It’s that time of year again - the children are on holiday, for 6 weeks! When my children were younger (they’re 33 & 24 now) the summer break was always a mixed bag, lots of high energy & excitement eventually leading into lots of frustration & boredom. And for the grown ups, a time of hard work honing creativity & organising skills to pro levels. Lots of fun spending time as a family together, discovering the wide variety of things on offer close to home & further afield & always the challenge to find interesting & engaging things to do which we’d all enjoy together.
We do often have requests from people who visit us at the Chiron & love the experience if it would be OK to bring their children along to our Healing Sound sessions & it always creates a bit of a dilemma for us. We love that you want to share the experience with your children & yes, of course, they will love it & don’t we know all too well that young people get stressed, we have to acknowledge that the world they inhabit is a far cry from the idyllic, lazy, sun-filled, summers which pass in a hazy, soft glow that we often see portrayed in those gorgeously nostalgic films we see from time to time. Our children, increasingly, have to navigate a high pressure culture fuelled with unrealistic expectations that they struggle to navigate & live up to. So yes, we know that what we share at the Chiron can be so valuable for youngsters, a little time out of the madness & busyness to slow down & be still with themselves & with you, with nothing to do, nowhere else to be, just find that lovely, easy space within to connect with & nestle into, it’s perfect to reconnect on an altogether ‘softer’, more loving energy.
Everything in us wants to say ‘YES’ immediately, but we are also aware that part of our job is to hold that space in a way that everyone who enters feels welcomed, safe & nurtured. The things we have to consider then are; is the youngster genuinely interested in the experience (or is it more that the parent feels it would be good for them, or that it would be something different to do together & fill a few hours), we know how powerful Healing Sounds are & sometimes the vibrations of the Gongs can be very intense, in our experience, an hour can be just too much & sometimes overwhelming for them, especially as a first experience, and we also have to balance the experience of others attending which might be spoiled if youngsters weren’t able to fully relax into the full hour of sound & of course, as parents, don’t forget that you won’t be able to be fully present if part of your awareness is focused in that ‘supervisor’ role which will effect the depth of relaxation you’ll get.
Taking all that into consideration over the years, we’ve scheduled some Holiday Sound Sessions which take into account all of the above. ‘Old Heart - Young Heart’ sessions are shorter (30 mins) & that gives the children an introduction & the opportunity to discover how they feel about Healing Sound & how the sessions are structured & conducted, they are cheaper (a real consideration if you might be bringing yourself + several youngsters), they are dedicated to children & parents so everybody attending will be understanding & unphased if there’s some fidgeting & settling, it means that we don’t have to impose an age limit (though very young children/babies might be uncomfortable with some of the deeper vibrations, but it is the perfect opportunity to try it out & see how it goes) & it also means that you can observe the effects & get a feel for how the sounds work (or not) for your children. We also spend a little time after the session introducing the youngsters to some of the sound tools we use which they usually love (& they might get a chance to rattle a rattle or drum a drum) - we love to turn people on to how amazing Healing Sounds are & the younger the better.
We, & those who’ve joined us, absolutely love these sessions, they are full of energy, excitement, happiness & interest & we can all simply relax and get the most out of the experience together. Check the schedule for ‘Old Hearts - Young Hearts’ & if you’d like to come & join us, we’d love to see you.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK