Article by Isis James
Meditation has many benefits including better emotional well-being, stress relief, and deepening your spiritual connection. Meditation gongs or singing bowls are an excellent tool to use in your meditation practice, as their music provides an excellent point of focus. Using gongs or singing bowls for meditation is a simple, easy process.
First, find a calm, comfortable environment where you can be alone for as long as you plan on meditating. Make sure that you are seated comfortably in a chair or if you choose, place soft pillows on the floor and sit on them with your legs crossed. If you are in a chair, it is best for your feet to be shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor. To create an ambience that suits you, you may choose to light candles or burn incense.
Take deep, rhythmic breaths. Relaxed breathing is essential to creating a relaxed, focused state of mind when you are meditation. Before playing your gong, you can try meditating for compassion. To do this, imagine light and love filling you and your immediate surroundings, including your singing bowl if you have one, with love and light. When you have imagined your immediate surroundings filled with love, visualize this love overflowing out to the rest of the world and all its inhabitants.
After you have attained the proper state of mind, whether through the compassion meditation or simply through deep breathing by itself, you can simply strike the gong or play your singing bowl and single-mindedly use the resonating sounds as a point of focus. Anytime your mind wanders off the sound, gently bring your attention and awareness back. You can also sing along with your bowl to make it a more fun and interesting practice.
If you would rather not playing your meditate gong all throughout your meditation session, you can simply play it once at the beginning of your session and once at the end to formally mark and ritualize your meditation time. When you are ready to stop the meditation, calmly and quietly stop playing y our bowl and continue with the rest of your day.
Try your best to maintain your sense of inner peace and centeredness even when you are not actively meditating. For best results, dedicate time daily to meditating with your gong as this will train your mind to stay centered, as well as providing a soothing effect on your mind and body through the sounds produced when you learn how to use meditation gongs.
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