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PROPRIOCEPTION: The unconscious perception of movement and special orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.
INTROCEPTION: In neurophysiology, “…the physiological condition of the entire body and the ability of (the) visceral afferent (neurons’) information to reach awareness and affect behavior, either directly or indirectly,” Wikipedia.
PROPRIOCEPTION + INTROCEPTION = BODY AWARENESS
My first important encounter with body awareness was in 1987.
Son #1 was born organically. “Without the aid of pesticides?” you ask. No, without the aid of DRUGS. It was natural childbirth by default. The little hippie hospital where he was born didn’t offer epidurals or anesthesia unless you needed a C-section. After the first 5 minutes of ptosin induced labor, I would have killed for a long needle in my spine injecting narcotics.
I wanted to support the pharmaceutical industry on the occasion of my first experience with childbirth. But, alas, since it was clear from the first doctor’s appointment it would not be so, I begrudgingly attended Lamaze class.
What I put into practice that sunny September 14th was finding my focal point during the contractions. My focal point wasn’t a postcard from Cancun or a teddy bear. It was inside my eyelids.
I shut my eyes as each contraction brutally seized my inward focus. Somehow the Lamaze training kicked in. It was amazing how the Lord's hand was tangibly present. In spite of not remembering whether it was time to pant or ‘Ha,’ I located the immense will to relax every fiber outside of my uterus.
Internal focus served me well that day. It can serve you well, too.
You can use body awareness to help describe symptoms so the doctor can diagnose an ailment. You can also use body awareness to enhance your libido.
Libido’s biggest organ is the brain, but the second biggest ‘organ’ is our body. Perceiving the world mostly through what’s above our necks, it’s easy to forget about this body we carry around.
(It’s important to understand body awareness has nothing to do with body image. Body awareness is about what’s below eye level, inside our skin.)
Being body aware helps inward focus on the pleasure of sexual intimacy during a rendezvous. (Of course, let hubby know if there is ever any pain and adjust accordingly.)
Focusing your body awareness during lovemaking helps the multi-tasking female brain to quiet. Intentional inward attention can dissolve the cares of the day into a mist.
Never contemplated Body Awareness before?
Here’s a yoga type exercise that may help facilitate your Body Awareness: http://www.huggermugger.com/blog/2012/nadi-shodhana-2/
or similar thoughts at Psychology Today:
Dance is a way to enhance body awareness, especially when you dance to express your emotions. “Dance to express, not impress,”
Exercise helps you understand body awareness. (Gaye at www.calmhealthysexy.com is a great advocate of exercise and all of its sexual benefits; health, function, and pleasure. I agree with her exercise philosophy wholeheartedly. Check her out!)
Massage is another way to promote body awareness. It helps you take notice of the correlation between muscles, touch and relaxation.
Body awareness is considered a sixth sense by scientists. Neurologically, body awareness has been defined as residing in the parietal lobe of the brain. The parietal lobe is where the other 5 senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste) are seated, as well.
There is proven incidences of the other senses heightening libido (certain sights, foods, smells, touch). Why couldn’t there also be a brain libido factor with body awareness?
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life,” Ezekiel 37:5.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, whom you have received from God?....So use every part of your body to give glory back to God…” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Positive Affirmation (perceive)
I perceive my inner physical being and delight in it. I perceive the God ordained sexually intimacy and it is glorifying God to bond with my husband through sexually intimacy.