|Where East Meets West… Energy Types: Personality & Health
|Have you ever considered that your personality type can affect your health? This question intrigued me enough that I wrote a book about it. As a long-time practitioner in the uses of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® as well as a chakra yoga instructor, I realized that our personality preferences can indeed influence our balance, leading to both emotional as well as physical repercussions.
But if we are aware of the strengths as well as the vulnerabilities, we can not only maintain a joyful level of health and well-being, but also regain that status.
Let's look at an example of how this might play out. A Judger in the MBTI® world has a preference for order, structure and lists. Their motto could well be "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." When in check, this could be a strength in many situations and numerous Js have, I'm sure, found great success in those areas requiring stability, punctuality and orderliness.
Should this Judger, however, lose sight of the Perceiving side of life, things could get a little lop-sided. From a health perspective, a somewhat rigid attitude could lead to a fear of change and a tendency to play ostrich should life require some more than gentle modifications.
So how would that reflect on the health of this J? Emotionally, it could lead to apathy, fatigue and overeating, as well as an accumulation of 'stuff' (grounding). Left unchecked, this could then progress into depression, lower back pain, obesity and joint problems. In chakra terminology, the root chakra would be imbalanced.
In this case, we could look to the following methods to reinstate balance:
* Yoga poses: For instance, a 'cat - cow' flow that brings movement to the spine would encourage an easing up of the rigidity.
* Breathing techniques: Engaging in a 'water breath' (in through the nose, out through the mouth) would release pent up frustration.
* Acupressure Points: Massaging Bladder 23 and Bladder 47 (kidney area) would lessen levels of fear thereby helping one to embrace rather that resist change.
* Essential Oils: Cedarwood would be optimal for attaining feelings of being safe and grounded (but not 'stuck') and Wild Orange would be great for acceptance of change.
* Affirmations that would invite movement and flow such as "I flow easily and fluidly with the current of my life" could be helpful in coming to terms with unexpected change.
|cat - cow
Bladder 23 / 47:
Bladder 23 located 2 finger widths either side of spine and Bladder 47, 4 finger widths either side of spine. Massaging with loose knuckles or the backs of the hands directly above belt line will address both points nicely.
|I will be posting articles on each of the preference pairs (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) offering suggestions for healthy maintenance as well as for coming back into balance when things have gone off-kilter.
I will leave you here with an overview of the seven main chakras (energy fields) should you be unfamiliar with them. (For an even more in-depth look at the chakras, please click here.)
1) ROOT CHAKRA: Our first chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the seat of stability and grounding.
2) SACRAL CHAKRA: Our second chakra is located in the sacral/pelvic region of our body and is the seat of creation and flow.
3) SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: Our third chakra is located in the solar plexus region of the body (behind stomach and just below diaphragm) and is the seat of inner power and self-esteem.
4) HEART CHAKRA: Our fourth chakra is located in the heart/chest area and is the seat of love and compassion.
5) THROAT CHAKRA: Our fifth chakra is located in the throat region, also housing the thyroid gland, shoulder and neck region and is the seat of communication and self-expression.
6) THIRD EYE CHAKRA: Our sixth chakra is located between the brows and is the seat of intuition.
7) CROWN CHAKRA: Our seventh chakra is located at the top of the head and is the seat of our connection to the Divine.
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