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Then and Now

Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016

By Ingrid Rentel

waterOnce upon a time…

Way back in the 1960s, young students in the West entered a period of radical breaks with all established truths. They sought new ways of thinking and new perspectives on life. They wanted to change the world with their utopian thoughts and revolutionary ideas.
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Acem at 50 – some reflections

By Carl Henrik Grøndahl

Acem logoIt started with an experience. The last half of the 1960s was a period of open exploration, with large cohorts of young students from the post-war generation entering universities, seeking to change the world with their utopian and revolutionary dreams and ideologies. The people who started building Acem had come across a method that challenged inner dogmatism and narrow-mindedness – a sound-based meditation that facilitated change. Read more…

How old is meditation?

Many schools of meditation relate to “age-old tradition(s)”. But how long has humanity been meditating? It depends, I am sure, on what you mean by meditation. As a frame of mind, meditation may have been with us at least for as long as humanity as we now know it has existed. In the book Fighting Stress: Reviews of Meditation Research, Dr Svend Davanger even speculates about the meditative capacities of Neanderthal man. But what about unambiguous evidence of the systematic practice of meditation techniques?

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What is meditative yoga?

By Torbjørn Hobbel

Torbjørn HobbelIn recent decades the interest in body yoga has increased enormously all over the world. In much the same way as the word “meditation” may refer to many different techniques that vary significantly both in method and results, the word “yoga” can also designate many different things.

In order to get a clearer view of the complicated yoga landscape, it may be useful to examine basic differences in how one practises yoga, and the framework within which one understands this practice. Acem’s central focus is on meditation, and a basic parameter is therefore to what extent various forms of yoga are conducive to meditative practice. These are issues it may be useful to consider if one wishes to combine Acem Meditation and yoga in a mutually complementary way.

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Where does yoga come from?

Ancient Indian wisdom or modern Western gymnastics?

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Last year the Hindu-American Foundation launched a campaign to “take back yoga”, arguing against the ever growing trend of denying or at least not taking an interest in the connection between physical yoga and its assumed Hindu spiritual origins. The campaign has got good media coverage, most positively in the New York Times and CNN.

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