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The Complete Guide To Sound Baths and Sound Bathing Therapy

The Complete Guide To Sound Baths and Sound Bathing Therapy

What is a sound bath? The practice of sound bathing, as the name suggests, is the practice of being deeply immersed in sounds and vibrations that have the power to cleanse and heal. It is a journey of self-discovery through deep relaxation and meditation.

Taking a sound bath is taking a holistic approach to relaxation and healing. It can be a perfect escape from the modern stresses of life. A sound bath can cleanse your soul and restore your balance. This stems from the immense power of sound and vibration. Sound has a great influence on our emotions and health and can make us feel happy, energized and relaxed.

During a sound bath, a profound sense of peace and tranquility will surround you. If your sound bath is being conducted using singing bowls, you will feel the healing and cleansing power of various different singing bowls which surround you. All your stress, tension, and depression will become washed away with these vibrations. Both your emotional and physical trauma will be released, making you feel vibrant and lively.

In this article, we discuss the beliefs of  energy practitioners in respect of the health benefits of sound baths, sound healing and sound bath meditation. We will also explain how sound bathing works and describe the tools used during a typical sound bath. We will then discuss how to prepare for a sound bath and describe the experience of participating in a sound bath. We will conclude by discussing the healing properties of sound bathing and how you can create your own sound bath in the comfort of your home.

History of the Sound Bath

When we open up the history books to learn about the origin of sound bathing, we are taken back to the age of the ancient Greeks. Back then, sound frequencies were often used to treat various health ailments, including indigestion, mental disturbance, and insomnia.

It was believed that sound waves could calm the nervous system and balance the physical and spiritual aspects of the body. It was believed that a holistic approach which utilized the power of sound could help to relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety and depression. In fact, in the famous book De Anima, which was written by the ancient Aristotle, there is mention of how music can help purify the soul.

In addition, sound healing has been used in various other cultures for healing and wellness, and has led to the creation of various ancient instruments, from Tibetan singing bowls to Aboriginal didgeridoos. For thousands of years, these instruments, along with chants and mantras, have been used to balance the chakras by awakening consciousness. Healing with sound is the most ancient and natural form of healing.

At the end of the 19th century, researchers began to study the application of music in medicine and healing. Those early studies study revealed that music can affect physical responses, and reduce blood pressure and heart rate while improving the metabolic process.

How Sound Bathing Works

Sound has a powerful impact on our lives and is all around us. Whether or not you use sound-producing instruments such as singing bowls and tuning forks, there is always music around you. Even a simple walk in nature will surround you with the harmonic music of the wild. Music provides relief from pain and discomfort and makes you feel relaxed.

Sound bathing is the practice of intentionally creating waves of harmonic sound which envelop and surround your body. Whether you are actively participating in the creation of the sounds or acting as a passive receiver, you will feel the healing effects of sound bathing.

Sound healing practitioners use different methods of sound therapy to enhance your emotional and physical well-being. These practices are based on the belief that sounds and vibrational forces can directly influence your health and well-being.

According to quantum physics, every cell is made up of small pieces of vibrating matter joined together by magnetic forces. It is believed that during illness or disease the vibration in the cells is less effective or there is a reduction in the frequency of the vibration. Alternative health practitioners theorize that when your body is exposed to healing sounds, the sound vibration helps to raise the frequency of your body which brings health and spiritual enhancement. This is the basis for the belief of alternative health practitioners that sound therapy helps you to achieve an optimal vibration.

Sound Bathing Tools

Energy healing practitioners use different instruments or sound tools to create different frequencies depending on a person’s particular needs. These vibrations influence different energy fields of the body affecting the chakra or aura to bring balance to a person’s life force energy (prana). This encourages physical, emotional and spiritual growth and healing.

These are some of the tools commonly used during sound bathing sessions:

Tibetan Singing Bowl - This sound tool has its origin in ancient Tibetan Buddhism and is made using different metals. Practitioners strike the bowl with a mallet to create a vibration that helps to balance your energy. Singing bowls used in sound baths are often referred to as sound bath bowls, and sound baths which rely largely on the use of Tibetan singing bowls are often called Tibetan sound baths. Singing bowls are known to have excellent health benefits and have been used since ancient times.

Crystal Singing Bowl - These bowls are made of quartz crystals. Crystal singing bowls are designed to produce a specific tone to align with your specific energy center. Crystal singing bowls are often used in sound baths in conjunction with other crystal singing bowls or Tibetan singing bowls.

Tuning Forks - These are made of steel and produce a single precise tone. The practitioner will often tap the fork and hold it near your body.

Crystal Pyramid - Quartz is molded into the shape of a pyramid. The practitioner uses a mallet to strike different parts of the pyramid that produces a ringing sound which helps balance your energy.

Chimes - It is believed that wind chimes can cleanse your aura. They are commonly used by practitioners in feng shui.

Gong - This tool plays soft sacred music in a geometric pattern. It is also believed that loud sound vibration from a gong can release stuck or trapped energy from your body.

Drum - In many ritual practices, drums are used as a symbol of divinity. Drums help to heal by improving focus and stimulating your energy center.

Digital Sound - In this modern age, sound bathing can be performed using digital sounds generated by smartphone applications or digital recordings. Although this method is not as effective as vibrations that are produced in your physical presence, they can still help to relax and balance your chakra.

How to Prepare for a Sound Bath

Preparing for a sound bath means preparing yourself for physical and emotional cleansing and healing. Bringing any emotions or thoughts to your sound bath session can inhibit the healing and cleansing process. Be aware of your thought process and try to avoid distraction in order to fully benefit from the practice.

Being mindful in anticipation for your sound bath will help relax and prepare you for the process of sound healing. On the day of your sound bath, spend your day reading and relaxing.

Some things to consider before your sound bath:

  • Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Sound waves travel better through water. When you are well hydrated, you will have a better experience. 
  • Eat light and healthy food. A sound bath becomes more impactful when you have an empty stomach.
  • Set your intentions and be positive.
  • Wear warm, comfortable and flexible clothing.
  • Try to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to your sound bating ceremony. Settle yourself in the space with a calm mind. 

The Sound Bath Experience

Sound baths are offered in either individual or group sessions. Follow your instincts during the session. If you feel like standing, then you should stand. Alternatively, if you feel like you want to lay down in savasana, do that.

