How To Meditate With A Singing Bowl For Healing

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When you meditate with a singing bowl you relax and heal your body, mind and spirit.

In my big guide to buying a singing bowl I showed you how to pick the absolute best bowl for your home.When you meditate with a singing bowl you relax and heal your body, mind and spirit.
Today I’ll show you how to use a Tibetan Singing Bowls (which some people call a Tibetan prayer bowl) for sound healing meditation.

There are so many reasons why you would want to meditate on a Tibetan Singing Bowl. For thousands of years these beautiful Buddhist instruments have been used to heal the mind, body and spirit. 

Singing bowls are easily one of the best meditation products

I’m constantly stunned by how much I get out of meditating on a singing bowl. Whether it’s a pure gold chakra singing bowl set [get one on AMAZON] that activates your chakras, or a simpler bowl used for relaxation, you will get get so much out of them.

 

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Before you start, checkout these singing bowl meditation benefits!

There are so many healing properties of singing bells. Just by meditating on these for twenty minutes a day you’ll get oh so much out of it.

The benefits of singing bowl meditation include:

  • Balances the seven chakras 
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Some research shows it can cure illness
  • Some research shows it can even cure cancer
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Reduces anger
  • Improves blood flow
  • Good for pain relief
  • Balances emotions
  • Promotes inner peace and stillness
  •  Boosts the immune system 

 

How To Use A Tibetan Singing Bowl for Meditation 

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 There are lots of different ways that you can play a Tibetan Singing Bowl.

If you are just learning how to use singing bowls, try these techniques.

“Around Rim” singing bowl Technique

  1. Hold the bowl in your left hand.
  2. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length.  Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  3. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell.
  4. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  5. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  6. Try not to go too fast but rather allow the volume to build gradually.
  7. Meditate on the sound for twenty minutes.

 

 Advanced Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Technique: “Wah Wah” : 

Another great way to use a singing bowl is with the Wah Wah technique.

Try this:

  1. Hold the bowl in your left hand.
  2. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length.  Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  3. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell.
  4. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  5. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  6. Try not to go too fast but rather allow the volume to build gradually.
  7. Pull the mallet away from the bowl while it is still singing.
  8. Hold the bowl up to your top lip one inch away from your mouth.
  9. Now imagine that you’re saying “Wah. Wah. Wah.” Make the mouth shape of this sound while your mouth is an inch from the bowl.  This will change the sound of the bowl.

 

Water Bowl

You can produce a special effect by putting a little water on the bottom of the bowl. This makes the bowl sound like dolphins.

Here’s how:

  1. Put three quarters of an inch of water into the bowl but do not get the rim wet.
  2. Hold the bowl in  your left hand.
  3. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length. Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  4. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell
  5. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  6. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  7. Pull the mallet away
  8. Now tilt the bowl, causing the water inside to lap towards the rim.
  9. Now swirl the bowl. This will create  the sound of dolphins.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Technique

To use the bells properly you need to know how to meditate on a singing bowl.

There are different ways to meditate on the sound the bells produce.

This is my favorite technique.

  1. Start by using the Around The Rim technique I explained above
  2. Continue to move the mallet around the rim
  3. Be mindful of the action of moving your wrist and hand to turn the mallet
  4. Take 27 breaths while meditating on the movement
  5. Continuing the mindful movement, start to focus on the sound
  6. Take 27 breaths while meditating on the sound
  7. You should now be meditating on your movement and on the sound
  8. Observe the connection between the movement and the sound. Feel that oneness between movement and sound
  9. Focus on the oneness of sound and movement for 108 breaths

This is my favorite way to meditate on a singing bowl.

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Music For Deep Meditation

This is the type of sound you can produce once you know how to use Tibetan singing bowls.

If you’ve been looking for meditation music, Tibetan Singing Bowl recordings should come first.

Listen to this:

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

 

 

Benefits of Buddhist Singing Bowl Meditations

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A Buddha statue next to singing bowls

Buddhist singing bowl meditations are deep, relaxing, and therapeutic. You can heal your entire being by meditating on the sound of Buddhist bowls

As you will know if you’ve used a singing bowl before, the rim of the bowl vibrates to produce a whistling sound.

That sound is made up of two frequencies: a first harmonic and overtones.

The frequencies of Tibetan Singing Bowls are at ranges that are very beneficial to the brain. There are also undertones that the bowls makes. Together, these sounds produce a chord that is a “flattened fifth”.

Naga Shakthi says, “Singing bowls produce layers of rich additional overtones, which, when heard binaurally, create beat frequency which alters our brain waves from a Beta brainwave state to an Alpha state”.

When you meditate on the sound of a singing bowl you switch your brain to alpha frequency. And alpha frequency is very beneficial (for more on this take a look at my guide to Alpha-brain-wave method ).

