This title is, of course, very redundant:
– Isn’t all experience embodied?
– Paying attention to experience means being aware of what we are interacting with (we don’t exist in isolation, but in interaction, with people, situations, our environment).
Why does the felt sense carry forward? Because it is not an abstraction, but an embodied reality. It is implicit action, i.e. action that is taking place, below awareness, in response to our situation as we perceive it. What we call a felt sense is just the experience of this implicit action. Its value is to give us a gateway to the implicit movement that is already here. As we track bodily sensations, we allow a pattern to emerge: how we are orienting in response to our environment. We experience this as an implicit, unfinished response that needs to be completed. As we do so, we can come to an explicit understanding of it.
See video of a way to explore this process in therapy.