Tibetan singing bowls have many benefits for our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well-being – if we take the time to learn how to get the most out of them.
These claims are backed up by extensive research that has been carried out in the USA.
The late American oncologist, Dr Mitchell Gaynor, used crystal and Tibetan singing bowls to help support his cancer patients. Listening to the bowls helped them cope with the stress and worry caused by their diagnosis and treatment, as well as alleviating the pain and discomfort of chemo and radio-therapy, aiding detoxification and supporting the immune system. And he encouraged them to use the bowls as part of a daily routine of mindfulness and meditation.
Dr David Simon, medical director of the Deepak Chopra Centre in California, found that sound vibrations from Tibetan bowls and chanting are chemically metabolised into “endogenous opiates” ie: endorphins – amazing feel-good chemicals which act as natural painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants.
You may have experienced first-hand the benefits of sound during a sound journey where you just lie down and relax as the sound healing practitioner plays lots of lovely relaxing instruments. But wouldn’t you like to be able to access their lovely sounds anywhere, anytime?
Here are a few simple ways you can use your bowls in your daily life:
The main benefits of singing bowls is that they trigger the body’s relaxation response giving us relief from everyday stress and tension. You can get some really lovely relaxing sounds from your singing bowl just by gently tapping it. To get the best sounds it’s best to use a suede wand rather than a wooden wand. Start by tapping very gently, leaving at least 5 seconds between taps allowing time for the sound the ripple out. This gently repetitive sound will start to slow down your brain waves and switch the brain from its “doing” beta mode to its “being” alpha mode and as you focus on tapping, the internal chatter of your mind (or monkey mind) will gradually quieten. If you continue for longer, the brain will slow down into theta mode. This is when your body’s natural self-healing mechanisms kick in. I’ve often heard sound baths described as receiving a reiki session through sound as it is so deeply relaxing.
You can also make the bowl “sing” by rubbing the suede or wooden stick round the rim to produce an almost eerie sound. You might like to finish your daily yoga practise with 5 minutes sitting with your singing bowl.
Regular use will start to develop your body’s autonomic nervous system making it easier for you to relax and slow down. So if you don’t feel any results at first, keep using your bowls.
Balancing your aura
Your aura or subtle energy field extends out around you on all sides by several feet. You can give yourself a little sound bath by gently tapping the bowl round your head (not too near the ears), round your shoulders, moving down and round the body. Start a foot or so away from the body and bring the bowl inwards. This balances the various layers of your aura.
Clearing your chakras
Singing bowls have different notes which correspond to the different chakras in the body. But a good general bowl is an F bowl which corresponds to the heart chakra and will work with any area of the body. You can play your bowl in front of each chakra to help wake it up and energise it. Tap the bowl gently bringing in a visualisation of the different colours. There are lots of free tuning apps which will tell you the note of your bowl.
If you have a pain or an energy blockage someplace in your body, use your singing bowl and breathe. Tap the bowl in front of the area that feels blocked. You might use more dynamic tapping here and even make some aah sounds to help shift the blocked energy.
If you would like to find out more about how to use singing bowls to enhance your own well-being, come and join me for a half day workshop. I have 2 planned in the next few months.
The first is at Yoga Healing Glasgow on Sunday 16th February from 1 pm to 5 pm. Cost £40 early bird. You will get the chance to try different types of singing bowls and wands; you can bring your own bowl or try one of the large selection I will have available. And we’ll finish the afternoon with a nice long sound journey where you get the chance to relax with various healing sounds from Tibetan and crystal bowls to gongs, drums and percussion.
The second is in Falkirk at the Mindfulness and Meditation Centre on Sunday 22nd March from 1.30 – 4.30 pm. Cost: £35 early bird. As above with a mini sound bath.
For more details or to book contact Morag at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07756 490562.