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Acem in the future

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What will Acem look like in 50 years, on its 100-year anniversary? The year will be 2066.

Just saying that number feels abstract, futuristic, and far far away.

It raises another question: what will the world look like in 2066?

By Elisabeth Heimdal Wærsted 

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Meditation and Culture: the Interplay of Practice and Context – new book

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Editor: Halvor Eifring

Bloomsbury Press, London, Delhi, New York and Sydney, 2015. 280 pages. ISBN: 9781472579911

What is the relation between meditation and culture?

Over the last decade Halvor Eifring has been undertaking an inter-disciplinary research project to explore the nature of ‘meditation’ and the cultures in which it is practiced and undertaken. A conference was held near Oslo in 2011, bringing together internationally-renowned scholars who sought to answer the question: What is the relationship between meditation and culture? This book is the fourth product of their contributions – with discussions of practices that travel from one culture to another, or are surrounded by competing cultures; and exploration of cultures that bring together competing practices, or that are themselves mosaics of elements of different origins. Read more…

Life’s balance

Are NSTRenowned psychiatrist and disaster survival expert Dr Are Holen is driven by the desire to improve our quality of life, writes R. Gowri of the New Straits Times from Malaysia. Read more…

The silent sounds of Acem Meditation

By Halvor Eifring

Wang LishaSound plays a central role in many forms of meditation, including Acem Meditation. What is it about sound that stimulates relaxation as well as psychological and existential processes? Read more…

More than here and now

When past, future, and fantasy are parts of the present moment

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Why worry?

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On worries and negative thoughts

By Petter Halvorsen

When we meditate, we sometimes drift into worry and ruminations. The stream of thoughts can bring about various inner dialogues. At times we get into negative evaluations about how we meditate: “Am I doing it right now? Is this a free mental attitude? Am I repeating the meditation sound properly?” There is often a critical inner voice that speaks to us and governs our inner action during meditation. Read more…

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…

Verbal and non-verbal processing of psychological residues

By Thor Udenæs

We cannot control what comes to us spontaneously during meditation. Our focus is the volitional activity, the meditation practice itself. When we practice with a free mental attitude, we create a sort of mental freedom within us, where impressions, feelings, and fantasies can flow freely. Read more…

Free mental attitude in body and mind

by Torbjørn Hobbel

Tongtos yogaA free mental attitude – repeating the meditation sound gently and effortlessly in the mind and letting the stream of spontaneous thoughts come and go – is the basic principle of Acem Meditation. This attitude is essential to meditation. What about yoga? What is a free, open attitude on a bodily level? Read more…