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The Sun on “no-fuss meditation”

Rubini Kamalakaran interviews Dr Are Holen in Malaysia

The Sun Modern MeditationUnder the title “Modern Meditation – A practice without the complexities of traditional systems”, the Malaysian newspaper The Sun has recently published an interview with Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen. Acem Meditation, starting in Norway in 1966, is described as a “no-fuss” approach to meditation – a non-religious technique that is unlike traditional meditation – one sits comfortably and gently repeats a simple sound in the mind. Read more…

Meditation as circus

One of the main items on the Norwegian main TV news broadcast tonight (18th Oct) was on David Lynch – coming to Norway not only to promote his films, but mostly to market Transcendental Meditation to the Norwegian media and to two cabinet ministers in direct meetings – see link. The reason why he is given so mush space, is, of course, that it looks strange. He is overenthusiastic, promises miracles, a revolution of the school system etc. The news broadcasters love stars making a kind of fool of themselves. As part of what I somewhat immodestly would call a more realistic meditaion movement, where also former practicioners of TM might find a very interesting approach to meditation, the Lynch-episode awokes ambivalence. On the one hand, it makes meditation look strange and unreal. On the other hand, it might help more persons to become aware of organisations like Acem.

What happened in Spain?

One day in April, when Arne Heimdal opened his e-mail account back home in Oslo, his mailbox was filled to the brim with letters from Spain asking about courses in Acem Meditation. He had been coordinator of Acem’s activities in Spain since 2001, but had never experienced anything like this, with several hundred e-mails in just a few days. What had happened?
Barcelona large

It turned out that Acem’s founder, Dr Are Holen, had been interviewed in La Vanguardia, the biggest newspaper in the Barcelona area. The interview covered the whole back page, which according to locals is the most frequently read page in the entire newspaper. Dr. Holen had visited Barcelona a few weeks earlier to give a public lecture about scientific studies of meditation, including Acem Meditation brain research in which he himself had been involved. (You can read an English translation of the interview here.)

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