Learning basic meditation techniques to restore and maintain a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance: Tibetan Singing Bowl. A ten minutes daily meditation practice is essential for leading a positive lifestyle:
- Remaining at peace with ourselves and everyone around us;
- Remaining in control of our thoughts and emotions;
- Reaching higher states of consciousness;
- Reaching deep states of relaxation;
- Cleansing and healing;
- Balancing chakras;
- Synchronizing left and right brain hemispheres;
- Raising our vibration.
Meditation Techniques: Tibetan Singing Bowl
Every meditation practice should start and should end with three deep breaths, and with the total awareness of our physical body. We should also clearly state our intention before beginning a meditation practice. In order to remain grounded, coming out of a meditation practice should always be peaceful; slowly bringing back our focus to our physical body, starting at our head, and ending at our feet.
Selecting your Tibetan Singing Bowl
Falling in love with the sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl is truly the best way to select one for your meditation practice. Tibetan Singing Bowls are composed of an eight metal alloy (copper and tin, with traces of iron, lead, zinc, gold, silver and mercury) and come in a variety of sizes and sounds (notes).
Playing: Striking the bowl
Placing the Tibetan Singing Bowl on a soft surface, striking it lightly with the covered suede side of the mallet, and focusing on the pulses of sound as they fade will help you enter into a deep meditative state; you have entered within when you no longer perceive the pulsating sound.
Playing: Rotating the mallet around the rim
If you are playing your Tibetan Singing Bowl by rotating the mallet around the rim, make sure you are performing a complete arm motion and not simply rotating your wrist; start slowly and apply constant, even pressure. Rotating the mallet around the rim of the bowl will help you reach higher states of consciousness.
In order to produce the best possible tone, you should also place the base of the bowl on your palm, keeping your fingers extended but relaxed; wrapping your finger tips around the base of the bowl will dampen the sound. Using the suede side of the mallet will produce a male tone, and using the uncovered wooden side will produce a female tone (higher harmonic overtones).
- Before rotating my mallet around the rim of my bowl, I always enjoy striking it lightly 4 times (once every 90 degrees).
Cleansing and Healing Visualization
Incorporating visualizing while playing the Tibetan Singing Bowl is also highly effective in dissolving negative energies from our environment and healing our current state of mind:
- Visualize a fountain of white light showering into the bowl from the heavens above;
- As you feel the sound pulsating outwards, visualize the white light also exploding outwards;
- Visualize all impurities within and from your environment dissolving.
It is preferable to meditate first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, facing east; the rising sun will fill us with Divine energy. If we choose to sit on the floor or on a chair, we are facing east, but if we choose to lie on our back, our head should be pointing east. Every meditation practice should also be adapted to our personal level of comfort.
Incense will enhance our focus and our meditation experience. Sandalwood is one of the most calming incense and therefore is one of the preferred ones for meditation. It calms the mind, enhances mental clarity, and aids in the opening of the Third Eye.
*Please note, I am not a doctor and I cannot provide medical advice. None of the information I share should be used as a replacement for seeking medical attention.