Giving something back
– new assistant instructor in Acem Germany

Ingrid Rentel interviewed by Carina Heimdal

Ingrid Rentel

Ingrid Rentel lives in Hamburg, and works in Human Resources in a large company. She has also trained as a teacher. Last autumn she became Germany’s second assistant instructor.

Acem runs courses in nine cities in Germany. In total 12 moderators and two assistant instructors, helped by instructors in Norway, are responsible for Acem’s activities in the country. More than 400 Germans learn to meditate every year, and with a new assistant instructor, Acem Germany is better equipped for arranging beginner’s courses and other activities.

New challenges
How did you discover Acem Meditation, and what made you continue?

10 years ago, I was looking for something that would help me be myself in spite of any external challenges and pressures. After searching for some time, I ended up on a course in Acem Meditation at the local ‘Volkshochschule’ or centre for adult education. It turned out that Acem Meditation and I fit well together.

She says a lot happened in her life after she started meditating:

I discovered that I was a more anxious person than I was aware of, and I slowly grasped why I had become like that. I have learnt to accept this part of myself. At the same time I understand that this is not my entire self. I still have the anxiety, but I have also learnt to take on challenges that previously I was not ready for.

After years of meditation, she is still not always the courageous woman she would like to be.

But one of my most important experiences through Acem Meditation is accepting parts of myself that have always influenced me, but which I struggled to accept.

Demanding times
Three years ago, something she had feared for a long time happened. Her father died suddenly, and she was left with her mother, who needed care and help.

It has been a demanding time. Without Acem Meditation, I probably wouldn’t have managed to take care of my mother while continuing to live my own life.

What does meditation mean for your everyday life?

I meditate morning and evening. Thanks to my daily meditations I am calmer at work during the day, and in the evening it helps me quickly forget the stress of the day. Through Acem Meditation, I have become more self-confident. I have also learnt to be more present, and that gives me a good feeling. My family and friends also appreciate the fact that I’ve become more flexible and spontaneous!

Why did she chose to contribute to Acem as a moderator, and then assistant instructor?

I am a curious person, and I wanted to know how Acem Meditation works. I wanted to volunteer in order to give something back to others. So when my instructor asked me if I could contribute to Acem, I felt it was the right thing for me. With Acem Meditation, I’ve learned to live with my worries and yet still do what I need to do. I think this is something many people could benefit from.

What did you learn during the assistant instructor training?

I learned a lot, and I can’t list everything. The most important thing is: you try again and again, and then continue to try. And in the end, you will find a good way to do things, a way that fits you.

Training to work for Acem
  • Training in Acem takes several steps.
  • The first and most basic is moderator training, where the trainee learns to conduct one of Acem’s follow-up courses.
  • The second step is assistant instructor training, where the trainee learns to take partial responsibility for beginners’ courses, give basic meditation guidance, and to represent Acem in a number of areas.
  • Trainees at all levels are expected to contribute to coordination work and practical tasks.
  • All work is done on a voluntary basis.

2 Comments

  1. Penz

    Ein sehr schönes Interview.

    Es hat bei mir das Interesse geweckt, Frau Rentel einmal persönlich kennen zu lernen.

    Aber ich muss sehr aufpassen, was ich tue, eine Krankheit zwingt mich dazu. Ein Lernprozess für mich.Schade, dass ich Acem-Meditation nicht früher kennengelernt habe.Vielleicht wäre einiges anders in meinem Leben verlaufen. Vielleicht?
    Vielleicht auch nicht?

    Renate Penz

  2. Dear Sir,Thanks for making me to be a part of your online meditation course.I’m a marry man with two kids,Am by name Austine peter 6.7ft tall 39yrs of age. live here in Cape Verde island you can see the full information of Cape Verde island at http://www.cape Verde island.com This is a very nice place for meditation exercises.people here will like to do the exercises,But we have no school of meditation here in cape Verde island.I will like to know if you can recommend us to your Meditation society there, so that we can have one of meditation school here in cape Verde island. Also i will like to know the inner voices and sound when meditate.
    Thanks for your co-peration
    Austine Peter

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