All posts tagged meditation

Our hearts and brains contain a lot we aren’t aware of

Raquel Sanz: “Halvorsbøle is a good place for meditation.”

raquel sanz“When I was invited to learn Acem Meditation last year at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle, I was happy. It was the opportunity I had been waiting for. My son was two years old, the timing was right. I quickly made up my mind to meditate for the available time I had every day, even when that meant only ten minutes, and then expand the time I have for meditation whenever possible.
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Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Cultural histories

Meditation history front pageMeditative practices have flourished in widely different parts of Eurasia, yet historical research on such practices is limited. Research to date has focused on contexts rather than actual practices, and within individual traditions.

For the first time in one volume, the meditative practices of the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are examined. Read more…

The atmosphere at a deepening retreat is quite special

F, psychoanalyst, interviewed by Anne Grete Hersoug

Acem MeditationF has completed his psycho-analytic training and has a fulltime practice as a psychotherapist in a German city, with many different kinds of patients in depth-oriented therapy. Between the intensive processes with his patients, he sometimes needs to relax. What does he do then? Read more…

A gradual change of direction

Frank Otto interviewed by Anne Grete Hersoug

Frank Otto Acem MeditationFrank Otto has a doctoral degree in theoretical chemistry, and is working with software development in a small company in Berlin. We met him during his third visit this year to Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle in Norway.
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More creative with meditation?

By Rolf Brandrud

Meditating back to backCreativity is on everyone’s lips. Can we claim that meditation helps us become more creative? Yes, says Rolf Brandrud. Read more…

I have never experienced such openness

Nivedita Prabhu on her first deepening retreat

Nivedita Prabhu“I learnt Acem Meditation ten years ago in India. All these years I’ve been waiting to come to a retreat at Halvorsbøle and to this beautiful country. I finally made it and I’m very happy to be here,” says Nivedita Prabhu, the only participant from India in this year’s International Deepening Retreat. Read more…

Weeklong retreats of Acem Meditation 2014

Different tastes – different levels – different goals

RetreatThe dates for next year’s Acem retreats are now available. There are several options: for young meditators who would like to combine a meditation retreat with a week of fun in the sun, for people of all ages who want to learn a meditation technique they can use to combat stress and stimulate personal growth, for people who already practise Acem Meditation and would like to break barriers and gain insight by meditating beyond the 3-hour level, and for experienced meditators who want to practise 6-hour meditations to access deeper layers of inner silence. Read more…

Coming to grips with life in the city

Jerome (20) on Acem Meditation

GetAttachment-1.aspx_‘Acem Meditation makes me more grounded and easygoing,’ says Jerome, a 20-year-old sporty young German living in Hamburg. ‘And there is something very authentic about the method and the way it is taught.’

Jerome is not originally from Hamburg. He spent his first 18 years in the North German countryside far from any city. After high school, he left his parents and the small community where he grew up and headed for Hamburg with its population of 1.9 million. Here he found himself immersed in the hustle and bustle of the big city. He had a challenging time keeping up with new ways of living, quite on his own. After a year or so he had built a network of good friends, and is now enjoying himself in his new situation. Like many young Germans, he has his own room in a flat where he shares a kitchen and bathroom with other students. Instead of academic studies, he chose to attend a sports school where he is studying to be a coach and a sports salesman.

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Killing the common cold viruses with meditation?

Would you volunteer to participate in a study where viruses are injected in order to measure the risk that you catch a cold? 276 volunteers actually participated in an American study of this kind*). After the injection of the virus, the participants stayed in quarantine for five days. Then measures were taken of congested noses, and the snot was weighed.

The results indicated that stressed persons more easily catch a cold, which may not come as a big surprise, and those who experience chronic stress are most likely to catch a cold. The researchers wanted to assess the participants’ level of stress. After the necessary interviews, the conclusion left no doubt: those who had been most stressed were also the hardest hit by the cold.

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Psychological change with introspection and meditation?

When the Beatles learnt to meditate in the early 60-ies, the influence from the East was quite strong; with a focus on a spiritual aspect. Since then, the focus has changed into more emphasis on well-being, which is central for modern people with busy lives. Meditation for stress reduction is now widely used. Stress management contributes to release of tension and a calmer mind.

Does it really work?
We also see an increasing request for evidence of effects: does it really work? A growing body of scientific studies has provided documentation for a variety of effects, including reduced anxiety and more stable mood. What about other psychological effects, like increased self-insight? Obviously, this requires more time than increased well-being during and immediately after meditation. Read more…