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…

Hindu, Buddhist and Daoist Meditation

Cultural histories

meditation histories coverLarge waves of global interest in meditation over the last half century have all focused on techniques stemming from Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. This collection of essays explores selected topics from the historical traditions underlying such practices. It ventures far beyond the well-known Hindu repetition of sounds, Buddhist attention to breath and body, and Daoist movement of limbs and bodily energies. A picture emerges of meditative traditions that are much richer and more diverse than our modern viewpoint typically acknowledges. Many of the practices are also shown to be of greater current relevance than commonly recognized. Read more…

A movie screen for our experiences

Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes
PhD, Professor, Acem Initiator

In what climate do you meditate? Is it easy to repeat your meditation sound and to let spontaneous thoughts come and go? When is it more difficult? When there are many thoughts, or no recognized thoughts, or when you have a tendency to fall asleep? Or perhaps when thoughts about certain situations come to mind?

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How do you relate to your spontaneous thoughts?

Mind-wandering, brain and meditation

Svend Davanger, MD, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oslo
Meditation Instructor in Acem

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The tiger is coming out of the cage

Sister GilChrist at Acem’s communication course

Acem communication

Denyse Lavigne says things about the benefits of Acem’s training in interpersonal communication that almost any participant could say:

It helped me get in touch with my own inner feelings and life experiences. It also gave me an opportunity to understand group processes. I picked up many things that can help me in my own work, where I often have to talk to people and interview them.

But Denyse isn’t just any participant. Read more…

A heart without knots

Jane Kuei-chen Chou interviewed by Joy Lu

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Communication course is full!

Communication Acem
The biggest communication event in Acem after the turn of the century will take place at Halvorsbøle, Norway in June 2014: The Two-week Training in Interpersonal Communication. The course is now fully booked, but you can still sign up for a waiting list by writing to Acem. Read more…

Acem Meditation has been developed in Scandinavia – by doctors, psychologists and other professionals firmly based in the Western secular and scientific tradition. Acem Meditation fits well with a Nordic outlook and life style. It’s rather like taking a refreshing and contemplative walk in the woods – inside you.

Acem retreats give you a respite from the stresses of everyday life. You get more energy to cope with challenges at home and at work. And you begin a process of change that may help you make fuller use of your potential.

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The difficult past: The TV series “Generation War”


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By Folke Gravklev 

The second world war has loomed over Germany since 1945. Rightly so: The Nazi government inflicted suffering  on peoples in eastern Europe, the Jewish population etc. on an unprecedented scale. The criminal regime used the full force of  German industrial capacity to attack, destroy, torture and exterminate innocent people everywhere.

This war has been described to the minutest details down to Hitler´s dog. But what about the common man in these extraordinary times? Read more…