Body-based awareness is being conscious of your body sensations.
Body-based awareness includes being conscious of physical sensations and the sense of groundedness, as well as the delightful sensation of “flow.”
Just as the mind churns out thoughts, the body exudes sensations. All kinds of sensations—from pain, heat, heaviness, fatigue, movement, and pressure to some that are hard to name, such as spaciousness or stuckness, fullness or fogginess, lifelessness or vibrancy.
When listened to, body sensations reveal something that wants to be expressed, or an action to be taken. You literally can sense the tug of something calling you forward. At other times, enhanced body awareness allows you to stay still and simply notice what is happening around you.
1. Noticing physical sensations
With enhanced body awareness, you can discriminate and understand numerous body sensations—some passing and some seemingly fixed.
When you listen to these sensations or stirrings, they reveal the body’s ongoing physiological processes as well as other activity, such as core motivation or emotional reactivity that exists just beneath your surface level of awareness.
When you begin to sense this level of sensation, you will find something that wants to be expressed, or action that needs to be taken; often, it is a release of something that is no longer helpful or of value to you.
How much attention have you paid to your body sensations? If you are like most adults, you haven’t paid much attention at all unless you’ve been so sick that you aren't able to function at all.
Unfortunately, too many of us have been conditioned to ignore physical sensations, however, we now know the importance of consulting a doctor who will listen to your concerns, in early stages of dis-ease, rather than waiting until a full-blown illness takes hold.
2. A second aspect of body-centered awareness is a sense of groundedness.
When you are grounded, you can feel your body sitting in the chair and being supported; you can feel your feet on the floor or the surface they are touching; you can sense your shoulders, arms, and hands. You literally can sense yourself residing in your body.
In addition, you may experience a sense of being rooted, as if anchored or connected to the core of the earth.
Being grounded helps you to manage stress. It takes the edge off catastrophic thinking and keeps you strong as you experience intense and tender emotions.
When you are ungrounded, your energy is concentrated more in your head or in your heart. You may experience ungroundedness as being in a state of confusion, dreaminess, absentmindedness, klutziness, or as if you have no body at all. You may become histrionic, displaying exaggerated or inappropriate emotions, or you may experience extended mood states with stagnant rather than flowing emotions.
3. Feeling the delightful sensation of “flow”
A third aspect of body-centered awareness is flow, the sense that all is well.
When you are in flow, your movements are effortless. You are certain that you are engaged in what matters most in this exact moment. Time disappears, and there is no such thing as struggle or regrets or wanting to be elsewhere.
You simply delight in the feeling of being alive doing whatever you are doing. The sense of flow is simply indescribable.
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MIND: Mental awareness includes being conscious of your passing thoughts, your habitual thoughts, and the messages from your “inner voice.”
HEART:The heart is a symbol for connection. Because the heart receives messages from itself as well as from other parts of the body and responds accordingly, it serves as an apt metaphor for connection, to ourselves and with others.
SPIRIT:Think of "spirit" in terms of the life force that flows through you via the energy systems of the body. Also, think of spirit as the vibrations that your body receives via nature, music, people, and even the more distant vibrations from further distances on earth and beyond. The ways to work with spirit is with energy healing modalities and self care practices.