You don't try to relax. You just sit comfortably in a chair with eyes closed, practising a simple mental technique, allowing a deep relaxation to take hold of body and mind.
In Acem Meditation, you repeat a meditation sound mentally without effort, while thoughts and impressions are allowed to come and go freely. There is no attempt at emptying the mind.
Relaxation comes naturally. Knots and ties unravel, stress and worries gradually give way to a calmer frame of mind. Afterwards you feel refreshed, energised and often more creative.
The free mental attitude activates our inner strength. In the long run, the inner freedom of Acem Meditation may initiate fascinating processes of self-understanding and personal growth. It's refreshing and creative and breaks mental barriers. The primary goal of Acem activities is not intellectual comprehension but rather the embodiment of an understanding reflected in the ways people relate and act in private and work-related life.
Many meditate one half-hour every morning and evening, or once a day for 45 minutes. Others use the method when they feel the need. Ten minutes is better than nothing. It is best to meditate in a quiet and undisturbed room. Research indicates that the most pronounced health benefits come from relaxation techniques allowing spontaneous thoughts to pass freely.
The understanding and teaching of meditation is based on first-hand experience and in line with scientific research and psychological perspectives. The Acem method is not based on any particular belief system or ideology.
To learn Acem Meditation, you must enrol in a beginner's course.
If you are already an adept practitioner of a type of meditation that uses a sound or a mantra, you will probably find the transition to Acem Meditation easy. Experienced meditators of all kinds who have turned to Acem Meditation have found that it enhances the long-term effects of meditating regularly.
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More than a sanctuary from the everyday churn, mediation is an avenue for personal development. During mediation all the different impulses in the mind comes forward, representing resources as well as limitations. The spontaneous meets the acting self, represented by how the sound is repeated. Self- limitations and restraints on inner freedom may become clearer - and modified. Over time this can lead to substantial changes for the individual.
Working through residues on a daily basis is an effective way to reduce stress. Allowing the spontaneous thoughts to be worked through reduces the effect difficult emotions have on us and may prevent stress to interfere in our daily lives. It may also prevent stress to build up long term.
Participants in a scientific study recently conducted on a sample of healthy working professionals in large Norwegian corporations reported less worry and nervousness after starting meditation. Stress arising from uncomfortable emotions can be dealt with through meditation.
Over time the individuals ability to endure stress may also be increased as a result of regular meditation.
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