Even with a conventional mindset you can appreciate what an Acem retreat has to offer: a swim in the lake, a walk in the woods, a room with a view, and interesting conversations with people from various parts of the world. The benefits of spending a week of your summer holiday sitting alone in your room with closed eyes for several hours a day may be less obvious. In fact, however, long meditations are where you pave the way for more fundamental changes in your life.
Seen from the outside, long meditations are easy to describe: You sit there with closed eyes, fall asleep from time to time, start again and possibly go to the loo once or twice until the bell rings. Can the language of poetry catch any of its inner qualities?