By Lisa Breitenwischer, CHHC
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 or chanting, gospel singing— even the use of bells and harps at a cathedral.
Sound Meditation focuses on the use of ancient Tibetan instruments, particularly gongs and crystal singing bowls. It can also incorporate shamanic drums, hang drums, ocean drums, koshi chimes, tingshe chimes, harps, Native American Flutes and more.
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. It is an excellent way for beginners to experience a state of deep peace and calm in only 20 minutes.
During a Gong or Sound Meditation, 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.
If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, join us on Friday, March 10th from 6:30-8pm at BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga to experience a Self-Healing Gong Meditation with Gong expert, Barbara Cole. Renew, Relax and Receive! Find out more here.
If unable to attend this event, find out just how calming sound meditation can be, click here to view a video with a piece of music that Neuroscientists found to relieve anxiety by 65%.