All posts tagged reflection

The meaning of action

A few days ago, I spent a couple of hours in a little forest with a friend. There was no sign of civilization – no buildings, no cars, no mechanical noises, not even other human beings. We saw trees all around, tall grasses – lush from the recent rains, the sun glaring at us, an antelope watchfully observing us from a distance, an insect softly buzzing in the bush nearby. We are in 2011 AD, but I thought to myself that this scene could be from 2000 BC, or 20,000 BC, or 2,00,000 BC, or even 2 million BC. Scientists tell us that man, in his earliest form, first appeared on earth 2 million years ago, a time span that is hard to imagine. In the forest, perhaps there was nothing that was marked by the notions of civilization, development, or technology that man has built up since then. Read more…

Doing more by doing less

Merete HetlandI recently returned from 3 weeks’ retreat in Acem meditation. It was a retreat with very long meditations that allowed the meditators to explore new aspects of the mind. Periods where the mind wandered through thoughts and emotions regarding present and past life experiences were intermingled with more silent hours where the mind became quiet although awake and present.

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Upcoming retreats

Meditation retreats help you to recharge your batteries, and to change your direction when needed.

You can choose from a number of different types. On some retreats you can stay for a weekend (or even shorter), on others you stay for a whole week (or even longer). On regular retreats you learn to practise meditations of 3-4 hours a day (or shorter), while on deepening retreats you meditate for 6 hours a day (or longer). International retreats are in English (often with translation into other languages), while national retreats are usually in the local language.

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Lorna’s life, Lorna’s fate

Some people have more than a life – they have a fate. Lorna Jeng has met with fortune, and misfortune, and fortune again. This summer she visited Scandinavia, where she travelled with her choir and participated in a summer course in Acem Meditation.

Refugee in own country

Lorna was born in Taiwan, but moved to Vietnam after marrying there. The end of the Vietnam war in 1975 did not bring peace to her family. The Americans withdrew, and the communists entered Saigon, where Lorna lived with her husband and three sons. Nobody knew what was going to happen. She decided the safest alternative was to bring her children to Taiwan for a period. Unfortunately, her youngest son, only three months old, was not allowed to leave, and had to stay behind with his father. Almost three years would pass before she saw them again, when her husband and youngest son also managed to flee to Taiwan.

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