You may know the phrase "can’t see the forest for the trees”. It applies to meditation as well. You may be in the middle of something important, but can’t see the big picture, and wish things were different. We’ve all got some inner rationales that control how we experience our meditation. It can make you somewhat blind. It’s then easy to devaluate both your meditation and its results. Letting yourself into the meditation process is to see that “what happened" is full of inner life and quite OK. That may, over time with regular meditation, expand your horizon and give you new perspectives.
According 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.
Even 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.
Acem's training in interpersonal communication is an opportunity for in-depth exploration of patterns of communication and underlying psychological issues that can make or break projects and relationships.
This year's international summer retreat at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle is a great opportunity to recharge your batteries and modify your direction. Non-Scandinavians enjoy discounted course fees until 1 June.
Dr. Are Holen, who founded Acem School of Meditation in 1966, has been appointed Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his services to society.
Some types of meditation, in particular the nondirective type such as Acem Meditation, activates brain areas that facilitate mind-wandering and processing of self-related thoughts and emotions, more so than during simple resting.
Our hearts and brains contain a lot we don’t know is there. We bring along our backpacks full of things, and this course helped us empty some of the stuff that has been stored away. In our busy everyday lives, we don’t manage to sort out everything.
It feels good to be in a free flow. When we dance, we let rhythm find expression through the body. In synchrony with the movements of our partner, we let the impulses and improvisation be expressed during the dance. In meditation, being present in the repetition of the sound, softly and lightly, with a minimum of mental activity, is sufficient to give our attention a focus, without stopping the spontaneous flow of thoughts in our mind.