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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…

Close your eyes to see more clearly

By Halvor Eifring

It may seem like a paradox that closing your eyes and repeating a sound may help you to see yourself better. But that is what you do when you meditate. Read more…

More present in life

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Carla Helland: “Acem Meditation has become a valued part of each day.  I have been meditating regularly for a few years now. I notice that my stress and anxiety levels have become more balanced and that I have a much easier time being present in the daily moments of life. Meditation has been a grounding force for me. It has helped me to grow and has helped me focus on what I find important. Read more…

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…

Counseling and Values recommends Acem Meditation

“Empirical support for its use with clients”

counselingAmerican counselors often make use of various meditation techniques in their clinical practice, most often mindfulness-based stress reduction and acceptance and commitment therapy. An article in the journal Counseling and Values presents other techniques, including Acem Meditation. Based on scientific studies that provide evidence for positive effects, the presented techniques are judged to be promising and useful. Common effects include relaxation, stress reduction and the reduction of negative psychological states, such as depression and anxiety. 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…

More than here and now

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

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By Maria Gjems-Onstad Read more…