Summertime, and the living is easy ... unless of course you’re in the local labor force coping with super-busy workdays and summer’s extra-heavy traffic.
Everybody has a different way of shaking off the stress, whether that’s biking and kayaking or lying in a hammock with a good book.
Some head out to Daniela Botur’s tipi at Tennisport Ranch, just off Elk Refuge Road, where she offers crystal sound bowl meditation sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
With her bowls, koshi bells and tuning forks Botur elicits tones and vibrations to make participants feel better emotionally, physically and mentally. The goal is to quiet the mind and help people find an inner stillness without having to formally meditate.
“We’ve forgotten in the midst of our business to sit still and quiet the mind to connect with our hearts and receive,” Botur said.
From the view of the Tetons outside the tipi to the amethyst crystal-infused mats inside and the flags honoring loved ones fluttering on top, Botur has attempted to create an atmosphere of peace and healing.
“The elementary aspect of nature is celebrated and honored in this space,” she said.
Sound healing has been used by cultures all over the world.
“Australian aboriginal tribes have used the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years,” said an article in The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
The journal published the results of a study of the effects of sound, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain and spiritual well-being.
“As compared with pre-meditation,” it said, “following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood. … Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants.”
According to Botur, “it slows down our brain rhythms. It brings the mind from the beta state to the alpha state.”
Whatever the science, those who’ve tried it say they feel better afterward.
“It gets me into a meditative state in a second,” Deidre Norman said. “I come to a point of stillness. … The vibration of the bowls calms the nervous system, and I sleep better.”
“There’s something very tribal and ritualistic that I love about being here,” Julie Kling said.