Last night, my friend took me to my first Gong Bath. I’ve never experienced anything like it before. It was just incredible and I felt all my problems, worries, aches and pains disappearing as the sound increased. Deep, deep gong sounds resounded through the room and through my body. I’ve added the video at the top of my post – it’s just under thirty minutes long, but I suggest, if you just want to have a quick listen to understand what I could hear, you could listen in for a couple of minutes from about twenty minutes through the video. This morning, I feel fantastic, relaxed and at peace. I can highly recommend going along to one of these sessions if the fancy takes you.
Chime, bong, ching, dong …
What an amazing experience
my first-ever encounter
of a Gong Bath
and singing bowls
through the space
into the dimly lit room
candle and incense aromas
filling the air around me
my whole being
as I lay on a mat
on the wooden floor
feeling the vibration
moving deep within my body
calming my mind
quietening my thoughts
as the sound grew louder
and louder still
relaxing every muscle
panpipes softly playing
beautiful spiritual bliss.
52 thoughts on “The Gong Bath (Poem and Introduction)”
Wonderful, Ellie. Love this.💕
Thank you very much, Grace. It was a wonderful experience. Xx 🌹💕
Yes. I recently went to one and loved it. 💕
Overwhelming the senses to bring peace to mind and body. A practice that works bery well…
You’re spot on, J. Have you ever tried this. I can highly recommended it if not. 💛
Not a half hour, no. And not gongs. I am not a religious person, but in my home town of Winnipeg there was an area of town where about 7 churches with belltowers ringed a small park, and every morning at 11:00 AM one bell played a 5 minute solo, then another bell, then another. After the 7 solos all the bells rang together for another 10 minutes. Then Sudden Silence. I used to sit in the park and just .isten as often as I could. It was definitely a form of therapy. The flowers in the park providing natural incense. I akways felt good after listening to the bells.
I can imagine those bells must have sounded wonderful. I would have loved to hear them, too. When I say spiritual, I don’t mean in the religious sense; more in the mind and body way. Perhaps, I should rephrase that bit. The experience last night was definitely like therapy or meditation. I’d definitely do it again given the chance 💙
No need to explain. For me rligion and spirituality do not mix. I am a very spiritual person, with not one lick of religion in me.
Likewise; me too 💙
Those are the BEST!❣️
It was my first ever experience of gong baths. I’ll definitely be going again, though. Xx 💖
It’s awesome!! a good addiction! 🤣
I had never heard of this, Ellie. So pleased you had a good experience and thank you for sharing. I moved the video to 20mins and listened whilst I read your poem. The two worked very well together. Always good to try something new.
Thank you for taking an interest and the time to listen to a bit of the video, Davy. It was just wonderful – I’ll definitely be going there again sometime.
The world is full of strange things
This is very new to me 😅
Love the interesting idea. I can tell that you are more relaxed now and more satisfied.
Keep doing such things
Thanks, Devang. I’ve never tried it before but was glad I did last night. It was an amazing feeling, nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. I’ll definitely be going back sometime 😊.
It’s definitely interesting!!
The world is full of wonders.
Great and peaceful share 😌
Sounds wonderful Ellie.
I’m going to listen in to it tomorrow.
I feel it will be helpful for me too.
Thank you for sharing
Thanks, Margaret. It was truly amazing. I can’t remember the last time I felt as relaxed as I did there. I hope you do find it helpful for you, also. The video has only one or two gongs, but the session I went to yesterday was more like the gongs and singing bowls in the image I shared. The more gongs, the more intense the experience. I wish you could feel the vibrations coming through the heated wooden floor that we were laying on (on mats). It was incredible. Hope you enjoy the video tomorrow. Do let me know how it goes. Xx 💖💕
I listened to your video yesterday, late afternoon, volume up to max. When I awoke it had finished! 😊
Not really the point I know but I loved the part I did hear. I can imagine how powerful the vibrations must have been. Will try to stay awake next time x
I’m glad you liked the video and thank you for taking the time to listen to it. Don’t worry about falling asleep in the middle, as it had that effect on quite a few of the people in that group. We could really feel the vibrations coming through a wooden floor and yoga mats. There was also underfloor heating, which gave the whole experience a whole new slant. The video is fairly quiet, so I’m not surprised you had to turn it up to full volume. You can imagine how the gongs sounded in the actual room. Also, we had six gongs and several singing bowls, which all made the sound more intense. Enjoy Xx 😊
It was your first Gong bath but it was my first time hearing about it. I listened to the video a bit. It is very soft. I expected it to be loud and lots of banging.