During a sound bathing session, everyone will feel intense vibrations surrounding their body. Some will receive those vibrations and feel themselves moving to a meditative state. Others may experience emotional release. Have a clear intention and let go of your stress. Whatever you feel is all good, so let your feelings come and go. Being open in this manner will help you release deep-rooted emotions. You might have moments where you feel very happy or very sad. You might even cry during the session. Whatever happens is fine.  Let your emotions flow and accept the release.

During sound bathing, your facilitator may use a variety of tools to create sonic space, which is the frequency range that an instrument or a vocal sound takes up when it is played. Generally, a collection of singing bowls are used, although some sessions may also use tuning forks, chimes and drums. Each instrument creates its own frequency which will help guide you to a meditative state. These sound waves are known to trigger the creation of theta brain waves, which are associated with deep relaxation and healing.

Sound bathing generally starts with a light breathing exercise which gradually quietens your mind. You will likely be told to lay down in savasana to feel comfortable and relaxed. The session may last for 60 to 90 minutes. At the end of the session, the instructor will bring you back to reality using some focused breathing. Every person experiences sound bathing differently. It may shift you into a state of deep relaxation or an altered state of consciousness, or you may even find yourself falling asleep, which is fine. The room will usually be dimly lit to set the mood.

Different sound bath instruments serve different purposes. Crystal and singing bowls help to keep you grounded, resonate with your chakra and allow you to attain a meditative state. Bells and gongs help to remove deeply stuck energy.

Group sessions for sound bathing generally cost between $35 to $60, while individual sessions often cost a bit more and often between $150 and $250.

After completion of the sound bathing session, spend the rest of your day relaxing. Have a light meal and go to sleep early.

Healing Properties of the Sound Bath

Experiencing deep rest, relaxation and bringing balance to your chakra is the goal of the sound bath. The harmonic vibrations produced by singing bowls, gongs or other sound bathing tools are intended to stimulate alpha and theta brain waves which resonate and trigger the deep meditative state of the brain in a way that stimulates healing. When done regularly, sound bathing can have profound health benefits. The following are a list of some of the health benefits of sound bathing:

Helps to release stress and anxiety - Sound vibrations help to reduce anxiety and stress. They also help your brain enter a deep meditative state, which creates an environment conducive to cleansing and healing. In fact, studies have shown that meditative therapies can reduce anxiety and that relaxing music can reduce stress and anxiety.

Decreases blood pressure and balances your nervous system - The sound vibrations produced in sound baths bring physiological as well as psychological benefits. When you enter a mindful meditative state, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced. In fact, research published in the Journal Of Psychiatric Research found that mindful meditation practice can decrease the physiological markers like heart rate, systolic blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Helps you to focus better and achieve a deep meditative state - Meditation has many healing benefits but attaining a full meditative state with a completely clear mind is not easy. The vibrations produced during a sound bath compel you to focus on the intense sounds, which helps you keep your mind clear of thoughts and distractions. As a result, a sound bath is a simple way of attaining a full meditative state.

Helps balance your chakra and makes you feel relaxed - Sound bathing creates a completely safe and relaxed space. When you are lying in savasana, a comfortable and restorative pose, sound bathing can allow your body to feel more relaxed. It helps your mind let go of thoughts and rejuvenates and recharges you.

Helps you find inner peace - A sound bath helps you completely reset your mind and reconnect with yourself. The healing vibrations expand your consciousness and bring inner peace. In fact, studies have  revealed that the use of Himalayan singing bowls in meditation practice greatly enhance physiological and psychological responses before attaining complete relaxation.

How to Create your Own Sound Bath

Attending an organized sound bath or an energy healing session is always impactful. But, when that is not possible, there are ways you can harness this powerful practice in the comfort of your own home. The easiest way to do this is to use singing bowls, which are very effective healing tools and very useful for use in sound bathing. Accordingly, it is a great idea to always have at least one singing bowl at home.

You should follow these steps in order to create your own sound bath at home:

    • Begin by clearing out negative energy from your space. Hold a singing bowl in one hand and use your other hand to strike your bowl with your mallet as you move around your house.
    • Once you have cleansed your space, sit in a comfortable position and surround yourself with your singing bowls. If you only have one singing bowl, hold it in your hand.  Light a candle to set the mood and increase the flow of spiritual energy. 
    • Set your intentions on peace, love or hope and play your singing bowl. Connect with the sound resonating from your singing bowl.
    • Breath deeply and focus on your intentions. Feel relaxed and let the sound vibration bring deep harmony and inner peace.
    • Singing along with your singing bowls can make you feel empowered. Let your intentions guide you. When you give yourself completely to your practice, you will have a wonderful experience and feel vitalized.
    • When you are finished, sit silently for a few seconds and express inner thanks for your practice. Show your gratitude for your singing bowls and for your own efforts.

    As an alternative to the above, you can also consider creating a sound bath by listening to digital recordings of singing bowls or other sound bathing tools. The benefit of this method is that you need not occupy yourself with playing any singing bowls. Instead, you can lay down in savasana and listen to the digital sounds while attempting to attain a deep meditative state.

    However, please note that most alternative health practitioners believe that the healing benefits of sound bathing are greatly increased when you are physically present with the tools that are creating the vibrations, rather than merely listening to a record of a previous sound bathing session conducted elsewhere.

    Conclusion

    The sound bath is the most natural and primal form of healing. This powerful practice brings a sense of relaxation and peace, which resets and rejuvenates your mind and body. Although sound bathing sessions can be somewhat expensive, you can create your own sound bathing experience by purchasing your own Tibetan singing bowl and following the steps set out above.

    We invite you to get your own singing bowl today!

     

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        Chakras and Singing Bowls: Complete Guide

        Chakras and Singing Bowls: Complete Guide

        Singing bowls can have a powerful positive impact on the chakras. In this blog post, we explain the benefits that singing bowls can have on the chakras, discuss which types of singing bowls correspond to the different chakras, and describe some ways to align or heal chakras with singing bowls. Let's dive in!

        Introduction

        Tibetan singing bowls, or simply singing bowls, are great tools for meditation. Singing bowls have been used in Buddhist traditions for hundreds of years and have gained popularity in the Western World in the past few decades. Most commonly, singing bowls are used to guide meditation or accompany yoga in the West, but there are many different, beneficial uses of singing bowls. One use that practitioners of singing bowls have found is that singing bowls possess the ability to treat and realign chakras. This guide is for anyone interested in learning more about the special relationship between chakras and Tibetan singing bowls. 

