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

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.