The Gongs Unleashed My Inner Child!

Jere Friedman Gong Meditations

I love playing the gongs.  Anyone who knows me will say “That’s easy to see!” But why?  Well, one of the main reasons is that when I approach the gongs- when I pick up the mallets- when I face and greet my gongs to tell them “hello” and ask their permission to play with them again- I’ve become a little boy again.

Remember when you were a child and you’d call your best friend to invite him or her over to play?  That’s how I feel when I approach the gongs.

And playing?  Well, of course, I’m “in the moment” just playing with my friends- the gongs – again.  And (just like when we were children), in that moment, each moment, my friends and I can be whoever and whatever we want to be RIGHT NOW.  “Listen!  Have I heard my gongs make those sounds before?” “No, we made up those sounds just now, just for you!  Now, listen to this . . . ”

When I began playing the gongs I quickly came in touch with my “Inner Child.” Since then I’ve done a lot of work with my Inner Child – I call him my “Little Boy.” He’s always there with me now, whether I’m playing the gongs or doing something else.  At home, at work, with friends or alone, my Little Boy is there with me.  Sometimes he leads, sometimes he follows, sometimes we hold hands and walk together, sometimes he sits quietly in my lap.  But I always am loving him and he always loves me.  And he’s ALWAYS ready to PLAY!

Having my Little Boy (and the gongs) in my life has opened me up to SO much fun and joy.  Any moment can be a “let’s pretend” moment.  “Let’s pretend we’re rock stars.  Let’s pretend we’re helicopter pilots or rescue workers.  Let’s pretend we’re explorers.”

Perhaps now we are doing less “pretending” and more “being.” Perhaps we truly are explorers of Inner Space.  This is what the gongs teach us: any moment, EVERY moment of EVERY DAY is full of infinite possibilities for fun, excitement, exploration, learning, and growth.  We have infinite possibilities – let’s go play!

The gongs have unleashed my Little Boy – and he’s brought so much joy into my life!

Gong Meditation Samples from Jere Friedman’s CD “How Good it is”:

01. The Seven Chakras – 41:31

02. Hime Mah Tov – 11:26

03. Daily Dose of Vitamin Gong – 11:44

Gong Meditation Samples from Jere Friedman’s CD “Shelter of Peace”:

01. Sedna Speaks – 41:03

02. Tsunami – 23:28

Offered with Love, Blessings, and Light – Jere Friedman

 

Jere Friedman

About Jere Friedman

“The gongs found me,” says Jere Friedman. “From the moment that the mallet struck the gong at my first gongbath, I felt drawn – compelled – to learn to play these marvelous instruments and to share with others the joy and healing they bring to me.”

Soon after that first experience Jere began learning to play the gong. In November 2009, Jere had the privilege of attending a three-day “playshop” with world renowned Gongmaster Don Conreaux. Since then, Jere has studied with Don for an additional five days and has spent countless hours playing for himself, his wife, Ellen, and others at private and public gongbaths and other meditation events. Each gongbath is a unique, uplifting, and joyous experience for the player and the listeners – everyone departs feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized.

Jere now is a trained volunteer for Ryan House, a palliative care facility in Phoenix for children with life-threatening conditions. Jere and his gongs visit Ryan House regularly to play for – and with – the children and their families as well as the staff and volunteers. Jere shows the children who are physically able how to play the gongs. In some cases, this means helping them to hold the mallet in their little hands and striking the gong with them. “It’s such a joy to watch the kids marvel at the amazing sounds the gongs make – their eyes light up, they giggle with delight, and their loving smiles and hugs just send me soaring!” says Jere.

Jere also regularly serves as a trained volunteer with Hospice of the Valley. At HOV, Jere and his gongs offer calming gong meditations for individuals nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families and friends and HOV staff and volunteers. The soothing sounds of the gongs provide a few moments of peaceful meditation during the final stages of a person’s life.

Jere collaborates regularly with other musicians, including pianist, performer, and educator extraordinaire Lynne Haeseler. Lynne organizes, orchestrates, and conducts large-scale meditative experiences such as Solstice and Mysterium. These joyous, uplifting events include piano, gongs, chanting choir, African drums, violin, flute, organ, dancers, and other instruments.

From time to time Jere and his gongs also perform with The Shakti Pistols, a novel musical mash-up of kirtan chants, Grateful Dead and other rock tunes, and the gongs! Talk about fulfilling your life's dreams of "just playin' in the band!"

Jere currently has the good fortune to share his life with four remarkable gongs:
• Mr. Charlie(1) – a 32” Paiste Symphonic gong
• Sylvia(2) – a 20” Paiste Symphonic gong
• Al Tira(3) – a 38” Paiste Sedna Planetary gong
• Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh(4) – a 24” Paiste Uranus Planetary gong

You can Visit Jere Friedman at: Gongs 2 Heaven.

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3 Responses to The Gongs Unleashed My Inner Child!

  1. Jere Friedman Lynn says:

    Dear Jere –
    How beautifully written and what a grand achievement! I remember that little boy and he really was a total delight! Glad you can spend time “with” him!
    Have a happy day –
    Lynn

  2. Jere Friedman Gail Phoenix says:

    Beautifully expressed…Thank you for sharing your playful Child with all of us! What a Gift! Namaste. Gail Phoenix, LMT /Dream Journey Band

  3. Jere Friedman swilly says:

    cooool, mama!

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