Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood

Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study

Tamara L. Goldsby, PhD, Michael E. Goldsby, PhD, Mary McWalters, BA, and Paul J. Mills, PhD

The study on Tibetan singing bowl meditation explored its impact on the well-being of sixty-two participants with an average age of 49.7 years. The participants engaged in this ancient form of sound meditation, known for its resonant tones and deep-rooted traditions. Post-meditation, individuals reported significant reductions in tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood (all Ps < .001), showcasing the potential of Tibetan singing bowl meditation in alleviating various emotional states. Intriguingly, those new to this meditation experienced a more pronounced reduction in tension compared to seasoned practitioners (P < .001).

Beyond emotional realms, the study unveiled a universal increase in feelings of spiritual well-being for all participants (P < .001). This suggests that Tibetan singing bowl meditation not only positively influences emotional states but also contributes to a heightened sense of spiritual connectedness. In essence, the study indicates that Tibetan singing bowl meditation serves as a low-cost, accessible intervention with the potential to enhance emotional well-being and foster a deeper connection to spirituality, especially beneficial for those new to this ancient practice.