Attention! Attention!

On spatial orientation, the sixth sense and trust in oneself
...our living moving flesh, itself, was "solid" music — music made fleshy, substantial, corporeal

"A Leg to Stand On", Oliver Sacks
How confident you are in your orientation... in space? In this article we'll talk about it and also about trusting yourself and about why these two topics are connected.
Have you ever heard the word "proprioception"? Sounds like the name of the disease:

- Doctor, will I survive?
- I'm sorry, you have a chronic proprioception...

In fact, the meaning of this word unlike letters combination is absolutely not scary. On the contrary. The proprioception can be called "body consciousness". It helps us to understand how the parts of our body are located in space and towards each other, even if we don't see them or don't feel them very good. It's like sort of "sixth sense" in action, which combines brain's knowledge about what muscles do, with feeling the size and shape of the body.
This "sixth sense" with a scary name works by itself, without our intervention.
Close your eyes, move one foot aside and rotate the foot in the air. At this point you probably know where it is, how much space it needs, and you could point at it with no mistake.

You also can be sure how close it is to another leg that is static and fixed. Its location is also clear for you, despite the fact it is not active now.

In fact proprioception is "chronic" indeed and it works all the time. If one has no health problems and deviations he can at any time reach a hand forward and touch the tip of his nose without looking at it or to touch gently the feet of his partner during the dance. Visual "control" for this purpose is not obligatory, and even uncomfortable while dancing in close embrace.

This "sixth sense" with a scary name works by itself, without our intervention. Because our physical body has its consciousness at the cellular level.
Isn't it a reason to listen to your own body?..
One of the main keys to the "listening" is... of course you have already guessed that this role gets an omnipresent Mr Breath that is together simple and complex.

And it is clear, because if the breath is ragged you feel your body not so good and act quite randomly, figuratively speaking. This is true for so-called "blind areas". Think about what parts of the body you "see" not very well? Where to focus your attention?..
Think about what parts of the body you "see" not very well? Where to focus your attention?..
Our attention is actually a very strong tool. Direct it to the area of your body, which does not want to obey you, or to relax (which often means the same). For example, the right shoulder. Close your eyes. Is there a chance to relax the muscles more? You can imagine that you "exhale" through this part of your body. Take your time. Notice your feelings, the rest of work your body will make. Trust it.
Maybe now this "blind area" is not so blind anymore?..
Let yourself listen to the logic and music of your body. It sounds every day, every hour and every moment. Don't rush, pay attention to your feelings and sensations. Perhaps you might feel that you should trust your body more than before. If you treat it as a full-fledged member of your team, it will return you favor and show an excellent team play.

And this is what exactly the true tango begins from, improving the contact with yourself, we become able to achieve a deeper contact with another person.
Author: Daria Ermolaeva. Translation: Dunya Valova.
Opinions expressed in articles within this blog may not coincide with those of the editor.
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