A singing bowl is one of the few possessions you will acquire that has the potential to last a lifetime working just as well as the first day you got it.
What is a Singing Bowl Used For?
- To make you feel better
- As an aid in meditation, yoga or a spiritual practice
- As an aid in teaching
- For healing practices
- As a ceremonial object, an altar piece
- For music and performances, even in orchestras
- To soothe upset children and babies
- Getting a classroom full of kids to come to order
- As a conversation piece that speaks for itself
- To remind you of something you might have forgotten
You want to start with a bowl that delights you, a bowl who’s sound has a place of sweet resonance in your mind. This isn’t hard, certainly not on this website! Once you have that bowl, it is good to put it somewhere where it is easy to see. The idea is to ring it frequently so you hear the bowl again and again. Over time the unique soundscape will find a place in your memory. You can use this grove as a fast way to access the good feeling that singing bowl is associated with.
Your perception of an individual singing bowl can change based on your mental state, mood or even energy level. You may not have the same response all the time. If you are fortunate enough to have a few singing bowls you can use the different tones to feel areas of your emotional landscape. A useful daily practice is to see whether you can perceive differences and correlate them to what is going on inside of you.
How To Use Singing Bowls
Often the more I play a singing bowl the more it will grow on me; I begin to resonate with the sound. Some of the singing bowls that I have been ringing regularly over the past quarter century are absolutely inside me. You’ll buy singing bowls based on the attractiveness of the sound clip and maybe their looks but I’ll bet you enjoy your singing bowls even more as you play them over time and come into deeper resonance with them.
As you can tell from the above I advocate keeping your singing bowls out and ringing them regularly. You don’t need a “reason” to ring a singing bowl. One theory about the singing bowls in ancient times is they were used for entertainment. In this day and age entertainment is good and multiple benefits better. I believe the sounds from these objects are truly profound and beneath the surface of enjoyment they can confer many important benefits.Once you have your Tibetan singing bowl a whole world of possibilities open.
How to Play a Meditation Bowl
If your goal is to have the sound lead you into a quiet state of consciousness generally the best way to play the bowl is to tap it with a mallet. Concentrating on the bowl, especially the pulses of sound as they become quieter and quieter, is an excellent way to bring the mind into focus. The point where you no longer perceive the sound is your point of release from the external. My suggestion is a soft playing surface and a mallet that fits the bowl. For any small or medium sized bowl our light weight, inexpensive all-purpose mallet makes a fine choice for playing your meditation bowl.
Rim play provides wonderful and often concentrated sound, however the activity of going around the rim, paying attention to the position of the bowl in your hand and ultimately putting the bowl down can split your attention.