Thanks for commenting, Thomas. Since writing this post, I’ve found that only a few people have heard of gong baths. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the video. I think it was quiet because the sound quality wasn’t all that good. I had to turn the volume up loud to hear it properly. Believe me; it was very loud, but no banging. It was a gentle but powerful sound, reverberating through the whole body. I don’t think the video did it credit, really. The footage only used one or two gongs, but the image below the video is more like the gongs we had- at least six different gongs and several singing bowls. I can highly recommend the experience, though.
It sounds like an interesting experience. Also it could have been my loudspeaker on my computer. Sometimes it seems like it’s muffled.
Hope you enjoy listening, Thomas.
Thank you, Selma. It really was an amazing experience. I’m definitely going to go again in a few weeks’ time. Xx 💖
I totally understand that. I’ve never been to a gong bath, but I have a lovely singing bowl and I find it really calming simply to take it up occasionally and strike the rim and wait while the note slowly dies away, letting the sound soak through me. Like meditation, while doing that I just let go of all thoughts.
I’m so glad you’ve had a similar experience, Mick, even if it was with a singing bowl, which is lovely in its own right. It is very much like meditation, and I also found my thoughts and worries floating away. It’s a beautiful feeling. Do you have your own singing bowl, and was it expensive?
Yes, I have one. I bought it in India, so it was comparatively cheap due to the respective costs of living.
What an experience, Ellie! You’ve articulated it so well in your poem.
May the waves of harmony always wash over you and leave you peaceful and happy. 🙂
Thank you very much, Harshi. It was a truly wonderful experience. Thank you for your lovely words, too. I wish you love, peace and joy Xx 😊💕
Ellie, I replied to you on Spring is in the air, but I’m not sure if you noticed it. Much love, Harshi ❤
Dear Harshi. I definitely couldn’t have seen your comment as I always, always read and reply to my readers and their comments. I’m sorry about that. Is it possible to send me a link to this post, ‘Spring is in the Air’ as I would like to read it. I am sorry about that. Ellie Xx 🥰💕
Hi Ellie! Sorry for the delay.
I so look forward to returning tonight for a full listen. You have reminded me of the joy I was afforded playing the gamalon at Wesleyan University.
Thanks for your interest, Richard. The video doesn’t really do the experience justice. If you do listen to it, try to imagine multiplying the gongs by at least six, add a few singing bowls, and you’ll have a better idea of how it sounded. Other readers have noticed that the video is very quiet, so you’ll need to turn the volume up to hear it properly. The image below the video is a more accurate depiction of what it was really like there. We weren’t allowed to take photos while in the gong room, so that’s the nearest I could find to it on Google. Speaking of Google, I’ll have to look up gamalon, as I’ve no idea what that is other than an instrument of some sort. I’ll search for an image, so I know what you’re referring to. It’s a shame we can’t share pictures in our comments; otherwise I could have asked you for one. I’m intrigued now.
Indonesian gong orchestra
It is spelled gamelon.
Thanks, Richard. I’ll look it up this evening.
One learns new things every day.
Have never heard of this.
So glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Granny. You’re not alone in not having heard of gong baths; most of my readers haven’t heard of them before. I enjoyed it so much and felt so chilled out when we left there. I definitely want to do it again. Love you loads Xxxx 💖🌹💞
Anything that can relax you and not worry for a while is a good thing. Nice poem.
Thanks, Brian. It did really help me to totally chill 😎 out. I’ll definitely be going back again in a few weeks.
No more writer’s block, I see. Lovely 🌼
Thanks, Brit. The writer’s block has gone into hiding for a while and I’ve got my ‘mojo’ back! Xx 🌷💕
Haha. Nice. I’m glad. 🌼
This sounds incredibly lovely! You’ve definitely made me want to find one near me and give it a try. Thank you for sharing.
It was just amazing, Bridgette. I’ve never experienced anything like that before. It was like a very deep form of meditation crossed with total relaxation. It’s called a Gong Bath because we were submerged in the sound of the gongs penetrating the air and flowing through our bodies. I can highly recommend it if you get the chance. I’ll definitely be going again. Xx 🌹💞
This sounds incredible. I have never heard of this experience before. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, it was just so amazing; I’d never experienced anything like it before. It was like an intense form of meditation if you let the sound carry you. It was truly wonderful, and I hope to return for another session before too long. Thanks for reading about it. X 🌻