The Most Accessible Form of Deep Meditation
New scientific research is showing the tangible and positive benefits of sound meditation.
An enlightening 2016 study conducted at UCSD with singing bowls has shown powerful effects:
“As compared with pre-meditation, following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood”
What’s more, this new research suggests “Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased” … and “participants generally express feelings of deep relaxation and inner peace following the sound meditation”
Sound Meditation...“may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being”
The effects on mood and physiological changes may stem from:
The resonance and beats produced in sound meditation can put the body into “brainwave states of deep relaxation”
The “action of sound waves on the purported biofield or energy field of the body”
Goldsby, T. L., Goldsby, M. E., Mcwalters, M., & Mills, P. J. (2016). Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 22(3), 401-406. doi:10.1177/2156587216668109
We recommend the following texts for learning more about the instruments, and sound meditation.
The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant by Russil Paul.
The Mysticism of Sound and Music by Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Gong, the Nucleus of Sound by Yogi Bhajan.
Sound Meditation is the practice of deepening meditation with the use of sound and music.
For thousands of years, sound has been used in ancient cultures to ease anxiety and promote a sense of well being.
Many cultures, religions and mystic traditions have celebrated the power of music to induce trance and meditative states, and expand one's consciousness. Sufi mysticism, Kirtan, gospel singing— even the use of bells and harps at a cathedral.
Sound Meditation SF particularly praises and follows the tradition of Nada Yoga, an ancient Indian system of philosophy, medicine and yoga that focuses on sound vibrations.
We focus on the use of ancient Tibetan instruments, particularly gongs and crystal singing bowls. We also incorporate shamanic drums, hang drums, ocean drums, koshi chimes, tingshe chimes, harps, Native American Flutes and more.
We ask participants lie down in savasana (a relaxation pose), close their eyes and focus on their breath as wave after wave of sound washes over them. With an hour of sound meditation, participants can come closer to a state of peacefulness than if they were to sit for a weekend of silence.
Sound meditation is a powerful hook into the transformative power of meditation. It is an excellent way for beginners to experience a state of deep peace and calm in only 20 minutes.
This practice has also been known as "Sound Healing" or "Sound Baths". The beautiful sounds brings balance and harmony to the body, promote positive energy and is a powerful way to cultivate a sense of well being.
Sound Meditation is a very effective form of meditation, and as such, can help ease depression, anxiety and addiction.