Surely you have heard of meditation accompanied by a singing bowl or a Tibetan bowl? How exactly is this practice carried out? Who can adopt it?
Everyone has the opportunity to apply this very interesting technique, whether they are a believer or not. A technique that allows you to connect to yourself and your senses through sounds and vibrations.
Also known as "Tibetan bowl", the singing bowl is a popular accessory in Buddhist schools for meditation. These traditional containers usually come from the Himalayas, one of the regions of Nepal. However, its true origin is not known. Some presume that these Tibetan bowls are from shamanic practices because their materials date from the Bronze Age.
Previously, Tibetan ancestors used it during their ritual chants, funerals and religious ceremonies. Later, monks and other followers of Buddhism use it during their meditation session to promote relaxation and focus easily.
Meditating with a singing bowl can be done by any individual, man or woman, Buddhist or Hindu, Christian or not. It is not about believing or praying to a deity, but simply work on concentration and submit to a few rules to achieve a particular goal. Here are some techniques and methods:
This exercise will train you to focus on the present and to channel your thoughts. Your personal desires and your ego will be put aside. Indeed, the more you succeed in singing, the more you will want to continue to the point of plunging yourself into immeasurable well-being.
Before you begin, sit comfortably on a cushion or meditation mat and place the bowl on your thighs.
Gently place the mallet on the top of the bowl as if you were holding a pen. Then give the bowl a little blow and turn the mallet stuck to the stop, drawing a round shape.
For the first few seconds you will only hear the sound of the mallet rubbing against a metal material. Continue your rotation, gently, without rushing anything. You will gradually discern the evolution of the sound which becomes more fluid and more harmonious.
Once the bowl begins to sing, continue to maintain that pleasant sound and keep up with the beat.
Keep a constant speed, neither too slow so as not to lose sound, nor too fast to avoid jumping the mallet. Limit variations as much as possible and start looking for an even purer sound than the previous one.
Prevent all forms of disturbance so as not to break the rhythm and lose the vibration in a fraction of a second. Synchronize your gestures to the rhythm of the bowl.
This exercise is ideal for working on your concentration. By focusing on sound, you will realize that each vibration is unique. But not only ! Buddhist thought here teaches you impermanence in all things. No sound will come back, you have to learn to appreciate it when it is there, without ever getting attached to it because it is not eternal. This precept also applies in our daily life.
Easier than the first technique, this one consists of hitting the bowl once with the mallet. Then focus on the sound it makes, its evolution, and its ability to invade the room you are in.
The sound emitted will be different depending on the position of the bowl (in your hands, on your legs or held upside down). Experiment with all the possibilities. The sound will also vary from room to room, from mallet to mallet. The variation in the power of the blow will modify it.
To focus better, close your eyes. As a result, you will feel the vibration within you but not only around you. You will perceive deep inside you a different result with each stroke.
This meditation technique will teach you to appreciate the simple and discreet things that you usually fail to pick up on. She teaches you that with a little concentration and attention, you will realize that sometimes happiness comes through the small pleasures of life.
For this last technique, hold the Tibetan bowl upside down and place it on your head. Try to find a good balance so that it does not fall.
Hit the bowl lightly with the mallet to emit a fragile, inconspicuous sound. This time, tone it down.
Focus all of your attention on the sound. You will then hear beautiful light vibrations, but very clear.
Meditating with a Tibetan bowl is good for both body and mind. As explained above, the first benefit one can derive from this is the improvement in concentration under all circumstances.
These exercises also help to persevere. They allow you to set a goal and fight to reach it despite the desire to give up or sometimes fatigue. Indeed, it can happen that you do not succeed in turning the mallet correctly on the first try. However, with a little practice and hard practice, you will find the right pace.
If you have experienced any of these meditations before, we will be curious to know how you experienced it. Did you like it ?
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