Non-religious meditation in New York City

Acem Meditation is a simple mindful technique for relaxation, health and personal growth. Based on modern psychology and scientific research.

FREE INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR: You will learn the main principles of Acem Meditation and how this technique differs from other forms of meditation. Scientific research on the results of Acem Meditation will be presented, and there will be a Q & A session. If you want to learn Acem Meditation you are welcome to take the Beginner's Course just after the seminar, or at a later time.

If you wish to join the FREE INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR , please register to the Beginner's course. 

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Acem Meditation is easy to learn. Personal instruction and guidance ensure that you get a good start. Group discussions help you to deal with beginner’s problems and to establish a meditation habit.

Follow-up activities

To meet and discuss with fellow meditators improves your understanding of the technique and enhances your personal process. It may also help you to get back on track if you have got out of the habit.

Acem Meditation

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.



People from all over the world, in all walks of life, are coping better with their lives through the simple method of Acem Meditation. What do they say?

Comparison of Acem Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation

Comparison of Acem Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday 15th of May at 7.00pm with dr. Maria S. Gjems-Onstad:

Join us for this great opportunity to contrast and discuss these two different meditation techniques. Many people find that it is easier to meditate with Acem Meditation. We will discuss some of the reasons as to why this might be the case. We will also discuss questions such as:

  • Is the Free Mental Attitude in Acem Meditation comparable with the attitude one tries to obtain in Mindfulness Meditation?
  • Does Mindfulness Meditation require a more ‘on guard’ attitude?

Many other comparison points between the two forms of meditation, will also be touched upon.

Dr. Gjems-Onstad will also use her professional expertise to draw lines between psychodynamic therapy/cognitive therapy and meditation techniques.


This lecture will be given by Dr. Maria S. Gjems-Onstad, an Acem Initiator who has been meditating for over 40 years. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is a supervisor and training analyst at the institute for Psychotherapy in Oslo, Norway.


7:00 PM: 45 Minute Meditation

7:45 PM: Short Break

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Lecture on the Comparison between Acem and Mindfulness Meditation

Scientific Research

The anti-stress effects of Acem Meditation are confirmed by scientific research. Blood pressure and heart rate are reduced, the immune system is strengthened, performance under pressure is enhanced, and brain waves show deep relaxation.

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