Last week we started an M-1 course at the Acem House in New Delhi. Each time the main challenge that the course leaders have faced is to make the participants reflect on their own experience of meditation rather than only discuss what is theoretically correct or incorrect. A fact that becomes clear to the group very soon is that there is more to the meditation than telling ourselves “just repeat the sound and let all thoughts come and go.”
Will meditation help you get rid of your thoughts? Many meditators seem to think so. But thoughts are not the problem, writes Torbjørn Hobbel. They are an integral part of meditation and represent underlying currents in our consciousness that surface when the mind is more open and receptive.
Contemporary culture has a tendency to idealize demands and strong expressions of emotion. It is as if the stronger the expression, the more justified the demand or the emotion. Acem Meditation counteracts this tendency and helps us to find better compromises between our own needs and the needs of our surroundings.