The principle that demands three-dimensional awareness—keeping a conscious sense of the space equally around the body and whatever occupies that space—assists us in several ways. We are better able to balance in relationship to our surroundings, avoid obstacles, realize more possibilities in which to move, and feel the three-dimensional nature of our human bodies.
Exercise to increase Body Awareness:
Walking with a Cape
Imagine you are walking around with a large billowy cape flowing out behind you as you move. This will help lift your posture, bring to consciousness a sense of your back and the space behind you, and increase your sense of presence.
—from Zen Body-Being: An Enlightened Approach to Physical Skill, Grace, and Power, by Peter Ralston. North Atlantic Books (2006).