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A Brief, Personal History of Sound Healing [Medium]

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Returning home from the retreat, with my learned practice of “seeing things as they are,” I began noticing my breath and my ability to quiet mental chatter.


Long after I arrived home from my secondVipassana Meditationcourse, I found myself craving the sound of gongs. During the meditation retreat, the gong was used to signal the beginning of an activity. The ringing called meditators to vegetarian meals which were cooked by volunteers who knew of the transformative power of Vipassana and now wanted to provide service and comfort to those who were sitting. Additionally, the ringing beckoned us to one of three daily sits where all meditators, volunteers, and assistant teachers came together for an hour to practice Vipassana — to practice seeing things as they are.


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