        This guide covers the following subjects: 

        • What are chakras? 
          • What are the different kinds of chakras?
        • How do chakras relate to singing bowls? 
        • What are the benefits that singing bowls can have on chakras? 
        • What types of singing bowls correspond to the different kinds of chakras? 
        • What are some ways to align or heal chakras with singing bowls? 
          • Chakra awareness meditation 
          • How to balance chakras 
          • How to use a chakra singing bowl set

        What are Chakras?

        Perhaps you have just recently purchased a singing bowl and are researching the various ways and methods singing bowls can improve your life and you’ve come across the link between chakra healing and singing bowls. You may have read that singing bowls and their notes can heal chakras, but you may or may not be familiar with what chakras are. If that is the case, let’s first begin by discussing what chakras are. 


        Source: 
        The Law of Attraction 

        Chakras are energy centers located in certain parts of your body. Chakras originate in Hindu and Buddhist traditions and date back as far as 1,000 B.C.E.. Thousands of years later, the concept of chakras has transcended its humble beginnings and is now recognized across many different cultures and countries. There are seven primary chakras, or seven energy centers, located along the center channel of the body, commonly thought of as the spine. While these seven chakras are the most recognizable of the chakra system within us, there are hundreds of these energy centers elsewhere in the body and around the body’s energy field. The seven chakras are present to facilitate a harmonious flow of energy within our bodies, while subtle body/minor chakras play a much subtler role. 

        The seven primary chakras are ordered by color and have associations with specific elements, symbols, gemstones and musical notes. When these chakras are working together in a healthy flow of energy, you should feel like the best version of yourself. Unobstructed chakras are associated with good health and well-being. However, when one or more of these energy centers are out of balance or blocked, this is when you might find yourself with a great number of emotional, mental or physical problems. Singing bowls are said to balance and unblock these chakras, restoring balance within the body. When using singing bowls to cleanse your chakras, it is very important to know which chakras are affected so that you can better focus your healing on specific chakras. 

        What are the Different Kinds of Chakras?

        As stated previously, there are seven main chakras. These chakras will be the focus of our discussion about singing bowls, but remember that most literature identifies hundreds of chakras within our bodies and around us. 

        Root Chakra 


        Source: 
        The Law of Attraction

        The Root chakra, also called the First or Base Chakra, can be found at the base of the spine. This chakra is related to our emotional and mental stability. When this chakra is aligned, we feel more grounded and have more trust in the world. It is also associated with prosperity and health. When this chakra is out of balance, you may feel afraid, anxious or fatigued. Physical ailments that may arise when you root chakra is out of balance include bowel and intestinal issues, depression and back issues. This chakra can become blocked or unbalanced if something threatens your basic survival needs. The corresponding element to the root chakra is earth and its corresponding gemstones are obsidian and garnet. It is associated with the color red and the musical Note C. 

        Sacral Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Sacral Chakra, also known as the Second Chakra or the Sexual Chakra, is located in the middle of the abdomen between the navel and the pubic bone. Not only does this chakra relate to your sexuality and relationships, but it is also key to your creativity. A balanced sacral chakra brings about creative inspiration and passion to create not only art, but improve your relationships and connections with others. When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience boredom and frustration or feel uninspired. You may also struggle emotionally in your relationships. Physical symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra include low sex drive, reproductive issues and urinary discomfort, which is why sacral chakra healing can be so important. The sacral chakra can become misaligned if you are in an unsatisfying relationship. The corresponding element to the sacral chakra is water and its corresponding gemstone is carnelian. It is associated with the color orange and the musical Note D. 

        Solar Plexus Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Solar Plexus Chakra, or Third Chakra, is located in the upper abdomen, between the breastbone and the navel. This chakra is sometimes called the “personal power” chakra because it is associated with our emotions, self-esteem, autonomy and determination. When this chakra is balanced and unblocked, we feel more empowered and have a clearer view of our future successes. When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience poor self-esteem or overcompensate your lack of confidence by being overly aggressive and dominant. Physical symptoms may include digestive and stomach issues. This chakra can become misaligned if you experience failure or unpleasant social interactions. The corresponding element to the sacral chakra is fire and its corresponding gemstones are citrine and topaz. It is associated with the color yellow and the musical Note E. 

        Heart Chakra


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest. As the name might suggest, the heart chakra is related to compassion, friendship and empathy. It also governs our ability to create more love in our lives. When this chakra is working properly, we can experience more love and peace within ourselves and the people around us. When the heart chakra is blocked or unbalanced, our relationships with others suffer because we’ll often struggle to relate or empathize with them. Physical symptoms of a misaligned heart chakra include high blood pressure and a weak immune system. The corresponding element to the heart chakra is air and its corresponding gemstones are aventurine and rose quartz. It is associated with the color green, though sometimes it may be shown as pink, and the musical Note F. 

        Throat Chakra


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Throat Chakra is located at the base of the throat. This chakra is often associated with our ability to communicate, express ourselves and speak our truth. When the throat chakra is in perfect balance, your communication with others will be effective and efficient. However, when the throat chakra experiences misalignment, you may struggle with keeping secrets or not be able to express yourself clearly. Physical symptoms of a blocked throat chakra include pain in the neck, sore throats, stuttering or mouth ulcers. Instances of poor communication, such as a bad interview or argument, can shift the throat chakra. The corresponding element to the throat chakra is ether and its corresponding gemstone is azurite. It is associated with the color azure blue and the musical Note G. 

        Third Eye Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Third Eye chakra, also called the Ajna center, is located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. This chakra relates to our ability to understand and visualize the bigger picture in life. It governs our intuition and potential psychic abilities. Unlocking or balancing the third eye chakra nurtures intuitive ability and improves memory and imagination. When your third eye chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience feelings of worthlessness or doubt yourself. Additionally, you may have trouble sleeping and struggle with learning new things. The corresponding element to the third eye chakra is extrasensory perception (ESP) and its corresponding gemstone is lapis lazuli. It is associated with the color indigo blue and the musical Note A. 

