Amazing Zen Habits

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I admit it! I am a great fan of Carl Jung and his theories. Furthermore I really like his openness to the unknown and unexplainable. He has the right attitude to live a good life and he really did contribute a lot to the world we live in today because of his research in religions and the supernatural.

This post is not really about Carl Jung, but when I look for inspiration I like to surf the net and very often Carl Jung makes it to the search bar. Today I found I blog about Carl Jung where the blogger wrote a bit about Jung’s research in spirituality and Buddhism. Jung believed that spiritual experience is essential to our well-being and on this site I found 12 simple Zen habits that contributes to your well-being.

You can find the Jung site here and the original source here.

The 12 Zen habits:

Do one thing at a time. Do not multi-task; when eating, eat; when walking, walk; when cutting fish, cut fish. This will help you relax, excel and focus.

Do it slowly and deliberately. Take your time and move slowly, it will help you to keep focus. I like to do things slow and in a flow. E.g. sometimes when I cook I visualise what I am going to do next. This helps me focus on the task and to keep the process dynamic. I believe that the world is in a continuous flow and that we improve our well-being by living in a flow of energy. This method also helps me if I need to hurry; by working in a focused flow I can increase the pace if needed and still keep a cool head.

Do it completely. Put you mind on the task and finish it before starting a new task. Mind that there are different ways of finishing a task; e.g. if you are writing a thesis you cannot finish it before eating. But if you have set up a list of goals and to-dos in the process then you can finish one of those and then eat.

Do less. Do not fill your day with tasks that you do not have time to accomplish. By doing less you can concentrate and do things better. (I have to work on this one – what about you?)

Put space between things. Do not make a tight schedule; I have made a rule of planning I call the 25 % rule. People often get stress because they do not plan time for the unexpected. My experience is that things almost always take 25 % more time than we estimate.

Develop rituals. This will prepare you for the task you are about to do and helps you to focus and to do things well. E.g. I have a ritual when I cut vegetables: I line up the vegetables in front of the cutting board and on the right side of the board I line up the knives I am going to use.

Designate time for certain things. There are things that are so important that you want to make sure you do them every day. E.g. eating, cleaning and working. Designate time for these things. (Another one I have to work on!)

Devote time to sitting. Do any activity you like to be present. E.g. meditate or run. I recommend reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

Smile and serve others. A smile will bring you positive energy and giving to others will make them want to give something back.

Make cleaning and cooking become meditation. Put your mind into the tasks and do them slowly and completely.

Think about what is necessary. Keep your life simple and think about what you really need. Most people have a lot of unnecessary things cluttering up their life, both physically and mentally.

Live simply. Get rid of unnecessary things; clean up the clutter and make room for the essentials of your life.

Your Personality 3: Astrology

astrology © by Frances Lane

This topic is both interesting and provoking; a lot of people do not believe in the predictions of astrology and they would say it is very frivolous. The science of astronomy originates from astrology and today astrology is considered a pseudoscience. But I think that astronomy can be very helpful in your personal development if you use it properly.

My first two posts in this series presented the MBTI and Socionics that were both based on Carl Jung’s theories about psychological types. The question is: How did Jung come up with this idea? Where did he get the idea that people can be described in specific types? What did he base his research on? Well, you have probably guessed the answer; Jung’s theories were based on his research in astrology.

Jung kept an open mind to everything and especially to the unexplained and that is all you need to do to take good advantage of astrology in your personal development. I do not believe that astrology can predict the future, but I do believe that we can use astrology to describe our world and to realise who we are and where we are. Astrology can assist you on your path to your dreams and goals because it will make you realise what resources you possess and what potentials you have inside you.

In magazines you can read your horoscope every day. These horoscopes are quite superficial and only based on you birth sign. If you want to use astrology in your personal development I recommend that you pay a professional astrologer to make you a birth chart to base the analysis on. You will be amazed what you can derive from such a birth chart. Even if you do not believe in astrology there are still a lot of things you can use it for.

There are tons of astrology sites on the Internet; just search Google and you will find free birth charts for everything. I have found a site that you can start out with – just click here. This site offers a free personal profile that covers vitality, habits, self-identity, mentality, capacity for love and driving force.

Your Personality 1: Jung’s Personality Types

Taking the personality test... © by ninasaurusrex

In my last post I raised the question: Who are you? I did not have the answer and I cannot tell you who you are. I cannot tell you because you are the only one who knows; or should know. If you are reading this, probability is that you do not know whom you are. I have realised that a lot of people do not know what to answer when they are asked the question: Who are you?

