A Gong Meditation is often called a Gong Bath. No….you do not undress, nor do you get drenched in water! We like to say you are b-a-t-h-e-d in sound. It is one of the easiest ways to go deep into a meditative state. And this is why:
In a Gong meditation you lie down, or sit, softly closing your eyes and giving your body the PERMISSION to relax. You are usually taken through some gentle belly breathing, and as the gongs and other sound instruments are played, you drift from a beta, into an alpha and then, a theta estate.
But what are these states/waves related to?
Beta is a 14-40 Hz, waking consciousness and reasoning brain wave
Alpha is 7.5-14 Hz, a deep relaxation brain wave
Theta is the 4-7.5 Hz, light meditation and sleeping brain wave
Most people drift between these states throughout the session while some others will go deep immediately. It´s not unusual to hear a symphony of snores (!) and deep sighing, from time to time. You finally wake up deeply refreshed, rested yet energized. And almost everyone who attends a session tells us how, besides other positive effects, they enjoyed an amazing night of sleep thereafter.
Gong Meditations are very adaptable:
- Some sessions have a guided visualization topic that deals with a particular area of life.
- They could be accompanied as well by a Laughter Yoga session or physical exercises to release anger.
- Can be used as well to cleanse and clear a room, to inaugurate a space or as the closing session for an event.
- It can be a session for individuals or groups, for staff or for students, and all different ages.
It is, basically, for anyone and everyone. As Grand Gong Master, Don Conreaux, envisions: “A Gong in Every Home”.
During the session, the facilitator would play, besides the gong/s, intuitively some other instruments such as: singing bowls or crystal bowls, conch shells, bird whistles, feathers, ocean drums, rain sticks, tongue drums, hang drums, chimes, bells, harps, rattles, xylophones and shruti boxes, or a myriad other sound instruments which will bring you into a blissful state of body -mind.
Sessions usually end with a brief, silent, couple of minutes that is called the “Shuniya” or “Sunyata”, literally meaning “emptiness” or “void”. This is the time for the sounds to settle, so the inner peace and the oneness will remain with you for the rest of the day.
We have a Gong Immersion night coming up on Saturday 12th, 6pm – 7pm, at our Nundah studio, and we would love to see you there!