Singing Bowls are a type of free standing bell that have a bowl shape. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. Singing bowls are used to create healing sound vibrations that quiet the mind and release tension from the body. The beautiful tones enhance alpha states and are used to enrich meditations and healing practices. The sounds energetically align body, mind and spirit – bringing feelings of peace and connection with the Divine.
Singing bowls are simple to use and can be mastered with just a bit of practice. Each type of bowl will have a slightly different sound. Some bowls are genuine antiques, having been used for hundreds of years. These are incredibly difficult to find and often cost prohibitive.
Fortunately, many modern singing bowls are created using the same techniques that were used to throughout history. This usually involves hand hammering of the metals and custom painting, finishing or engraving for the more intricate bowls. There are also machine made models that are less expensive, but usually not of the highest quality.
When choosing a singing bowl, there are a few things to keep in mind. First is the quality of the metal used to create it. It should be sturdy and have good structure. When possible, look for bowls created by hand. This not only guarantees quality, it is a way to connect with tradition. It’s also important to ensure the mallet, or striker, is the right size to create the proper sound.
Singing bowls range from incredibly simple and elegant, to richly ornate. Many are engraved with images, text and patterned designs. Antiqued finishes can impart the old world feel of ancient bowls, without the expense. When making a choice, consider how you will display it and what will be surrounding it. A singing bowl is a work of art that will enhance your sacred space with its beauty and energy.
A simple way to find great value and ensure your bowl will work for you is to purchase a set. These sets typically include the bowl, striker and cushion. Cushions protect the bowl and the surface it sits on. They also prevent the bowl from vibrating against hard surfaces as you play it, keeping the sound pure.
Cushions come in a variety of styles and can be purchased separately, but a full set often means greater value. Whatever bowl you choose, make sure it is one that you truly feel drawn to. The more you connect with it; the better it will serve you in your spiritual practice. Singing bowls add beauty and richness to any spiritual sanctuary. Use them to empower your meditations and promote healing.