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

Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine | 4 Oct 2016

TL Goldsby, ME Goldsby, M McWalters and PJ Mills
Abstract
Poor mood and elevated anxiety are linked to increased incidence of disease. This study examined the effects of sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being. Sixty-two women and men (mean age 49.7 years) participated. As compared with pre-meditation, following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood (all Ps <.001). Additionally, participants who were previously naïve to this type of meditation experienced a significantly greater reduction in tension compared with participants experienced in this meditation (P < .001). Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants (P < .001). Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being. This meditation type may be especially useful in decreasing tension in individuals who have not previously practiced this form of meditation.
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Seasonal affective disorder, Order theory, Buddhist meditation, Depression, Feeling, Emotion, Fatigue, Bipolar disorder
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