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

Authors: Tamara L. Goldsby, PhD, Michael E. Goldsby, PhD, Mary McWalters, BA
Published In: Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine September 30, 2016


This study examined the effects of sound meditation (singing bowls and sound healing), specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being to further advance research in this area and to lay the foundation for a future more formal randomized control trial.

Sixty-two women and men (mean age 49.7 years, 9 males, 53 females) participated in 3 locations.

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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