Dec. 6, 2012
-- Be it a set of wind chimes, quiet wind-powered gongs or more obscure ancient noise devices these contraptions harness the power of nature and turn it into soothing sounds that can help relax and block out some of the noisy world around you. While many people use standard metal wind chimes or similar items in their homes there are other options as well. Some, such as singing bowls, not only provide relaxing sound but also a unique backstory and design sure to captivate visitors.
Singing bowls are a special type of soothing noisemaker typically made and found in ancient Asian lands such as Nepal. These Tibetan singing bowls act similar to a standard bell in that they are rounded metal that produce noise when hit with a mallet. The classic singing bell uses a rubber mallet struck either on the rim of the bowl or run around the edge of it to create various sounds and vibrations. If you've ever created a sound by running your finger around the rim of a crystal glass, the style is very similar. When both heard and felt by holding the bowl these sounds and vibrations are through to bring calming and meditation. In fact singing bowls have been used as meditation devices for centuries by the Tibetans who still make them. Even the materials used in these singing bowls harken back to the ancient views of the people. Only seven types of metal are used, each corresponding to the seven planets that dominate the beliefs and worship of the region.
An authentic Tibetan singing bowl (http://www.windchimesaustralia.com.au/tibetan-singing-bow...
) is surprisingly affordable as well, making it a perfect addition to a home or garden area in need of some uniqueness, culture and relaxation. The bowls can be purchased in various sizes and colors and combined to create an entire set for someone to play. Each bowl also comes with a colorful cushion to display it on as well as the special padded mallet. So don't settle for imitation knockoff singing bowls or standard wind chimes found all over the world. Instead opt for a unique and authentic hand-made item that maintains the same principles and ancient beliefs of a people who have used it for centuries for their own peace of mind and body.