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”:
Gong Meditation Samples from Jere Friedman’s CD “Shelter of Peace”:
Offered with Love, Blessings, and Light – Jere Friedman