N.O.W. is immediately pleasing and relaxing to hear. Because it’s so pleasant many people ask “can it play longer than just three minutes?” We’ve written at length (click Q&A’s in the navigation bar above) why N.O.W.’s speakers, by design, each produce a three-minute listening session.
However, there is a very interesting and powerfully meditative alternate use of N.O.W. Today I’d like to describe a subtle and non-obvious use of N.O.W. I call “The Long N.O.W.” I’ll show you how you can use the intentional design features of N.O.W. to give yourself a longer N.O.W. session –– and gain new insights as well.
But first, it’s important to emphasize that a longer N.O.W. session is not required, nor is it better. I like to say the aha! or satori moment happens in an instant and does not require time. The Long N.O.W. simply is a way for you to have some additional practice with patience, observation and acceptance –– all within one Long N.O.W. session. If there is a main takeaway from the Long N.O.W. session it is this: life is lived in the continuous, eternal now.
Let’s recap a few of N.O.W.’s intentional features:
- Two separate speakers
- Each speaker has its own ON button
- Each speaker has a blue light indicating power on
- Each speaker has an approximately 3 second start-of-tone delay after ON is pressed
- Each speaker produces a tone sequence that lasts from approximately 2:50 to 3:20
- Each speaker’s blue light continues to be illuminated for some seconds after the tone sequence ends, but before automatic power off.
Here is how we can use N.O.W.s intentional design features to create a Long N.O.W. session and in doing so, strengthen our “vigilance and patience” muscles ; )
For the Long N.O.W., I’d recommend you listen in an environment that is relatively quiet –– a bedroom or study perhaps. This is because we will be using the initial power on volume setting of N.O.W. and will not increase the volume with the VOL button (the volume settings of N.O.W., and why the are designed as they are will be discussed in a another post).
Pick up one N.O.W. speaker and turn it on. Place it on a surface in front of you where you can see the blue light, perhaps at a slight angle so that it can be seen, but is not distracting. Take a deep breath and notice that you, dear reader, are the author of the silence that ensues after ON is pressed. Notice this three second silent gap.
After a short introductory silence the New Origin Waveform tone sequence begins. Instead of immediately powering on the second N.O.W. speaker wait some random period of time –– perhaps 1/2 minute or so.
Notice how the solitary N.O.W. speaker produces a tone sequence that is more sparse and simpler than when both N.O.W. speakers are used. Notice the rising urge to analyze, judge and come to the conclusion that two N.O.W. speakers playing at the same time are better than one playing alone. Let these thoughts go. Simply observe one N.O.W. speaker playing and practice patience –– you will be turning on the second speaker momentarily.
Notice the absence of the N.O.W. twin.
After 1/2 a minute or so, when you have let go of analysis, judgment and impatience and have truly accepted the “is-ness” of one N.O.W. speaker playing, start the other speaker.
Now you will hear the more familiar “two-as-one” experience of N.O.W. as the individual tone sequences combine in the air to make make one blended moment –– each and every moment different from the last. Notice your eyes show you two separate objects. Notice your ears reveal one, unified, sonic experience (you may want to practice observing this reality of Oneness each time you use N.O.W.).
This “two-as-one” New Origin Waveform experience will continue for approximately 2-1/2 minutes –– until the tone sequence produced by the first speaker ends. Now only the second speaker is producing a tone sequence. Again notice the differences –– sparseness and simplicity, with just one speaker playing.
Notice the 1st speaker’s blue light. When it has extinguished, this indicates the speaker has now powered itself off, you are free to start it again (be patient and wait a 1/2 minute before doing so), and create another “two-as-one” experience.
You can continue this back and forth, one-then-both sequence as long as you wish.
You’ll note this is not a “lazy person’s” set it and forget it experience. No. You must practice vigilance, awareness and patience as you listen and periodically act to power on one speaker then the other.
This is a powerfully meditative use of N.O.W.
Recognizing the difference between “two-from-one” and “one-as-one” is sublimely poignant. Further, you begin to realize that the NOW has no end. All moments are NOW. And finally, you have taken authorship of your awareness. N.O.W. is not incense or background music. N.O.W. requires your engagement –– through observation, vigilance, patience and action.
The reduced activity of pressing one ON button then the other ON button gently keeps you connected to the world of form and activity that you will rejoin after your Long N.O.W. session. In this way the Long N.O.W. helps make you aware that you can “do things in the world of form” but still remain a “Being” –– observant, conscious and aware of being aware. The Long N.O.W. teaches you be engaged in the world of active doing but to be mindful, conscious, awake … while doing.
None of this would happen if N.O.W. played for 20 minutes by itself and you did not have to personally practice vigilance, awareness, patience and conscious action to create the Long N.O.W.
You can do this throughout your day –– even away from listening to N.O.W. You can be deeply present as you are doing things, in the NOW.