Here we are not talking about drenching over the shower or immersing yourself in a bathtub. A Gong Bath Meditation is a form of sound healing that allows you to immerse in the ethereal sound and vibration to restore balance to your body and mind. Sometimes it is performed together with other instruments such as the Tibetan singing bowls, Drum, Tuning Forks and Chimes, all that create deep, resonating vibrations. Due to the unique properties of each sound produced, a person can experience a wide range of harmonics sound waves travelling through the body like nothing else.
How Is Gong Meditation Practiced
Before you get started, try to wear loose clothing and make sure your environment is cosy and quiet. You’ll need to lie down on a yoga mat or sit on your preferred meditation posture, add a pillow and a blanket to make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes and relax, your instructor will normally start with a guided meditation or a subtle sound to gradually lead you into the playing of Gong and the harmony of various instruments around you. A session of Gong meditation can take up to an hour or so but many people claimed that they relax so profoundly that they had fallen asleep!
This practice focuses on allowing the brain to reach a deep state of relaxation. The sound of gongs can stimulate the brain to receive various forms of beneficially modified brainwave frequencies. The Alpha brainwaves will be the first to be detected at frequencies between 8 and 12 Hz. These waves length is associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. In this state, people experience daydreams, associative thinking and an animated imagination. Subsequently, the mind enters a delta or theta brain wave state, which falls between 4 and 7 Hz, the slowest state of human consciousness. These states have been linked to creative thought, improved health, and better sleep. The gongs will stimulate your mind to move in tandem with the sounds, which will allow the complex overtones to wash over you, leading you into a deep meditative state.
Healing Benefits of Gong Bath
Many Scientific benefits of Gong Meditation are well documented. Evidence suggests that certain forms of sound therapy prompt damaged human DNA strands to repair themselves. Some tones are thought to promote vitality and healing, and also to enhance happiness.
- Conducive to healing and transformation;
- Induces a state of meditation by calming the mind;
- Helps to recover after illness, traumas and invasive medical treatments;
- Creates a state of relaxation and release of tension;
- Physically, it releases blocks and tension in the body and stimulates the glandular, nervous and circulation systems. It also increases our prana, our life force;
- Helps clear emotional and energetic blockages;
- Strengthening of the immune system;
- helps to stop the constant “chatter” of our minds;
- Regenerates the parasympathetic nervous system;
- Awakens higher levels of consciousness;
- Bathes you in a cascade of healing sounds — claims to shift the brain from waking (Beta) state to Delta or Theta (meditation) through the vibrations of the instrument.
Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain, you may find relief through the powerful sound of gongs. It’s also effective in clearing emotional blocks and breaking up negative thought patterns. This technique is a great option for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other disorders. In addition to being effective, gong meditation is also a very good way to prepare for a busy lifestyle.
Why You Should Try Gong Meditation
I highly recommended you to give Gong Meditation a try. Anyone can enjoy it as no prior experience, technology, or special abilities are required. It just feels like a special spa treatment that allows you to be totally relaxed. It is one of the most effortless types of meditation you can experience, everything just falls into place naturally.
Many sceptics were pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness just after one session. However, in “A Word Of Caution”, if you have an issue with loud sounds or have a heart problem, I would highly advise you to stay away from this technique.