        Crown Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The final primary chakra is the Crown Chakra, sometimes called the Head Chakra or “thousand petal lotus” chakra. The crown chakra can be found at the top of the head. It is associated with spirituality, cosmic awareness and wisdom. The highest of the chakras, the crown chakra is responsible for creating a life you love and achieving inner peace. A balanced crown chakra allows you to be in harmony with your life and the world around. You will be more thoughtful and be better prepared to face life’s challenges. A crown chakra that is unbalanced or blocked may cause you to feel lost, confused and depressed. Physical ailments associated with a blocked crown chakra include chronic headaches and fatigue. The corresponding elements to the crown chakra are thought and pure light; its corresponding gemstone is amethyst. It is associated with the color violet and the musical Note B.

        Subtle and Minor Chakras

        Subtle body and minor chakras are chakras inside our bodies and around our energy fields (in addition to the seven primary chakras). There are several layers of vibrating energy that make up the energy fields around us and each of these levels contain a number of subtle body chakras. Some important subtle body chakras to note are:

        • Om Chakra
        • High Sacral Chakra
        • High Heart Chakra
        • Soul Chakra 
        • Soul Star Chakra 

        These chakras are associated with many different things, from spirituality to clairvoyance. Subtle and minor chakras tend to correspond with musical scales with sharp key signatures. For example, the Om Chakra is cleansed with Note C#, while the Soul Chakra corresponds with the Note G#. These chakras do not function the same way the primary chakras do. You may find that focusing on balancing just the seven primary chakras is a better use of effort and time as these chakras have a greater affect on your health and well-being. 

        What are the Benefits that Singing Bowls Can Have on Chakras?

        As we noted above, singing bowls possess the ability to realign or heal chakras. This is because each of these energy centers has a “unique vibrational frequency.” These frequencies can interact with the vibration frequencies that are created when playing a singing bowl. Like any musical instrument, Tibetan singing bowls rely on friction and vibration, like striking or rimming the bowl with a mallet, to create sound. According to Jevon Dängeli, an Authentic Self Empowerment (ASE) Facilitator and Trainer, the sound waves created when one plays a singing bowl interact with the unbalanced chakras causing them to self-correct. Chakra balancing with singing bowls restores a “harmonious flow of energy” to the chakra system in a natural and calming way.    

        What Types of Singing Bowls Correspond to the Different Kinds of Chakras?

        Crystal singing bowls are often the type of singing bowls associated with chakra healing. However, you will find that many different types of singing bowls will help tune your chakras. The type of singing bowl you need can also depend on the chakra that needs healing. Some specialists believe that specific tones work for specific chakras. In the section about chakras, each chakra was listed with a particular musical note. Most practitioners work with the C major scale, which has seven notes, each of which corresponds to one of the primary chakras. Additionally, there are other musical scales that contain more notes that correspond with subtle body chakras.

        If you know which chakra needs balancing, you can select a bowl that corresponds with this chakra. It is generally believed that lower tones work for lower chakras and higher tones work for higher chakras. For example, if your crown chakra is blocked (the highest chakra), the note B (the highest pitch on the C major scale) should be played. There are many singing bowls available that are tuned to specific notes on the C major scale, making it possible to purchase a singing bowl for each chakra individually or in a set. 

        Source: Jevon Dängeli

        It is also possible to heal chakras without the use of specifically toned singing bowls or a chakra set. While corresponding tunings may target specific chakras more effortlessly, any singing bowl can be used with chakras as long as you are intentional with your playing and meditation. As long as you believe that there is a relationship between singing bowls and chakras, this creates an environment that allows healing to occur. Another general rule if you are not in the market for a specifically tuned bowl is to remember that higher chakras respond to higher pitches and vice versa. Smaller singing bowls, such as Manipuri or Remuna bowls, tend to produce higher pitches. Larger singing bowls, like Jambati or Ultabati bowls, produce lower pitches. Keep this in mind when selecting a singing bowl to balance your chakras. 

        What are Some Ways to Align or Heal Chakras with Singing Bowls?

        As we have already discussed, if one or more chakras are unbalanced or blocked, they can cause a troublesome amount of mental, emotional and physical problems. This is why there are many practices, methods and meditations available for those wishing to realign their chakras. When first learning to balance chakras with singing bowls, it is important to note that it may take practice and patience before you are able to heal your chakras. 

        Chakra Awareness Meditation 

        The best way to restore harmony to your chakras with singing bowls is through Chakra Awareness Meditation. This meditation allows you to discover and pinpoint which chakras are unbalanced or blocked. To begin, create a quiet, relaxed environment through the use of candles, calming scents, soft lighting and whatever else makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. You may also want to incorporate gemstones in the environment. It may help to have present the corresponding gemstones that each chakra is associated with. Sit or lie down comfortably but maintain an aligned and straight spinal column. Start by relaxing your body, taking deep breaths and clearing your mind.

        Once you are fully relaxed, focus on the location of the first chakra, the root chakra, at the base of your spine. Observe the energy in this area. What is happening there? Is energy flowing? Is it a small center of energy or a large one? How is it moving? Once you feel that you have an understanding of the state this chakra is in, move on to the next chakra, the sacral chakra, and repeat this process. Observe each chakra in this manner, moving from lowest to highest chakra. It may be helpful to take notes on what you see. 

        How to Balance Chakras 

        After completing the Chakra Awareness Meditation, you may have discovered that one or more of your chakras are misaligned or blocked. Therefore, you are now ready to begin balancing your chakras with a singing bowl. The singing bowl can be played by yourself or by another person who is assisting your healing. If another person is helping you or you are helping another person, the individual tuning their chakras should lie comfortably on the floor or bed. Avoid using any pillows, as pillows elevate your head and lift it out of alignment with the spine. If you are alone, sit or lie comfortably with easy access to your singing bowl. 

        Begin playing your singing bowl by either striking it with a mallet three times or rubbing the mallet around the rim to create resonance. Then, similar to the Chakra Awareness Meditation, focus on the specific chakra that needs healing. Visualize the way this chakra will heal: fill it with light or love. Imagine that the energy center is warming up in the light. Envision the energy or the vibrations aligning along your spinal column. Take as much time as you need. Once you are satisfied with your visualization, move on to the next chakra that needs your attention or end the meditation. If you wish to heal or realign each primary chakra, repeat this process with each chakra starting with your lowest chakra, the root chakra, and making  your way up to the highest chakra, the crown chakra. Once reaching the crown chakra, you can then work your way back down and end on the root chakra. 

