Psychology

Acem International Young Retreat 2020

2019-12-05T10:17:19+01:00December 5th, 2019|

Young people (aged 17-35) from all over Europe and beyond meet in the middle of Swedish nowhere (Lundsholm) and spend their summer doing nothing? – Wait! Can that be true? Are they really doing nothing? – No, they meditate – that looks a little bit like “just sitting there“ from the outside, but in fact, […]

Bringing the world closer together

2019-12-05T10:31:08+01:00December 1st, 2019|

Christina Schäfers, Acem moderator in Hamburg:

For five years, Christina Schäfers has been Head of Arts, Words and Films at the Reperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

“It’s a privilege to have such an interesting job. The last two years have been a boost to my self-esteem: I’ve been working with gender balance. This is a part […]

“I would never have missed this opportunity”

2019-12-05T10:32:03+01:00November 30th, 2019|

Emil Aarseth on Acem’s Training in Interpersonal Communication:

“I went to the course as one person and came back somewhat changed. In a sense, I’ve become a different person. I think I understand both myself and others better now. I also see better how I function in my relationships with others, and […]

Clear and direct feedback gave me a wake-up call

2019-12-05T10:32:34+01:00November 30th, 2019|

Siri Bergan on Acem’s Training in Interpersonal Communication:

“It was both very demanding and very rewarding. The program was extremely intensive, and I used the opportunity to interact extensively with other participants. The group sessions helped me to see both myself and the others in a new perspective. As I listened to […]

How does consciousness emerge?

2019-10-02T03:19:47+02:00October 2nd, 2019|

George Northoff shared his views in Acem Forum in Oslo

The Acem Centre in Oslo was filled to the brim, and the audience was full of expectations. The world-renowned philosopher and neuroscientist Georg Northoff of the University of Ottawa was visiting and was about […]

Q&A: Existential?

2019-09-04T21:50:48+02:00September 4th, 2019|

By Dag Spilde and Maria S. Gjems-Onstad

Acem is a nonreligious organization, with little talk of spirituality. That is fine with me, although I myself am […]

Reconciliation, growth and introspective sensitivity

2019-07-12T15:45:39+02:00May 20th, 2019|

The focus of this article by Are Holen is reconciliation and how Acem Meditation may contribute towards this end via introspective sensitivity. To meditate strengthens the links to those aspects of the psyche that are not shaped by history and that are anchored in an inner freedom and autonomy; the changes have implications for the individual, for fellow human beings as well as for society; they add a dimension of integrity, genuineness and responsibility to the human interactions.

Be friends with your wandering mind

2019-07-12T15:53:15+02:00May 20th, 2019|

In this article Halvor Eifring discusses the important of mind wandering in meditation. Everyone who has learned Acem Meditation knows that meditation is not about emptying the mind, as many others tend to believe. The challenge is to become friends with everything that spontaneously emerges in consciousness. Restlessness, tension, and ruminating thoughts may be experienced as garbage in the body and mind, but often hide a sparkling diamond. This kind of experience is supported by old meditative traditions.

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