People in general love listening to music, I love listening to music as it serves different purposes and for each moment but why is that? Its because music is food for the soul. Our bodies and the energies within us need therapy and a good way to do that is to resonate with particular frequencies. So let’s move on to these the singing bowls, this is just another great way to change your vibration or give yourself sound therapy. I think the first time I have seen these was at a health convention back about 10 years ago and was mesmerized once played. You must use the wooden mallet in motion against the outside rim of the bowl in order to hear the sound and healing powers.
See the link below to see how to play.
How To Play Tibetan Singing Bowls
The “Around-The-Rim” Technique
Hold the singing bowl on the palm of the left hand. For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on your fingertips.
Grasp the mallet about mid-length, with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the wood. (If you are using one of our padded mallets, the red wool should be on top.) Palm downward.
Gently tap the mallet against the side of the bowl to “warm-up” the bell.
With an even pressure, rub the mallet clockwise around the rim
These signing bowls come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. Don’t get mistaken though with just regular bowl these are specially designed to create sound. They can also be classified as a standing bowl, resting bowl, metal bells; none the less in health and wellness the term is usually signing bowl. The history goes back to the spread of Buddhism and Taoism some early bronze bowls have been dated BCE. They were used in temples and help monks with their practice along with chants.
There also have some new age bowls or crystal bowls.
These singing bowls for meditation are made out of quartz crystal and are a bit more of the modern type. Sometimes they could be a bit bigger the main difference between a metal and crystal bowl is that the crystal bowls really produce only one sound so if you are looking for a particular sound or tone then you could look into one of these. Lots of different healing teachers use both so it’s okay to experiment with the sound its really about what how it resonates with you and if you are in harmony with the sound.
Since there is a historic presence of these in Asian culture, sometimes you can find them in oriental shops in big city’s China town district. I found mine in a wellness convention at a decent cost. If you are a little on the fence about purchasing one or would like to see first hand. Visit some meditation centers near you or you can go to some local Buddhist temples ask to see if you could see one. Sometimes they will have a gift shift and will allow playing for yourself the money usually goes to the temple as a donation. I was in Miami and check out this nice little boutique shop on healing crystal called 9th Chakra, they would just simply play a collection of bowls for all the customers coming in it was a nice little treat. Sometimes I used to wake up groggy and not necessarily wanted to listen to upbeat music as I was still getting into the morning. I would create a better routine and regiment on my meditation practice so I would not forget.
In the west, we now know them as healing bowls or an alternative to medicine where we can be induced with its sound to create a treated state of awareness and tune into the body’s internal vibrations putting us at ease with our mind, body and soul. If you have trouble sometimes getting into the right vibration to have a good meditation session this is a great way to change the mood and atmosphere.
Again there is so much history with these bowls and check out some of the benefits on this site below.
Lower anger, fear, and blood pressure.
Set a mood of happiness and joy.
Ease chronic pain and inflammation.
Improve the human immune function.
Encourage mental and emotional clarity.
Promote stillness, happiness and well-being.
Foster deep relaxation and pain relief.
Improve circulation and increases blood flow.
Lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Soothe pain in cancer patients.