Feel Better: Get Mindful with a Tibetan Singing Bowl

Close your eyes and listen to stress melt away.

Person practicing meditation
Om sweet om.Pexels/Magic Bowls

The true roots of Tibetan singing bowls are up for debate—there’s little, if any, evidence that they originated in Tibet. In fact, they are more likely the Westernized offspring of Japanese rin bowls. Misnomer or not, Tibetan bowls are lovely, and have become a staple in many people’s meditation and mindfulness practices. Here’s how to incorporate the soothing sound of this metal instrument into your own life.

Silent Mind ~ Tibetan Singing Bowl Set ~ Antique Design ~ With Dual Surface Mallet and Silk Cushion ~ Promotes Peace, Chakra Healing, and Mindfulness ~
This mini model includes a dual surface pencil grip mallet.Silent Mind

Most singing bowls—also called sound bowls—are made from a mixture of bronze, tin, iron and other metals, blended and shaped to create certain tones. Smaller bowls make higher-pitched sounds while larger, heavier bowls make deeper ones. You may want to experiment to find which tone you find most comfortable and relaxing.

10" Large Master Healing Hand hammered Tibetan Singing Bowl ~ Great for Meditation, Yoga, Sound Bath, Mindfulness, Relaxation ~ Cushion, Wooden Mallet & Drumstick Included
This bowl is hand hammered in Nepal and comes with a silk cushion.TM THAMELMART FOR BEAUTIFUL MINDS

Mallets that come with the bowls typically have two sides—one covered in suede or felt, and one that is just naked wood. You might choose to “ring” the bowl like a bell with the suede-covered end of the mallet to signify the beginning and end of a mindful moment. You can also hold the bowl in the flat of your palm and circle the outside of the bowl with the wood side of the mallet to create a singing sound.

TOPFUND 432 hz F Note Crystal Singing Bowl Heart Chakra 8 inch with Heavy Duty Carrying Case and Suede Striker
This bowl is made from pure, crushed quartz.TOPFUND

For a more modern sound and look, you may want to consider a singing bowl made from crystal. Crystal bowls tend to make clearer, louder sounds that carry longer. You play them the same way as more traditional metal bowls, but the entire mallet should be covered in suede or felt to protect the bowl.