We used to meditate alone at home or not at all, distracted by the world around and by our relentless thinking patterns. The enthusiasm born from a meditation retreat would slowly die out after going back home.
And then we heard of a Gong Timer that chimed regularly, every so many minutes, to call the attention back to the present moment. That was a great help. We could no longer dream away for more than a couple of minutes because the chime of the timer would bring us back to our practice.
Now the situation is even better for “disheartened meditators”, as Ajahn Chah would say. Meditation touching more and more people, the Internet offers many sources to find guided meditations which give us the feeling that we are sitting a retreat, guided by the teacher’s voice – sometimes, if we are lucky, by our own teacher’s voice! This is fantastic, but meditating next to the computer or the cell phone spoils it a bit, doesn’t it?
Now I found that the latest version of the small wooden pyramid Gong Timer – the Audio Gong Timer – has a card entry that makes it possible for me to download my guided meditations from the Internet onto a micro SD card, then to fit this card into the battery compartment of the Gong Timer and then to play my guided meditations without having to carry my notebook or my smartphone into my neat little meditation corner with its lovely candles and pictures.
If you enjoy meditating with guided meditations – for the sake of the teachings or to remain present and awake while you sit – I think that, like me, you’ll find this little timer really great.