routine activities and rest. During the practice of Acem Meditation, a free mental attitude often increases the spontaneous activity of the mind.

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Milder winds

Halvor Eifring

The meditation sound may be repeated in different ways. It may be clear and distinct or light and more fluid. The body and breath may be more or less involved. A young woman was in doubt about how to repeat the sound. Her uncertainty might reflect her relationship to herself and her life.

Acxem MeditationAt a guidance seminar in Acem, a young woman asked about the repetition of the meditation sound. When she first learned to meditate she found the method simple and easy, but now she was in doubt. Would it be better to involve muscles and the tongue in the repetition of the sound, almost as if she were saying it aloud? Or would it be better merely to think the sound in her mind, without trying to make it distinct? The former solution made her more confident that she was repeating the sound correctly, whereas she found the latter more relaxing. Read more…