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Acem Meditation may be good for your heart

2019-07-05T14:57:37+02:00May 1st, 2012|

Dr. Anders NesvoldAcem Meditation reduces stress and increases nerve activity associated with rest and relaxation. This has a positive effect on heart-rate variability and may reduce the risk of heart problems, according to a recent study by Dr. Anders Nesvold.

Mindfulness or mood making?

2019-07-06T22:08:34+02:00May 2nd, 2011|

Mindful or mindless?On a recent visit to Oslo, Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke about mindfulness. Much of it was good and interesting. But doesn't his suggestive (and very digressive!) style sometimes resemble mood making more than mindfulness?

Stress and ageing: A question of attitude?

2019-07-06T22:09:12+02:00April 10th, 2011|

A recent study of cancer patients, who were under stress, found that they obtained stress management through counselling ( This is fine, but perhaps no big surprise. However, the study also investigated the link between chronic stress and biological markers of changes due to the stress. This evoked my interest.

How do you use your brain during meditation?

2019-07-06T22:10:36+02:00February 26th, 2011|

BA47Does it matter which parts of the brain you use when you meditate? It seems so. A recent study suggests that forms of meditation based on an open mode of attention lead to different types of brain activity than meditation based on concentration. Thus, ongoing research on brain activation may not only tell us more about what kind of mental activity meditation is, but may also reveal the distinctive elements in different meditation techniques.

What is the link between meditation and happiness?

2019-07-06T22:12:24+02:00November 18th, 2010|

I started to meditate regularly four years ago, and since then, little by little I started to feel better. My outside world was the same (same work, same family, same house, and more or less the same friends – except that the number of Acem friends increased), so it was evident that the reason for […]

Brain waves and Acem Meditation

2019-07-06T22:16:24+02:00August 21st, 2010|

Jim Lagopoulos"There is a pressing need for a rigorous investigation of how meditation affects brain function." Professor Jim Lagopoulos, Sydney University, studied electrical brain waves in Acem meditators. There was an abundance of theta waves in the frontal and middle parts of the brain, different from ordinary relaxation.

”Meditation brings changes to the brain”

2019-07-06T22:16:33+02:00August 21st, 2010|

Are Holen in LavanguardiaIn an interview in the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia, Acem's founder Dr. Are Holen discusses implications of recent scientific studies of Acem Meditation. After the interview, Acem Spain received more than 600 e-mails and 400 registrations for beginner's courses.

Meditation reduces rumination

2019-07-06T22:17:18+02:00August 21st, 2010|

People who meditate become more adept at handling disturbing thoughts, according to a recent overview article on neurobiological research. More activity in the brain’s left hemisphere is linked to a more positive self-image.

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