Singing Bowl For Meditation

What Is A Tibetan Singing Bowl

Using a Tibetan Singing Bowl (also known as a Himalayan bowl) in your meditation practice can be traced back to more than 3000 years ago in the eastern world and this concept has become popular in the Western nation only in the last few decades. The bowl vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played can help you relaxed and focus, diving deeper into a meditative state.

If you are new to using a singing bowl in your meditation, it can be a little confusing. You just need to understand some neuroscience and sound healing benefits. Sound healing has been shown to promote cell healing within the body. It promotes overall wellness and helps us move freely within our bodies. Many people have successfully used it to treat illness and stress.

This is why some wellness practitioners (including music therapists, massage therapists, and yoga therapists) use Tibetan singing bowls during treatment for different psychological benefits, including stress management and even pain relief.

When combined with other healing practices, like deep breathing and meditation, regular use of singing bowls can achieve astonishing benefits.

Different Uses Of Singing Bowls

Some healers use the singing bowl for healing ailments and clearing out blockages of the Chakras. It is placed over the specific parts or close to it and let the bowl sings. Different bowls match different frequencies of the various condition. Generally, the smaller bowls produce higher tones and are best suited for clearing negativity and illnesses out of the body while the larger bowls produce deeper tones which are highly beneficial for enhancing the meditation and its practice.

If you ever found that the energy in your home is some kind of stale and stagnant, try playing the singing bowl at the specific corner, you can immediately invigorate and change the vibes of the surrounding.

Sounding Your Bowl

Sound Is Vibration! To create the vibrational frequency of sound, you may tap lightly at the side of the bowl with the striker to produce the resonance. Then use your whole arm, not just use your wrist and press the striker firmly against the outside rim of the bowl and gently runs it around. As you increased the speed, you will realize that the sound becomes more intense.

The sound will start to “chatter” and the vibration gets so intense that it literally bounces off the striker stick from the rim of the bowl, that where it tells you that your physical motions are too intense for the bowl. Slow down the speed at this point in time.

Meditation Practice

Many people who use singing bowls to meditate like to begin by striking the bowl to produce an initial tone. A light tap is enough to get the song started. This initial strike will make it easier to produce a tone and will require less effort and time to get the singing tone flowing from your bowl.

Focus on the pure tone as you meditate. The tone created when you strike your singing bowl will provide the focal point that you will use in your meditation. The tone will be sustained, and during this time, you will be going deep into a meditative state.

After you strike the bowl, focus intently on the sound. Block out all other thoughts and noises and fully commit your mind to the single-toned chime coming from the bowl. This sound will fade out slowly over time.

Come out of deep meditation. As the tone subsides, you will rise gently out of your deep meditative state. The point when you can no longer hear the tone is the release from the external.

If you are continuing to meditate, strike the bowl again. Suppose you are going to continue through several cycles of meditation. In that case, you can strike the bowl again and re-enter deep meditation.

Calm the bowl with your hand when you are done meditating. When you are finishing meditation, place your free hand softly on the side of the bowl to calm the vibrations and quiet the tone. A soft touch is required to allow the tone to die out gradually, rather than all at once. Alternatively, let the song of your singing bowl subside naturally into the eternity of calmness and silence. Allow the peacefulness of this moment to wash through you and over you.

Risks And Side Effects

There’s not much evidence that singing bowl therapy is particularly dangerous for certain groups of people.

However, there are some people who should avoid using singing bowls. Here are some general cautions:

  • People who are prone to headaches: Some people report experiencing headaches as a result of the noise and vibrations that the singing bowls produce. 
  • People who are allergic to certain types of metal: These people should avoid putting the bowls on their bodies since singing bowls are usually made of metal. (Look for other material)
  • Pregnant women: Because the effects on pregnancy are not known, you might want to avoid this type of therapy if you are currently pregnant.
  • People with epilepsy: In some instances, noise and vibrations may trigger seizures. 

No matter what your personal purpose may be … a bowl session provides a feeling of deep relaxation, peace and connectedness to a place out of our ‘normal’ waking consciousness.

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