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”Meditation brings changes to the brain”

Are Holen, expert in posttraumatic stress and founder of a meditation school
interviewed in the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia

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64 years of age, I am Norwegian, married, with two children. Psychologist, MD, PhD in medicine and specialist in psychiatry. Professor of neuromedicine at the University of Trondheim. Education is the foundation of a country’s prosperity. Believe in a non-punitive God.

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I communicate better with patients and families

 Jacqueline Robert, Alicante, Spain:

What does a middle-aged female doctor do when she is unhappy with her life? Jacqueline Robert from Alicante, Spain decided to learn Acem Meditation. In the six years since then, the method has changed her life in unexpected ways.

“It has been a long process,” says Jacqueline. “When I started meditating in 2003, I was quite unhappy with myself, but didn’t know how to change. I googled ‘meditación Alicante’, found Acem, and liked what I saw. Down to earth and with no religious strings attached. To begin with, I didn’t practise every day – I was too preoccupied with the problems in my life. But as I began to discover the long-term benefits of the method, I started meditating regularly.”

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Scientific research on meditation

A milestone has been reached: First PhD on Acem Meditation

In 2004, the first doctoral thesis on Acem Meditation was successfully defended at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. In seven studies, Erik Ekker Solberg explored the psychobiological effects of Acem Meditation.

Dr. Solberg is a specialist in internal medicine, cardiology and sports medicine. Recently he started in his new post as senior consultant in cardiology in an Oslo hospital. He has practised Acem Meditation since 1971 and has been an instructor in Acem since 1975. He lives in an Oslo suburb with his wife and little daughter. During the last twelve years, he has spent most of his time working on his thesis and admits that he is relieved the work has now borne fruit. More.

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Review of meditation research

In a recent large-scale American review of meditation research, Acem Meditation is referred to 31 times, and seven studies on Acem Meditation are evaluated.

The 500-page evidence-based review, Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research by Ospina et al. (2007), was put together by independent researchers at the behest of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the studies are on high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and drug abuse. The review concludes that meditation has a positive effect on high blood pressure and other problems. The complete report is available here.

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Inga’s struggle for a good life

Since childhood, Inga Cheng had known that in order to get where she wanted, she needed to deal with her own personality as well as external forces. This helped her keep up her motivation when some of her early meditation experiences were less pleasant than expected. And her perseverance paid off.

She has come a long way. At 59, Inga is now a senior lecturer at the prestigious Chunghwa Telecom Training Center outside Taipei, Taiwan. She is happily married and the proud mother of three daughters, who never cease to surprise her with their intelligence and social skills. ”Can these really be my children?” she asks with a characteristic self-deprecating laugh. She has been practising Acem Meditation for more than twenty years.

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When you meditate you are using your brain

By Carl Henrik Grøndahl

If you meditate, you do as ten million American adults do, among them film stars Goldie Hawn and Richard Gere, and former Vice President Al Gore. You are also an object of study for serious scientists, who are now discovering that some kinds of meditation have interesting effects that can be measured.

Many people still associate meditation with romantic dreams of a golden age. Someone – a prophet, a guru, a reincarnated Maitreya – is going to come and initiate a new era, where all pain is gone and all enigmas are solved. People who practise meditation are seen as escapists guided by such fantasies of a problem-free existence. Meditation entails crystals and pyramids, weird notions and even weirder lifestyles. Normal, sensible and realistic people do not meditate.

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Review of meditation research

In a recent large-scale American review of meditation research, Acem Meditation is referred to 31 times, and seven studies on Acem Meditation are evaluated.

The 500-page evidence-based review, Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research by Ospina et al. (2007), was put together by independent researchers at the behest of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the studies are on high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and drug abuse. The review concludes that meditation has a positive effect on high blood pressure and other problems. The complete report is available here.

The Norwegian medical doctor and researcher, Erik E. Solberg, a specialist in internal medicine, cardiology and sports medicine, has eight publications in the reference list. His Ph.D. thesis from 2004 is primarily devoted to the psychophysiological effects of Acem Meditation.

Dr Solberg summarises his thesis in the recent Acem book Fighting Stress: Reviews of Meditation Research. This book also includes reviews of other meditation research in a format which is accessible to the general reader.