All posts in Psychology

New book: “The Power of the Wandering Mind”

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.

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Gandhi Peace Honor awarded to Dr Are Holen

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 psychology and science.

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International Regular Retreat 2019 with Dr Are Holen

13-20 July, Acem International Retreat Centre, Norway

Acem Meditation is more than relaxation. This weeklong retreat in beautiful surroundings is a unique opportunity to practice long meditations and get into deeper meditative processes. The evening seminars will be with Dr Are Holen, Acem’s founder. Guidance groups and social interaction further stimulate processes of change.

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Break-through in Science

The Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) explores new ways of controlling electric signals in nanotechnology. Professor Arne Brataas explains the milestone of the new research – and shares his experience with Acem Meditation.  QuSpin has recently published a break-through in the scientific journal Nature¹.

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Life and meditation – deceptive perspectives

What do you see?

The woman in the street, Thomas and the boss, your meditation

As Karen walks along a busy, crowded street on a Saturday morning, she notices a little girl who refuses to be seated in her pram, garbage being dropped on the pavement and a broken window pane. Louis is also strolling in a street. It is late in the summer and he enjoys the soft breeze, notices a smile from a stranger – and the happy faces of those who enjoy their ice cream. He thinks it would be nice if people stopped dropping waste paper in the street.

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Yes to your most wonderful holiday

International Young Summer Retreat 2019

You want to dedicate the summer to your own inner growth? You want to meet other wonderful people (aged 17-35) from all over the world?

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A rare opportunity to explore your personality and the way you interact with others


The next Acem communication course takes place 25 May – 2 June 2019, at Halvorsbøle, Norway. This intensive course has been an annual event for nearly fifty years and is open to those who have learned Acem Meditation.

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What does a moment consist of?

Experiences from meditation

In an eternal perspective, a moment is an insignificant amount of time. Yet, a moment may comprise more than we think and more during the practice of Acem Meditation than in many other situations. Let us first reflect upon the duration of a moment. How long a moment lasts depends on our perspective.

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Deep diving into the self

Everyday meditation has made her feel more grounded. A week-long retreat changed her ways of thinking. A communication course enabled her to feel more connected with herself and others.

Gill Scott on meditation and communication

“I had tried different kinds of group meditation, which I found relaxing, but I had a lot of resistance and on my own, I could barely sit still for ten minutes. Then a friend told me about Acem, and in September 2015 I went to an introductory course in Shoreditch in London. At the time, I was still grieving for my mother, whose death was a great loss for me. The course was a turning point. Afterward I felt lighter and more optimistic.”

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A training course that builds character, not presentation skills

By Leif Arne Storset

Think about development days or training courses you’ve undergone for work. What comes to mind? Quite likely, the first thing is DEATH BY POWERPOINT.

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