SOUND MEDITATION

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration."  ~Nikola Tesla

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DURING PROFOUND PEACEFUL STATES OF THE MIND, WHICH ARE TYPICALLY ACHIEVED DURING MEDITATIVE PHASES, THE BODY’S NATURAL HEALING PROCESS IS PROFOUNDLY SUPPORTED.

 

There is a noticeable shift currently taking place in our culture. In these modern times of technology overloads and a general sense of global fragility, the quest to quiet the mind and find new ways to achieve deep relaxation feels more important than ever. This quest has led us into a new era of wellness—one in which many people are exploring complementary and holistic practices that have been around for a very long time. The process of manipulating sound for well-being can be traced back to 550-500 BC and the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who utilized sound as a form of medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Today, sound is used in yoga studios and meditation classes, hospitals, palliative care, and cancer treatment centers, and in therapy practices around the world.

Sound Meditations, or Sound Baths as they are frequently referred to, are highly meaningful and enriching solutions that allow us the opportunity to go inward on our own terms; to help combat the everyday stresses of modern life and support the overall health of body, mind, and spirit. They are meant to help facilitate a shift in our brainwave state and can specifically entrain the human organism toward greater harmony and homeostasis (a state of equilibrium).  Which, is a requirement for regenerating after experiencing periods of stress, injury, or illness. Sound and vibration can help restore regulatory function to a body out of tune and help maintain and enhance regulatory function to a body in tune. It can alter cellular functions through energetic effects, calm the mind and therefore the body, or have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides which in turn can help to regulate the immune system.

 

Through frequency and entrainment with sound, it's possible, and very easy, to down-shift our normal beta state of brainwave activity (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), with the majority of participants able to reach theta (meditative state) and even delta states (where the body does its most effective healing work). Sound Meditations are helpful for anyone who wants to give themselves a moment of relaxation or gain the benefits from meditation but has not yet learned how to implement a dedicated practice on their own.

OUR BREATH CAN BE A HOME BASE THAT ALLOWS US TO MEET LIFE WITH A RELAXED, WAKEFUL PRESENCE. SOUND MEDITATION HELPS US CALM AND SETTLE THE MIND WITH LONG DEEP BREATHING AND INTIMATE CONNECTION TO SOUND ESTABLISHING DEEP RESTORATION AND WELL-BEING. WE RELAX, AGAIN, AND AGAIN, LEARNING THE PATHWAY OF HOMECOMING TO THE ALIVENESS, OPENNESS, AND MYSTERY THAT IS ALWAYS HERE IN THIS MOMENT.

 

Generally speaking, for beginners, meditation requires a verbally guided experience, i.e- repeat a mantra, count your inhalation and exhalations... etc.  Sound Meditation is about letting the sound take us to a deeper place making it easier to arrive in a relaxed state without complicating how to get there. Sound is the vessel and it allows you to explore and identify what a meditative state is and how it feels. Because of this, these offerings are not only beneficial for beginners of meditation, a seasoned meditator will find just as many benefits.

Sound also has profound effects on our nervous system – helping to turn on our parasympathetic nervous system, which is our relaxation response. Many of us spend too much time with an overly active sympathetic nervous system, which is our fight or flight response. When we activate our parasympathetic nervous system we give our bodies a chance to downshift and relax.

 

SOME OF THE MANY ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF SOUND MEDITATION CAN INCLUDE:

 

  • Deep relaxation and meditative states

  • Reduction of stress and anxiety

  • Lessening feelings of anger and fear

  • Increased feelings of happiness, joy, and tranquility

  • Ease of chronic pain and inflammation

  • Improvement of the human immune function

  • Lowering of heart rate and blood pressure

  • Stimulation of deeper sleep

  • Reduction in chronic fatigue syndrome and depression

  • Increased mental and emotional clarity

  • Support in working through past physical and emotional traumas

The sounds facilitated during a Sound Meditation are created by a wide range of instruments with different frequencies which include hand hammered bronze Himalayan singing bowls, quartz crystal singing bowls, gongs, drums, harp, monochord, Shruti box, kyeezee, bells, tingshas, chimes, rainsticks, and more.

