Astrid and Gry Iverslien – mom and daughter – share an curiosity in meditation and each have used meditative processes of their artistic skilled actions.
A greater understanding of me
Astrid is what you’d name a artistic particular person. She made drawings, painted and wrote books. Now, at 86, her neck not permits drawing and portray, however she meditates day by day. One of an important choices in Astrid's life was studying to meditate at a younger age. She took half in summer season retreats in Norway, the place the night seminars and counseling teams turned essential experiences. “Gradually I understood how meditation combined with guidance helped me to understand myself and my life better. I am impressed with the quality of Acem's meditation activities, ”she says.
A break and not using a cellular phone
Astrid favored to share her optimistic experiences with meditation and impressed her daughter to be taught meditation too. Her daughter Gry moved from Norway to England in her early twenties and labored as a photojournalist and author (Iverslien Katz).
I noticed what meditation was doing for my mom and I observed that she had modified. She turned calmer and appeared smarter too. I wished to strive it myself. Also, I needed to take some breaks in a quiet atmosphere with out the cellular phone. For me, meditation turned an anchor in a busy life. At first I needed to pull myself collectively to meditate, however step by step I started to yearn for the every day meditations. I'm an introvert and should be alone in between. My husband is an artwork vendor in London. He could be very extroverted in comparison with me, however he’s more and more respecting my meditation. He claims I'm getting calmer. So meditation contributes to a stability in our relationship.
Working by means of trauma
Although they stay in numerous nations – Astrid in Norway and Gry in London – they usually speak to one another, and barely accomplish that with out saying one thing about meditation. Both are artistic and have sense of aesthetics. You categorical your self by means of photograph, artwork, and writing. It was essential for each of them to raised perceive their life tales. Astrid's traumatic childhood experiences from the conflict and a dramatic historical past of sickness led to the guide "Astrid and the War" together with her personal illustrations. During the conflict, she was in a hospital for 9 to 10 years for a full 12 months. After a hip operation, she was poured from armpits to ft. While she was in mattress there have been a number of events of air raid sirens and as soon as there was a big explosion – in 1943 – not removed from the hospital, with many casualties. The home windows have been damaged. Astrid and others who couldn’t escape have been left alone within the hospital whereas those that may escaped to security.
"Later I understood what trauma it was and how deep the psychological scars were." Astrid believes meditation helped her deal with these trauma over time, other than a interval of psychotherapy.
The significance of silence
Gry lives in London but in addition has a home in Kent with a implausible backyard which has been featured within the media. She enjoys life in London, but in addition loves the quiet of being alone. When she spends time at her Kent house, she loves gardening and studying and meditation.
She has written a guide concerning the Norwegian artist Joronn Sitje, who can be known as "Karen Blixen of Painting". Much of the story takes place in Africa. The guide was very effectively acquired.
Gry participated in Acem's earliest actions in England and a few of her buddies discovered to meditate. Not all of them turned steadfast meditators, however she continued her common apply.
A standard curiosity
Astrid's life has grow to be a lot calmer with growing age and she or he finds it essential to have construction in her every day life. Meditation is a part of this construction. Astrid and her companion Johan additionally hearken to music and skim. "Music is a way into our inner life," explains Astrid.
Both my daughter and I are grateful for what we acquired from Acem. I’ve thought for some time that I want to make a donation to Acem as meditation has given me a lot. With the corona scenario, it felt proper to do it now. Like so many others, Acem needed to cancel many programs and retreats with the related financial losses. Others may even see that help is required throughout this time. For me, acem and meditation are extra essential than ever.
Interview with Maria Gjems-Onstad
Translated by Anne Grete Hersoug