I participated in a super fun Easter egg hunt with my boyfriend’s family yesterday. It’s a great tradition and something I have enjoyed taking part in. As we deciphered each clue, we made our way throughout the house and the property looking for our wares. My last gift, much to my surprise, was my very own Tibetan Singing Bowl! It is very similar to the one pictured above and I can’t wait to learn how to play it.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are perfect for anyone that meditates, from the novice to the experienced. They come in all shapes in sizes from those you hold comfortably in your had to those you sit on the floor. The vibrations of the singing bowls have the same wavelength found in the brainwaves and produce feelings of relaxation and are incredibly healing. They are used for meditation, music, relaxation, personal well-being, religious or spiritual practice and sound therapy/healing.
Most bowls are made in Nepal and consist of bronze or a mixture of other metals and come with a wooden striker and cushion. To play, you simply guide the wooden striker on the outside of the singing bowl (this is the part I’ll be practicing!) to create friction and produce sound. Bodhisattva.com has great step-by-step instructions and you can learn advanced techniques including The Wah-Wah and Water Bowl Sounds.
I’m excited to learn to play the singing bowl and add it to my meditation practice. Now all I need is a drum and I’ll really be all set!
Do you currently use a singing bowl or have you used one for meditation? What are your experiences with this meditation tool?
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