Scientific research shows that the flattened-fifth chord the bowl makes is very good for meditation.

The flattened fifth chord that the bowls produce is perfect for spiritual healing and for when you need to  balance your chakras.

As you listen to the frequency of the bowls your brain waves actually synchronise with the sound of the bowl, and at the same time the unique tones produce a deep meditative state. Not only this, but the sonic waves of the singing bowls open your mind, which can lead to spiritual awakening.

I looked for scientific research to prove that Tibetan Singing Bowls have an effect on the brain, but sadly I came up short. It appears there is very little scientific research about singing bowls. The best I could find was a fascinating article by Quartz, which looks at at the physics and experience of Tibetan Singing Bowls and whether they actually work (4).

Clearly, there are lots of reasons to listen to Tibetan Singing Bowl music while meditating.

 

Science Of Singing Bowl Meditation

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One scientist determined to uncover the secrets of the bowls is Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, [director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, Cornell Cancer Prevention Center New York].

Dr. Gaynor tells us, “Sound is vibration. Vibration touches every part of our physical being. Sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.

“One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

It turns out, Tibetan Singing Bowls actually relate to mantras–specifically the mantra “Om”.

Sound Healing expert Diane Mandle says, “Tibetan singing bowls are ‘struck and sung’ in specific rhythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics at the frequency of “AUM” or “OM”.

“This sound frequency is the sound of Perfection. It impacts the sympathetic nervous system as your brain waves synchronize to the vibrations of the bowls.

“The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and disrupt the pain reflex creating a deep sense of well-being,” says Mandle.

This perhaps explains how singing bowls have helped to heal disorders, including cancer.

Speaking about the first time he learned to used a Tibetan singing bowl, Dr. David Simon [medical director, Deepak Chopra Center] says:

“I could feel the vibration physically resonating through my body, touching my core in such a way that I felt in harmony with the universe. I immediately intuited that playing singing bowls would change my life and the lives of many of my patients.”

imon has subsequently tested Tibetan Singing Bowls on his patients and states that sound has a powerful capacity for healing even in cancer patients.

 

How Singing Bowls Meditation Heals You

Tibetan sound meditations all take advantage of the effects that different sound frequencies have on the body.

Illnesses can be thought of as a disharmony of the body, an imbalance.

All energy is in a state of vibration, including energy in the body. When that vibration is tampered with the body falls out of sync, resulting in illness.

Meditating on the sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl restores the body to its natural frequency. And this in turn cures illnesses, both physical and psychological.

You can quite quickly test this for yourself.

Below is a video demonstrating Tibetan Singing Bowls being played.

Listen to the sounds and you will quickly feel your body and mind relaxing, unwinding, and restoring to their natural state.

Some consider the sound of singing bowls to be divine.

Bodhisattva Gwalwa Karmapa says Tibetan Singing Bowls produce the sound of nothingness, the primordial sound, resonating at the same frequency as “Om,” the frequency of creation. This is why early models of Tibetan Singing Bowls have been in use by Shamanistic cultures since as early at 560BC.

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The Difference Between Binaural Beats And Meditating With A Singing Bowl

Many readers have asked me if the healing properties of Tibetan Singing Bowls is similar to that of binaural beats.

Though some studies into binaural beats have given positive results, the latest Brainwave Entertainment lacks the history and culture of the Tibetan Singing Bowl.

There is an ethereal quality to the singing bowl that binaural beats lack.

Tibetan Singing Bowls hold a powerful spiritual symbolism and that symbolism can help you to get deeper into the meditation, which creates a more powerful and lasting effect than any audio recording ever will.

Listening to Tibetan Singing Bowl music while meditating is much better than listening to binaural beats.

Because of their spiritual-aspect, Tibetan Singing Bowls also activate certain beliefs.

Countless studies have shown the power of belief and the power of spiritual influence on the mind.

The more the mind believes in the spiritual properties of an object the more effect that object will have on them. By mere virtue of their history and spiritual symbolism, Tibetan Singing Bowls are more powerful than binaural beats and other modern practices. And that is not likely to change.

Plus, Tibetan Singing Bowls are a natural, analogous sound, where more modern sound healing devices are digital. So for my money, you’re never going to see a digital recording that is as good as an actual real-life Tibetan Singing Bowl that you are playing for yourself.

Still, there are similarities between the bowls and binaural beats.

For starters, both produce theta brainwaves. At 4-8Hz our self-healing, intuition, and creativity mechanisms are activated. It’s at this range that you are at your strongest, and that is precisely the range Brainwave Entertainment and Tibetan Singing Bowls put you in. It is also at this frequency that the chakras can be healed.

 

 

These Buddhist instruments truly are amazing. When you meditate with a singing bowl you heal your body, mind and spirit.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

Do you have a singing bowl? Meditate on it often? What have you gotten out of it? 

Leave a comment. 

 

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Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.

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