Our bodies constantly communicate with us. I’m thirsty, hungry, hot, tired, or in pain. Sometimes the signals are incredibly obvious or it can be subtle messages. We may be consciously aware of them or we may not notice them at all.
A sensation is a physical feeling in the body. Sensation language describes physical feelings using words based on the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight.
It’s important not to mix up sensations with emotions. While emotions do have accompanying sensations, the emotions are not sensations: there is a distinct difference. Sensations can be defined as physical feelings and responses and emotions are states of consciousness.
To become aware of pleasant and unpleasant body sensations, find words to describe them and allow the blocked energy inside our bodies to move.
Take a pause and check in with yourself right now, and notice what’s happening in your body. Are you sitting or standing? If sitting, is it a comfortable chair that you can feel against your legs and back? Is it soft or hard? Can you lean back? Do your feet touch the floor?
At some point there was an interruption that never allowed the energy to move through our system and out. It is stuck. As we identify our different body sensations and develop our vocabulary, we begin to unlock what has been unable to move through.
If you’re standing just notice the floor or ground beneath your feet and notice how your legs feel as you are standing there. Maybe you’re thirsty, hungry or tired and weren’t even aware until you started to pay attention to your body.
What we feel in our bodies can lead to many thoughts, feelings, and even behaviors. You probably don’t have any meaningful thoughts and feelings about sitting in a chair however; there are many other situations where the opposite is true.
To clarify I want you to think about fear. Fear is an emotion that for some comes wrapped up with the sensations of constriction in the chest, tightness and pressure in the throat and fluttering or trembling in the belly or legs. A simple way to remember, sensations use words based on the five senses to describe whatever you’re experiencing in your body.
Wisdom of the Body
You can learn to become more aware of your body sensations and develop a language to describe them. You begin to recognize sensations that are a signal announcing a trigger, reaction, numbing out, something that overwhelms your system.
In time you can begin to be aware of situations that bring the onset of the emotions or beliefs that the system cannot handle or doesn’t have a reference point for. A first step might be simply to start to notice body sensations.
List of Body Sensations
Achy Aglow Airy Alive Armored Awake
Bitter Blocked Bloated Boom Breathless Breezy Bright Brittle Bruised Bubbly Bulky Bumpy Burdened Burning Butterflies Buzzy
Chilled Choppy Clammy Clean Clenched Closed Constricted Congested Contained Cool Cozy Creepy Crisp Crooked Crunchy Cut-off
Damp Dark Dazzling Deafening Deflated Dense Disappearing Disconnected Dirty Dizzy Down Drab Draining Dry Dull
Easy Effervescent Electric Empty Energized Expanding Explosive
Faint Fast Fiery Flaccid Flowing Fluffy Fluid Flushed Fluttery Foggy Fragile Frantic Frosty Frozen Full Fuzzy
Gentle Gigantic Glitter Gloomy Glowing Gooey Gritty Gurgling
Hairy Hard Hazy Heat Heavy Hidden Hiss Hollow Hot Huge Humming
Icy Imploding Inflated Intense
Jagged Jittery Jumpy
Light Liquid Loose Lumpy Luminous
Melting Moist Moving Murky
Nauseous Nervous Noisey Numb
Paralyzed Piercing Popping Pounding Pressure Prickly Puffy Pulled Pulsing
Quaking Queasy Quick Quiet Quivering
Radiating Ragged Raw Red Hot Relaxed Releasing Restricted Rigid Roaring Rough Round
Searing Sensitive Settled Shaky Sharp Shivery Shimmering Shock Sizzle Sleepy Slimy Slow Small Snappy Soaring Soft Solid Sore Spacey Spacious Sparkly Spinning Squeaky Stale Sticky Stiff Still Stinky Straight Streaming Stringy Strong Suffocating Sweaty Sweet Swirling
Tense Thin Trobbing Thumping Thundering Tight Tingling Tiny Touched Tough Tremble Twitchy Turbulent
Vacuum Vibration Vital
Warm Weighted Wobbly Wooden Woolly
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