Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is my favourite birthday gift. My daughter surprised me with it. We had been in a really cool little shop downtown called Drala a few months ago and had fun with these singing bowls. I was fascinated with them. You hit it softly with the stick to make a "ping" and then slowly go round the rim with the wooden stick and the ringing intensifies and resonates and becomes a clear beautiful pure tone. They are traditionally called Tibetan Singing Bowls and are used for mediation and prayer practice in the Buddhist tradition. Traditionally in Himalayan culture, circumambulating anything sacred clockwise is said to spread the blessings out to all sentient beings Whether around a Stupa, a sacred fire, prayer wheel or in this case, singing bowl. I love the idea of sending out good wishes into the Universe.It sits on it's wee cushion when not in use. Here is a youtube video on how they work. There are lots of singing bowl videos on youtube.
We are waiting for another snowstorm today. In the past hour, the sky has darkened and the air feels heavy and still. The calm before........
Good day for catch up and reading, I just got "The Other Queen" from the library and hope to dive into it at some point.
Have a peaceful Sunday:)
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