What would you write if I asked you to write a four-line description of yourself? Your height, age and weight barely take one line. You have to spend time getting to know yourself, because every day of your life you need to communicate who you are in order to stay on a good path that will lead you to your dreams and goals.

I know that it is not an easy task to do, but I have decided to spend the next 31 days finding methods for you to make your own personal profile. Every day you can look up a new test or method that will teach you something new about yourself and by the end of the next 31 days you will have a good idea about who you are and whom you want to become.

Jung personality type test

Carl Jung found that people could be divided into different types and he discovered 16 different types of people (well, actually he made the basic theory to the 16 types that was developed by Meyers and Briggs, but I am trying to keep the post short). Most of the tests that are used by companies today when hiring new people are based on Jung’s personality types.

The Internet have hundreds of test and but I ended up choosing two sites I will recommend to you. One site has a small test with only 56 questions that will calculate your type. This site does not have a very good description of the 16 types, so I have found a link with a very comprehensive description. You can find the links at the bottom of this post.

This test will show you if you have an introverted or an extroverted attitude. It will show you how you perceive information and how you make decisions. It will also give you an idea about what kind of lifestyle that you prefer. Mind that the result of the test will change over time, because you develop yourself. Tests do not represent the truth but they are very good tools for personal development.


Jung Personality Test

The 16 Personality Types

6 Ways to Stop Being Over Sensitive

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over sensitive

Rome visit, June 2008 – 57 © by Ed Yourdon

I admit it. I am highly sensitive! I know I am highly sensitive and I accept that fact; now my challenge is to learn how to deal with it and I will share what I have learned. (also read: How to Stop Being Frustrated)
Over sensitivity is said to come from a negative thinking pattern, but that way of thinking, is there for a reason and that is the first thing you need to learn. You have to understand what is going on inside your brain!

  1. Understand. According to research about 20 % of all people are highly sensitive. Carl Jung called it innate sensitiveness. Thus, you and I have a more detailed nervous system than normal and this makes us over analyse. Some people get introverted, some are shy and some get a social phobia. I get irritated and angry with people who affect me negatively. How do you react? If you know how you react then you can do something about it.
  2. Build self-esteem. Often sensitive people have problems with self-esteem because they over analyse everything and they tend to turn negative conclusions inwards and blame themselves. Read my series about building self-esteem.
  3. Focus. When you feel highly sensitive it is often because you have had a negative experience that awakes memories of experiences from the past. You will start comparing, analysing and jump to negative conclusions. What you have to practise is to move focus to something positive. It can be difficult to change focus but you have to be persistent and if you have to then fake it till you make it!
  4. Put sensitiveness to good use. I have chosen a life path that fit my personality. It is difficult for me to have someone telling me what to do all the time. It makes me over analyse the situation and I end up arguing with my boss. That is why I run my own business as a writer and therapist. I try to be true to myself and put my sensitivity to good use and to the benefit of others. What can you do?
  5. Lighten up. Do not take critics too serious and try not to analyse. Use meditation, do sports, have a massage or a nice cup of tea. Do anything you can to loosen up and be less serious. Use humour and self-irony.
  6. Listen. Instead of analysing then repeat the sentence that made you feel hurt and listen to the person who delivered the message. Try to understand what was actually said and see the world from this person’s point of view.

If you really want to make a personal change and stop being over sensitive, then read my ebook that discovers the six mechanisms behind personal change. The six mechanisms are: Attitude, worldview, language, sensemaking, action learning and faith.

How To Use Personality Tests

Taking the personality test... © by ninasaurusrex

There are many types of tests available to help you discover yourself. Some of the tests are well documented and widely used by companies all over the world, other tests are homemade just to entertain you while surfing the net or reading a magazine. I believe that any test can serve you if you use it right.

A few years ago I was working at an athletic organisation and one morning I came to work and saw one of my colleagues read a newspaper. I noticed that the newspaper was a paper of poor quality with a lot of gossip and I could not help comment this. I knew that my colleague was smart and I did not understand why he would read this paper. I learned a very important lesson that day when he replied: “Rumours do not come from nothing!”

I learned that even though the quality was poor the paper had something to offer if I understand how to read it. The same goes for tests: You can always use the result for something if you use it right. If you take a test in a random magazine then do not expect that it will reveal the truth about you. It will merely point you in some direction that you can use as a hint. If other tests show some similar results then it probably reflects some truth about you.

E.g. if you take ten magazine tests that all say that you are introvert then there is something to it, after all. The important thing is that the result of whatever test you make will give you some understanding of whom you are.

Personality tests like “Jung Typology Test” is based on Carl Jung’s research in astrology. But even though few people would use astrology when hiring staff they will use the Jung Typology Test because it will help to understand what type of person you are.