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 […]
Most readers of this blog share two things: Meditating and being in the midst of a pandemic. Do these two phenomena have anything in common?
By Ole Gjems-Onstad
Coping and enduring
A basic principle of Acem Meditation is that one should not try to influence the spontaneous activities. This does not mean that Acem Meditation is about passivity, […]
By Pär Westlund
Taking a beginner’s course in Acem Meditation involves not only learning the basic instruction in the technique. Participants also receive advice on what conditions are favorable for developing a good meditation practice, both in regular life and at meditation retreats.
When we meditate, the basic principle is that we open our awareness towards what […]
– staying afloat in trying times.
In this picture, «Lightness of Being», Queen Elizabeth II is photographed by Chris Levine (copyright the artist 2008-2020).
Meditation represents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect. The true contribution of meditation in our trying corona times may be something Queen Elizabeth II touched upon in her speech to her […]
takes place 25 April – 3 May 2020 at Halvorsbøle, Norway
This intensive course has been an annual event for nearly fifty years. It is a unique opportunity to see yourself and others behind the façades. The course is suitable for first-timers as […]
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.
Many schools of meditation […]
What does science say? In 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.
Nondirective meditation is not about emptying the mind. Instead, mind wandering is seen as an important resource. […]
On Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October 2018, Dr. Are Holen received the Gandhi Peace Honor for spreading World peace and harmony. The award was given for his lifelong contributions to society and mankind, for his scientific work related to post-traumatic stress, and his research on and efforts in teaching Acem Meditation since 1966, an elaborate approach to meditation based on […]
Interview with Hana Han
As a retired high school teacher in Taiwan, Hana Han enjoys her life: She interprets her dreams, writes poems, and meditates. She is less stressed, with plenty of energy for all she wants to do.
How did you find Acem Meditation?
I had always been looking for a method that could help me calm […]
Research paper authors Bjørn Lau, Anne Grete Hersoug and Morten Wærsted
— a new study shows improved stress management
Positive effects of Acem Meditation – a nondirective technique – was found in a recently published study. This type of relaxation technique can be a positive supplement to other tools for the prevention of negative health reactions due […]