Psychology

How to deal with restlessness in meditation

2021-06-02T17:10:20+02:00June 2nd, 2021|

By Jonas Meyer

Everyone who meditates will from time to time encounter restlessness in meditation. Here are nine suggestions on how to handle it. Restlessness in meditation is a sign that there is something in you that you are not quite managing to embrace. Restlessness is therefore an important and interesting phenomenon in meditation. It represents […]

Intuitive opening – levels of meditative silence

2021-03-03T12:46:11+01:00March 3rd, 2021|

By Halvor Eifring

“Why?” The West African guest stared uncomprehendingly at the Norwegian mountain ranges that his proud Norwegian hosts had driven so long and far to show him. For them, the value of the view and of the deep silence of the mountains was to be taken for granted. For him, it was at best […]

Stress reduction linked to lower defense – new study on Acem Meditation

2021-03-11T22:19:49+01:00March 2nd, 2021|

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 […]

The mind behind the mind – spontaneous thought and beyond

2021-04-10T16:32:22+02:00February 28th, 2021|

Acem Webinar on 10 April, 2021 (Saturday) 16:00-17:00 (Central European Summer Time)

A link to the event will be distributed via Acem’s e-news. Subscribe to Acem e-news. 

People have meditated for thousands of years, partly for health and well-being, partly for self-improvement, and partly for something numinous beyond such this-worldly concerns. While Acem’s approach to meditation […]

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. […]

The faultfinder isn’t allowed to decide everything

2020-12-16T22:23:02+01:00December 14th, 2020|

By Rune Belsvik

She doesn’t want to listen to the critical voice inside her. But when she asks the faultfinder in her to have a break, he stands up, three meters tall, and looks at her.

This is really so important to her. However, in hindsight, she thinks: «what if I was wrong? What if I only […]

Action Card: How meditation can help us prepare for the unpredictable

2020-12-14T22:56:31+01:00December 13th, 2020|

By Christina Schäfers

I’ve always been an ambitious player. When I was a child, my parents did their utmost to prevent me and my sister from watching TV. So we were “forced” to play. And we did: We played in the woods, at home, at friends’ houses, etc. We played with puppets and Playmobil, we played […]

Milder Winds

2020-11-27T18:17:13+01:00November 27th, 2020|

In Acem Meditation we can repeat the meditation sound in different ways. The sound can be clear and distinct or lighter and more fleeting, and our body and breath can become more or less involved in our repetition. A young woman had doubts about how to repeat the sound. Doubt was perhaps a reflection of […]

The universality of meditation – in the midst of a pandemic

2020-11-08T14:08:53+01:00November 8th, 2020|

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, […]

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