A singing bowl for breakfast? When I was a kid I never imagined I’d be trading my morning sugar-covered cereal for a metallic singing bowl. It turns out…a singing bowl and sound therapy can pack a much bigger punch than General Mills ever could. Times have changed and once life kicks your ass a little, a hippy-dippy healing tool like a singing bowl can suddenly “sound” appealing. See what I did there? Can I help it if I’m interested in functionality and fitness versus pleasure-seeking? Strike that shit…I’m AM interested in pleasure AND a singing bowl ADDS exponential awesomeness, especially over excessive carbohydrates.
What is a singing bowl?
Singing bowls are ancient musical instruments that play soothing tones and create relaxing harmonies when played in the correct manner (keywords being played and correct.) They are used in meditation, yoga, reiki, healing, and religious ceremonies.
They are constructed out of several alloy metals and traditionally handcrafted into their bowl-like structure, although modern-day bowls can be machine made and some are made of crystals and glass.
The tones hold the potential to heal the body through vibration and energetic frequencies by balancing chakras, regulating the immune system, decreasing stress, and fighting depression.
I know, I know…I just said “sound heals” after using the word “Chakra.”
And while you’d love Chakra to be tasty holiday cracker…it’s not.
Check my Roll:
Imagine each tiny cell in the body, right down to a subatomic level has a vibration. That’s what atomic particles, they vibrate. Go ahead and place your hands on the desk your computer is resting on, or the chair you are sitting in and know that even in that perceived solid state, the particles are moving and vibrating. The same happens in the human body but on a different frequency. When cells, organs, and tissues in the body lose their balance, when they lose that vibrational harmony, we are open to a state of DIS-EASE. See what I did there? It ain’t easy being diseased.
Sound healing is a real modality which can bring the body back into a state of balance. And whether you are using a singing bowl, tuning fork, gongs or chanting they are ALL tools you have immediate access to without a doctor’s prescription. BING. Looking for an easy dive into a deeper state of calm and functionality with any tools at ALL? Try these meditation benefits.
How I am using this GUY:
So…I was lucky enough to get connected with my singing bowl through Instagram and Jessica was gracious enough to supply me with my VERY FIRST singing bowl experience!
You can imagine my excitement when I ripped that shiny new toy out of the box, grabbed the mallet, and started to play my first magical harmony…only to realize I lacked the magic!
Apparently, the technique called RIMMING (keep it clean) takes some degree of skill (that’s what he said.) Now…I could GONG! I could GONG like a champ. By striking the bowl with the mallet I could make gorgeous tones that carried throughout my condo, but I found it took a little practice to really make my bowl sing.
Yet even with my armature singing bowl SKILLZ, I did feel a definitive mental benefit from 3-4 minutes of sound therapy. I picked up my pen (my computer) and immediately started to drop into a writing zone / smooth flow that lasted about 120-minutes. Every sentence transferred effortlessly to the page. This was something I was having difficulty with for weeks and suddenly I was unblocked. Three weeks later and I’m still playing this before work, business calls, and before bed….I’m hooked.
I also picked this up from this site: bodhisattva
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 outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, just like stirring a big kettle of soup, and keep the mallet straight up and down! Again, it’s not a wrist movement, but a full-arm movement.
Remember to apply pressure— the friction of the mallet against the
outer rim produces vibrations which result in sound.
Experiment with your speed. Usually, people go too fast! Let the sound build up slowly as the singing bowl picks up the vibration.
A note from the PRO’s: Breaking in Your Mallet
The mallet that comes with your Tibetan singing bowl is handmade of Himalayan hardwood. When you play the bowl, using the mallet-around-the-rim technique, the friction of the mallet produces vibrations which result in sound. In the beginning, the mallet is relatively smooth, but as you continue to use it will develop “micro-grooves.”The shallow grooves will help to grab more of the playing edge of the bowl. Allow about five minutes for initial break-in of a new mallet. As you use the mallet more the micro-grooves become impressed in the mallet. You will get better sound, easier, playing from your bowl. The trick is to just stick with it!
I am an outsider
Af far sound healing goes I am an outsider. It’s new to my world and my knowledge of sound therapy, sound healing, and this particular field is limited BUT my resource of experts and professionals runs DEEP! Today I have a very special quest ALL the WAY from Quebec to offer insight on the potential benefits true sound healing can deliver and a taste of something few of us have ever heard of.
Severine Baron is one of the coolest healers I know with an incredible background including a doctorate in metaphysics, sound healing, sound therapy, functional health coaching, and energy work. Massive street credit! Check out her amazing site
Severine Says: “Music, and sound in general, is something we all know viscerally, without the need for cerebral thinking.
There has always been music used in religious or spiritual rituals. It makes sense since music has a powerful effect on our brainwaves. These different rates affect our consciousness, and therefore our state of mind.
In Molecules and Emotion, Dr. Candice Pert talks about the fact that “… basically, receptors function as scanners (sensing molecules, on a cellular level). They cluster in cellular membranes, waiting for the right ligand (much smaller molecules than receptors), to come dancing along (diffusing) through the fluid surrounding each cell, and mount them – binding with them and (tickling) them to turn them on and get them motivated to vibrate a message into the cell. Binding of the ligand to the receptor is likened to two voices, striking the same note and producing a vibration that rings a doorbell to open the doorway to the cell.”
This suggests not only emotions could be affected, but our very physical structure as well…
A simple tool you can use is an Earth tuning fork that vibrates at 136.10 Hz and is said to help relax, and reduce anxiety. This is the fork I use when I start my sound healing treatments, and also on acupressure points to relieve headaches and muscle tightness.
I’m sure most of you have heard of the Mozart Effect. Try searching for this online. I used to put my babies to sleep that way. That says it all!
Wrapping it up
That’s it for now team. Please remember this content is free and created with the intention to move you forward in life with less pain, increased energy, and improved focus. The world is hurting and WE need you at your very best. Like ripples in a pond sharing, commenting and spreading this information helps move the race forward (in my humble opinion.) High-performance will be brought about from consuming clean protein, green leafy vegetables, clean water, whole foods, and meditation, therefore try living without the taco bell. Be the change you want to see in the world baby!
(because some dickhead will consider taking legal action against good advice)
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