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Meditation and Myers Briggs Personality Type

Meditation has its benefits – it slows down breathing, quiets the mind which allows for our blood pressure to lower, helps our racing mind to be still and relaxes tense muscles. The problem is most think within the meditation box, that it’s one-size-fits-all. This mistaken identity can frustrate new comers who have been recommended to try meditation, maybe for health reasons. The first time they sit on the mat and try to clear their mind of thoughts, their mind becomes flooded with thoughts, every stress and mundane thought that brought them to the mat in the first place invades their mind. Every time they try to clear their mind, it just fills back up and they end up quitting with the belief they’ve failed. But the reality is, there’s more than one way to meditate.

We are all different and if you use the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to find your personality preference, you can chose a meditation practice to better suit your needs without getting frustrated and giving up before you even truly start. If you’re as honest with yourself as possible, you can find your personality type easily. First you need to know the basics. The acronyms seem like codes, but their initials, E,I,S,N,T,F,J & P stand for the following:

mbti personality type

 
(E) extravertion: outgoing, active, sociable
(I) introvertion: introspective, solitude, smaller group of friends
(S) sensing: practical, realistic
(N) intuition: relies on intuition, sensitive to patterns
(T) thinking: logic minded, judges with facts
(F) feeling: empathetic, slow to judge or act
(J) judging: structured, does not adapt to change well
(P) perceiving: open minded, flexible

 
 
As for the 16 personality types here is a short description of each to help you find what best describes your personality traits. There are basic tests you can take online, but if you take the test with a qualified practitioner you will not only find your type with higher accuracy but will gain a richer understanding of MBTI, what it means for you as an individual and how you should be operate in a group environment, understanding why people are the way they are and what makes them tick.

ISTJ – Practical, realistic, responsible, quite, serious, likes things organized and orderly at work and in the home. They value loyalty, respect laws of the land and traditions.

ISFJ – Committed, quiet, friendly, conscientious, responsible, loyal, honors commitments. Thoughtful to other’s feelings and needs, values harmony in all their environments. Enjoys nurturing others, great listener.

INFJ – Protective, caring, people-curious, community-minded, materialistic, and decisive. Holds firm values, does not handle conflict well, high-expectation of self, self-drive to meet goals.

INTJ – Original, goal-driven, creative, goal orientated, looks for patterns, skeptical, independent, holds self and others to high standards. Has difficulty communicating ideas, enjoys solitude.

ISTP – Flexible, analytic, quite observer, values efficiency, active, scientific-minded, good at organizing facts and figures. Adventurous and energetic spirit gets board easily.

ISFP – Sensitive, quiet, friendly but reserved, creative and artistic, loyal to relationships and committed to personal values. Dislikes conflicts, respects personal opinions of others.

INFP – Curious, seeks opportunities, service-minded, caring, puts ideas into action, empathetic but reserved emotionally, adaptable, flexible as long as personal values are un-compromised. Likes to help people reach their goals.

INTP – Enjoys abstract ideas, can be seen as anti-social, quiet, flexible, adaptable, greater ability to focus, skeptical, critical, analytical. Emotionally reserved, seeks possibilities and opportunities.

ESTP – Outgoing, straight-forward, enthusiastic, take-action person, hard-working, practical, observant, problem-solver, spontaneous and lives in the moment. Enjoys the company of others, style and material comfort.

ESFP – Has strong people skills, tends to be a peace keeper, caring, sensible, outgoing, friendly, works well with others. Strong observer, uses common sense in the workplace and is realistic.

ENFP – Warm, imaginative, optimistic, needs reaffirmation, supportive, flexible, great improvisors, likes to motivate others, has trouble focusing on projects and seeing them through.

ENTP – Quick-minded, alert, out-spoken, dislikes routine, reads people well, tries new things often, adventurous, strategic, analytic, resourceful, visionary, creative problem solver.

ESTJ – Practical, realistic, quick and decisive, great at organizing people and projects, very sociable, enjoys social events and networking, thrives on order and continuity.

ESFJ – Warm, energetic, cooperative, seeks harmony at work and home, works well with others, loyal, honors commitments, appreciates punctuality and expects it. Likes to volunteer for community-improvement projects.

ENFJ – Responsible, warm, kind, empathetic, picks up on other’s emotional needs which makes them charming, social, can lead large groups, takes criticism well, can inspire and motivate others.

ENTJ – Upfront and straight-forward, natural leader, very sociable, communicates well, confident, goal-driven, determined and self-motivated, likes to stay informed, enjoys teaching others.

 
Here is a list of differing meditations to try out based on your individual MBTI type. There is however no reason why all of these couldn’t work for all MBTI profiles – try them all if you wish.

Mindfulness meditation: This is the most commonly known meditation. By being present, allow whatever thoughts occur to rise then detach. Be aware of your breath patterns, deep breaths mean you’re slowing down and relaxing, shallow breaths means you’re tensing up. This quieting of the mind by letting thoughts come and go and being more of an observer will naturally allow the meditator to let go of any invading thoughts, the goals is not to empty the mind but to notice and let go. This is ideal for ISTJ, ISFJ, ISFP and INFJ.

Spiritual meditation: This is a good solution for those that are facing a problem and need a higher power for guidance to work through it. You can practice this anywhere quiet, just sit still, form your problem into a query and listen for your higher powers guidance. This meditation would be good for the types ESTP, ENTJ, ESFP and ESFJ.

Zazen meditation: This meditation is more traditional and takes disciple to practice due to long periods of stillness in one position. Its focus is on holding position, focusing on breath and being discipled to stay present with a clear mind for long periods of time. It is perfect for those that are unafraid of self-study and reflection. Types such as INTP, INFP, ISTP and ENFJ may find the challenge appealing.

