We know hearing a certain song can make us happy or sad, but how can sound heal us?
Sound healing is an ancient art and a great way to enhance your meditation and yoga practice. I love playing the tingsha to clear negative energy before a class and playing a Tibetan singing bowl to enhance savanasa or corpse pose at the end of class.
How can these two simple instruments enhance your practice and overall wellbeing?
Tingshas have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for centuries as a way to prepare for meditation. When Tingshas are held at the center most point of the cord, the two cymbals are able to strike each other at about a 90 degree angle. This contact creates a sound perfectly suited to calling awareness into the present moment, while clearing and focusing the mind before and after meditation.
Tinghsas are also useful for clearing negative energies from people, or even spaces. The beautiful chime of tingshas are even said to ward off evil spirits, and negativity of all kinds.
Tibetan Singing Bowl
According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of the singing bowls dates back to 560 BC in India.
Singing bowls produce sounds that invoke a deep state of relaxation. They are a great aid to meditation and can be found on private Buddhist altars, in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.
Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, reiki and chakra balancing.
Playing the bells usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates balancing left/right brain synchronization.
Hope you can find a way to use these wonderful tools in your practice or life.