Sound Meditation: Healing and Mindfulness
Sound has a long tradition of being associated with meditation and healing. Sound healing has long been practised in cultures worldwide, from Australian aboriginal peoples who have been using the didgeridoo as a sound healing tool for over 40,000 years to Tibetan and Himalayan singing bowl spiritual ceremonies or humming the ‘Om’ meditation sound.
Sound healing meditation is a form of meditation that focuses on centred awareness. Sound baths, which use Tibetan singing bowls, quartz bowls, and bells to direct the listener, are one form that has grown in popularity. These activities focus on how sound is experienced through listening and tactile physical sensations and frequencies.
An hour of guided sound meditation decreases stress, frustration, exhaustion, anxiety, and depression while enhancing spiritual well-being. Some of the sounds used in Sound meditation are:
- Tibetan singing bowls
- Crystal singing bowls
- Tingshas (tiny cymbals)
- Dorges (bells)
- Other small bells
The sound of temple bells is also used widely in India for meditation.
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For 95 per cent of the session, the singing bowls were the primary instrument. People who had never done sound meditation before, as well as those who had done it before, felt substantially less pain and anxiety afterwards.
What is Primordial Sound?
Mantras with a tone are known as Primordial Sounds. The vibrations of the sounds assist you in rapidly centring and grounding yourself. For the most part, these sounds are made up of several sounds that include the sound, ‘Om’. These sounds are often heard in yoga classes and meditation songs.
How Does One Perform Primordial Sound?
- To begin, you should sit in a chair and make yourself as comfortable as possible.
- Wrapping yourself in a blanket or adding extra pillows to your bed will help.
- Close your eyes and take a few seconds to be mindful of your breath until you’re at ease.
- Then you begin quietly repeating a mantra in your head repetitively.
- Stop repeating your mantra after 20-30 minutes and relax for 2-3 minutes with your eyes closed.
- Finally, you open your eyes and realize you’re done.
It’s a fundamental meditation technique, but to get the most out of it, you’ll need to understand the method’s finer points and the logic behind them.
Sound Wave Meditation
People with arthritis, menstrual pain, postoperative pain, and knee replacement pain have all been shown to benefit from sound-based vibration therapy. Sound-based therapy has also been shown to enhance mobility, decrease muscle pain and stiffness, improve blood circulation, and lower blood pressure.
Another hypothesis about sound’s benefits is based on the idea of “binaural beats” or “brain entrainment,” which claims that listening to specific frequencies will synchronize and alter one’s brainwaves.
There are four types of brainwaves, ranging from frequencies that occur during the most activity (beta) to frequencies that occur during the slightest activity (delta). Brainwave levels vary depending on the level of alertness and consciousness in various areas of the brain.
- When the brain is active and engaged mentally, beta waves are the quickest form of a brainwave.
- When the brain is in a state of non-arousal, such as when a person has completed a task and is resting or when meditating, alpha waves appear.
- Daydreaming and the rapid eye movement (REM) dreaming process of sleep is also associated with theta brainwaves.
- When you’re driving on the highway or running for a long time, you’ll experience theta brainwaves; often correlated with periods of high creativity and innovation.
- Delta brainwaves are the slowest and are related to deep sleep without dreaming.
Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes a sound to have calming properties. Still, sound in the form of vibrational therapy or meditation has the ability to have therapeutic benefits with little to no side effects. Atoui’s work demonstrates the pleasure of being in the active presence of sound in all dimensions, physically, tactilely, and acoustically.
Chakra Sound Therapy
Chakra literally translates to “wheel” in Sanskrit. These “wheels” can be compared to vortexes that obtain and radiate energy. The human body has seven major energy centres (also known as chakras). From the base of the spine to the crown of the head, they fly. Each chakra’s ability to filter energy is influenced by emotions, physical health, and mental clarity.
There are seven cleansing bija mantras aligned with the chakras in traditional Hatha Yoga. They are:
- “LAM”- chakra 1 (root)
- “VAM”- chakra 2 (sacral/navel)
- “RAM”- chakra 3 (solar plexus)
- “YAM”- chakra 4 (heart)
- “HAM”- chakra 5 (throat)
- “OM”- chakra 6 (third eye/brow)
- “OM”- chakra 7 (crown)
Chant the bija mantras one at a time, or you can chant them in succession. Repetition may assist in the attainment of a meditative state. These mantras are the epitome of calming meditation sounds that helps in relaxing an anxious mind.
These Chakras work at different frequencies – each to their own. Each chakra works for various parts and is not similar in any way. However, despite this fact, they can work perfectly in sync.
Mindfulness of Sounds
It’s worthwhile to set aside some time to simply sit or lie down and listen to the sounds around you, whether inside the home, outside in the city, or the peaceful setting of nature. In mindfulness-based stress reduction courses, we incorporate a routine exercise called “breath, body, sound,” which includes mindfulness of the breath and the body scan with sound.
Find a posture that provides you with a sense of ease while still allowing you to be conscious of the different movements needed to achieve this posture. Become aware of how the body is actually breathing naturally. Take a few moments to remember where you are most mindful of your breath. It may be the tip of the nose, the chest, or the stomach. It was only noting where the best sense of breathing seems to be.
When it happens moment to moment, become aware of this by breathing in and just noticing the air coming in, and breathing out and just noticing the breath going out. Being mindful of the air as it enters and exits on inhalation and exhalation, respectively. It’s as easy as being mindful of the inflow and outflow of the breath. And just breathing in and out, letting it all go.
Since guided sound meditation can heal stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and cholesterol problems while also improving blood pressure and memory, it is advisable to listen to such sounds such as music that comprises soothing sounds that affect your brain positively.