Have you ever "felt" the boom of drum or the chords of a bass guitar? Think of those times you attended a parade, sports event or concert - you can hear and often feel the music.
Music is a vibration - a wave a sound energy.
And you too are vibration at the molecular level. These molecular vibrations throughout your cells lead to thoughts. Thoughts lead to words and these words leave to actions. So, your actions start with that molecular vibration.
So what happens when certain musical sound waves interact with your molecular vibration? Wow, this is getting exciting!
Let' me come back to that question in a moment. Music is part of our collective cultural and ancestral histories. A couple examples: chanting/singing have been part of the African, Asian, Egyptian, European, Hindi, Native American, and other cultures. Musical instruments, like the didgeridoo, drums, singing bowls and others, are documented in the histories of many cultures. The examples go on and on.
Let's get back to the question: So what happens when certain musical sound waves interact with your molecular vibration?
A 2016 study titled “Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study” sheds light into that question.
The authors set out to examine the possibility that merely lying down and listening to the high-intensity, low-frequency combination of singing bowls, gongs, and bells in a sound meditation could induce a deep relaxation response and positively affect mood and sense of well-being.
Poor mood and elevated anxiety are linked to increased incidence of disease heart disease, diabetes, addiction, and mental health issues have all been linked to stress and tension.
The study examined the effects of Tibetan singing bowl meditation on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being with 60 some individuals in their twenties to seventies. The groups were asked to quantify their stress/tension and physical pain levels both before and after their practice of lying still and listening to the high-intensity, low-frequency sound meditation.
Here's a quick summary of the results:
For practical purposes, you can use this study as an approach for a healing meditation. It's quite simple: Be still. Listen. Breathe. Heal.
The full study is below.