Tibetan monks use small cymbals called tingsha, which are sounded to mark the beginning and end of a period of meditation. You can use your Zenergy Meditation Chime in much the same way. The two rods are purposely tuned to nearly –but not quite –the same pitch. When both are struck at the same time, an acoustical phenomenon known as “beating” is produced. The rods will seem to ring with the same pitch, but you will notice a distinct pulsation or rhythm – in this case, approximately 12 beats per second. The following listening exercises can help heighten your sensory awareness and focus your attention at the beginning of a period of meditation: • Strike and dampen each rod separately. Can you tell which one is higher and which is lower? • Strike both rods together and let them ring. Can you hear the pulse created by the “beating?” • Notice how the sound emitted seems to change as you slowly move the instrument from directly in front of you to one side of your head and then to the other. Move the chime over and behind your head as well. • As you listen to the beating, try breathing in for so many beats and then breathing out for twice as long. • Strike both rods again and focus on the sound as it gradually fades into silence. Pay attention to the changes in the rhythms you hear. You can also create your own personal rhythms by striking the wooden cradle. Over 30 years ago, Grammy award-winning musician and instrument designer Garry Kvistad created the first Woodstock Chime from an aluminum lawn chair he found in a landfill. Fascinated by the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century pentatonic scale that can’t be played on a modern piano, Garry cut and tuned the lawn chair tubes to the exact frequency of the ancient scale. The resulting Chimes of Olympos was the first Woodstock Chime and is still one of our best selling, musically-tuned windchimes. Garry and his wife Diane founded Woodstock Chimes in 1979 and still develop the chimes today. It remains a family-owned business in New York’s Hudson Valley.