Archive for the ‘Zen Living’ Category

What Makes the Zenergy Chime Series Unique?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

When meditation chimes first came on the scene several years ago, the average buyer didn’t know much about them.  It is nearly impossible to tell by looking at a chime how it will sound, and even harder to tell the difference between manufacturers, but there is a reason why handcrafted Zenergy chimes are so much in demand.

Zenergy Chimes are actually several different productzenergy chimes, but these remarkable instruments have an excellent reputation.  Not only are they used in Eastern meditation practices, these chimes are often used to get the attention of young schoolchildren.

How are chimes used in meditation?

The use of chimes in meditation started out as a way to help Tibetan monks practice “mindfulness” and signal the beginning and end of these sessions which, when you think about it, is not too far off from what teachers are asking of their students when they say “Pay attention.”

Made in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York State by a company called Woodstock Chimes, these simple instruments are not the “World’s Favorite Chime” by chance. From the first musical instrument that founder Gary Kvistad created in 1979, his creations have been fueled by a single concept – to make the best sounding chimes in the world.  Woodstock Chimes has been offering a unique variety of high-quality and affordable musical instruments and gifts ever since. 

When Woodstock creates a Zenergy Chime, they know that just the gentle tap of a mallet must create a powerful and melodic tone.  Crafted from cherry finished hardwood with polished silver aluminum rods, and accompanied by a wooden mallet, Woodstock’s Zenergy chimes are built to last for many years.  And like all the other instruments they make, Zenergy chime sets are lovingly handcrafted by artisans and musicians who know exactly how these chimes should sound. 

What is the point behind using a Zenergy Chime?

Most of the chimes sold at Chopa.com are used to help people relax, refocus and reenergize.  Shoppers usually select one of our Zenergy Chimes, a Tibetan singing bowl or a lovely Feng Shui wind chime.  The point of these chimes is to help people block out the distractions in their mind that can rob them of peaceful awareness, and embrace these resonant and melodic tones instead. 

Whether they used to signal the beginning and end of meditation, to regain attention, or as a musical instrument, Zenergy chimes offer an additional dimension of sound to any home, and our customers love the good vibrations that come from this trio of finely tuned bars.

Chimes can help children pay attention

Just as the chimes have been used to gain mindfulness and promote spiritual awareness in adults, they are an excellent tool for gaining children’s attention. 

In a classroom setting, teachers have found a single gong of these resonant chimes is an effective signal for children to quiet down and look up at the teacher, especially if they are involved in a group project.  Instead of the teacher speaking loudly enough to be heard over the voices of busy students, the strike of a chime emits a pleasing tone that gets them instant results.  Some teachers have even developed “chime codes” for their students, where one strike will mean one “stop and look up” and two or three strikes mean something else entirely.  Children seem to prefer chimes over loud adult voices, and at the end of the day, they certainly saves the teacher’s vocal chords.

Whether you choose a Tibetan Singing Bowl, suspended gong, wind chimes, or one of these handcrafted Zenergy chimes, the sounds they make will energize you and inspire you to redirect your attention within.  If nothing else, a Zenergy Chime will inspire you to take a deep breath, relax, and refocus. 

Check out our impressive selection of Woodstock Zenergy Chimes, and consider how owning one could help bring your life back in balance.    

Kimonos – Still Trending After All These Years

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

bamboo and clouds kimonoAsk any fashion designer what inspires them most about Japanese culture and they will probably say the Kimono.  Like many other timeless fashion trends, the Japanese kimono starts out with a very simple concept; in fact, its boxy shape is what makes it such a versatile place to start for young designers.  Over the years since the Kimono was first introduced in North America, numerous designers have used it as an inspiration for dresses, blouses, scarves and robes.

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Welcome Spring with Chimes for Healing and Energy

Monday, March 24th, 2014

tigers eye chimeThe ice is finally melting across much of the United States, as nature springs to life outside every window. Harsh winters seem to bring about a beautiful spring, so this one should be glorious. Why not get your home and garden ready to usher in the warm breezes with these beautiful new chimes? Every chime is different in that it evokes a different mood or energy to the listener.

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How to Live a Life of Intention

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

intentional livingHow do you start the day? Do you hit the snooze button then proceed to gulp down a few cups of coffee? Are you mindlessly checking your phone while eating breakfast, not fully engaged in either activity? Perhaps you get dressed and head out the door into the bustling crowds or you find yourself in a traffic jam. Even those lucky telecommuters must push themselves into that home office and face down the grind of their work day.

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What Does Meditation Do For Your Body?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

benefits of meditationChances are you’ve heard plenty of people extol the benefits of meditation; how it improved their creativity, boosted energy levels and reduced stress. Some may even claim it’s the reason for their success. But do you believe it could work for you?

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Meditation Supplies that Motivate!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

japanese rin gongIt may sound like a gimmick, but when it comes to meditation accessories do matter!  Meditation can be hard enough to start without special “supplies,” but it is almost impossible to do without them.  Items such as mats, chimes, timers and gongs are a “must have” for anyone who is serious about meditation.  But where can you find the best selection?

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Beat the January Blues – Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This beautiful Tibetan Meditation Shawl is available at Chopa.com

This beautiful Tibetan Meditation Shawl is available at Chopa.com

So much has been written lately about the benefits of meditation, with much of it aimed at helping people deal with holiday stress. But few people are successful at forming new habits during the busiest time of year.  A better idea is to start new habits in January.  This may explain the recent trend toward meditation retreats.

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Give the Gift of Insight

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

insight meditation kitOh meditation, how we love thee! Especially at this busy time of year! While it may be years until we have enough scientific research to back it up, many converts to the practice of mindful meditation are convinced of its benefits. Nutrition and exercise may be our first line of defense to take care of the body, but there is a reason why meditation has been around for thousands of years: it works.

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Welcome to the New Age of Noisy Meditation – Gong Therapy

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

healing gongWhen we think of meditation, an image of someone sitting cross-legged on a pillow comes to mind; perhaps in a quiet room with candles, hands upturned. But for people who are not quite accomplished in the art of relaxation, meditation can be very difficult. Fortunately, this group of people has a noisier option – gong therapy!

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What Makes Zafu Cushions Perfect for Meditation?

Friday, November 8th, 2013

zafu_zabuton_setsWhen it’s time to invest in a new meditation pillow, customers can have a hard time choosing the proper filling. This is particularly true when the pillows are purchased online, as many meditation supplies are. Without the ability to feel the texture and weight of a pillow, shoppers find it difficult to choose between buckwheat hull and organic kapok fillings.

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