        This is just one way of meditating and healing chakras with your singing bowl. There are other methods of playing your singing bowl or meditating that might work better for you. There are also meditation practises that recommend placing your singing bowl on your body near the location of the chakra and playing it there. The vibrations shared between the skin and the bowl can be quite healing, though please refer to our guide about the dangers of singing bowls before placing a singing bowl on your body. Regular chakra cleansing sessions with your singing bowl can be done daily if you wish.

        Remember that there is no wrong way to do this type of healingas long as you are intentional and open to healing, you are doing it right. 

        How to Use a Chakra Singing Bowl Set

        Finally, it is possible to balance your chakras with a chakra singing bowl set, also known as chakra bowls. In this case you will need seven singing bowls, each of which are tuned to one of the seven notes on the C major scale. Before meditating and visualizing, play the specific bowl that corresponds to the chakra you are cleansing. Between each chakra, allow the sound of the previous singing bowl to fade away or gently place your hand on the side of the bowl to stop the resonance before playing the next bowl. Some people find that singing bowl sets work great when wanting to make body contact with the bowl. The seven different chakra singing bowls can be placed on or around your body and played by someone assisting you. 

        Conclusion

        Chakras are potent energy centers that have the power to allow or prevent you from being your best self. One way to live a fulfilling and healthy life is to meditate and keep these chakras balanced and unobstructed. Purchasing and playing a singing bowl is a perfect and natural way to correct misaligned chakras within the body. We hope that this guide has been informational and has provided a better understanding of the special relationship between singing bowls and chakras. 

        We invite you to get your own singing bowl today! Happy playing and happy healing! 

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        Clearing Negative Energy with Singing Bowls

        Clearing Negative Energy with Singing Bowls

        The home is a fundamental human need. It welcomes you after a tiring day and protects you from the elements. It is where you and your family thrive, and where relationships are built and strengthened. Whether you live in an apartment, bungalow, mansion or flat, it is essential that your home allows you to recuperate and rejuvenate your body and mind.

        Because human beings absorb and exhibit a particular kind of energy, your home may, at certain times or during specific occasions, make you feel energized, relaxed, or even stressed. Particular areas or rooms of your house can evoke feelings of joy, or maybe feelings of gloom.

        These energies are namely positive and negative. Perhaps the principles of feng shui have best tried to grasp and explain this phenomenon. The negative energy is identified as sha chi (translated as killing or attacking energy) and si chi (lifeless and dying energy). On the other hand, positive energy is referred to sheng chi and is the bright, uplifting energy that refreshes and invigorates.

        There are various factors at work which create the energetic atmosphere of your home. It can be caused by the design, the cleanliness and orderliness of the objects, or the emotions and conditions that were manifested by the people living within it. There are easy and practical ways you can try to cleanse your home of negative energy, simply by opening the windows, repairing broken objects, or clearing a cluttered space.

        Clearing Negative Energy with Singing Bowls

        One way of clearing unwanted energy in your home is with sound. An empty and quiet house can easily absorb negative and stagnant vibes, and bells have often been used to drive these energies away from a particular space.

        A special kind of bell known as the singing bowl produces a pure, resonating tone and is an effective instrument in clearing negative energy. These bowls are also valued for their capacity to bring the body’s energy levels into balance. In fact, they are used in meditation sessions and Ayurvedic sound therapy treatment.  

        Tibetan singing bowls are frequently used in cleansing the home and ridding it of low and confined energy. In feng shui, singing bowls are often utilized to create positive sounds which causes negative energy to disperse. When negative energy is cleared, fresh new chi can flow through the house. Singing bowls also help improve the effectiveness of feng shui.

        There are specific steps to follow when using a singing bowl for space-clearing sessions. Firstly, position the bowl on the palm of your hand, taking your time to feel and appreciate the bowl’s weight. Then, when you are ready, start to play the bowl by striking its rim gently. Hit the bowl a few more times and get familiar with the sound that is produced. This is a good time to immerse yourself in the bowl’s sound and let its purifying effects flow through your body. Another way of playing the bowl is by circling the rim clockwise with the mallet.  

        Move through your home one room at a time. In each place, produce a sound from your singing bowl by striking it three times. Pay attention to the tone that the bowl produces. You may be able to notice that in some sections of your home you will hear a dull sound being emitted, while in other areas the sound may be bright and sharp. These differing tones represent the “dead” and “alive” energy of your house. Playing the singing bowl can help bring these energies into positive balance.

        To release negative energy from within the walls of each room, stay near them as you play the singing bowl. You may also focus on the doors and windows as these are considered portals from which energy outside flows inward. You can do this by playing the bowl and moving it clockwise around the door and window frames several times.

        For spaces within the home that you feel especially troubled and anxious, you may place the bowl on a table in the center of the room and play it for a longer duration.

        Other Ways to Clear Negative Energy

        Prior to playing the singing bowl during cleansing sessions, you may wish to burn some incense in each room. Good choices include sandalwood, sage, and lavender. When used for this purpose, it is believed that the aroma summons spiritual forces that facilitate the creation of positive energy.

        Salt is also known to have cleansing properties, and you can pour it into each corner of the room and allow it to absorb the negative energy for 48 hours. After this time, ensure you dispose of it and not allow it to remain in your house. Crystals are also believed to possess the same capability. One of the most recommended crystals is the black tourmaline, which is used as protection from bad energy. Place black tourmalines in a jar with water and position them in the corners and entryways of your home.

        With this understanding of how energies can affect your house and living space, you may wish to purchase a singing bowl of your own. If you are shopping online, make certain that the weight of the bowl is listed in the description. This way you can ensure that it will be comfortable for you to hold while you move around your home using it.

        Although these practices are not easily defined in a physical manner, they do influence your well-being. If you are feeling heavy, negative vibes in your home, consider trying these easy tips to help usher in fresh and positive energy. You can also get your very own Tibetan singing bowl to use in ridding your home of negative energies.

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        How to Play a Tibetan Singing Bowl

        How to Play a Tibetan Singing Bowl

        Many of our customers who are new to singing bowls come to us with questions about how to play their bowl. Playing a Tibetan singing bowl for the first time can be challenging, but with a little practice, it can be easy, fun and rewarding!

        There are two ways to play a singing bowl. The first is to strike the side of the bowl with a mallet. The second is to rub the rim of the bowl with a mallet. In this blog post we explain each method more thoroughly as well as some advanced techniques you can also explore once you become more familiar with playing singing bowls.

