There are so many reasons to buy a gong for meditation.
Meditation gongs are beautiful instruments that look great in your home and actually help to heal your body and mind.
That is why I personally consider them to be one of the most important meditation products you should buy today. And they make amazing gifts for people who meditate, too.
But a caveat:
You actually do need to have one of the best meditation gongs for sound healing [READ: Everything you need to know about sound healing].
Just like when you’re buying Tibetan Singing Bowls, with meditation gongs you need to get a good one.
But which are the best gongs for sound healing?
Let’s take a look. And then I will share with you some amazing scientific research on the benefits of meditation gongs.
Best Meditation Gongs To Buy For Sound Healing
Chao Gong – Best Large Gong To Buy ($$$)
The Chao Gong is in my opinion the best gong to buy online. It is available in all different sizes ranging from a tiny 8 inches to a far more impressive 30 inches. If you are looking for truly the best gong to buy, go for the large one.
This is a traditional gong style that dates back to the Han Dynasty in 200 BC. At that time this beautiful instrument was used for spiritual drumming and for holding formal meetings and announcing important people. So you might like to bang it when you get an important visitor at your door!
If you have a traditional meditation studio / room, this meditation gong will look perfect in it. The sound is absolutely fantastic too. It’s a very full and resonate sound that produces a good audio response whether you play it loud or quiet. The price is quite high, but if you truly want to buy the best gong, this is it. It’s that simple.
Zildjian 12″ – Best Gong For Table-Top ($$)
GET IT ON AMAZON… >> Zildjian (The Avedis Zildjian Company) are manufacturers of some the best meditation gongs in America. They’ve got a proud history dating right back to 400 years ago. As well as cymbals and gongs they also make drum sticks and nice big cymbal carriers.
They’re definitely one of the online outlets that you can trust. And they make quality products.
The twelve inch table-top Zildian pictured above is a reasonable size and produces a truly beautiful sound. It also looks really stylish, especially with the famous Zildjian logo.
If you’re looking to do house-blessings or want to begin meditation with a beautiful, soothing auditory marker (something that is done in traditional Buddhist meditation practices), this is a great choice.
The Zildjian gong comes with a table-top stand and mallet so you’re good to go.
Woodstock Desk Gong — Best Cheap Gong To Buy ($)
This hand-hammered desk gong is made with top-quality material and produces a rich and authentic sound. It’s 12 inches high by 10 inches wide. So it is roughly the same size as the Zildjian gong listed above.
I really like the aesthetics of this one too. It is ideal for decorations, even if you’re not interested in actually using it for when you’re meditating.
It produces a high-quality, deep, resonant sound. It is not at all tinny, like some lower-quality gongs.
This is definitely one of the best gongs for sound healing on a budget. So if you want to buy a cheap gong, I recommend this one.
Woodstock Healing Gong- Eastern Energies Collection — Best Hanging Gong To Buy ($$)
In my opinion, this is the best hanging gong for sound healing, and another piece from the Woodstock company, which has been in business since 1979.
The hand-hammered Healing Gong is 30 inches long from the hanger to the bottom. It has a black and cherry finish and is made of ash wood. The actual instrument itself is made from brass and is 10 inches wide.
If you want to buy a traditional gong, this is a solid choice. It is hand-made in the traditional style of the Far East and is perfect for meditation sessions.
The chime is rich and relatively low, fantastic to use as an auditory marker for a sitting session.
If you want to buy a hanging gong, this is probably the best gong you will find.
Why You Need To Buy A Gong
Whenever I am helping readers and friends to create a meditation space at home, I always recommend they buy a gong for meditation.
With so many meditation products on the market you might wonder why you need one of these. What does it add to your practice?
There’s something sacred about the sound you produce when you strike the mallet into the cymbal.
You’re running around like a mad-person at home, thinking about work, thinking about everything you have to do. Then—
That sound—that deep, resonant bass note—immediately grounds you.
When you hear that sound, you feel grounded, you reconnect with the divine, and you immediately move into your Zen Zone.
It also works like a conscious reminder. Because you’re using it as an auditory marker for your meditation sessions, you start to associate the sound with the way you feel when you meditate. Then, then next time you hear that same sound you automatically recall how relaxed you felt last time you meditated.
Whenever you need to snap back into meditation, just strike that mallet. It’s like a trigger for your brain.