 

The experience begins with each participant selecting their own personal space and creating a comfortable area to rest on with cushioned mats, bolsters, pillows, and blankets. After a few minutes of introductory breathwork, we invite the body to establish a restful form that embodies aware relaxation. Participants are then led through a short guided-meditation to prepare the body and mind for the unfolding of sound and vibration. The remainder of the experience is filled with different tones and frequencies being introduced in succession. The purpose, and goal, is to induce relaxation and explore personal inquiry. At some point, while playing, I will more than likely walk around the space with a bowl or instrument. (This can be adjusted for trauma-informed offerings.)  

HOW DO I ATTEND A SOUND MEDITATION?

Gentle Earth offers public Sound Meditations monthly at various locations within our greater community. Visit our Live Community Events page to view the listing of our upcoming offerings and to reserve your space. Prices range from $25-35 per person depending on the venue. 

What about private group sessions?

Are you a retreat organizer? Celebrating a special occasion? Do you have a notable birthday or wedding anniversary coming up? Perhaps you are honoring a milestone for your company or organization? Gentle Earth offers you the possibility to book a private Sound Meditation just for your gathering, group, or celebration. Why not surprise your loved ones or amazing team with a unique experience? Betty can intuitively weave together an alchemy of sounds for a fully customized offering using a unique combination of gongs, singing bowls, drums, chimes, harp, monochord, drum, and more. Sessions can be organized at a time and date that suits you best (provided we have scheduling availability).


Schedule
We facilitate 90-minute sessions, but this is fully customizable! 

Logistically, kindly take into account that we require:

  • 75 minutes to set up and sound test instruments prior to the actual start of the Sound Meditation (with no participants in the room)

  • 60 minutes to clear the space after the participants have left


The Venue
For private group sessions, we offer two options:

  1. We come to your location (retreat center, organizational/corporate event, in-home gathering, yoga/wellness studio, church, temple... etc.), or

  2. We check to see if our home studio is available and hold the event there (this involves an extra cost of $25-$35 for studio rental)

 

Please note that not every venue is suitable for sound offerings. So, what makes a space suitable?

  • Easy and direct access by car for transportation of the instruments with as few stairs as possible

  • A clear, private, and generous area

  • Quiet atmosphere

  • Enough room for your group so that participants can be safely spaced 6-8 feet apart

Investment

2-8 participants, $240 minimum charge. $25 for each additional participant added.

A .50 per mile travel fee will be applied if the distance is over 10 miles one way to the venue.

When considering the investment of your private Sound Meditation, please understand that our costs reflect more than just 90-minutes of onsite facilitation. Our fee takes into consideration the following effort:

  • .75 hour - writing meditation

  • .75 hour - packing up instruments

  • .25 hour - loading instruments

  • .25 hour - travel (varies)

  • .25 hour - unloading instruments

  • 1.25 hours - set up and sound testing

  • 1.5 hours - facilitation

  • 1 hour - packing up instruments

  • .25 hour - loading instruments

  • .25 hour - travel (varies)

  • .25 hour - unloading instruments

  • .75 hour - unpacking instruments

As you can see, it takes a minimum of 7.5 hours of work to present a 90-minute experience. A great deal of time and energy goes into every private Sound Meditation we facilitate. 

Payment
An agreement for services will be prepared by Gentle Earth prior to the experience date which will then require:

  • 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking via PayPal or Square (all major credit cards are accepted)

  • Balance paid in full two weeks prior to the event via PayPal or Square

  • Charges for any participants added over the agreed upon planned attendance count must be paid 48 hours in advance of the event via PayPal or Square

Final Note

If you are interested in hosting a public event, the ticket price for the offering is set by you for your market area but we suggest $25-$40 for registration. We require a $300 guarantee (plus mileage if applicable) or 60% of ticket sales (whichever is greater). We encourage you to promote the experience on your website, social media, newsletter, etc. and we will also do the same. Additionally, we can work together to create a Facebook event page that we can mutually maintain and post to. 

Ready to schedule your private Sound Sound Meditation or host a public event? Contact us for booking!