Singing Bowl Meditations

The most beautiful Sound is found in Silence by Tai Situ Rinpoche


Psychological difficulties or trauma sinks into the unconscious and gets ‘time-locked’. The physical energetic body also gets ‘memory-locked’ deep into the cellular energy. The physical, emotional, mental bodies having embedded the damage, bubble up and manifest as physical disease, neurosis and/or mental aberration.

This can be triggered at any time when a situation resonates with the original experience. Sound is capable of merging – when the audible, physical vibrations sympathetically resonate, retuning the energy so that healing occurs.

1. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine, with your singing bowl on your lap.
Close your eyes & breathe deeply & slowly.
Bring your attention to your body.
Ground yourself. Feel the weight of your body & feel the rootedness at the end of your spine with the Earth. Feel the stability.
In a relaxed manner feel the energy stretching from your coccyx to the top of your head.
Feel the ‘balance’ of your being.
With every out-breath relax your muscles to a greater & greater degree.
Relax the muscles around your temples & eyes.
On your next 3 out-breaths let go of all anxiety, tension, negative thoughts & suffering of any form.
Now on your next 3 in-breaths, breathe in calmness, peace & tranquility.
Feel the quiet pulse of your body & feel its vibrancy.
Allow thoughts to fade away & surrender to a still space beyond thoughts.
Be gentle. Be open & receptive while being unattached to outcomes.
Just be in this space for a while.

2. If you have a teacher, guru, enlightened ones, masters, healers, medicine people, guides, angels & ancestors, call them in to be with you.
Otherwise call in all those energies that love you, to guide & help you.
Breathe them in to your heart space & feel their presence naturally arising in you.
Ask for balance & harmony of body, speech & mind.
Feel this support & feel thankful.

3. Now intend with sincerity that all beings be happy & free from suffering.
May we take care of our environment & all in it.
May we serve Life & deepen our compassion.
May we realize our wisdom.
Slowly let your surroundings disappear.
All that is impure dissolves into emptiness.
Everything that emerges out of this, is pure.
Feel yourself suspended in a void.
Find your calm. Find your still point. Feel this presence.

4. Now quietly take up your singing bowl and softly make it sing. Just let the sound flow around you. Breathe the sound in & let your breath out gently with a long sigh. Practice the ‘doing’ (rubbing the bowl to make it sing) with the ‘non-doing’ (listening – with the singing bowl in front of and slightly below the face, hearing it evenly with both ears).

5. Now hum the tone of your bowl. Listen to yourself.
Enjoy yourself. Listen to both your silence & your sound.

6. Find out wherever in your body you feel tightness, stress, anxiety, pain, fear (whatever your word is). Hum the sound of your bowl and direct your hum to the specific area, allowing the problem to dissolve in the sound. You may even want to track this feeling to a memory or an event so that you can better recognize & know it. Watch out when wanting to ‘get rid of’ anything for this creates suppression merely to leak out at another time.

Humming the sound of your bowl (or you can say a mantra in the same tone or even ‘Om’) is working with Sound vibration from inside-out. Transforming energy from outside-in, continue working with your bowl making it sing, or ‘gonging’ it with your mallet in the area of your focus. This is a gentle process, and one of great kindness rather than being tough & judgmental.

Position of the Singing Bowl to hear equal stereo sound to both ears.

7. Imagine the sound of your voice and the bowl’s vibration shimmering through this area until you feel it’s clear. Then mentally scan your entire body spreading this amazing clarity of sound throughout. When you gong your singing bowl and you can hear a completely clear ‘after-tone’ coming from your bowl, then you can move on.

8. You can do this healing for others. You can also focus on harmonizing situations or problems.

9. Feel the calm seeping into you. Find your joy & bring a ‘lightness’ into your being. Feel yourself becoming pure of mind. Hear the sound & visualize it spreading through & between every cell of your body becoming ‘shimmering sound’ from head to toe and beyond the boundary of your skin.

10. End your singing bowl healing meditation by playing & listening to the sound of your bowl until you ‘forget’ yourself & become completely quiet, allowing yourself to move into a silent Alpha state, a still pond without a ripple – open to wisdom. This is not a discipline, but rather a relief and a joy, ‘time-out’ for your inner well-being.


Using your Singing Bowl you can apply this meditation in your everyday life. Is a very effective way of generating positive potential. It has many benefits– taught as an antidote to fear, to sleep well waking up fresh & happy, for good dreams, for serenity and a peaceful mind, to be loved & protected, to be healed.

