Tibetan sound bowl: benefits of sound meditation?
Written by: Loris Vitry (coach and Yoga teacher)
Validated by: Cathy Maillot (Osteopath)
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Since the dawn of time, many techniques have been discovered to find inner and outer peace.
One of these techniques is the use of the Tibetan sound bowl.
Still called singing bowl, the latter remains unknown today.
This is not just a piece of folklore.
The Tibetan singing bowl is generally used for the practice of meditation.
Its effectiveness has taken it through thousands of years.
What are the benefits of using the Tibetan sound bowl?
Find out the answer in this article.
Origin of the Tibetan sound bowl
Of Himalayan origin, the history of the Tibetan sound bowl dates back thousands of years.
It would go back precisely to more than 2000 years before Jesus Christ.
Indeed, the singing bowl was a decorative object or a measuring tool.
He was then made sacred by shamans to worship with the help of sacred incantations.
The first sound bowls were then made of wood, stone or metal.
Shamans were nomadic blacksmiths who migrated from the Far East.
They were Tibetans, hence the name given to the bowls.
They believed in an obvious connection between nature and people.
This belief endows them with healing powers through sound and song.
They were usually found on altars.
Years later, the sound bowls were appropriated by Buddhism.
The latter quickly diversified the use of these bowls.
They were used not only for healing, but also for offerings and especially for meditation.
Buddhism allowed a rapid spread of these objects.
The countries immediately affected were those in Asia, mainly Nepal and India.
What is a Tibetan singing bowl made of?
The composition of a Tibetan sound bowl is standard.
It has been in effect since the existence of metal singing bowls.
Indeed, they result from the fusion of seven metals.
Each metal refers to one of the seven stars, one of the seven chakras and one of the seven days of the week.
According to Indian and Buddhist beliefs, these different things are closely related to each other.
It is :
- Silver to represent the moon, associated with the sacral chakra and the day of Monday.
- Iron to represent the planet Mars, associated with the root chakra and the day of Tuesday.
- Mercury to represent the planet Mercury, associated with the throat chakra and the day of Wednesday.
- The tin that represents the planet Jupiter is associated with the crown chakra and the day of Thursday.
- Copper to represent the planet Venus, associated with the heart chakra and the day of Friday.
- Lead to represent the planet Saturn, associated with the third eye chakra and the day of Saturday.
- Gold to represent the Sun, associated with the solar plexus chakra and the day of Sunday.
The presence of each metal is significant.
The sounds and vibrations it makes are different from one metal to another.
It is from their harmony that derive the many virtues recognized in Tibetan sound bowls.
The waves released act on the water in the body.
The latter will take care of diffusing them in all the cells in order to encourage them to the rhythm of the bowl.
The benefits of using a Tibetan sound bowl
Over the years, Tibetan sound bowls have managed to interfere in the lives of many people.
They are found in massage rooms, personal development institutes and during yoga practices.
Many psychoanalysts have opted for this technique.
In general, all the benefits of the Tibetan sound bowl relate to well-being and personal development.
We can subdivide them into three categories.
The physical benefits
The Tibetan sound bowl is able to participate in the treatment of many pathologies.
It is suitable for:
- Digestive disorders.
- Joint pain.
- Hearing problems.
It also helps strengthen the immune system.
This is made possible by the ability of singing bowls to make bad vibrations go away.
The singing bowl becomes even more effective when accompanied by sports.
The mental benefits are conferred by the sound massages.
The singing bowl allows through the sound emitted to release the body of all the accumulated stress.
It restores the vibrations in the body so as to balance the two hemispheres of the brain.
The sound emitted also stimulates enkephalin and beta endorphin.
These two hormones actively contribute to the well-being of each individual.
It is also worth mentioning oxytocin which is the hormone of attachment and social bonding.
The Tibetan Sound Bowl helps you refocus, connect with your higher self.
It gives your brain power a boost.
You will show creativity, vitality and motivation.
It also helps you overcome everyday difficulties.
The physiological benefits
There are many bad habits that slowly destroy us.
The Tibetan sound bowl allows you to modify these.
Examples are alcoholism and smoking.
Moreover, it inhibits negative energies accumulated in your body by removing blockages and toxins.
It brings new vibrations that prepare you for deep relaxation.
It is therefore an instrument that promotes a connection of the body to the mind.
Singing bowl meditation also helps reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep.
It also speeds up your recovery after illness or trauma.
Likewise, it helps regulate blood circulation and promotes cell regeneration.
Tibetan sound bowl: what to remember
The current observation is clear: modern medicine has gained ground.
However, the use of Tibetan sound bowls has never been questioned.
They are decorative objects with healing properties.
They have proven their importance in the face of many diseases.
According to some institutions of medicine, they are involved in the treatment of cancer.
Through the songs emanating from them, they spread positive waves in order to provide a feeling of well-being.
It is a relaxation technique that offers multiple benefits.
In short, Tibetan sound bowls are essential for the physical, physiological and mental development of any individual.
If you are looking for an effective, drug-free way to deal with stress, consider using the Tibetan Sound Bowl.