        Method 1: Striking

        Striking is arguably the easiest way to play a singing bowl. This is a great introduction to playing the bowl and is suitable for all ages.

        1. Simply hold the bowl in the palm of your non-dominant hand, and the mallet in your dominant hand.
        2. Hold the mallet like a baton and lightly strike the bowl with the padded side of the mallet on the bowl’s mid-exterior wall.
        3. Striking the bowl will produce a pleasant, rich tone.
        4. We recommend striking the bowl once and letting the sound and vibrations fully dissipate before striking again.

        Method 2: Rimming

        This method can be more challenging but can easily be mastered with practice. If it is your first time attempting to play a singing bowl, anticipate practicing a few times before being able to master this technique. Patience is key!

        1. Begin in a relaxed seated position with a straight spine while maintaining a natural breath.
        2. Hold the bowl in the palm of your non-dominant hand, and the mallet in your dominant hand.
        3. This time, grip the mallet in the center with your forefinger and thumb like a pen with the padded end of the mallet gently resting in the web between the thumb and forefinger.
        4. Lightly strike the bowl on the mid-exterior wall to ‘warm-up’ the bowl and before the vibrations dissipate, immediately position the mallet vertically near the rim of the bowl and begin circling the rim in a clockwise motion. It is important to start circling the rim as soon as you make contact with it to start the singing. If you place the mallet against the rim without moving it, the initial sound from striking will be dampened and you will have difficulty making the bowl sing.
        5. Circle the bowl at least five times using a full-arm movement until you begin to hear the female overtone build. The circling motion is similar to stirring a pot and it’s important to keep the mallet vertical.
        6. As the female overtone builds you can slow your speed and make firmer contact between the mallet and rim. As you continue, the female overtone will sound sweet and clear. It’s important to continue to apply pressure as the friction between the mallet and bowl produces vibrations which result in the singing sound.

        You may also start circling the rim without first striking the bowl, however we find the vibrations produced by initially striking the bowl make it much easier to play for beginners. As you get the hang of it, you can experiment with different techniques.

        Breaking in Your Mallet

        When you receive your new Tibetan singing bowl, it comes with a mallet made of Himalayan hardwood with a padded surface. When you play your bowl with the rimming method, the friction of the mallet produces vibrations which result in sound. To start, the mallet will be smooth on both ends, but as you use it, it will begin to develop ‘micro-grooves’ which help grip the rim of the bowl better. We generally recommend playing your bowl with a new mallet for about five minutes to sufficiently break in the mallet. As you continue to use the mallet, you will notice the bowl has improved sound and is easier to play.

        Video Demonstration

        For a visual instruction on how to play a singing bowl, please see our video below. Like our video, you can place the bowl on a flat surface like a tabletop, cushion or carpet to play. Alternatively, you can also rest the bowl in the palm of your hand or on your fingertips as per the rimming instructions above. Holding the bowl can be easier and also feels amazing because you can feel the resonance from the bowl as it sings.

        Advanced Techniques

        Water Bowl Sounds

        Adding a small amount of water to the bowl produces a very special sound reminiscent of dolphins singing!

        1. Add about ¾ cup of water to the bowl being careful to not get any water on the rim or outside of the bowl.
        2. Play the bowl using the rimming method outlines above.
        3. Move the mallet away from the rim and let the bowl continue to sing.
        4. Tilt the bowl slightly so the water moves towards the rim. Continue tilting the bowl until the water begins to swirl.
        5. Afterwards be sure to empty the bowl and dry thoroughly.

        Try this method with different amounts of water to see the different effects. Generally the least amount of water produces the most beautiful sound but the amount needed can vary depending on the size of the singing bowl.

        Rimming with a Padded Mallet

        You can also circle the bowl with the padded side of the mallet for a different sound. We love the sound of a singing bowl when played with the padded side of the mallet, but it can be more challenging. Follow the rimming method outlined above but hold the mallet with the padded side facing down and use a lighter pressure when circling the rim. This method will produce a more of a bass tone that is very pleasant and relaxing.

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        Meditation and Singing Bowls

        Meditation and Singing Bowls

        We think you'd agree with us when we say that singing bowls are beautiful, both visually and acoustically. But did you know that singing bowls can also help you with meditation? In this blog post, we discuss the importance of meditation and how singing bowls can help with meditation.

        Introduction

        These days everyone is busier than ever, and many things compete for our time, focus and energy. We do our best to divide our efforts among many responsibilities, such as family, work and school. It seems there is a heightened pressure to accomplish more tasks in the limited time that we have. Not only that, our smart phones and other technological tools often cause us to spend more of our time on things that, while entertaining, do not provide long-term beneficial value.

        For some, taking a time-out to recollect and get grounded is unthinkable given the burden of other responsibilities. Unfortunately, this can create an increase in stress and anxiety. Prolonged exposure to stress and anxiety can lead to serious health risks which include irritability, headaches, insomnia, and depression. Stress and anxiety can also negatively affect the different systems of the body.

        Anxiety and Stress in Today’s Modern World

        The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States and affect an estimated 40 million people aged 18 and older every year. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) also found that 77% of people experience physical symptoms of stress, 73% of people experience regular psychological symptoms caused by stress, and 48% have stated that their level of stress has increased in the past five years.

        There are many causes of stress that may differ from one individual to another, but, for many, there are similar causes underlying stress. One of the top causes of stress, according to the AIS, is job pressure. Many people become overly concerned with tension with colleagues at work, including their superiors, and are often overworked. Another common cause of stress is money, and such stress may arise due to a sense of anxiety over the loss or potential loss of a job, reduced retirement savings, or medical expenses.

        Health related stresses can include medical crises and terminal or chronic illnesses. Stress over relationships can be caused by many factors such as divorce, the death of a partner, arguments and loneliness. Interestingly, media overload (namely stress from television, radio, internet, email, and social networks) ranked the sixth most common cause of stress. Sleep deprivation and the inability to release adrenaline and stress hormones are also cited as factors that caused stress.

        According to Psychology Today, there are five sources of stress and anxiety in today’s modern world: having to interact with a greater diversity of people, assessing ourselves against high and often unattainable standards, the need to specialize in a specific field, increasingly competitive marketplaces, and the speed at which innovations are emerging.

        According to Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, increased levels of stress have made the nervous system continually activate the 'fight or flight' response. This can cause an increase in blood pressure, oxygen consumption and heart rate. Chronic levels of stress are also correlated with hypertension and heart disease.

