– Found nuances in my very own life – The Meditation Weblog


Andy Chang is from New Taipei Metropolis in Taiwan. He has met Acem meditators from all around the world.

– In Asia, males not often discuss their emotions and weaknesses, he says. In line with a Mandarin proverb, ‘Males ought to by no means present emotional vulnerability round others.’ And maybe this angle is why I meet few male meditators in Taiwan. At my first retreat in Europe, nevertheless, there have been as many males as ladies. That was inspiring.

What was the worldwide meditation group like?

– English shouldn’t be my mom tongue, and it’s typically troublesome for me to share all the things in an English-speaking group. However, it was highly effective to expertise how meditation brings us collectively. We had comparable resistances throughout meditation, associated questions in regards to the meditation sound, and have been in the identical form of course of, though we use totally different languages and are available from totally different international locations. It was very cool!


Andy is a pc engineer and has been working towards Acem Meditation for fourteen years. He began meditating throughout a busy interval of his life. He was round thirty years outdated, had three younger kids, and fixed stress from his employer to work additional time. This is quite common in Asia, he says, particularly in expertise firms. It’s important to work lots.

He, subsequently, wanted one thing to relax in on a regular basis life. After his then-wife advisable Acem Meditation, he signed up for a course.

– Initially, it was expertise to study to meditate, he says. My thoughts grew to become quiet and peaceable, and time handed shortly.

However ultimately, Andy skilled one thing that most individuals who meditate commonly can expertise: actualization and resistance.

– I obtained the sensation that meditation can’t be of any use to me, he says. Luckily, I went on a retreat right here in Taiwan, with Are Holen and Thor Udenæs. Time handed very slowly, disagreeable emotions got here to the floor, and I felt a robust must interrupt the meditation. However within the steerage group, I understood how the disagreeable emotions have been about one thing in myself. In the course of the resistance, there have been unresolved points in the best way I understood myself. It actually piqued my curiosity about what the meditation course of needed to provide.


Whereas exploring this, Andy has turn into increasingly more accustomed to a perfectionist aspect of himself.

– In laptop programming, there are solely 0 and 1. True and false. No grey areas. I acknowledge that in myself. I set a aim and make a plan, and if it doesn’t work, I shortly take into account the entire thing a failure. The result-oriented angle usually helps me at work, nevertheless it turns into difficult in processes that require a extra open angle.

– Unconsciously, for instance, I tend to treat the idleness of a free psychological angle in meditation as one thing unhealthy. When feelings come up, there are sometimes quite a lot of grey areas and few clear solutions. Then I start to make use of effort, and in consequence, time passes slowly.

– Exterior of meditation, I’ve turn into more and more conscious of how my excessive calls for are directed not solely towards myself but additionally towards different folks. For instance, I convey to my kids that my means of doing issues is finest, after which get upset in the event that they don’t do as I say. By working towards a free psychological angle in meditation, I’ve thankfully gained higher acceptance for different folks doing issues in their very own methods. Because of this, I’ve additionally gained a higher acceptance of the truth that my kids virtually at all times select the alternative of what I recommend. And it normally goes very nicely.


How does Acem Meditation have an effect on your on a regular basis life in different methods?

– Meditation is like an vitality booster with out unwanted effects resembling a quick pulse, headache, or insomnia. After I really feel drained, I meditate as a substitute of taking a nap or a espresso. I usually work at home, and wish to meditate throughout working hours to refresh my mind after engaged on heavy duties or earlier than I’ve to make a crucial determination.

– Earlier than I return to household life, meditation can be my each day routine to vary psychological mode between focus and leisure, effectivity and tolerance, unique and inclusive focus.

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You might be an teacher at Acem Taiwan. Why do you spend your free time on meditation?

– As an Acem volunteer, I get coaching in guiding meditators as overtly and similtaneously exactly as attainable. In doing so, I additionally enhance my capability to pay attention and my administration and communication expertise in ways in which I additionally take pleasure in at work.

– However before everything, I’ve gained lots from meditation myself and wish to give one thing again. In Taiwan, there are lots of meditation organizations, however most are spiritual. Solely Acem is process-oriented with a psychological orientation. I’m blissful to assist hold Acem Meditation as an choice for Taiwan’s younger era.

– Everybody has their very own course of. I’m blissful to see that Acem Meditation is helpful to different folks’s lives and to have the ability to contribute to their private exploration and progress, says Andy Chang.

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