eXtensions - Sunday 21 May 2017
Cassandra: Taking Time to Stop - Breathe on the Apple Watch
By Graham K. Rogers
Many people here meditate. Some of my friends attend sessions regularly at temples and, for all it looks like to an unappreciative Westerner, they sit for hours with closed eyes. After these sessions, I am told, they are more aware of themselves. Part of the control is to "focus your attention on your breath" (Mindful Breathing, Berkeley).
Apple Watch, Apple Watch 2 and Breathe Displays
Apple Watch options on the iPhone
Other settings that can be changed are the reminders (none, hourly, 3 hours, 5 hours and 7 hours). There are also buttons for a Weekly Summary (this appears on the Watch on Monday morning); and a button for Used Previous Duration: a new breathe session defaults to the previous duration. I have this off.
Over the last couple of years, since the Health app has been available (and before), I have found that awareness of my performance and health has prompted me to make adjustments, in terms of exercise, diet, and self-awareness. The Breathe feature is one of the ways in which I am being alerted to what I do throughout the day.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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