How to use a Tibetan singing bowl for meditation

When it comes to grounding yourself for inner calm and peace, the environment and ambiance that you meditate within is incredibly important. How you create this ambiance is entirely up to you but it is something that we recommend at Kenshō way.

Having a dedicated space can really take your practice to another level that you didn’t even know existed, allowing you to connect with the calmness within that just isn’t possible meditating in a cluttered or noisy environment.

How you establish this outer peace is also your choice. Many choose to use incense while meditating as the signal that the space around them has transformed from their living room or bedroom, into an area that can be used for reflection and internal guidance. While others turn to music, or even guided or scripted meditation to become at one with their breath and to step back from their incessant thoughts. One of the most traditional ways of creating a peaceful environment to meditate within is through the use of Tibetan singing bowls and in this guide we will take a look at what exactly singing bowls are and how they can be used to further your meditation practice.

What are Tibetan singing bowls?

Also known as prayer bowls, Tibetan singing bowls are instruments that can be used to create a deep vibration and tone, perfect for promoting relaxation and peace synonymous with meditation.

Although called singing bowls, these instruments are actually a type of bell and have even been linked with powerful healing powers.

How to use a singing bowl

Tibetan singing bowls are traditionally used by running a mallet clockwise around the outside edge 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.

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