Another What If: Breathing

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Imagine if you were a child – let’s say before the age of 4 or 5, the age of pre-reasoning where the brain has not yet learned the ability to reason why something makes sense or not. Imagine that you were just learning to discover the world around you.

Now what if, on that journey of discovery, you recognized that all the different pleasurable feelings of touch were a building block in adding emotional, mental and physical awareness to your already deep spiritual connection on this earth as a human being? You’d come to regard your body as a vessel, or a tool, used for exploring and navigating your environment.

Now imagine being told rather harshly, as many of us are, that there were certain parts of the body you should not touch?  Certain ways your body should and shouldn’t be used? Wouldn’t confusion set in, kindled by someone you considered an authority on life, someone you depended on to guide you safely into this new life? Might your body not start to feel like a foreign landscape, full of treacherous obstacles, rather than a useful tool, a container for your self, where utility and health are key?

Does this sound familiar?

We start out life thinking of our body as a wonderful tool. We start out trusting our bodies to do what we tell them. Young children simply do, and are; they don’t assign value judgement to walking a certain way, to talking or standing or feeling a certain way – to breathing a certain way. Infants and young children breathe properly, using the diaphragm to fully expand the lungs and moving the belly in and out. It’s only as adults that we learn to hold our breath when uncomfortable or ashamed. Shame reshapes the way our bodies work naturally and at the same time, reduces their efficiency.

But your body is more powerful than shame, guilt or fear. And The Dolly Lammy can help you re-learn what your childhood body knew instinctively: to breathe with your diaphragm, efficiently and correctly, making your lungs work to their full capacity.

And breathing right is only the first step. Let The Dolly Lammy help you awaken long-forgotten instincts. Start today.

How do you make your body go?

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Imagine your body as an automobile.

It’s a machine, with an engine and moving parts. You have a lot in common with this car. You both need fuel and maintenance. Your arms and legs are like the wheels. Your digestive system is like the gas tank. The wiring and the onboard computer is like a simplified version of your nervous system. And a car needs to be driven with care; neglect and misuse will cause damage and breakdowns.

What are you doing to keep the automobile in top condition? How do you make it go?

You know where we’re going with this: the diaphragm is like your gas pedal. It drives your respiratory system. It helps you to put more oxygen into your bloodstream. And if you give it the attention and exercise it needs, it will help ensure that your vehicle is always in good shape.
–The Dolly Lammy

The Fountain of Youth

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Here’s a “what-if” story.

I would imagine most everyone likes to think of one now and then.

Just look at all the people who say they are positive thinkers because they imagine the glass is always half full. If you stop to think about it for a moment, doesn’t it make much more sense – since the glass is only imaginary and it’s not like we are carrying the darn thing around in our hand – to make the glass completely full? How about overflowing, so that when the crap tries to land, it is simply washed away?

To take it one step further, what if you had that fountain of positivity in your heart all the time, nurturing your body and soul?

Now that’s what I call positive thinking.

Who says the fountain of youth can’t be right inside of us?

Back to the here and now: did you know that the diaphragm is one of the largest muscles in the body? Or that its connection to the heart is essential in helping it to function properly? It stands to reason that the more we activate the diaphragm, the stronger the heart, the richer the flow of blood, the more vibrant the body and the more your imaginary fountain of youth can overflow.

The beauty of this “what-if” is that it doesn’t have to have an ending. The more we learn about the diaphragm, the more chapters we can add to the story of our lives.

–The Dolly Lammy

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An Ode to the Diaphragm

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Paradise Cafe

Welcome and enjoy paradise cafe
Where you find life’s menu
Prepared by chefs of all eternity
Meals of taste delights
Limited only by imagination
Like Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Without the additives
Fly with the eagles the heavens above
And walk the earth below
And taste the food for the soul and beyond.

To order just close your eyes
And make up magic dishes
From the menu of the diaphragm.

Have no fear
This food is nature’s best
For body and soul
To journey earth and heaven
At the same time
Here now
Always

–The Dolly Lammy

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Even more ways to de-stress.

Are you wondering whether there are even more ways that conscious breathing with The Dolly Lammy can make a difference for you? Good news! We’ve added several new articles to our Learn How Lammy Can Help page in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Breathing Deeply is Better for Your Body
  • Stomp out Stress with Deep Breathing
  • Conscious Breathing for Classrooms
  • We Can Help You Solve Office Stress!
  • Breathe Your Way to Success

Check it out now, and learn how The Dolly Lammy can help you change your life.