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Daniela’s Recipe for Gong Bath Nirvana

Qigong teacher Daniela Nea Cho Hauri has a unique perspective on how to best approach a gong bath. She is a wonderful teacher of Qigong who I am proud to call my partner in all the sessions I offer that have qigong and gong baths. We have  a weekly session, New Moon Sessions every 3 months or so and now we are about to have a one day special session. (To see what sessions we have coming up,...

A Deep Dive into Contemplative Meditation for Gong Baths

If I say the word 'meditation,' what comes to you? What do you picture when you think of this word? If you are like me, you picture someone with eyes closed, maybe a little smile on their face. Or maybe you think about how the word 'meditation' relates to you personally. Me? At this moment, I picture my daughter staring at a candle. This is pure imagination. She is 6 years old, and trust me, she...

9 Principles of Giving Gong Baths

Gong playing is no different from any other pursuit. You can study from others, you can read books, but to really get it, you need to get into it. Here are 9 principles that have served me well, and might serve you well in a pursuit that matters to you. 1. Learn the macro from the micro. People often ask how I learned to play the gongs. The answer? By playing one gong at a time, one mallet at a...

Why I am *not* a Sound Healer

Sound healing. I see these words everywhere. I see bunches of people calling themselves 'sound healers.' I am *not* a sound healer. Please understand, I am not here to criticize. People call themselves whatever they call themselves. It's ok. The short answer why I am not a sound healer? To me, this whole thing is a mystery, and I am keenly aware that I don't know what causes what and where it is...

Seven Steps To Gong Bath Heaven

If you have ever been to one of my gong baths there is a good chance that you have heard me say some version of the following:  'you cannot do this gong bath wrong.' I say this because it is true. At a gong bath, you can think what you think, feel what you feel, sleep, snore, fart, sneeze, and you will still get the benefits. And in a world where we are constantly challenged to 'be our best,'...

Holiday Gift: 10 Essential Pieces of Music for You

I was listening to a friend named Golda, who was a lot older than me. She was telling me about a concert in the early 60s in a small cafe in NYC featuring the likes of John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy. She said the music was of such a quality that everyone was just in tears. I listened and then, said to her: I am so jealous. I wish I was there.' She just looked at me and answered, famously: 'Now...

The Vegan Homemade Chocolate Recipe

For those of you who have been asking for it, here is a video of how I make the gong bath chocolate. Enjoy!!! (and contact me with questions.) Ingredients Cashews 300 g Almonds 200 g Walnuts 200 g Raw cocoa powder 250 ml Medjool dates 15 medium size Coconut oil 3 tablespoons Olive oil 1 tablespoon Maple syrup 3 tablespoons Half a teaspoon salt Half a teaspoon of pure vanilla

10 Reasons Gong Baths are a Big Deal

If you know me, you know that I like to joke around almost all the time and about almost everything. There is just very little in this life that I find that I can take seriously. So much of it seems hilarious to me. There are three distinct areas of my life I take very seriously. One area of life is that I care deeply about people. I care about fellow passengers on a bus, I care about those I eat...

Three paradigm shifting lessons from Mark Deutsch

It is an understatement to say that learning how to play the gongs is unique. In many, maybe most, ways it is very different from learning other sorts of musical instruments. For example, if you were to learn piano, typically you would get lessons from a piano teacher.  Of course, you actually don't need to get lessons to play the piano. You can go it alone, and I wouldn't think it was the worst...

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