They have a fascinating history, too.
The fascinating history of these instruments
There’s a fascinating history to meditation gongs…
For millennia, we humans have used these instruments and other sounds as one of the main forms of spiritual healing.
Tuning forks, Buddhist bowls, mantras, chimes… these are all excellent instruments for sound-healing.
Of course, the human voice has always been the most popular sound healing instrument. That’s why we sing hymns and chant mantras.
Go back to 1968–the time of Vietnam and 2001 A Space Odyssey—and you might see a certain spiritual teacher called Yogi Bhajan touring America.
Yogi Bhajan brought yogic sound healing to the West. This was when we Westerners became interested in using meditation gongs for sound healing. And before long everyone was buying gongs.
It soon became popular. Before long, authors were writing about the miracle of using sounds to heal, like Johannes Heimrath, who wrote The Healing Power Of The Gong.
Today, many yogi’s enjoy getting high on sound-baths, and meditators listen to various sounds and music to get into their Zen.
Even when we’re not meditating, when we are just listening to some beautiful meditation music, we often hear gongs, and they relax us. There’s just something about that deep and resonant sound that immediately starts to heal the mind.
Science shows it works, too.
Science shows that we can truly be healed by meditation music.
Does it sound crazy that listening to a specific sound can heal the mind and body?
All matter is made of energy. The entire universe is one big wave of energy. Nothing is truly solid. We are just energy vibrating at different frequencies. That’s why absolutely everything in the universe produces some sort of sound. We humans, of course, only hear the sounds that occur within the frequency range of human hearing. But everything in the universe produces sound.
Everything is energy. Everything has frequency. Everything produces sound.
Is it any surprise that instruments that create certain frequencies can help to heal the body and mind?
By listening to certain sounds, we influence our own inner frequency. This can affect us in many ways. It can affect our mood, our skin, our organs… everything!
So if you’re not sure yet, then yes, the best sound healing gongs do work (even if there are some duds out there). That’s why you really should consider buying one. Plus, an added benefit is that they do make wonderful decorations in your yoga studio or spiritual space.
How sound healing gongs work—energy and frequency
When we listen to different sounds they affect our inner frequency.
When we are operating at optimum vibrational frequency we are healthy and happy.
Sound healing works by using special instruments that tune the body and mind to their optimum vibrational frequency—just like you might tune a guitar.
This is especially true of the tam-tam gong, which heal by producing specific frequencies and tones that affect the mind and body in positive ways.
In the 1980s, German musician Johannes Heimrath became fascinated by meditation gongs. He ran workshops and helped many people to cure health problems using them. Heimrath discovered that these ancient instruments are remarkably good at curing headaches and relieving neck pain and various cramps.
When we listen to one we stimulate the nerve endings. This can have a big affect on health problems like tension headaches and various forms of injuries.
Benefits for sound healing
In my guide to Tibetan Singing Bowls I revealed how the precise frequency of bowls helps to heal the mind and body.
The best meditation gongs are similar.
Naturally, we all love the sound that these instruments make and they are the best auditory marker you can use for a meditation session. That rich reverberation. It sounds so pure… powerful yet calm, like ocean waves.
But the sheer auditory pleasure of a meditation gong is just one of the benefits gongs offer. They also help us heal in many ways.
- Meditations gongs and yoga gongs create a powerful sound wave. It’s so powerful it can actually be felt physically. This stimulates the body and enlivens the skin.They can even help to improve the skin and to make us healthier.
- The energy of a yoga gong can help release tension. In Kundalini yoga, gongs are used to stimulate the glandular and nervous system and to increase prana, the life force energy.
- Listening to gongs improves the glandular system and especially the pituitary gland (which is responsible for producing hormones… so it’s pretty darned important).
- They quieten the mind, which helps to stop anxiety, stress, and other psychological problems.
- They heighten relaxation, which in turn helps us to think more clearly and to be better at, well, basically everything.
But to get those benefits you really do need one of the best meditation gongs. Cheap ones won’t do.
So by now you’re like “Woah. These sound healing instruments are a big deal”.
Yes. Yes they are. They make for a beautiful addition to any meditation space. And the sounds they produce are wonderfully therapeutic.
Which do you think is the best gong for sound healing? And have I convinced you to get one?
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