Most of the information about what’s going on in our body doesn’t make it’s way into our awareness; nor does it need to. We’re rarely aware of the multitude of automatic and complex regulatory processes happening at any given time that maintain the body in active organization. In health and under normal circumstances, the body self-regulates and we are free to move throughout the world, doing what we want to do without any real awareness of what is happening with the cells, tissues, organs and systems that make it all possible.
In order for us to have a health related awareness, a minimum threshold must be reached that allows us to experience and become conscious of something that is happening within. Depending on the relationship we have with our body, we may be more or less connected and more or less sensitive to these valuable signals. With less connection and sensitivity to the body’s internal cues, the threshold for awareness is increased and we’re not as aware of signals that may be important for us. If we’re unable to detect these intelligent signals of the body, it’s much less likely that we’ll respond appropriately and make choices to maintain and/or build our future health.
With an increased threshold for awareness, greater deviations from a normal and healthy baseline are possible and we may not even notice departures from our natural baseline of growth, performance and usual body sensations. We can’t respond to that which we’re unable to detect and we may not be sensitive to subtle changes in body sensation that arise prior to the arrival of symptoms, problems and crisis. With a higher threshold for awareness, greater and greater amounts of change are possible before we have the health related awareness that action may be of value (or necessary). Consequently, we don’t have the opportunity to regulate our life as effectively and we may become reliant on external signals (objective signs, screenings and tests) which typically require that a problem has already begun or is well underway.
Due to the stress and overwhelm which is typical today, many of us have developed chronic habits of disconnection and do not feel the body very much at all. In today’s modern, fast-paced world, most will require a routine of specific body centered practices to stay well connected (e.g. yoga, meditation, breath work, chiropractic entrainment). If we can be more connected and more sensitive to internal signals, it’s more likely that we will effectively self-regulate and make choices that fortify our body and create a future of health.
With more connection and sensitivity to internal cues, we have an increased capacity to perceive information originating from within ourselves and the threshold for health related awareness is lower. A lower threshold for awareness allows us to take health related action earlier, and with enough connection and sensitivity to the body’s signals, we’re able to navigate proactively within the realms of growth, performance and body sensation, prior to the manifestation of symptoms, problems and crisis.