Mantra meditation: Is simply repeating a word or words while meditating. You can look to tradition and use Om or bring your own like love or joy. Chanting helps keep the meditator focused and cuts down on distraction for deeper meditation practice. Types INTJ, ISTP and ISFP would benefit most from this style.

Movement meditation: For those that find it difficult to sit still and do nothing or be silent. To gain the multiple benefits of meditation, one doesn’t have to sit and be still. You can still clear your mind, slow your thoughts and let go of stress by slowing down your movements, and listening to relaxing music. Yoga, Qi gong, walking, are movement meditations. For example, in yoga, you can chose to meditate on one thing while you are going through the poses, like peace of mind. You can also take a nature walk, and mindfully let go of any stress-full thoughts. Some will even practice this while doing chores, it’s just a matter of being present. ENTJ, ESTJ, ENTP and ENFP personalities will find this exercise may suit them best.

5 Ways to Find Your Life Purpose and Manifest Your Potential

Find out what You Were Meant to Do
Have you ever taken a break between your busy schedule to think about that one burning question that seems to always be sitting at the back of your head? Have you ever let your mind wander as you nod off on the subway waiting for your stop and wondered what you were really meant to do with your life?

Surely you weren’t born with the sole purpose of making accounts or flipping burgers? Our hearts and minds are so fogged with notions of what we are supposed to do for money that most of us never even bother to find out what would give us inner happiness. If you can find your inner calling and start working towards it, nothing can stop you from success. As Charles Bukowski said, “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

Mr. Bukowski was onto something special here but leaves a gaping hole in the beginning. The problem lies in the very first word; ‘Find’. Finding your life purpose is not as easy as he makes it seem but he does hit the nail on the head. You are the only one who can find your purpose in life. There’s a popular misconception that your life purpose will reveal itself on its own through your likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, the process isn’t as simple as that. If you refuse to take initiative and set out to find what you were meant to do, you may never find it. Luckily, the search does have some indicators that might give you a head start.

Personality Tests (MBTI & Strengths Finder)
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test is one of the most popular and effective personality tests available. It measures the manner in which people make decisions based on their perceptions of the world. It defines 16 personality types based on a series of questions allowing you to understand the core defining features of your personality.

The Strengths Finder on the other hand asks you a series of questions in order to understand which strengths out of 34 are the most prevalent in your personality. The MBTI along with the Strengths Finder will provide you with insight about why you behave in certain ways and where improvement is required in order to succeed. Once you know what features of your personality are stronger you can allow them to take a more active role in your life.

Hypnotherapy
If you feel you’ve been stuck at a point in your life and don’t seem to be moving forward then hypnotherapy is a great way of finding out why. Hypnotherapy allows you to dig deep and come face to face with questions that you need to ask yourself. Find out why you are a part of this world and how you are meant to contribute to it. Hypnosis allows your mind to remove all the barriers that typically hold you back from pursuing your dreams. It brings you in tune with your inner desires tapping into the tools that are inherent in your personality to help you achieve your goals. Hypnotherapy puts you in a relaxed state where it becomes possible to communicate with the subconscious mind. Two of the most popular hypnotherapy techniques to find more about your life purpose and lessons are Past Life Regression and Life Between Lives.

Numerology
Numerology is the study of the symbolism contained within numbers. The study of numerology is used in order to determine the personality, talents, strengths, obstacles, and inner needs of a person. Numerology has been around for 10,000 years originating in Egypt and Babylonia. It is believed that everything in the Universe resonates to its own frequency. By finding the frequency of an object, you can find the qualities and energies associated with it.

To find your life purpose through the use of numerology you will have to evaluate the numbers of your birth date and your name. A conjunction of the two will provide an insight into your character that will help determine which traits are more prevalent in your personality. It will tell you whether you are a natural born leader, a creative soul, a peacemaker, a builder, or something else.

Carol Tuttle’s Energy Profiles
There are four elements in the world that govern everything in it; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. These same core elements dictate the personalities that we have. Once we’ve identified who we truly are, only then can we move forward with the path that leads towards our life purpose.

Air or Nitrogen represents the bright and animated person who dwells in new possibilities and ideas. Oxygen or Water stands for the soft and subtle person who is organized, detailed, and makes plans. Hydrogen symbolized by fire stands for the rich and dynamic person who moves into action immediately and tackles sudden situations with practicality with long standing results. Lastly, Carbon or Earth stands for the bold and striking individual who has an eye for structure, finding the problems in it and correcting them. The Carbon individual looks at the world through a critical eye.

Your personality type can help determine where your skills and expertise lie. They will allow you to identify your best qualities so you can work on them further.

Astrology
You can also set your eyes on the stars in order to find out how your life on the ground will turn out. The journey of the soul moves in cycles and you can see where you stand in your journey by taking a look at the sun and moon. Your astrology chart is similar to a map which tells you where you need to go to achieve personal growth. It can help you understand your inner passions and motivations on a deeper level. It can tell you what obstacles may stand in your way and what steps you must take in order to overcome them. Each celestial body is sending a different message towards you. This is why it’s important to try and understand their language and know what secrets they’re telling you.

The sun tells you how to maintain energy while the moon tells you about what makes you happy. The ascendant reveals what personal style will provide you with the most confidence. Venus tells you how you’ll fare in love, and Mars tells you where you need a little more courage.

Finding your life purpose should be your top priority. Living a life without purpose isn’t really living it at all. In order to know what it is you need to do in the future you must assess who you are today and understand not only your role in the real world but also the inner workings of your soul.