These are handmade items, of natural materials. Size, color, shape and voice may vary by product. Sizes given are averages, approximately 4" wide x 18" in length. The rattles may be filled traditionally with the teeth and claws of small mammals.
Rattles have been used historically to keep rhythm during ceremony. They create an entrancing sound, that Native people have known to affect our bodies and mind. The rattle as a whole is made to represent the plant kingdom (the wooden handle), the animal kingdom (the hide) and the earth kingdom (the stone). It can help us focus inward and move energy within us, helping to unblock stopped up energy or direct energy for specific purposes. Even if you just sit and shake the rattle, the noise of the rattle will help to ease your mind and will take you into a more centered and relaxed emotional place.
Sunreed Simple Meditation Tip!
Rattles are effective in shaking up your train of thought, letting go of tension in your body, and sinking into a place of concentration or spaciousness experiencing a sense of peace within. Here is a simple meditation for using the rattle. Just close your eyes, and start to gentle shake the rattle back and forth, to make a simple beat. Follow the sound of the rattle closely as it moves back and forth. Do this for a minute or so, and then simply take a slow breath in and out, and continue to listen to the rattle. Transition back and forth between focusing on the sound of the rattle, and the in and out of the breath, and you will notice that your mind will quiet, your attention will be focused, and your body will have a greater sense of relaxation in it.
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