1. Get into a comfortable sitting position (not lying down) and gently gong your singing bowl. Close your eyes and let the sound disappear into silence.
Quietly gong your bowl again and with the sound use your breath to relax your body and mind. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times until you become quiet.

2. Now start with the heart feeling of loving kindness and compassion for yourself, because unless you have it for yourself, you can’t have it for anyone else.

3. Speak a to d below out. Make the words heard…lovingly, gently.
Make your intention vibrate. Please use no forcefulness.
a. May I be happy.
b. May I be free of fear / suffering. (and from the causes of suffering)
c. May I be healed / whole – physically, emotionally, psychologically.
d. May I be peaceful – filled with loving kindness.
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”. This strengthens the intent. Then as the sound of the bowl dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

4. Then think of a being that you love and dwell in your love for this being.
(In each case run through the phrases 3a to 3d….’May he/she/name be happy.’)
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

5. Extend loving kindness out to others you love & care about.
Repeat procedure above…….’May they be happy.’
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

6. Now think of people you are neutral about and grow the feeling bigger to include the country, then Africa, then the world, then all sentient beings.
Repeat procedure above…….’May they be happy.’
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

7. Then go to those you don’t like and extend loving kindness to them as well – for they too will become Buddhas. Repeat procedure above…….’May they be happy.’
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

8. Now think of enemies and through the heart forgive them, and want for them to be happy and free. To love, to care, to have goodwill…..without limits.

Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

9. Then the universe……may your love touch all and bring happiness to all.
Finally bring your attention back to the room and send loving kindness to all the people in the room. Repeat procedure above…….’May they be happy.’
Very gently gong your singing bowl and mentally say “so be it”.
As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness for a while.

10. Bring your attention back to yourself, back into your body and your attention to this moment. Rest silently for a while.

11. Then gong your bowl gently for the last time and feel the loving energy around you and be filled with gratitude.

As the sound dissipates rest in this silent awareness

(Each atom is made of a positive nucleus and negative electrons rotating around it. Because of this rotation, an electromagnetic field is generated. So it is a given scientific fact that everything in this universe is vibrating – every thought, every word and every emotion, how we feel, think and speak defines our particular vibration. Spoken words create vibrations and waves in our mind, which awaken subtle powers, similar to ripples a pebble creates when tossed into a pond. )


Gong your bowl or make it sing.
Hum or sing ‘Om’ of the lowest equivalent sound of your bowl that you can. When you hum or sing this lowest ‘doh’ sound that you can make (which is in harmony with your bowl), imagine the Base chakra centre at the end of your spine and visualize red light flowing through the surrounding tissues and organs.

If you feel or sense a blockage in this area just settle down quietly and work with imbuing the sound into this chakra until it clears. Don’t be in a rush. Give yourself time and patience.

The celestial Sound of Singing Bowls in St Georges Cathedral - Desmond Tutu's church. Is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother inter-faith church of Cape Town.

Ask what the reason is for the blockage or disharmony in this area. Listen to yourself. When this chakra has cleared and is transparent and flowing, then move onto the next chakra.

At the Sacral chakra step your voice into the next higher in tone of ‘re’………and so you progress slowly all the way up the body visualizing the chakras and their corresponding colours, repeating what you did at the first chakra.

If a person has too much energy, neurotic, anxious or continually in their head and generally ‘hyper’, then my suggestion is that they work back down to the base chakra. People who are ‘flighty’ of body, mind and spirit need lots of earthing. Imagine being nurtured in the red lava womb of the earth, to have all the steadfastness, rootedness and calm patience that is given to us by our Earth. Imagine all that comes with being plugged-in to the element Earth.

If a person is dull, exhausted, depressed, heavy, needing energy and generally ‘hypo’, then I suggest that the movement is from the base chakra to the crown a few times. These people need to lighten, en-liven themselves with upward visualization…….ending their meditation visualizing a ball of white light above the crown chakra containing the colours of all the chakras, filled with healing and loving energy. Or end the meditation by visualizing a white Lotus above your head opening up to the sun and blooming.

At the very end of the meditation gong your bowl and sit in stillness, peace and quiet not ‘doing’ anything….and not ‘trying’….just ‘being’ and dissolving into the fading sound of the singing bowl.

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