The Gong Bath (Poem and Introduction)

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

last night

my first-ever encounter

of a Gong Bath

and singing bowls

sound reverberating

through the space

into the dimly lit room

candle and incense aromas

filling the air around me

surrounding

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

drifting away

as the sound grew louder

and louder still

relaxing every muscle

and sinew

floating away

panpipes softly playing

humble notes

time non-existent

beautiful spiritual bliss.

Author: Ellie Thompson

Writing my memoirs, musings, a little fiction and a lot of poetry as a way of exploring and making the most of my life ... ... Having had a break from writing my blog for more than three years, I decided to return to write my memoirs, some day-to-day observations, views and feelings. My passion is non-fiction poetry. I have a disability and use an electric powerchair called Alfie and let nothing get in the way of living life to the full. I believe that you can never do a kindness too soon and should give credit where credit is due. A smile or a kind word could make the difference between a good or bad day for a person - we never know what's going on for another soul. Those little things, perhaps, practised daily like a mantra, could mean so much to someone else. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading a little more about me. Please, make yourself at home here. You are very welcome. Ellie x 😊

52 thoughts on “The Gong Bath (Poem and Introduction)”

      1. 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.

        1. 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 πŸ’™

          1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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 😊.

    1. 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 πŸ’–πŸ’•

      1. 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

        1. 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 😊

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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?

  3. 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. πŸ™‚

        1. 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 πŸ₯°πŸ’•

    1. 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.

    1. 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 πŸ’–πŸŒΉπŸ’ž

    1. 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 πŸŒΉπŸ’ž

    1. 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 🌻

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