Being unemployed right now, one thing I can’t complain about is the lack of time. It’s a great moment to focus on finding my inner peace. Hence the 21-day meditation challenge.
It’s been a long time since the last time I meditated, and I know I need it more than ever. It was a good habit that helped my mental health a lot, but then, with so much work and so many changes and things going on around me, I somehow ended up abandoning it… Not sure why. Twenty-one days isn’t much, but enough to form a new good habit. For real changes to happen, I will probably have to wait much longer. That’s why meditation is called a PRACTICE, right?
INFP & Meditation: Grounding The Dreamer
I’m no expert in MBTI, but on an intuitive level, I think that mindfulness meditation is such a great exercise for an INFP mind because an unbalanced or unhealthy INFP is exactly the opposite of “mindful”… As seekers on a never-ending journey of self-discovery, we are the most likely personality type to start meditating, just because we yearn for growth.
It’s a practice that addresses INFP weaknesses and allows us to develop our strengths. It’s a challenge that may actually allow the best traits of the badass unicorns come to the surface.
How meditation can actually help an INFP achieve their full potential?
With Fi (Introverted Feeling) as a dominant function, an average INFP lives in their head, keeps their emotions simmering under the lid and struggles with low self-esteem, which makes us especially prone to depression and anxiety. It’s incredibly hard not to take things personally and let go when Fi is in charge of your perception of the world. Meditation helps cultivate compassion and acceptance while letting go of grudges, resent, or unrealistic standards that idealistic INFPs tend to hold.
Our secondary function Ne (Extroverted Intuition) doesn’t make life any easier. Ne is about exploring the possibilities, so no wonder that, for an unhealthy INFP, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. With a negative mindset like this, one is permanently frustrated about the present moment and anxious about the future. But Ne is also in charge of empathy and creativity, which are two qualities that can be developed through meditation.
A remedy for overthinking is to engage Si (Introverted Sensing), our tertiary function that is focused not only on past experiences (hence INFP’s propensity to nostalgia and rumination), but also on present bodily sensations – and that’s what meditation does. Meditation brings your attention to “what is”, instead of “what may be”. Gentle grounding in the physical world and better connection with one’s body help us let go of the unpleasant emotions (Fi) and calm the INFP’s scattered mind (Ne).
How about Te (Extroverted Thinking)? I don’t know. To be honest, I haven’t arrived there yet. But once all the other functions are integrated, once I’ve abandoned the habits of procrastination, rumination, negativity and perfectionism, I expect to get much better at using Te the right way, and be like a lotus flower floating on water (if you know what I mean).
Of course, all the above is an INFP’s point of view, but other personality types will also benefit from meditation!
21-Day Meditation Challenge
To give my first meditation challenge (yes, I actually see it as quite challenging) some structure, I’ve chosen Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Expanding Your Happiness. I am going to keep track of my emotions, observations and progress, and I will share them in another post at the end of the challenge, so stay tuned!
What are my goals for this 21-Day Meditation Challenge?
- Making the habit stick. These 21 days are just the beginning of a better, more satisfactory life.
- Finding joy in everyday life. I used to be the child who was in a permanent awe of world’s wonders, excited about being alive, and I don’t like the adult I’ve become. I want to stop being grumpy and start seeing the glass half full.
- Letting go of unnecessary worries and achieving peace of mind. I want to feel peace and know that I can cope with whatever comes.
If you want to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, I’ll be more than happy to have some company.
You’re short for money? There is no need to purchase any meditation program really… The best thing about meditation is that you can practice anytime, anywhere, for free.
Join my 21-day meditation challenge! For the next 21 days, dedicate 15 minutes every day to meditation. Sit, close your eyes, and let yourself be. Whenever you catch your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to your body. As simple as that.
How does it feel afterward? How did it change your attitude? Please use the space below to share any thoughts about your meditation experience.
May the Force be with you,
PS. Are you in?
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