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Bridging cultural differences: Meditative yoga in Taiwan

Anne Thomte, a Norwegian high school teacher and head of the Acem School of Yoga, recently visited Taiwan, where she gave two weekend workshops for the general public and a training course for future yoga instructors. She was struck by the cultural differences she observed. Read more…

How can nondirective meditation increase self-knowledge?

New doctoral thesis on nondirective meditation

From the beginning of the Western philosophical tradition, the quest for self-knowledge has been central. We must know ourselves as human beings and our place in the world and in interpersonal relationships, i.e. how our lives should be lived. This was the point of departure when Mattias Solli recently defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy.  Read more…

Made me more grounded

Remy Roche: “Acem Meditation made me more grounded – in a country harassed by terrorists”

Some people think they can learn meditation by picking up a book and read a few instructions. Remy Roche took the challenge more seriously. Read more…

Meditation helped me cope with the situation

Captain on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean

“Some people were lost before we could see them on the radar,” says Francesc Oliveras, who was captain on board when the Dignity I set out to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean. “Nevertheless, this part of their trip was actually the least dangerous one.” Read more…

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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New book: Psychology of Silence

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The classic introduction – available for the first time in English

This book presents the classic introduction to Acem’s theory and practice of meditation, written by the founder. Psychology of Silence provides an easy-to-read account of the technique and its effects on health and personality. The book also includes chapters on meditative silence and the cultural background of Acem Meditation. Read more…

An intensive experience of communication – with several language options

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Acem’s Training in Interpersonal Communication helps you improve your empathetic capacity and understanding of yourself and others. This year’s course will have English, German, Spanish, and Scandinavian groups, provided a sufficient number of people sign up for each language. The registration deadline is 15 April, with 15 March for early-bird registration. The course takes place 29 April – 7 May 2017 at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle, Norway. Read more…

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…

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…

Another kind of dialogue

Simon Bihagen on watercolors and meditation

He was only a teenager the first time he saw the watercolors of Swedish painter Lars Lerin. He felt like he’d had a revelation. The paintings spoke to him in a way he hadn’t been spoken to before. Then he learned Acem Meditation. Meditating with closed eyes twice a day also opened new vistas and a different kind of dialogue.
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