By Are Holen
For young people, development is primarily
about growth, about conquering the ”world”, while reconciliation is more important
in the later stages of life. The focus of this article is reconciliation and
how Acem Meditation may contribute towards this end via introspective
sensitivity. To meditate strengthens the links to those aspects of the psyche that
are not shaped by history and that are anchored in an inner freedom and
autonomy; the changes have implications for the individual, for fellow human
beings as well as for society; they add a dimension of integrity, genuineness
and responsibility to the human interactions.
Everyone who has learned
Acem Meditation knows that meditation is not about emptying the mind, as many
others tend to believe. The challenge is to become friends with everything that
spontaneously emerges in consciousness. Restlessness, tension, and ruminating
thoughts may be experienced as garbage in the body and mind, but often hide a
sparkling diamond. This kind of experience is supported by old meditative
By Andreas Tryggeset
When being touched by a good book, you come closer to yourself. Longings, dreams, unease, shame — all sorts of feelings are activated.
Maybe you recognize this? That reading a really good book brings you closer to yourself. What about meditation? In meditation, there is no elegant story to be seduced by. You are alone, you are naked, you are left with those parts of yourself that you don’t want to accept or include.
Nondirective meditation in science and philosophy
In the fifteen chapters of this new book, experts in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy, and the humanities share groundbreaking perspectives on how nondirective meditation interacts with brain and body, mind and culture.
Jimena Villegas appreciates the effect they have on her
“I read a book by a filmmaker who found that meditation helped him find new solutions when he felt stuck in the process of producing a movie. Though I work with music rather than film, the book inspired me to look for a chance to learn meditation, and my partner became interested as well. We searched the internet, and luckily we found an Acem Meditation course and signed up.”
Konstanz is an old city located where the Rhine leaves the Bodensee, and it defines the border between Switzerland and Germany. The oldest part of Konstanz is located on the Swiss side. The city has become German as a result of power struggles, just as Boris Gleb on the Norwegian side of the Pasvik river is Russian.
The Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) explores new ways of controlling electric signals in nanotechnology. Professor Arne Brataas explains the milestone of the new research – and shares his experience with Acem Meditation. QuSpin has recently published a break-through in the scientific journal Nature¹.
What do you see?
The woman in the street, Thomas and the boss, your meditation
As Karen walks along a busy, crowded street on a Saturday morning, she notices a little girl who refuses to be seated in her pram, garbage being dropped on the pavement and a broken window pane. Louis is also strolling in a street. It is late in the summer and he enjoys the soft breeze, notices a smile from a stranger – and the happy faces of those who enjoy their ice cream. He thinks it would be nice if people stopped dropping waste paper in the street.
Experiences from meditation
In an eternal perspective, a moment is an insignificant amount of time. Yet, a moment may comprise more than we think and more during the practice of Acem Meditation than in many other situations. Let us first reflect upon the duration of a moment. How long a moment lasts depends on our perspective.
Everyday meditation has made her feel more grounded. A week-long retreat changed her ways of thinking. A communication course enabled her to feel more connected with herself and others.
Gill Scott on meditation and communication
“I had tried different kinds of group meditation, which I found relaxing, but I had a lot of resistance and on my own, I could barely sit still for ten minutes. Then a friend told me about Acem, and in September 2015 I went to an introductory course in Shoreditch in London. At the time, I was still grieving for my mother, whose death was a great loss for me. The course was a turning point. Afterward I felt lighter and more optimistic.”