May 2016 - Page 33

Singing Tibetan bowls also work like the restart button on your computer. Sometimes, when things just aren’t working on the computer, a restart is all it takes to get it humming along properly. The body and energetic field do the same thing with the right Tibetan bowl. When the sound stops, the body and field reset to their original healthy and harmonious state. This stimulates the natural, healing response of the body. Sound goes through you. In fact, it goes through you faster than it goes through the air. As the sound of the bowl travels through your body, it creates a movement in your atoms and molecules that can loosen up emotional blocks, allowing them to dissipate. It can also loosen up tight muscles, quiet the constant chatter in the mind, and so much more. TIP 3: LISTEN TO THE BIRDS Meditation is a powerful way to calm the incessant chatter in the mind. One of my favorite ways is what I call “Sound Mindfulness Meditation.” Mindfulness is a practice of noticing what is in the present moment. The sound meditation has a long history in the Buddhist and Taoist traditions and there are several ways to experience it. One of the simplest ways is to listen intently to the sounds around you. I love birdsong, so on my daily walks, I listen intently to the sounds of the birds around me. As I walk, I thoroughly experience the songs as they fill my ears and being. If I get distracted, I simply return to listening to the birdsong. If there is any emotional response, I notice it then return to listening to the birdsong. When my walk is done, my mind is refreshed, clear, and focused. This journey of life we share with each other is so full of wonders and delights. Look for them and you will find them all around you! Sharon Carne is an author, speaker, musician, recording artist, sound healer, Reiki master, and consultant. Sharon is the founder of Sound Wellness, whose programs are at the forefront of education in how sound and music can be easily applied to your everyday life—to reduce stress, help you concentrate, energize, inspire, support your health, and so much more. 33