Using Singing Bowl Meditation to Get Lost in the Sound!
Singing Bowls, also known as Tibetan Healing Sounds or Himalayan Singing Bowls, are ancient bell-like bowls that produce rich, deep-toned sound and vibration when played with a mallet or striker. Therefore, they are also known as Sound Healing Bowl. These multi-harmonic instruments are linked with Buddhism or other spiritual practices.
This Buddhist Meditation bowl has been used by monks for thousands of years and today is more popular than ever! They are used in day-to-day meditation, yoga classes, sound therapy, hospitals, classrooms, etc.
The all-in-one versatile, singing healing bowls are generally made from an alloy of various metals. In a single singing bowl, 5 to 7 different metals can be found. These Tibetan singing bowls come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. Different yoga meditation bowls can also have different tones and pitches and even correlate with specific chakras.
All this information can be too much to digest right now. However, learning how to play a singing bowl, practising singing bowl meditation, and incorporating it into your life can be very easy!
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How do You Meditate with a Singing Bowl?
Singing bowl meditation can have very powerful effects on our minds and well-being. Many people who use sound healing bowls and believe in the strong healing powers say that the Tibetan bowl and their notes have the power to influence the patterns of our thoughts through a process called “acoustic entertainment.” It is a feeling of deep relaxation that focuses on the vibrations of the bowl as they move throughout our bodies, restoring balance and peace.
It is said that singing bowl meditation can also be incorporated into chakra healing. Chakra bowl meditation can open and balance the chakras in our bodies. Different chakras specifically respond to different frequencies of sound produced by sound healing bowls. Different healing bowls can be tuned to different notes. The Chakra healing singing bowls can be tuned just like a guitar! It is also found that specific tunings impact specific chakras. You can see that the following tunings are matched with the following seven chakras:
- Root Chakra: C Note
- Sacral Chakra: D Note
- Solar Plexus Chakra: E Note
- Heart Chakra: F Note
- Throat Chakra: G Note
- Third Eye Chakra: A Note
- Crown Chakra: B Note
How Does a Singing Bowl Work?
The science behind singing healing bowls is quite simple! It is like playing with wine glasses filled with water. The Tibetan healing sounds from the bowl “sing” by creating vibrations. Strikers and mallets are used to play the singing bowl. So, when the striker or mallet makes contact with the edge/side of the healing bowl, friction occurs thereby creating the vibrations. You can feel the beautiful vibrations created within your body and the energy fields around.
When you change the speed and pressure of the mallet on the singing bowl, different sounds can be heard and felt. Keeping the same speed and pressure leads to resonance, which is the note that you can hear even after you stop playing the Tibetan healing sounds.
With regards to the positive or negative effects of listening to the Tibetan healing sounds the bowls make, the benefits may be related to the ancient practice of sound therapy. Sound bowl meditation often used by the name of sound therapy in many indigenous cultures throughout the world, involves clapping, pulsing sounds, drumming, and singing for ceremonial, spiritual, or health purposes.
What are the Benefits of Singing Bowls?
There are numerous benefits of Tibetan meditation sounds. Sound bowl meditation has the power to heal sickness, improve overall well-being, or target specific issues one might be experiencing. There are different theories and scientific studies that have been examined and proposed to explain the potential benefits of Buddhist meditation bowls. The references or evidence may not be much but some people do report that they help them feel more relaxed.
Some of the possible uses for singing bowl meditation include:
Reduces the feelings of anxiety and stress, by promoting relaxation.
Linked to reducing anxiety, stress, and tension, it may even help to improve sleep.
Lowering Blood Pressure
Some research does say that practising Tibetan bowl meditation relaxation sessions with 12 minutes of healing sounds found a greater reduction in blood pressure and heart rate compared to peace before.
Singing bowl meditation affects the mind and body thus improving the mood and it is suggested that this approach may be a low-cost way to help reduce symptoms of depression.
Stimulating the Immune System
Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.
One study found that people who were treated and cured of chronic spinal pain were using singing bowl meditation and they also experienced significantly less pain and stress.
Balancing and Harmonizing the Body
The vibrations of a sound healing bowl can produce beneficial changes in the body by “harmonizing” the cells and “balancing the body’s energy system.”
Enhancing Other Healing Practices
Combining singing bowl meditation with deep breathing and other healing practices can be beneficial.
Chakra cleansing acts as an aid in reducing the pain caused by cancer treatment, creates peace in your surroundings, is a tool for anger management, removes the negativity from your home, gives you clarity of mind and intuition, boosts overall well-being and contentment, etc.
Important Note: Tibetan singing bowls are often used to gain these benefits but proper research is still needed to determine what impact they actually have. Some even say that singing bowl meditation has these benefits, but that does not mean that they work.
How to Use Tibetan Singing Bowls
During the Tibetan singing bowls meditation and chakra healing, you will have to lie down on the floor. Then the singing bowls will be placed in different configurations. They might be placed around your body, on your body, or in different locations around the room.
In sound bowl meditation, to create a sound you need to firmly press the mallet in a circular motion against the bowl’s outside edge or rim. The motion can be slowed down when you hear a bright and clear tone. To make the motion, use your full arm, rather than just rotating your wrist.
You can also make the same circular motion against the outside rim/edge of the sound healing bowl. Either way, you can gently stroke the bowl before beginning the circular motion.
The research done on sound bowl meditation is next to none because of which it becomes hard to say whether these Tibetan singing bowls pose any risks as there is not much evidence of singing bowl meditation being dangerous. However, there is not a lot of data on their effectiveness too, especially if we talk about treating specific conditions. They may cause minor side effects in some people.
Some research mentions that a sound healing bowl may help you relax if you use them with a guided meditation. Some say that Tibetan bowl meditation can enhance meditation and deep breathing, which may help maximize the stress-relieving benefits to people.
As this is a sound healing bowl meditation, people who are prone to headaches may avoid practising this. The noise and vibrations may just make it worse. In some cases, the noise, sounds, and vibrations may trigger seizures also, so it is better to be safe than sorry.