One of my favorite forms of meditation is sound meditation. Creating and/or listening to sounds, chanting, and music, can produce profound meditative effects. Sound meditation is used in vibrational healing, chakra balancing, ritual, and music. It is calming for the mind, energizing for the body, and expansive for the spirit.
The mere act of listening to good music can be a form of sound meditation... and who doesn't love a good live show?
Sound meditation helps to open and balance the throat chakra. A throat chakra imbalance can manifest in any of the following ways:
- Communication: difficulty listening or expressing yourself, an overpowering voice or a fear of speaking, over opinionated or wishy-washy
- Relationship: defensiveness or distrust, lack of engagement, overcritical behavior or inability to speak up for oneself
- Creativity: little to no artistic expression or connection to music, lack of artistry in creating the life you desire
- Abundance: greed, inability to receive, hoarding of knowledge or possessions
- Physical: throat, neck, or arm pain, teeth and tonsil issues, TMJ, sinus infection, coughing, loss of hearing, stress, fatigue, allergies, autoimmune issues, thyroid disorders, addiction
This week, I share with you the sounds of my singing bowl, also known as a Tibetan singing bowl or Himalayan singing bowl, which is an ancient form of sound meditation. The singing bowl can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and compositions. It is used in various ways, either by gonging with a mallet or rubbing a mallet around the bowl. This particular bowl is in the key of G, which helps tune the throat chakra for clarity of truth, expression, and communication.
I invite you to also learn and practice one of my favorite Sanskrit chants: Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu, which translates to "May all beings be happy and free. And may my thoughts, deeds, and actions contribute to the happiness and freedom for all."
Now—talk to me! I'd love to hear your thoughts, feelings, and stories...
- What was that experience like for you?
- Have you ever performed sound meditation or experienced sound healing before?
- If so, what benefits has this practice brought your life?
- What is your favorite form and method of sound meditation?
- How do you envision sound meditation becoming a part of your life?