Sound meditations have played an important role in human history for thousands of years. Current research shows that sound meditations and sound baths were used countless generations ago to combat stress-related illnesses.
What emerged in the course of history has constantly evolved over the centuries. Today we know that the most important thing in sound meditation is to hit the right notes. Only harmonious sounds and corresponding frequencies can contribute to your relaxation and improve your health – inharmonious sounds, on the other hand, tend to have the opposite effect.
What is sound meditation?
Gong meditation or singing bowl meditation is a practice that has existed for thousands of years, in which sounds and the resulting vibrations are intended to have a positive influence on the body, mind and sensations. In sound meditation one usually works with special singing bowls and gongs, which can produce the relaxing tones in interaction with special gong mallets or gong drivers.
Depending on the type of gong or singing bowl or mallet you use, different tones can be produced. These tones create vibrating and very meditative sounds in the room, whose vibrations can penetrate deep into our bodies. Because of its versatility, gong meditation or singing bowl meditation can have a versatile effect on your body and psyche.
What effect can sound meditation have on the body and psyche?
Sound meditations and sound baths are perceived uniquely by each person. Accordingly, the sensations that sound baths and sound meditations can trigger in us are also different. Nevertheless, many positive effects that a meditative state through acoustic sounds can have on our body and mind have been mentioned in the past millennia that our ancestors already relied on the healing effects of sound meditations. Today sound meditation is mainly used in the following areas:
During the sound meditation you can switch off from the stressful everyday life and get completely involved with yourself and your innermost wishes.
When you focus entirely on the meditative sounds of sound meditation, you can block out distracting background noise and get a whole new focus on things.
Release emotional blockades
We have all had negative experiences in life that still affect our human interaction today. Sound meditation can help you separate yourself from these bad experiences and start on a new path.
Many people who regularly benefit from the effect of sound meditation report significant relief from joint and muscle pain. So a sound bath can help you reduce physical pain as well.
Bring back harmony and balance
Through the vibrating sounds you can find the way back to harmony and a pleasant balance in your life and free yourself from negative thoughts.
Activate self-healing powers
Sounds and vibrations can put the body into a trance-like state, through which the self-healing powers can be activated.
The special feature of sound meditation
The gong meditation or singing bowl meditation is characterized above all by its versatility. Gongs have a very rich, deep sound that can put the body and mind into a meditative state. With the help of singing bowls, however, very bright and invigorating sounds can be produced, which can provide relaxation and cheerfulness.
The interplay of the different tones enables a deep meditation, which can help you, for example, to relieve physical pain, to forget the stress of everyday life or to get involved in new situations and feelings.
Sound meditation and gong bath to reduce stress
If you are dealing with gong meditation or singing bowl meditation for the first time, you often find yourself in a stressful situation. Every day we are confronted with moments of stress, which can not only become a real challenge in our everyday life – for example at work or in the family – but also burden our subconscious over a long period of time. Constant stress and tension are the direct result.
You may have already experienced for yourself how negatively stress can affect your health. That’s why it’s all the more important to take time for yourself every now and then, to put stress aside and find your own way of dealing with everyday stress. This is exactly where gong and singing bowl meditation come in.
Effect of Gong Meditations
Gong meditation depends on two factors: The sounds and the vibration they create. First of all, the usually deep, soothing sound – often in combination with somewhat brighter and livelier tones – creates a very calming and relaxed atmosphere in which one can fully engage in the meditative state.
Effect of singing bowl meditations
In singing bowl meditation, however, it also depends on the vibrations that are sent into the room by the singing bowls or the gong. Especially singing bowls produce clearly perceptible electromagnetic waves, which have already been scientifically proven. These magnetic waves can lead us into a state of special meditation and help us to forget stress and everyday worries.
How does a sound bath work?
In a sound bath, participants set themselves up to stay comfortably in one position for a while. Often a lying position is chosen, as this can enhance the meditative state and help with relaxation.
Harmonious sounds rich in overtones – for example from singing bowls or gongs – are played. A specially equipped sound room helps to feel the sounds even more present and to intensify the experience for the participants. During a sound bath the body is allowed to rest. The vibrations created during the sound bath enhance the calming effect of this special meditation. The interplay of vibration and harmonic sound can put the mind into a trance-like state, activating the body’s self-healing powers. After a sound bath, the deep calm, inner contentment and absolute serenity often remain for many days.
Studies prove the effectiveness of sound baths and sound meditations
Also science has become more and more interested in singing bowl meditation and sound baths in the last years. The positive effects that sound baths and gong meditations can have on the body and psyche have been proven in numerous studies. It has been proven that the electromagnetic waves produced by the sound in singing bowls or gongs can alter our state of consciousness.
For example, a study from Slovenia conducted with 100 participants proved that patients who enjoyed a gong bath felt more relaxed and calmer following the treatment. The mental condition was improved by the meditation, which was expressed in the follow-up above all in a motivation boost.
But even independent of studies, there are numerous testimonials that speak to the numerous benefits of gong and singing bowl meditation. The main focus here is on relaxation, which can be seen as a healthy way to activate the body’s self-healing powers and trigger health improvement from within. In a normal, active state, our brain produces so-called beta waves that help us get through everyday life. However, during rest periods and pauses, the brain produces so-called alpha waves, which are also activated during meditation. Exactly this form of sound waves is also produced by the singing bowl, so that our body automatically develops a feeling of relaxation and peace during the sound bath.
Try it out – enjoy the relaxation through singing bowl meditation
You probably know it too: music can have a great influence on our mind. Exactly this effect is also used by gong meditation and singing bowl meditation:
- With the help of the rich, overtone-rich and calm tones of singing bowls and gongs, you will have the opportunity to enter a meditative state and completely cleanse your mind.
- Through the ease of meditation, you break free from the shackles of everyday life and open yourself to a state of relaxation and calm.
- You can literally feel the stress leave your body and the freshness and vitality return.
- After a gong or singing bowl meditation, you will feel, as the proverb says, like you have been reborn.
So if you want to take some time out and feel stressed by everyday life, you should try a sound bath or meditation with gongs and singing bowls.
Disclaimer: Sound meditations and sound baths do not replace medical or psychological advice.