What Is Somatic Intelligence?

February 20, 2019

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Find Out How Knowing Your Own Body Can Make You More Mindful 

First and foremost, somatic intelligence is understanding how your body responds to danger and uses that knowledge of your own body to face adversity, and cope with life’s daily challenges. It can also be known as the process of raising your own self-awareness, leading to a change in one’s behavioral patterns, typically for the better. 

So, how does one go about obtaining somatic intelligence of their body? Somatic intelligence is achieved through body-based practices that calm the mind and body, and keep ourselves in a sense of safety. We can do this through: 

  • Breathing 
  • Sighing 
  • Touching (such as making eye contact or hugging)
  • Placing your hand over your heart 
  • Moving (such as yoga or utilizing power poses)

Somatic intelligence is all about being able to soothe yourself after times of stress, anger, fear, and sadness. It is also about learning to be resilient with whatever life throws at you. 

So, the next time you are feeling like life has thrown you a curve ball, try taking a step back and using one of these somatic intelligence practice techniques to soothe your mind and body!

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