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Sound Healing: Mood, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being Interrelationships

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Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093, USA
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Department of Psychology, California Institute for Human Science, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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Department of Public Health, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Religions 2022, 13(2), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020123
Received: 6 January 2022 / Revised: 24 January 2022 / Accepted: 25 January 2022 / Published: 27 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Spirituality and Psychosocial Well-Being)
Psychosocial stress, tension, and depression are quite common in many parts of the developed world. Integrative medicine techniques which may potentially increase spiritual and emotional well-being may be useful in combating chronic psychosocial stress, as well as challenges with depression and excessive tension. The present observational study examines the effect of singing-bowl sound healing on emotional and spiritual well-being and particularly examines interrelationships between changes in spiritual well-being with changes in tension and depressed mood post-sound healing. Participants experienced a sound healing environment of vibrational musical instruments such as singing bowls (bell-like instruments), gongs, and other vibrational instruments. Sixty-two participants were examined in an observational study using singing-bowl sound healing. Emotional and spiritual well-being were examined by utilizing standardized questionnaires. Results revealed significant correlations between improvements in scores of spiritual well-being and reductions in scores of tension and depression post-sound healing. Moreover, effects varied by age of the study participants. Specifically, the association between spiritual well-being improvement and depression improvement was strongest for ages 31–40, while spiritual well-being improvement and tension improvement associations were strongest for ages 51–60. Implications for applying sound healing meditations as a potential low-cost, low-technology therapeutic technique are discussed for emotional and spiritual well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: sound healing; sound meditation; sound therapy; sound bath; stress; tension; anxiety; depression; well-being; spirituality; spiritual well-being sound healing; sound meditation; sound therapy; sound bath; stress; tension; anxiety; depression; well-being; spirituality; spiritual well-being
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Goldsby, T.L.; Goldsby, M.E.; McWalters, M.; Mills, P.J. Sound Healing: Mood, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being Interrelationships. Religions 2022, 13, 123. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020123

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Goldsby TL, Goldsby ME, McWalters M, Mills PJ. Sound Healing: Mood, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being Interrelationships. Religions. 2022; 13(2):123. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020123

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Goldsby, Tamara L., Michael E. Goldsby, Mary McWalters, and Paul J. Mills. 2022. "Sound Healing: Mood, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being Interrelationships" Religions 13, no. 2: 123. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020123

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