Today, I want to talk about the concept of “bodily awareness.” I know this concept is not as new a concept as I’d originally thought. In fact, I think I first heard about it in a lecture on the philosophy of mind by the well-known French philosopher, Jean-Francois Lyotard. I’ll explain why I think this concept is important to us today.
Firstly, I don’t think you need to be a philosopher to understand the concept of body awareness. You don’t need to be an expert to understand the concept. You can just look at a book about the philosophy of mind or go to a lecture about the philosophy of mind.
When a person has the ability to experience a sensation that seems to come from the body, then they are aware of themselves as the body. Their awareness is not limited to what they can see through the eyes, but is also not limited to what they can hear through the ears. Also, when a person has the ability to experience a sensation that seems to come from the body, they can feel “something” or “something else” in the body.
In our world, we are born with the ability to experience the world in a few specific ways. You can feel things to know that you exist, you can sense your environment, and you can feel other people. These are all the ways you can know that you exist. The problem is, people who have the ability to experience sensations that seem to come from the body, are not aware of themselves as the body. They are not aware of what they are.
The body is not aware of itself and it is not aware of itself. It is not aware of what it is. This is not a problem in our world. In our world you can feel it and know that you exist, but not know what it is. We see this problem with patients who have epilepsy and there is a belief that they have no idea what is happening in their bodies. This belief seems to be a result of the fact that the brain cannot communicate with itself.
They are not aware of themselves and they are not aware of anything that they do not know. Not knowing anything about their bodies is the biggest problem.
We do see this problem in society. So much so that in the year 2016, the World Health Organization released a document titled ‘Epilepsy Definition’ which stated that ‘the definition of epilepsy should be changed to include awareness of the person’s own condition, and the lack of knowledge of the person’s own condition and its consequences.
As this is India, we are still very much in the dark about our own condition. If you ask people from any other country, they will tell you that it is common knowledge that a person with epilepsy has a seizure. But no one from India knows how to feel what a seizure is, what causes a person to get a seizure, or how to feel when a seizure occurs.
It is not only that many people in India are unaware of their condition, but their knowledge of it is generally inaccurate as well. For example, if you ask a person with epilepsy, “what is a seizure?” they will answer, “a fit.” That is the extent of their knowledge. So to add to people’s confusion, the person with epilepsy also will only tell you about a seizure, not the cause.
The cause of epilepsy is yet to be known, but the cause of a seizure is known. So what is a seizure? A seizure is not a full-blown seizure. There are other types of seizures that can occur that are not recognized as seizures. It can also be that the seizure is not recognized as such as long as the person remains conscious and does not fall into a full-blown, uncontrollable, and violent seizure.