I’m an INFJ and I’ve been using this app Headspace for a while. It teaches you mindful meditation that trains your brain to be more present, in the moment. I wanted to see if it would help with my anxiety and restless mind.
How it works is you sit down for 10-20 minutes daily and focus on the breath and physical sensations (sounds, points of contact with the chair, etc). When thoughts or feelings arise, you note them (like “ok, this is thinking”) and go back to the breath. On more advanced stages you start visualizing things, e.g. that warm sunlight is flowing through your head filling up your body slowly from bottom up.
After 6 months of doing that I still struggle with not thinking while meditating. There is always something VERY IMPORTANT or VERY INTERESTING to think about RIGHT NOW! Not in 10 minutes when the excersise is over, but IMMEDIATELY! When I note that my mind has wondered I go back to the breath with strong intention not to think until the end of the session only to find myself lost in thought again after 15 seconds. Sometimes after meditation I even feel more anxious because I thought myself into worry while my eyes were closed.
I wonder if I’m just unhelathy or is it a INFJ thing? Meditation turns the attention inward, which engages crazy shit from Ni picked up by Ti? Plus enforced presence in the moment doesn’t really work due to inferior Se (like it is saying to me “nothing is happening, why would I give a shit!?”).
Are you able to meditate? What does it give you? Do you think it is beneficial for INFJ’s? What forms of meditation do you find helpful?