Scientific research

Meditation better than exercise?

2019-07-05T11:52:35+01:00April 17th, 2016|

"Which is better for your body: meditation or exercise?" asks The Telegraph journalist Jonathan Wells on 23 March 2016. "On the surface, it seems like an obvious decision - physical exercise can strengthen our muscles, bones and heart, and has been proven to promote the production of oxytonin and other 'feel-good' chemicals. Whilst meditation is, well, a fad. Right? Wrong. Or, at least, possibly wrong."

The Sun on “no-fuss meditation”

2019-07-05T11:52:43+01:00April 17th, 2016|

Under the title “Modern Meditation - A practice without the complexities of traditional systems”, the Malaysian newspaper The Sun has recently published an interview with Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen. Acem Meditation, starting in Norway in 1966, is described as a “no-fuss” approach to meditation - a non-religious technique that is unlike traditional meditation - one sits comfortably and gently repeats a simple sound in the mind.

Slimming with yoga?

2019-07-05T14:36:01+01:00May 19th, 2015|

According to recent studies, yoga and meditation practices may help us to lose weight, reduce our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and slow down our pulse. Both psychological and physical quality of life seems to improve.

The brain’s default mode network – what does it mean to us?

2019-07-05T14:36:27+01:00March 9th, 2015|

Raichle’s discovery of the default mode network may have important implications. On the one hand, it may help us find ways of dealing with medical problems, such as depression, schizophrenia, and dementia. On the other hand, new knowledge about the default mode network and the self-reflecting thoughts that it stimulates may facilitate our understanding of how we function in our daily lives. We are more than intellect or the motor control of arms and legs, which is often the focus of brain researchers. Perhaps it may at times be good to know that our brain actually gives us room for our spontaneous thoughts and the associations and emotions that may at first seem a bit weird.

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