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To be simply myself – The Meditation Weblog

Johan Øye shares his expertise with Acem Meditation in his each day life and at a deepening retreat at Acem’s Retreat Middle Halvorsbøle. He’s a Norwegian trainer who has practiced meditation for a few years.

“When one is along with others one wears a social masks and adjusts one’s function”, says Johan Øye. “However once I meditate, I can simply be myself”, he provides. He’s 42 years previous and participates in a deepening Acem Meditation retreat in Halvorsbøle.

Johan discovered to meditate as a result of he felt he wanted one thing extra. He likes to meditate, to sit down in no matter emerges, with out making an attempt to push it away. Now he has meditated for twelve years and has additionally tried each mindfulness and zen meditation. However since his spouse, Ida, a lawyer, discovered Acem Meditation 5 years in the past, each of them have practiced this method often. Ida noticed how a lot I loved meditation, Johan explains. They’ve been a pair for sixteen years and stay in Lyngdal, Norway, the place he works as a trainer for adolescents.

Johan was born in Mid-Norway. As a boy, he loved enjoying soccer. On the age of ten, he participated in a coaching camp within the Norwegian membership Rosenborg. When he returned house afterwards, he was interviewed within the native newspaper, however he didn’t admire that. He didn’t prefer to be the main target of consideration.

The particular factor about Acem Meditation …

4 years in the past, Johan and Ida participated in a weekend retreat collectively, and the summer time after that, in a weeklong retreat. They’ve made this an annual custom afterwards. The particular factor about Acem Meditation is speaking about it afterwards, says Johan. We have now good, shut talks within the automotive after we drive house from the retreat each summer time. Then we share our experiences and reflections with one another.

At house, they meditate collectively for half an hour whereas the daughters – eleven and eight years previous – watch TV. When Johan and Ida are at a retreat, the daughters stick with their grandparents. It has grow to be a pure factor for the ladies that mother and pa meditate.

It’s demanding to be a trainer for adolescents. He should change between many duties and individuals, the adolescents and their mother and father. As a contact trainer, he should take care of the scholars exterior the classroom as effectively, when their issues demand his consideration.  It entails loads of duty and loads of issues. It’s anticipated that one is out there additionally within the evenings and on weekends.  However on the optimistic facet is that one will get effectively acquainted with the adolescents. “I can observe them over time and see their growth”, Johan says.

Necessary to speak about meditation and life

With a lot and direct contact in his each day work, it’s no shock that Johan prefers actions which can be extra inner-directed in his leisure time. “To go to my room to meditate is to withdraw a bit and get time in silence for myself”, Johan says. Meditation reduces the stress and the issues. It’s simple to apply in each day life. I repeat the meditation sound and get again to it when I’ve been absorbed in different ideas for some time. It’s simple to really feel that I’m doing it the suitable manner. I additionally preferred mindfulness and zen. However what I particularly admire in regards to the programs and retreats in Acem is the chance to speak in-depth about meditation and life. At first, I discovered it a bit troublesome to share my experiences in steerage teams in retreats after the silence intervals, however now I admire it.

Maybe Johan has grow to be in a position to let go of his want to not be the main target of consideration?


Interviewed by Svend Davanger

Translated by Anne Grete Hersoug

Language editor: Eirik Jensen


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