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Meditation Bells

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Meditation bells are an indispensable element of the Zen Buddhist practice of Zazen, or meditation conducted from a seated position. The bell is traditionally rung three times to signal the beginning of the meditation session, a practice known as shijosho.  The session concludes with the bell ringing once, called hozensho. The practice of bell-ringing will also occurs during walking meditation, or kinhin.


The most widely used form of meditation bell is the singing bowl, also known as a Tibetan or Himalayan bowl. Originating in Hindu meditation practice and brought to Tibet around the 8th century AD by the tantric Buddhist scholar Padmasambhava, this standing bell vibrates when struck and is believed to facilitate contemplative responses in the listener, who may feel a correspondent tremor from one of body’s charkas, or wheels of energy in the midsection, leading to an advanced process of meditation. The body’s response encourages a balancing alignment of right and left-brain activity, creating the ideal conditions for a universal experience.


Although still used in all branches of Buddhist meditation, today the singing bowl has expanded to a variety of disciplines around the world, including yoga, new age therapies, holistic relaxation, hypnosis and healthcare and musical entertainment.

Modern singing bowls are manufactured mainly in India, Nepal and Bhutan and are usually made from copper. They are often decorated with detail related to pervasive meditation themes like mantras, mandalas and other Buddhist images. A padded mallet is used to produce a clear and simple bell tone. The rim of the bowl can also be rubbed with a playing mallet.


Antique singing bowls, however, provide a window on the history of Hindu and Buddhist meditation, as well as lost techniques of classical metallurgy. The 12-metal alloy in the bowls was the same as that used to construct Hindu temple icons circa 8th century BC, and the sound produced is deep and multiphonic, producing frequencies often assimilating between two and all seven notes of the Western scale. This mix of blended sound frequencies produces unique and entrancing effect which, along with the craftsmanship lost to time and industrialization, makes the antique bowl a coveted item both within and outside meditation circles.


A third type of singing bowl in use is the more modern crystal bowl, which is not actually made from crystals but from silicon glass. The bell tone produced, known as a “pure sine” tone creatres a sharper and more bracing tone for the listener. They are sold widely in separate forms corresponding to the notes of the western scale.


Athough not technically meditation bells, singing bowls have branched out into the music industry. This music is widely available online and most often used by holistic healers, psychic workers and yoga instructors to balance the energy in their workspaces.



Holistic Fitness

Holistic fitness is about treating the “the whole” person. The fitness and diet programs should include strategies that heal the entirety of the human. This includes the physical body, mental body, emotional body soul, and spirit.


In holistic healing and fitness the intention is to discover the root cause of what causes illness. More often or not the problem is what the person is eating combined with a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that a lot of time is spent lying on the couch watching television.


All disease results from a failure of a cell to function.  Either the cell suffers from a deficiency of vital nutrients such as – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and phytonutrients from fresh foods or it degenerates  toxicity from exposure to the wrong foods and toxic environmental factors.


Eating overly acidic foods like refined and processed flour and sugar and dairy and meat can throw our body’s pH balance way out of balance. This can cause problems with every system in the body.


This acidity leads to toxicity and inflammation and eventually to break downs in the body’s systems.  Healing happens we address our lives and make changes to how we live.  We choose to eat foods and do things that do not promote the degeneration of our body. A primary philosophy I live and practice by is this, “How we feel and look is a result of how we live.”  Changing how we live can make us feel healthier.

Rather than changing our lifestyle most people choose to stagnate by treating problems with prescription drugs. This only makes their tissues more toxic than ever.


. These changes typically have to do with lifestyle – what we choose to eat, how we think and the stresses we have, our quality of sleep, how we exercise and move our body, and our attitudes toward our self and our life.


When it comes to cultivating healthy you must choose foods that y that nourish you and provide your cells with optimum nourishment.  You will stay fit, get proper sleep and discover ways to handle emotions and stresses.


Change will not happen unless you embrace the idea that you are going to have to address the entirety of your fitness situation to get results. In some cases this can mean consulting with naturopaths, spiritual healers and nutrition’s. Holistic healing is about healing every aspect of our existence. We are only complete when our body, mind, and heart are healed, conscious, connected, and whole again.