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    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • Breathing as Therapy

    Posted by Qrystal on January 30, 2009 at 15:17.
    Category: Advice. Tags: health, relaxation, yoga.

    To breathe is the fundamental human need, primal and immediate. Not only is it a calming feeling, breathing is highly portable. I can bring this sense of peace with me wherever I grow, so long as I remember to be mindful.

    David Seah – The Air Prayer Hack

    I’ve been trying to remember to use breathing therapeutically, to help me calm my mind, be aware of my body (for good posture, or relaxation), and to help me fall asleep at night. Too often, my mind tends to wander when I try to focus on my breathing, and my body tenses up and I lay awake for hours.

    This article got me thinking that maybe what I need to do is concentrate on how joyful it is to fulfil this basic bodily need. Put that way, breathing is right up there with eating food, drinking water, or having sex. Mmm, breathing…. oh yes!

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