        What is Meditation

        We commonly associate meditation with the act of keeping still in a seated position and emptying our minds of all present preoccupations. Some may even have the misconception that meditation is only for those seeking enlightenment.

        Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, defines mindful meditation as the “awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment non-judgmentally.” It entails focusing single-mindedly on a specific thing or focal point.  

        The origin of the word meditation comes from the Latin word meditatum, and means “to ponder.” It goes beyond physical relaxation since it actively engages the mind. It is typically perceived as a heightened state of conscious awareness. Ultimately, it strives for a state of inner peace, stillness, silence, and being in union with one’s inner self.

        Meditation in History

        Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. The religions credited for being the earliest to practice meditation are Hinduism and Buddhism. Vedantism, a school of Hinduism, held the earliest accounts of meditation and was recorded around 1500 BCE. Meditation in Hinduism is referred to as dhyana, and it evolved into other forms within Buddhism and Taoism in China by the 5th and 6th centuries BCE.

        Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha or the Enlightened One, and from whom the religion sprang, firmly believed he could achieve enlightenment through deep meditation. Although there are discrepancies as to the correct timeline of Siddhartha Gautama’s lifetime, scholars agree that he might have died sometime between 410 and 370 BCE. 

        Buddhism’s spread in East Asia is attributed to Bodhidharma, an Indian monk who spread Buddhist principles in China that became known as Chan or Chinese Zen. Buddhism was later introduced to Japan and Korea via trade routes and different forms of it began to emerge. Japan developed its own version, which is now called Zen Buddhism. Dosho, a Japanese Buddhist monk, traveled to China to learn about Zen. When he returned home, he founded the first meditation hall in the country. He also outlined the instructions for sitting meditation, which became known as Zazen. 

        By the 12th century, a Carthusian monk named Guigo II established a more methodological concept of meditation in the context of Christianity known as Lectio Divina. It involves reading scripture, reflecting on the truth, prayer, and contemplation.  

        During the 1960s and onwards, meditation has attracted the attention of scientific researchers who have sought to determine its benefits objectively. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program was developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to use meditative techniques in treating patients with chronic diseases.

        Meditation in Different Religions

        Meditation is an integral part of many cultures and presents itself in various forms within the different religions of the world. Judaism’s version of meditation is the Kabbalah and hitbodedut, where meditators contemplate on the different names of God. In Islam, meditation comes in the form of Tafakkur, where one reflects on goodness and evil, and the lessons from the creation of Allah. Buddhists perform meditation as a means to achieve enlightenment, and their meditation has varying styles which include Zen, Tibetan, and Theravadan.

        Secular Forms of Meditation

        Meditation can be practiced without any religious involvement. Transcendental meditation introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one such example. It focuses more on becoming relaxed, reducing stress and encouraging self-development. Common methods of non-religious meditation involve dedicating time to engage in deep-breathing exercises.

        Another similar method of meditation is known as the 'Relaxation Response'. Dr. Herbert Benson created the concept and proposed that it could be an effective remedy for different types of stress-related problems. This process counters the body’s 'fight or flight response' and assists the body in returning to pre-stress levels. It also engages the parasympathetic sector of the nervous system which is responsible for relaxation and digestion.

        Benefits of Meditation

        Several studies have investigated the benefits of meditation objectively.

        Researchers from Yale performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on both novice and experienced meditators to observe the effects that different techniques had on them. They discovered that there was reduced activity in the default mode network of the brain when they ran the scan on advanced meditators. The prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex were the areas particularly affected, and this effect was seen to occur no matter what type of meditation was practiced. The default mode network has been connected to lapses of attention and disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and even the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

        A study conducted by Richard, et al. explored the changes that occur within the brain and the body’s immune function as a result of mindfulness meditation. In the study, which ran for eight weeks, the researchers measured the electrical activity within the brains of 25 employees who were divided into a meditators group and a wait-list control group. The individuals in the meditators group were to perform mindfulness meditation in their workplace environment for the eight week period. After the eight week period concluded, all 25 employees were injected with the influenza vaccine. The researchers saw a substantial increase in the left-sided anterior activation of the meditator group compared to the control group. They also discovered a remarkable rise in antibody titers against the influenza vaccine among those who meditated. With these results the study suggests that meditation may affect the brain and immune system in positive ways.

        Research by Lazar, et al. analyzed the connection between meditation and the increase of cortisol thickness. Cortisol is the hormone involved in a wide range of processes within the body, including metabolism, immune response, and the body’s response to stress. The researchers utilized MRI scans to evaluate the cortisol thickness of 20 subjects who had extensive insight meditation experience. The results showed that the areas of the brain involved with attention, interoception and sensory processing, as well as the prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula, were thicker in meditation participants compared to a control group who did not meditate. The researchers suggested that meditating has an effect on the structures of the brain involved with sensory, cognitive, and emotional functions, and may even impact age-related declines in cortical structure.

        There have been several studies that have documented the effects that meditation has on anxiety and stress. A study by Sears and Kraus focused on college students, and it was found that brief meditation which focused on love and kindness greatly reduced anxiety levels and increased hope.

        Another study by Barkhe and Morgan investigated the effects that meditation, resting, and exercise have on anxiety levels. The research involved the participation of 75 adult males randomly assigned to an exercise group, meditation group, and resting group. From the data the researchers collected from the experiment, they found a significant reduction of anxiety that occurred for each treatment whether it was from exercise, meditation, or quietly resting. The study concluded that acute physical activity, meditation, and quiet rest sessions are equally effective in reducing anxiety levels.

        Furthermore, another research study explored the effects of mindful meditation on stress levels. The study involved 28 individuals participating in an eight week program focusing on stress reduction and mindfulness meditation. The participants were randomly selected into an experimental group, who conducted the mindfulness meditation routine, and the control group, who did not. Upon conclusion, the researchers discovered that the experimental group had significantly reduced levels of psychological symptoms, an increased level of self-awareness and control, and higher scores of spiritual experiences. The research suggested that meditation may be a powerful cognitive behavioral coping strategy, and may also be a means to help prevent the relapse of mental disorders.

        How Meditation can be Performed

        There are many types of meditation, and each method has a unique way in which it is performed. However, there are various common denominators that are present in every process. Some of these include relaxation techniques, concentration exercises, contemplation, reflection, and guided imagery. 

