A new generation of timers : more precision, more chimes and overall the possibility to use a micro SD card, which means you can download and play directly from the pyramid every possible sound track: other types of chimes, guided meditations, meditative music, natural sounds, etc.
All those who practise meditation regularly, in particular in the morning, when time is sometimes limited by work and/or family obligations, know how inconvenient it is to have to watch the time precisely when we would like to free our minds and relax in the practice.
It is difficult to really let go of all preoccupations as our meditation teachers tell us and actually "plunge" into an exploration of the inner world if, by so doing, we are afraid to lose all notion of time... and have to pay for it for the rest of the day!
And yet, isn't it exactly for that reason that we meditate? To enter a deep state of relaxation which unwinds the usual mechanisms of the thinking mind and to penetrate into a silence which opens the doors of contemplation and insight?
When we meditate in a group, this kind of consideration does not bother us because there is a teacher who hits a bell at the end of the session. Well, a Gong Timer can play this role of "guardian of time": setting it to the time you can allow to your meditation period, you can then completely free your mind from the notion of time and fully enjoy the depth of your practice.
The bases for a good and beautiful day are being established!
N.B. There are applications that can help you do this too, but beauty and nature are part of the world we explore and this beautiful, perfectly shaped wooden pyramid seems more appropriate to some of us.
To each his/her own preferences… or habits.
As for me, I practised Reiki in silence for many years without thinking twice about it until the idea of a Reiki Gong Timer arose. Then I had to admit that, more often than not, my eyes had reached up to the clock to have an idea of how long my hands had been in a certain position. Indeed when there are no particular sensations under your hands, two or three minutes in a position is long enough and so, I looked at the clock.
Now with the Reiki Gong Timer, a lovely chime sounds every 3 minutes in my consulting room. I am finally free from the clock, but more important, I realize today that I am more attentive to the sensations under my hands. Of course, I don’t necessarily follow the rhythm of the timer. There are times when I stay longer in a certain position which requires it. But still, the regular chiming gives me an idea of how long I spend in each place and then I notice more clearly where the energy may be blocked or too concentrated.
And the icing on the cake is that my patients love the sounds of the various chimes, the shape of the pyramid and the Japanese Reiki character. Actually some of them have bought a Reiki Gong Timer for themselves.
I know that some of my colleagues prefer to practise with CDs of nature sounds – ocean waves or wind in tree leaves – rather than in silence or even accompanied by gong chimes. But they will be delighted to hear that the Reiki AUDIO Gong Timer has an SD input that enables one to fit in a micro-SD card where sound-tracks have been recorded. Then they will no longer need to have a hi-fi equipment in their practice room. Even more freedom!
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.
... and enjoy the retreat too !
Once during a retreat, I was asked to act as “guardian of time” which meant that the teacher counted on me to hit a Tibetan bowl every hour: to start a sitting, to signal the end of a sitting, to get everyone to come back to the meditation hall after the walking meditation or after the meal, etc. In the end, I spent most of the retreat looking at my watch and fretting about the time.
So when I discovered the Gong Timer, I immediately bought one and now I take it to all the retreats I go to and lend it to the poor fellow who has been designated as “guardian of time”. I have also offered one of these lovely little Gong Timer pyramids to several practice places I go to and everyone likes them – especially the monks and nuns!
Now the new Audio Gong Timer is best-performing. The times you set can be longer, precise to the minute and I also use it to play teachings I record during the retreats. Great!
Meditation is meant to help us relax and stop worrying, not to stress us more. LOL
When I started practicing Mindfulness, our teacher gave us CDs where she had recorded exercises that we had learned during our weekly two-hour class and that we were supposed to practice at home during the week.
However at home the CD player was part of the hi-fi set in the middle of the living room and I could not picture myself practicing meditation in the midst of kids’ toys and TV noise. So I put the contents of the CDs on a USB key and meditated in the office, near the computer… thus disturbing my husband when he had work to do at home.
What could I do then? Buy a notebook? That would have been quite an expense just to play a few CDs. Eventually I found myself meditating late at night on the living room carpet when the family was in bed… but I often fell asleep too! That solution was not really ideal.
And then I read an article about an Audio Gong Timer which could play guided meditations without having to use a computer or earphones or whatever. That was exactly what I needed so I bought one - with a beautiful Mindfulness engraving. Then instead of downloading my exercises onto a USB key, I put them on a micro-SD card, placed it in the battery container and that was it: the sound came directly from the lovely little pyramid. And very clearly too.
I must admit the Audio Gong Timer is a little expensive, but I asked for it on the occasion of my birthday! Since then I have been using it day after day and I believe it helped me continue the practice of meditation after I completed the Mindfulness course – it had become a sort of “meditation companion” so to speak. I also let it chime at home from time to time, just for the fun of it, and the kids like it. They have fun trying to guess if the timer is set on “bell”, “dordjé”, “low gong” or “medium gong”. I like it when my children are interested in what I do – even indirectly. It opens a door for dialogue.
Moreover, since the sound of the bell or gong is supposed to be good to let go of stress, I even intend to take it to work someday and see if it relieves the atmosphere there too…
Le Gong Clock porte avec lui une somme de sérénité. Je m'explique.
Sa forme est aux proportions de la pyramide de Kheops. Toutes les constructions qui ont traversé les âges sont passées par le chiffre d'or: ces proportions parfaites qui garantissent la beauté par l'harmonie. S'ils le pouvaient, les spécialistes du Feng Shui mettraient des pyramides comme celle-ci dans toutes les pièces de la maison pour équilibrer les énergies.
Et puis il y a le son, les vibrations du bol chantant tibétain, parfaitement rendues grâce au numérique sans que personne n'ait besoin de taper sur un bol - vive le progrès, tout de même !
Enfin, il y a toutes les fonctions du Gong Clock: il nous réveille en douceur le matin, sonne toutes les 15, 30 ou 60 minutes pour diffuser douceur et sérénité dans l'air de la maison ou du bureau et il affiche l'heure, tout simplement!
Un petit trésor tout en un.
J'ai toujours aimé les calligraphies chinoises et japonaises. Quand j'ai découvert le Gong Timer Reiki chez mon psychologue, j'en suis tombée amoureuse.
"A quoi vous sert cette petite pyramide?" lui ai-je demandé.
"A diffuser un peu de sérénité dans la pièce, par la forme et par le son".
A priori, rien à voir avec le symbole japonais REI-KI mais ça m'a plu. Un peu de sérénité, c'est bien ce dont nous avons besoin au travail. Alors, j'ai acheté le Gong Timer Reiki sur Internet, je l'ai posé sur mon bureau au travail et je le fais sonner toutes les demi-heures.
J'en suis très fière et j'ai pris une bonne habitude: chaque fois que le Gong Timer sonne, je ferme les yeux et je respire consciemment trois fois. C'est fou comme ça calme et ça remet les choses à leur place. Certains de mes collègues s'y sont mis aussi et, même si certains ne veulent pas le reconnaître, je trouve que l'atmosphère est bien plus détendue au travail !