Oh yes, this is how I think of consciousness too. Good good.
“Before we get into the details of our model, let us be clear about what we mean by sentience or consciousness as it is manifested in unicellular species. We are referring to feelings, subjective states, a primitive awareness of events, including an awareness of internal states. We are using these terms in what is generally referred to as a “folk psychology” fashion. It is likely that these forms of sentience are experienced along a valenced “good-bad” continuum and that the internal representational form is determinative of actions. A prokayote encountering a nutrient rich environment and detecting these life-enhancing molecules experiences, in our framework, a feeling, an internal state of satisfaction and decisions about suspending locomotion are engaged. One moving into an environment with an uncomfort- ably high salt content has a negative subjective state that elicits movement back toward a remembered earlier, less aversive environment. In these and scores of similar experiences, all of which are well-known in cell biology, prokaryotes, we maintain, experience valence-marked, subjective, internal, representa- tional states. We are calling all these forms of subjective awareness, either of environmental events or of organismal internal states, sentience, consciousness. “