        In 'Relaxation Response', meditation methods include visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, energy healing, and breathing techniques. In Dr. Benson’s book, he outlines how one can meditate. The procedure involves sitting in a comfortable position, relaxing the muscles, and being aware of your breathing. This practice is similar to how Zazen is done, although Zazen requires specific sitting positions. It also entails focusing on the hara, or the spiritual center of the body.

        Using Singing Bowls in Meditation

        A great companion to have during meditation is a singing bowl, the nature of which is similar to that of a bell. In fact, singing bowls are known as “standing bells” due to their bowl-like shape. Singing bowls are typically crafted from copper or tin. They are commonly used in Eastern meditation and relaxation practices but have also become popular in the West. They are also known by a variety of names such as resting bowls, prayer bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Himalayan bowls, Buddhist bowls, and rin gong, among others.

        The sound is produced either by striking the bowl or by running a mallet around the rim, and it is believed that the sound emitted possesses healing properties. It is also believed by some that singing bowls create the sound of “void,” which is the music of the universe.

        History of Singing Bowls

        Many accounts explain where singing bowls originated. One report indicates that singing bowls can be traced back to the 8th century BCE during the time in which Buddhism spread to Tibet from India by Padmasambhava.  

        Tibetan culture asserts that singing bowls came from the Bon Pot Shamans, who were regarded as sacred metallurgists and were able to craft singing bowls through their spiritual understanding of the metals. They created bowls that had a unique sound and vibration. Unfortunately, the sacred recipe of metals has been lost throughout the years.

        Some ancient bowls are regarded as sacred relics. One such bowl is claimed to have belonged to an earlier incarnation of Buddha and was used as a begging bowl. It is housed in the Drepung Monastery, and it is said that the sound projected when one uses it is the sound of their karma.

        How Singing Bowls are Made

        Ancient bowls were usually crafted from high-quality bronze and a combination of different metals such as gold, silver, iron, mercury, copper, tin, lead, and meteoric iron, or thogcha. Meteoric iron is highly regarded by the Tibetans, who refer to it as 'sky-metal', which is said to represent the celestial bodies, such as the sun, moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. The contents of the various metals within the bowls is said to be where the multiphonic overtones originate.

        Traditional methods of crafting singing bowls involved hammering the metal by hand, but this ancient process has radically declined in recent decades. Today, singing bowls are commonly made by machines.

        Today’s singing bowls are typically crafted from a combination of copper and tin referred to as 'bell metal'. Ancient bowls are still believed to produce the richest, most beautiful sounds because of their material and age, but it can still be quite difficult to differentiate a new bowl that has been made to look aged from a genuine ancient bowl. Nonetheless, high-quality modern bowls are still capable of creating beautiful sounds. Very few experts are capable of determining if a singing bowl is antique or not, so one must be careful when purchasing a singing bowl that is being touted by a merchant as being 'antique'.

        Singing Bowls in Healing and Meditation

        Singing bowls have an important part to play in sound healing, which is often referred to as sound bowl healing. In most sound therapy sessions, singing bowls are positioned near a person’s chakra. A practitioner may also place the bowl on top of a specific area of the person’s body. The practitioner uses the resonance of the bowl’s harmonic vibrations to create balance and encourage relaxation. Singing bowls are also used as instruments for activating an individual’s chakras, and practitioners may choose different sizes of bowl depending on what they feel is appropriate in the circumstances.

        Singing bowls are also used during Buddhist meditation as a means to facilitate entry into deep meditative states. Playing a singing bowl before meditating allows the brain to synchronize with the sound frequencies of the bowl and assists in maintaining focus and relaxation.

        Benefits of Singing Bowls in Meditation

        Goldsby, et al. conducted an observational study to determine how singing bowl meditation affects a person’s mood, tension and well-being. The researchers aimed to determine if deep relaxation and an uplifted mood could be achieved by listening to high-intensity or low-frequency combinations of singing bowls, gongs, and bells. The study involved 60 adult men and women and compared their condition both before and after meditation. The participants completed the Profile of Mood States, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-Being Scale questionnaires to evaluate their condition before and after meditating. 

        The individuals lay on yoga mats while music consisting of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, ting-shas (tiny cymbals), dorges (bells), didgeridoos, and various small bells was played. The singing bowls were the main source of therapeutic sound, and they were positioned near each individual's head.

        The researchers saw a significant difference between the pre and post-meditation phases of the participants. The individuals reported feeling a reduced level of tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood. Participants aged 40 to 59 also felt reduced physical pain.  

        Although the specific cause of this phenomena is unclear, researchers believe that the sounds generate beta and theta waves and thereby propel the brain into states of deep relaxation.

        How to Use Singing Bowls in Meditation

        It may sound easy, but it takes practice and patience to master the art of playing a singing bowl. To play it correctly, open your left palm flat and place the bowl on top of your hand. For smaller bowls, make a cupping form with your hand and put the bowl on top of your fingertips.

        To start using your singing bowl,  strike the bowl or circle the rim with a mallet. These two approaches produce very unique sounds. The 'around-the-rim' technique will produce a sustained and angelic tone, while the 'striking' technique will create a sound more akin to the ringing of a bell.

        When you have successfully created a sound using the 'around-the-rim' technique, remove the mallet from the rim and let the bowl continue to vibrate and resonate, which is known as letting the bowl 'sing'.

        You can also try filling your bowl with some water. The liquid creates a unique sound when you play the bowl. Once you have created a sound, try letting the bowl continue to vibrate while tilting and swirling it gently.

        As you play your singing bowl, let your mind relax and try to focus on nothing but the singing bowl. This kind of singing bowl meditation involves some movement. It is distinguished from the kind of singing bowl meditation where there is no movement and the singing bowl is being played by someone else. Often, sound bowl meditation involving movement can help focus a person on the moment, which can help prevent other thoughts from cluttering the mind.

        Conclusion

        It can be a challenge to keep ourselves still and find relaxation in today's stressful world. Meditation is a beneficial process that can assist in stress reduction, promote health, and bring inner peace. There are many ways to meditate, and it is up to you to discover the ways that work best for you.

        There are various instruments which can help facilitate meditation, and singing bowls are an excellent option. If you are having a difficult time meditating, consider incorporating a singing bowl into your routine and let the sound guide you through your meditation.

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