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Welcome to this year’s communication course and summer retreats

2021-03-11T22:40:45+01:00March 11th, 2021|

Even in this year of the pandemic a communication course and several summer retreats will take place at Acem’s retreat centres in Scandinavia.

We live in special times, with new information every day about the pandemic, infection prevention measures, and vaccines. We have become used to living with uncertainty: Can I go to work next week? […]

Intuitive opening – levels of meditative silence

2021-03-03T12:46:11+01:00March 3rd, 2021|

By Halvor Eifring

“Why?” The West African guest stared uncomprehendingly at the Norwegian mountain ranges that his proud Norwegian hosts had driven so long and far to show him. For them, the value of the view and of the deep silence of the mountains was to be taken for granted. For him, it was at best […]

Stress reduction linked to lower defense – new study on Acem Meditation

2021-03-11T22:19:49+01:00March 2nd, 2021|

In their first study from 2018, the authors showed that Acem Meditation improves stress management in a number of ways: better sleep, less anxiety, less mental distress, less pain. In a recent study, which was published in Frontiers in Psychology in January, they showed that meditators with a higher level of defensive functioning at the […]

Online guidance seminar with Dr. Are Holen

2021-04-05T00:35:52+02:00March 1st, 2021|

Saturday 20 March 2021

15:00-16:15  CET

Ask your own questions – and listen to others’ questions. The guidance seminar is an opportunity to explore and expand your understanding of meditation and meditating skills – through dialogue and sharing experiences. Learning how to meet challenges with a free mental attitude is helpful for your own practice.

The mind behind the mind – spontaneous thought and beyond

2021-04-10T16:32:22+02:00February 28th, 2021|

Acem Webinar on 10 April, 2021 (Saturday) 16:00-17:00 (Central European Summer Time)

A link to the event will be distributed via Acem’s e-news. Subscribe to Acem e-news. 

People have meditated for thousands of years, partly for health and well-being, partly for self-improvement, and partly for something numinous beyond such this-worldly concerns. While Acem’s approach to meditation […]

How to get more out of the repetition of the meditation sound

2021-02-07T11:34:31+01:00February 2nd, 2021|

By Christopher Grøndahl

The effect of meditation increases if you adjust the way you repeat the meditation sound. Here are six simple suggestions.

1. Without effort

From the beginner’s course, you will remember that the meditation sound should be repeated lightly and effortlessly, and with an open, inclusive awareness. In this way, we establish a free mental attitude […]

Next international online retreat

2021-01-27T22:07:17+01:00January 27th, 2021|

12-14 March 2021

The weekend retreat is from Friday to Sunday. Both on Saturday and Sunday, with meditation over the three-hour threshold. You participate from home and meditate in your favorite chair or in your bed. Although the participants take part from different countries, the retreat brings them together in a special way.

The retreat offers everything […]

What is reconciliation?

2021-01-27T21:38:19+01:00January 27th, 2021|

Quiet reflection may help us come to terms 

Listen to this interview with Dr. Are Holen, Acem’s founder. Nivedita Pradhu asks: «How do we know we have reconciled?». Many aspects of reconciliation are explored during the interview, like «What does it mean to accept?» Experience shows that working through residues may take time – and patience. […]

The faultfinder isn’t allowed to decide everything

2020-12-16T22:23:02+01:00December 14th, 2020|

By Rune Belsvik

She doesn’t want to listen to the critical voice inside her. But when she asks the faultfinder in her to have a break, he stands up, three meters tall, and looks at her.

This is really so important to her. However, in hindsight, she thinks: «what if I was wrong? What if I only […]

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