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Tibetan Singing Bowls: Why You Should Use One Every Day

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Tibetan Singing Bowls: Why You Should Use One Every Day

Many people are not familiar with Tibetan singing bowls. You might have seen them or heard them in a meditation or yoga class. But, that’s usually the extent of most people’s knowledge when it comes to these wonderful healing tools. Sound therapy has been used for thousands of years for a variety of different reasons. It is believed that the almost-ethereal sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl can not only promote relaxation, but can also promote healing for many different ailments.

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits you can expect from using a singing bowl for even a few minutes every day. I will also give you some useful tips for using yours the right way, to maximize the benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls?

The healing sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl can help with many different conditions. When used correctly, singing bowls are wonderful for your physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Some of the biggest benefits you can experience when using one include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Pain relief
  • Improved circulation
  • Boosted immune system

Along with these powerful health benefits, singing bowls are known to improve mental clarity. That’s why they are often used in tandem with yoga classes, or even with meditation.

So, why does a singing bowl work in the first place? The answer is based off of Eastern medicinal practices. Eastern medicine is much different from what is typically practiced in Western culture. It is based off the idea that ailments occur when the body is in disharmony with itself – when there is an imbalance somewhere.

It is believed that the energy caused by vibrations in the bowl can switch your brainwave frequencies. This can help to improve the clarity of your mind, and put you in a more peaceful state. As a result, it engages the nervous system and helps to reduce feelings of stress and/or pain. This energy also helps to realign your body and put you in a state of mind that focuses on things like lasting healing power. Tibetan singing bowls are not just used to reduce physical ailments. They are also a great way to restore balance to the mind, body, and soul.

The good news? You don’t have to wait until you are experiencing some type of ailment or condition before you start using a Tibetan singing bowl. You will actually gain more benefit from using it every single day. I use my singing bowl every morning to help me relax, clear my mind and prepare myself for the day ahead.

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls: Why You Should Use One Every Day

How to Use a Tibetan Singing Bowl

To start using a singing bowl, you first need to find the right bowl for you! This might seem silly – all singing bowls are the same, right? Actually, no. They come in many different sizes and many give off a different tone. So, it can be beneficial to do a bit of research first before buying one for yourself. The best thing is to actually try out a few to find the one that brings your mind to a state of delight. Different sounds resonate in different ways with people. Find a bowl that creates a sound that resonates with you the most.

Once you have found the perfect singing bowl for you, knowing how to use it properly will help you to unlock the incredible healing benefits.

Singing bowls make their signature sound when you strike the metal. That creates movement within the metal, allowing thousands of vibrations to be released through the rim. One of the best ways to achieve this sound is by striking the bowl with some type of wooden ‘striker.’ Wood wrapped in leather at one end is the best choice for beginners when it comes to the type of striking stick you should use. You should hold the ‘striker’ in the same way you would a pen.

With the bowl resting on the fingers of your less dominant hand, don’t let your thumb touch the bowl. I like to gently strike the bowl on the north, south, east and west sides. Then keeping the leather of the striker pressed against the side of the bowl at around a 45 degrees angle, go around the edge of the Tibetan bowl about four or five times in a clockwise direction until your bowl starts to ‘sing’. You can also move the stick in different angles to change the tones. Moving the striker faster or slower will also create different sounds. So can adding more or less pressure, or getting closer to the rim. One of the most important things to remember in order to get a smooth, clean sound is to always keep the stick in contact with the bowl. If it isn’t, it can create some scratching or screeching sounds.

Once you are able to apply enough pressure with the ‘striker’ for consistent sound, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do next. There is no ‘perfect’ way to operate a singing bowl. Some people prefer to hold them in their hand as they play. Others prefer to lay them on a carpeted floor. It is all about finding the sound and vibrations that resonate most with you. So, once you have gotten the basics down, you can experiment with your bowl.

What Else Can a Tibetan Singing Bowl Be Used For?

If you want to use your singing bowl every day, don’t feel like it can only be beneficial to health problems. There are many different uses for this ancient technique and healing practice. In general, it will make you feel better. But, you can also use it as a ceremonial object, for musical purposes, and more.

Because of the relaxation properties of singing bowls, it can even be used to soothe small children and babies. Tibetan singing bowls are also a wonderful way to promote stillness, happiness and well being. They can also be used to stimulate the immune system. There is truly no limit to what a singing bowl can do, and you are bound to find many other benefits of your own that are not listed in this article. That is the beauty of this type of healing: It is such an individual experience for everyone.

If you have never heard of Tibetan singing bowls before, let this article be an inspiration to get started. If you have seen them before, but have never tried using one for yourself, it’s never too late to pick one up and get started. You may just be surprised at how effective they are, and how much better they can make you feel when you start to use one every day. We live in a stressful, hectic world. Instead of focusing so much on over medicating ourselves, why not choose a healing technique that has been around for thousands of years?

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Do you use a Tibetan singing bowl? Please comment below if you have and what benefits do you get from using one.

 

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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