Types of Sound Healing Meditation
Sound healing meditation has many physiological and psychological benefits. There are various and numerous types of sound healing meditation out there. Some are more scientific, while others are more spiritual. However, they each share the same common ground in which sounds are the basis of healing. Let’s start from good old meditation.
Traditional mantra meditation
We shouldn’t forget that the voice is the most basic musical instrument that produces mantras. A “mantra” is a sacred mysterious sound arousing spiritual or religious emotions. A mantra could be a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have spiritual powers. It may or may not have a syntactic structure or literal meaning.
Traditional mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness. Using your voice in your meditations, you are practicing sound healing therapy. Traditional mantra meditation improves mood and sleep, lowers blood pressure, normalizes breathing, calms the mind, and reduces stress. It also brings about an entire array of health benefits on top of that.
Shaman drums for sound healing meditation
Yes, shaman drums are Stone Age old-fashioned … but timeless too. They are used by shamans in every corner of the globe to shift a state of consciousness and to move energy.
Today, in our high tech world, many shamans make drums by hand using similar techniques and sacred preparations trusted by humanity’s ancestors for tens of thousands of years. Some drums are made from lightning-struck trees, which contain vital energy for healing ceremonies.
Each shaman’s drum is unique; it has a soul of its own. It can transform into a riding animal to carry a shaman between different worlds or become the shaman’s weapon for fighting the ill spirits. After a shaman dies, the skin on their drum is pierced.
Sound healing meditation with singing bowls
Yogis have used singing bowls for centuries throughout Asia for meditation, healing, ritual, and ceremonial purposes. There are many different types of them to discover the healing power behind their sound. They are a quintessential aid to sound healing meditation.
The sound produced by metallic bowls is quite similar to a gong or a bell. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation.
The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and many other illnesses. According to Tibetan oral tradition, the use of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.) and was brought to Tibet from India.
The pure tone of Crystal Bowls produces a vibrational sound that resonates with the light body chakra and corresponding physical area. The effect of meditation is multiplied when the crystal bowls are played.
Singing bowl therapy is one of the most popular sound healing methods because of its effective and various aspects of healing. Your yoga teacher may play a singing bowl to start class, help you sink into meditation or bring you back from it.
If you’ve ever heard wind chimes, more likely you were amazed by the sound of them. They invoke feelings of joy and contentment. Wind chimes might be the most magical of all the sound therapy tools.
For some, wind chimes are just garden ornaments, but they go far back in time to India, China, and even Ancient Rome. Wind chimes are said to harmonize and maximize the flow of our life force. Since they require the natural element of air to sound them and usually come to life on their own without human influence, they are also said to carry elemental power.
Healing sounds that Mother Nature blessed us with
Have you ever relaxed into tranquility with delicate notes of bird chirps, gentle water waves, whispering pines or frog calls when they are the only sounds to pierce the silence? Sounds from nature are powerful. They can change the state of our brains, and so our bodies. Many studies have shown that even just a few minutes a day spent meditating with nature greatly improves overall health and wellbeing.
Use the soothing sounds of moving water in natural spaces to clear away stress and negative thoughts. Reset your biorhythms with the lunar energy of the tides and ocean wave meditation. Clear your mind with the pulsing beats of a waterfall, or just calm and soothe weary nerves with the quiet rush of a running stream.
Sound healing meditation can lift your mood, calm your mind, reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve breathing and circulation, alleviate aches and pains, and strengthen the immune system.
All of us no matter who we are, how much time we have, or which direction we are going to, can all benefit from a sound healing meditation practice.