Sound plays a central role in many forms of meditation, including Acem Meditation. What is it about sound that stimulates relaxation as well as psychological and existential processes?
I recently returned from 3 weeks’ retreat in Acem meditation. It was a retreat with very long meditations that allowed the meditators to explore new aspects of the mind. Periods where the mind wandered through thoughts and emotions regarding present and past life experiences were intermingled with more silent hours where the mind became quiet although awake and present. The long duration of the retreat allowed the experienced meditators to meditate “around the clock”
Meditation is a means of creating an inner space, where thoughts, experiences and impressions have room to expand, and where memories, impulses and dreams can circulate. Monika Wirkkala discusses how to navigate the stream of consciousness with a free mental attitude.
The unconscious is beyond our control, but influences our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Meditation facilitates deep bodily and mental relaxation and brings us closer to unconscious impulses, thereby reducing their hold on our lives. Article by new Acem initiator Thor Udenæs.