Interview

“Meditation has given me more empathy with people – and it has fundamentally changed my ability to be social”

2022-09-22T22:46:39+02:00September 22nd, 2022|

Alicia Figueroa lives in Spain and has practiced Acem Meditation for 7 years. She attended the International Deepening Retreat at Halvorsbøle, Norway, this summer. It was her second Deepening Retreat. This is what she had to say a couple of months after coming home:

What were your experiences with the Deepening Retreat?

“This was an extraordinary retreat for me. […]

Researcher and instructor: Meditation has taught me to dare to act

2022-08-31T12:10:15+02:00August 31st, 2022|

“When people sign up for a meditation course, they are often at a point in their life where they are under strain in one way or another”, says Cathrine Pedersen, project manager and instructor in Acem.

Cathrine Pedersen went from management positions at the Postal Service to doing research on educational institutions and the interaction between […]

Erik Hidle: Retreats give an extra depth

2022-02-27T23:10:30+01:00February 27th, 2022|

I started to meditate daily some years ago while I studied IT in Trondheim, Norway. The Acem International World Retreat in 2016 became my first weeklong retreat. It was a special experience to go to Spain, experience the Pyrenees, and meet young people from the whole world who meditated. After this experience, retreats in Norway […]

Project manager at a young age: “Meditation gives me an anchor”

2021-10-06T22:36:36+02:00October 6th, 2021|

Elisabeth Heimdal Wærsted is a project manager in the Saint-Gobain international industrial group. She is the mother of two small children, and something is constantly going on. How does she manage?

Elisabeth began practicing Acem meditation when she was 17. Her parents had meditated in Acem for many years, and she was curious about what […]

“As a scientist, I need to combine objectivity and subjectivity to generate new ideas.”

2021-08-18T18:49:28+02:00August 18th, 2021|

Elsa Roussel, 29, an immunologist-in-training based in Zurich, joined an Acem Meditation course in 2017 and has since been exploring various levels of self-awareness in her personal relationships and interactions.

More daring

“I have learned how to set boundaries, be more balanced between what I feel and how to […]

IT entrepreneur with success: – Without meditation, I would not be able to cope with the pressure

2021-06-02T17:11:19+02:00June 2nd, 2021|

Father of three and business manager Håvard Bell built a software company from scratch. Today, it has 25 employees and its app is used worldwide.

Håvard talks about a steep learning curve and many challenges: “We were five technology-focused engineers. We thought that if we had a product that was good enough, customers would automatically flock […]

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. […]

Learning meditation at a young age was one of the smartest things I have done

2020-09-05T11:33:27+02:00September 5th, 2020|

Astrid and Gry Iverslien – mother and daughter – share the interest in meditation, and both have made use of meditative processes in their creative professional activities.

 A better understanding of myself

Astrid is what you would call a creative person. She has made drawings, painted, and written books. Now, at 86, her neck doesn’t permit drawing […]

Video guidance helped me establish a regular meditation practice

2020-09-05T10:44:28+02:00September 5th, 2020|

Ursula Illert lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She works as an actress and a freelancer for radio, TV, and audiobooks. When she felt the need to discuss her meditation, video was the solution.

 Made my meditation practice regular

«For me, video guidance was a good thing. I could talk about my meditation with an instructor even when […]

What was it like? – The first International Young Deepening Retreat

2020-02-23T14:46:36+01:00February 23rd, 2020|

Zacharias Wolfe interviewed by Christina Schäfers.

 It spoke to me

 You‘ve taken part in Acem‘s first International Young Deepening Retreat ever – what do you think and, even more importantly, how do you feel about it?

I really enjoyed Acem’s first young deepening retreat. I have been eager to go to a deepening retreat before but wasn’t sure […]

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