Body & Mind

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

Body & Mind | 24.2.2015 | Katja Kokko


How many of you have begun, or promised yourselves you would begin, meditating regularly but never actually got around to it, or gave up after a few tries?

I’m guilty of this, I confess. I do my meditation and my yoga practice on the mat at the studio, but I’ve never been able to integrate regular meditation or yoga into my domestic life – not unless you count spacing out every night. I find sitting and staring at the wall for an hour before bedtime incredibly satisfying. Most of the time, I’ll still be thinking, or just sounding out life itself.

A week ago, a friend I check out a Tibetan singing bowl meditation, which can be found on Youtube. The idea is that meditating on the vibration of the bowls will help one to clean one’s chakras. There are ten-minute meditations for each individual chakra, or a seventy-minute meditation that goes through all of them. I was hooked after doing the solar plexus meditation, and have been listening to the gonging of these bowls ten minutes daily ever since.

I’ve finally found a meditation that I want to do at home, and that I actually enjoy. My body is very sensitive to different things, including sounds. I could really feel the booming of the bowls in the solar plexus meditation above my navel; the heart chakra meditation makes my whole sternum hum.

If I had some good, portable loudspeakers, I would let my yoga students listen to singing bowls at the end of each class.

Photo Dorit Salutskij

Translation Katja Nikula