Let’s define awareness as a state or ability to notice a particular sensory signal.
When we are very concentrated on something, we may become completely unaware of any sounds in the room.
Or, sometimes we cannot see our keys just in front of us if there are too many objects on the table.
However, unless we are deaf or blind, we know that we can physically see and hear.
We rely on vision and hearing in our daily lives to take in information about the external world.
Since it is essential to notice the changes in our environment, a lot of visual and hearing data reaches our awareness.
The situation may be different when it comes to body awareness. We live in our body, which does not visibly change minute-to-minute.
Unless a part of is damaged, we do not need to pay much attention to it. We may be more aware of what our body looks like to other people in a social context than of what it feels like to ourselves.
Let’s define body awareness as a state or ability to notice a particular sensory signal coming from within the body.
Depending on the source/type of the internal sensory signal, we can loosely identify three distinct types of body awareness: Interoceptive, Proprioceptive, and Spatial awareness.
There are different interpretations of each of these terms, so let’s first define what we are talking about here.