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What is Your Body Awareness Quotient?

Steve Sisgold's picture

Life is not meant to be an out-of-body experience. But often it is. Sometimes we get so caught up in our thoughts and our efficient multitasking that we forget to check in and see what our body is doing or saying to us! Below is a short quiz designed to both help you determine your body awareness quotient (BQ), and to raise it.

How to determine your BQ
  1. How often do you notice the quality of your breathing? Right now, are you aware if it's shallow, deep, relaxed, short or choppy? Take a deep breath and see.
  2. How often do you consciously pause from what you are doing to take a few deep, full, relaxing breaths?
  3. How often do you scan your body to connect with how you are really feeling? For example, do you check to see if your belly is relaxed or if your shoulders are crunched, if your jaw and hands are relaxed, etc.?
  4. When you feel an uncomfortable sensation, pain or emotion in your body, is your tendency to tune into it for a length of time and listen to what it may be telling you, or do you ignore or try to get rid of the feeling immediately?
  5. Would you say you have a body-friendly vocabulary, or do you say things like, "I could just kick myself for doing that," "That guy gives me a headache," or, "This job makes me sick and is a big pain in the neck"? Might you say even harsher things like, "I hate my body"? If you do, are you aware of when and how often you say them, or is it an unconscious habit?
  6. Are you aware of how congruent your words and body language are? Do you notice when your mouth is saying one thing and your body is communicating something completely different? When you're telling others how you're doing, do you stop to notice how you're actually feeling? Do you act "fine" - or even cheerful - even when your stomach is nervous, your chest is tight, or your jaw is clenched?
  7. When you make big or even small decisions, do you take a moment to consult with how your body feels before you decide, or do you just use your mind? Do you check in with what you're feeling in your gut or heart?
  8. On a scale of one to ten, how comfortable do you generally feel in your own skin? How consciously connected are you to your body, its signals, posture, habits, and the messages that it broadcasts?

What did this exercise teach you about your relationship with your body? What steps might you take to raise your own BQ, thus benefiting your own health and wellbeing? 

Believing in the wisdom of your body,

Blessings  Steve




Erin's picture

Excellent advice

Wow, this really got me thinking... I've been working hard at staying in my body this year and it hasn't been easy. I never realized how far out of my body I lived until I focused on it. I loved the quiz, I was excited to see that I've been carefully watching my language (about my body) and I've been paying attention to where I feel tension. I've been getting energy treatments and working on breaking up the blocks I feel... but there are some items on your list that I haven't paid any attention to. And now that you've brought my attention to them, I will! Thanks so much!


Lissa Rankin's picture

Great quiz Steve

I wrote a whole post about how NOT in my body I tend to be.

I think we learn how to dissociate during medical training, when you can't listen to what your body needs and so you learn to ignore it. I've been consciously trying to get back in my body for about a year now, and honestly, it's helping! I pay much more attention to the quality of my breathing. I listen more to the feelings in my body and sensations i experience. But I still have a long way to go to get out of my mind. Thanks for the great tips, Steve!
Trying to raise my BQ,

Steve 's picture

Keep boosting Lissa

Thank you for your comment.

Its a daily practice for me, for sure, to stay in my body. That's why I wrote a book full of techniques for boosting my BQ, so I'll have to practice more-ha ha.

We've been so conditioned to live life as an out of body experience, so I share my BQ test to help people take a look at how connected or disconnected they are to their body's intelligence.


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