Posts Tagged ‘meditation chimes’

Space Clearing with Tingsha Cymbals

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

A customer called the other day asking about space clearing with tingsha bells versus smudging.

Space clearing is the practice of removing or clearing negative energy in your home, office or other personal space. The practitioner walks around the perimeter of the room or space they want to clear and rings the tingsha cymbals slowly and methodically.  The resonating sound and vibrations of the hand cymbals cleanse the negative energies and replaces them with good vibrations and a positive flow. Space clearing is an integral part of Chinese Feng Shui.

Smudging works in the same manner, except a smudge stick is used instead of a space clearing bell. Smudging is done with a bundle of sage, cedar or other herbs. The smoke emitted from the smudge stick is believed to attach itself to the negative energy and when the smoke dissipates, it takes the bad energy with it. Negative energy goes up in smoke, so to speak. Smudging was originally a practice of native American Indians.

We have spoken with numerous space clearing practitioners over the years and believe it is a matter of personal preference. Quite simply, some prefer tingsha, while others prefer smudge sticks. In our discussions, we discovered that some who preferred tingsha bells quite often had sensitivities to smoke or were concerned about the clients they worked with. It is possible that clearing an office space through smudging could cause discomfort to office staff, or that many commercial spaces today are deemed “smoke-free”. One teacher pointed out that some states, like California have strict laws about commercial, smoke-free zones and this discouraged them from smudging. Others had concerns with smoke in client’s homes, especially if they have young children, seniors or even pets in the home.

Today, we are more conscious than ever about chemicals,smoke and other potentially harmful elements in our personal spaces. Some space clearing masters indicate apprehension about using smudge sticks manufactured in other countries. They are concerned about the potential for harmful chemicals and ingredients used in the process, especially if scents are added. Chopa Zen Home offers a nice selection of tingsha, bells and chimes for space clearing practices. Visit our store and shop online.

tingsha cymbals

Tingsha bells for space clearing.

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 products, 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.    

Relax and Reenergize with the Zenergy Chime Quintet

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

zenergy-chime-quintetThere is a certain sense of calm that emanates from a meditation chime, as if with each resonant gong a layer of stress peels off and slips away.  Perhaps this is why Eastern meditation techniques often include the use of a Meditation Chime to relax the mind, body and spirit.  By focusing on the energy of each powerful tone, Zen masters believe we can redirect our attention to our inner selves.

The Zenergy Chime Quintet shown makes a beautiful addition to any meditation room.  It can even be used in the office as a way to quiet the mind and tune out stress.  Each note is finely tuned to offer a clear and lovely harmonic tone, helping you achieve a perfect balance and meditative environment.

Chimes can be an invaluable tool to set the mood for your next meditation, or to center yourself before an energy healing session.  Meditative chimes create space between the outside world and the inner spirit, resonating in the quiet space within us.

For the best results, start by playing the chime softly, then take a deep breath and listen. The Zenergy Chime Quintet can help you relax, reenergize and focus.  Once your meditation session is complete, chime it again as a signal to become more grounded and centered.  Using a chime regularly will eventually produce a conditioned response of relaxation, and allow for a deeper state of meditation.

For best results, play the chime quietly. Then take a deep breath and listen. Used before a meditation, this helps to anchor your meditation to relax, refocus and re energize. Gently tap the chime after your meditation is complete to again anchor it in as you become centered and grounded. Chimes used regularly will help produce a conditioned response whenever you are meditating. When our body is in a state of relaxation, we are in a better position to heal.

This chime quintet is made from carbonized laminated bamboo, with five silver aluminum rods, and comes with a rubber mallet.  It makes a great gift for you or anyone who needs to relax, refocus and reenergize.