A meditation bell is a simple and yet powerful ritualized object that adds a deep sense of connection to the practice of meditation. The bell is rung before entering a temple to disengage your mind from any thoughts that are still ongoing and to clear your headspace, creating a sense of readyness for the practice ahead.
The sound of the bell also reverberates throughout the space of the meditation room. Like a pebble dropped into a still lake, the bell vibrations emanate and ripple through the room, cleansing any negative vibrations from the space.
There are many different types of meditation bells. These include:
Singing Bowl (aka Tibetan Bell) - The oldest style of meditation bells, Tibetan bells have been a mainstay in Buddhist practices for centuries. They're made from a special metal alloy and hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen.
These bells are known for producing a bright, resonant, beautiful bell sound. They're a perfect choice for beginners or those looking to explore a more traditional approach to meditating.
Modern Bells - This newer generation of meditation bells may not be as similar to the older styles, but they have something to offer that the traditional bells don't. They're more durable, have a cleaner, more consistent sound and they may even be made from recycled materials.
There are a variety of meditation bells that range in size, weight and construction. It's important to test each one before buying so that you can find the best fit for your needs and preferences.