How to use a singing bowl for meditation
Before we start – I am no ‘guru’ nor a spiritual expert. I just enjoy Meditation and Yoga and wanted to start a blog from my perspective of trying to create a daily routine that allows me a glimpse of the stillness they can bring. I try to link out to as many reputable sources within these posts as I can, some of these external links enable me to earn a commission which helps towards the running of the blog.
Meditation is a simple yet powerful way to create lasting inner calm and peace.
Meditating however can be challenging especially at first and even after many years. It’s totally normal for your mind to wander to your to-do list or for you to be distracted by external sounds. At Kenshō Way we recommend building a practice over time in a dedicated space that you associate with calm and silence and learning how to use a singing bowl for meditation can help you do exactly that.
Many people use incense as part of their meditation ritual as specific scents can purify and transform an environment, creating a sense of stillness and helping the mind to focus.
Other people may rely on a guided meditation track or specific calming music to help bring them to that place of inner stillness where they can step back from their busy thoughts. Spiritual symbols are also a wonderful aid to meditation rituals.
In this guide, however, we are exploring using singing bowls as a unique, effective and traditional way to create a peaceful environment for meditation, using them in a way they have been used for thousands of years.
What are Tibetan singing bowls?
Singing bowls are sacred instruments that produce a deep vibration and rich tone when played. The clear, resonating tone is similar to that of a bell, the frequency of which is said to promote relaxation and a sense of calm, ideal for meditation.
Tibetan singing bowls are considered to have powerful healing properties through the effects of their specific sound vibration. They are also beautiful decorative pieces that compliment your home.
The benefits of using Tibetan singing bowls include:
- Promote deep relaxation
- Reduce stress
- Dissolve feelings of anger and anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- Sharpen mental awareness
- Provide an overall feeling of contentment and well being
- Create an environment of tranquility.
How to use a singing bowl
Singing bowls are traditionally used by running a mallet clockwise around the rim of the bowl.
Almost like you’re stirring the contents of the bowl. Depending on the amount of pressure applied will result in different levels of vibration and ultimately sound given off, meaning singing bowls can be played differently depending on the type of meditation being carried out.
This vibration is an incredible tool that can be used to ground and focus the mind, bringing concentration to the vibration, the bowls producing it, and ultimately the breath.
You can also strike the bowl softly once first before beginning to circle the rim of the bowl
It’s a good idea to experiment with how you use a singing bowl, discovering for yourself where you prfer to strike the bowl or circle around the rim of the bowl for vibrations.
Choosing a singing bowl to use for meditation
Below you will find our reviews of the best singing bowls on the market to help you choose the most effective and pleasing bowl for your own practice.
Ohm Store Singing Bowl Set
If you are looking for a well – crafted, durable, small and beautiful bowl this is an excellent option. A complete full set consisting of the singing bowl, wooden mallet plus a hand-sewn cushion. The bowl fits in the palm of your hand, a perfect size to take anywhere and to have in your yoga or meditation room. This also means it is a perfect size for striking the bowl gently. The bowl emits a warm, strong tone and vibration. It is made in the Himalayan foothills by Nepalese artisans and has been designed in mind for anyone wishing to discover the healing properties of sound healing through singing bowls.
Reehut Singing Bowl
Another excellent option is this hand hammered 7 metal engraved singing bowl also crafted in the Himalayas by Nepalese artisans. It measures Approximately 4 inches diameter x 2″ tall and will fit into the palm of your hand, the perfect size to play a singing bowl. It’s a wonderful beginners bowl, creates a loud and powerful sound and is the perfect accompaniment for any meditation or yoga practice or as an aid to anyone suffering from anxiety disorders or depression. The bowl creates a strong, rich tone considering its size and it is easy to make it “sing” even if you are just starting out with these instruments. The singing bowl comes with its own mallet and small, colourful cushion.
Dhyana House 5″ Bowl
This 5 inch brass decorative bowl makes a fabulous gift for anyone looking for their first singing bowl. The gift set comes with mallet and ring slik cushion and is presented in an attractive box.
The bowl is engraved with a traditional Tibetan Buddhist mantra (Om Ma Ni Padme Hum) and looks attractive on a shelf in your house or as part of a spiritual altar in your meditation/ yoga room. Handmade in Nepal, the bowl creates a strong frequency and rich, clear, calming tone ideal for meditation and yoga. This is a high quality, durable singing bowl that will bring you peace, happiness and inner guidance for a long time.
Silent Mind ~ Tibetan Singing Bowl Set
If you’re looking to use singing bowls for your practice this set is a perfect choice. An antique design, 4- inch singing bowl that fits perfectly into your hand. Don’t let its size confuse you, this bowl makes a wonderful, healing sound that vibrates strongly and resonates as much as larger bowls. When you purchase this bowl you also received a hand-sewn cushion and a dual surface mallet, one side wooden and one with a small suede strip for creating different singing tones.
This is a best seller for its high quality craftsmanship and the rich, crisp sound it makes. It is ideal as an ornamental addition to your house as well as being a top choice for anyone looking for a singing bowl to compliment their meditation rituals. You can choose from different colours.
Silent Mind ~ Singing Bowl Set ~ Antique Design
A wonderful choice, if you’re looking to play a singing bowl to enhance your meditation practice look no further. Offering a mesmerizing sound vibration that will immediately ground you in peace for meditation we loved striking the bowl while reviewing it purely because of the vibration it gave off.
The bowl is 4 inches and comes complete with a cushion and mallet. The stunning antique design evokes the traditions and authenticity of Nepal and the devoted practitioners of these instruments.
The bowl could be used simply as decoration and would bring much joy, however once you play it and hear the sublime resonating tones this bowl is capable of; you will undoubtedly include it in your regular meditation and yoga rituals.