All About Sound Bath Meditation: Benefits of Sound During Bath Meditation
Stress is something that we all deal with in our daily lives. It's easy to let our stress build throughout the week and allow it to get the best of us at some point. However, it’s good to take a little bit of time to ourselves so we can heal our minds and bodies.
At this point in time you've probably heard or come to the realization that stress is not beneficial for our health and well-being. Making, or setting aside time to relax your body and mind has become crucial and a necessity.
In all actuality, there're many different ways you can go about relaxing your mind and body, but for us, there're not many better ways to accomplish both at the same time, as well as building a connection within ourselves, then with meditation.
In regards to this post, we'll discuss specifically, sound bath meditation.
Meditation in general can be great for overall stress levels and your health. However, when you add peaceful and healing ambient sounds to your meditation, you can further benefit from your meditation practice.
What Is Sound Bath Meditation?
Before we talk about the benefits of sound bath meditation, we should probably discuss what this type of meditation entails. The term "sound bath" meditation is a relatively newer type of meditation practice, however the art of using sound itself for healing practices has a long history in meditation.
Healing sounds have been used in the ancient practice of meditation for thousands of years. From music to Tibetan bells, to many other tools, sounds have played a significant role in meditative traditions, and can vary from culture to culture.
Sound bath meditation in particular
builds on the healing properties of sounds. This meditation style adds to your
practice with a calming atmosphere and a plethora of healing tones. Ambient
noise is played throughout your meditation session with live instruments and
Practitioners usually attend a class to
do this type of meditation. A teacher or instructor will use a combination of
gongs, crystal bowls, symbols, voice, and other tools to create the tones and sounds
necessary to be "bathed" in sounds. The length of these types of classes, like many meditation or yoga classes, can vary.
The sessions can be more individualized or include a group of practitioners at once, and in general last for about 15 minutes to an hour.
Any number of meditation tools and instruments could be used, and the harmonics of the instruments are said to create healing effects. If you can’t attend a live class, it is possible to take a class online or use online videos to simulate a sound bath meditation class. You can even buy your own Tibetan bowl or gong and have your own at home sound bath meditation session(s).
The Benefits of Sound Bath Meditation:
1. Sound Bath Meditation Helps You Relax More Easily
It can be difficult getting into a fully relaxed mindset during meditation for some. Oftentimes, thoughts about the future or our stressful day can get in the way of winding down or it may just be the difficulties for some to remain in meditation "type" positions.
This is why sound bath
meditation can be so effective. The positioning is often times, as simple as lying on your back.
With the addition of a relaxed atmosphere and peaceful sounds, you may be able to let go of stress more quickly and seamlessly and hopefully fall into a more meditative state, one in which clears distractions and negative thoughts from the participants energy fields.
The goal is to play sounds in a way that let's your mind fully relax, without a rhythmic-type beat, like in popular music's today.
For those that practice meditation without the use of sound, sound bath meditation may be a helpful variation that allows your mind to relax in different ways.
Although the "music" or sounds in sound bath meditation are very different then conventional, music (in general) has a wealth of touted benefits for both mental and physical health. It has been known to both reduce pain and stress levels, through studies. It has also been known to ease anxiety, pain and diversion during chemotherapy or hospital stays.
2. You Can Focus More During Your Meditation
In addition to helping you achieve different states or levels of relaxation, sound bath meditation may enable you to focus more effectively. Certain sounds are
great for concentrating your mind on your meditation and the present moment, and even thought to remove negative energy from the practitioner.
Instead of wandering aimlessly through your thoughts, as some may continue to do with a more "silent approach" to the practice of meditation, the healing tones of
sound bath meditation may help ward off distracting thoughts and ideas.
Meditation does not always come easy to all of us, and this is perfectly fine. Adding a gong to your practice, bells, or even different types of music can do wonders for the mind and keep you on task during your session(s).
3. Sound Adds A New Dimension to Meditation
In truth, there is no perfect way to meditate, everyone is different and practitioners of meditation may try different types to find one or more that help heal there mind and body the best. Sound is one of the most effective ways you can go about changing the way you meditate.
There are even studies showing that music or music therapy activate the limbic and paralimbic structures, that function abnormally in patients with high depressive components. The point being that sound or music can effect all of us a little differently and for different reasons.
"Gong" sound bath meditation, in particular, is known to enhance meditation. Gongs can create a wide range of frequencies that are great for meditating. These sound instruments date back to as early as 16,000 BC and are believed to offer benefits of relaxation, pain relief and better release of emotions.
Tibetan bells and sound bowls are
effective as well. If you're looking to switch up your practice, gongs are a great place to start for sound bath meditation. It can truly add a whole new dimension to the practice of meditation.
4. You Can Meditate Longer and Deeper
Like mentioned previously, sound bath meditation sessions usually eclipse about 30 minutes of time. However some practices go for much more sustained time, 45 minutes - 2 hours.
With the use of harmonics of sound bath tools, your physical and mental state can truly be transformed as well as heightened as the sound (in gong baths) are said to "travel to the core of the cellular system".
You may even add sound into your sessions at certain periods. Maybe you're someone who prefers to segment your meditation sessions, using different types of meditation, and tools throughout your practice.
This feeling may allow for less distraction and more spiritual healing and resonance based on the individual.
5. You Can Heal Your Body and Mind
Sound bath meditation allows you to do
more than get in touch with your mind and body. In fact, this type of
meditation may help promote physical and mental healing within the self. Meditation, in
general, is known for its healing properties as well is sound therapy, so when you combine the two the potential for healing may even be heightened.
Music even effect parts of the body which control heart rate, respirations and digestion. It can help improve breathing, oxygenation and at the same time decrease stress hormones and improve immune function.
Conditions like anxiety and depression can really benefit from sound bath meditation. Sound, coupled with meditation, can have a significant impact on mood and energy levels, as sound alone is said to improve cognitive and behavioral stimulation, even in older adults with comorbid physical and mental disorders.
Sound bath meditation builds on the already potent healing properties of conventional meditation. As your body relaxes with the sounds surrounding you, your blood pressure may lower, your mind stops racing, and you can take the time to fully restore your senses, your physical self, and your connection with your inner-self.
Don't just take our word for it, try out sound bath meditation, or other forms we have discussed on your own. Different practitioners may prefer different types and frequencies of meditation.
Never use these therapies or practices alone if you're currently being treated for a physical or mental disorders. Always consult with a medical professional and determine what the right interventions are for you, as an individual.