i consider myself a pretty competent human being. i can at least sort of do everything i set out and try to do.
that was until i tried making a singing bowl sing. 😆
thinking this would be another fabulous skill to add to my vast repertoire (think yoga, eating and sleeping), i got this gorgeous tibetan singing bowl from shanti bowl to decidedly mixed results.
let me start by saying that i was motivated to master this panchaloha beauty because of the healing effects it is said to have, not the least of which are calming the nervous system, bolstering the immune system, reducing stress, mitigating pain, fighting depression (🙌) and, of course, balancing the chakras. you know what it’s like when your chakras are all out of whack and you just feeling like whacking a singing bowl will solve all your problems? like that.
as shantibowl.com explains: “in ayurvedic medicine, illness is caused by disharmony within the body. because matter is energy that vibrates at different rates, the structure of matter can be changed by altering the rate of vibration. the body and mind are healthy when they vibrate in harmony.”
makes sense to me.
okay…so i practiced daily for months. pretty much the best i could do was hit the thing like a bell and rub it with a stick as the “ding” quickly faded into nothingness. in the process, i recruited friends, family and students to try their hands at it. then i felt better about my abject failure.
and i tried more.
all of this practice and recruiting culminated in the following practice session with three of my (gorgeous and phenomenal) nephews:
if nothing else, the effort of playing the bowl makes you focus…and smile.
and if you can make the thing sing, it’s like epiphany! it feels good on a visceral level as the vibrations literally synchronize your left and right brains, emitting alpha and theta brain waves that help to induce deep meditative states, increase intuitive receptivity, and stimulate creativity.
see? it stimulated me to write this blog…it works!
a few tips from an absolute novice (but getting better every day!):
- very important, rest the bowl in the palm of your hand without gripping. grippy fingers stop vibration.
- hold the bowl away from your body, so it’s as floaty in the air as possible.
- move your arm as you move the mallet (aka, “the stick”), instead of just rolling your wrist.
- don’t move too fast…slower will mitigate the ringy, hitting-the-bowly sound.
- be patient.
- enjoy! ❤️