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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…

Training in Interpersonal Communication 2015

25 April–3 May at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle, Norway

CommunicationThis is an opportunity for in-depth exploration of patterns of communication and underlying psychological issues that can make or break projects and relationships.

Registration for the course is now open. Last year’s course was fully booked, with waiting lists, so don’t delay. Read more…

International retreats in Acem Meditation 2015

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Next year’s international summer retreats at Halvorsbøle in Norway are great opportunities to recharge your batteries and modify your direction. Non-Scandinavian participants enjoy discounted course fees until 1 June. Read more…

The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav awarded to Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen

His Majesty the King of Norway has appointed Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen as Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his services to society.

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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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Our hearts and brains contain a lot we aren’t aware of

Raquel Sanz: “Halvorsbøle is a good place for meditation.”

raquel sanz“When I was invited to learn Acem Meditation last year at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle, I was happy. It was the opportunity I had been waiting for. My son was two years old, the timing was right. I quickly made up my mind to meditate for the available time I had every day, even when that meant only ten minutes, and then expand the time I have for meditation whenever possible.
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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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