Updated: Apr 9
Being an introvert and being spiritual has some deep connections Before we move on to it let's know;
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AN INTROVERT?
The dictionary meaning of an introvert says; 'Someone who is shy, quiet, and prefers to spend time alone rather than often being with other people.'
"Best ideas come to your mind when you remain objective in silence & solitude."
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Here are the 23 signs that you’re an Introvert:
1. Your inner monologue never stops.
You have a distinct inner voice that’s always running in the back of your mind — and it’s hard to shut off, sometimes, it seems impossible. Sometimes you can’t sleep at night because your conscious mind is still going. Thoughts from your past haunt you. “I can’t believe I said that stupid thing… five years ago!” "Oh! I was bullied 8 years ago!"
2. You enjoy spending plenty of time alone.
You have no problem staying home on a Saturday night. In fact, you look forward to it. To you, Netflix and chill really means watching Netflix and relaxing. Or maybe your thing is reading, playing video games, drawing, cooking, writing, knitting tiny hats for cats, or just putzing around the house. Whatever your preferred solo activity is, you do it as much as your schedule allows. You feel good when you’re alone. In your alone time, you’re free, happy.
3. You do your best thinking alone.
Your lone time isn’t just about indulging in your favorite hobbies. It’s about giving your mind time to decompress and think new thoughts or ideas. When you are with other people, it might feel like your brain is too overloaded to really work the way it should. In solitude, you are free to tune into your own inner monologue. You might be more creative and/or have deeper insights when you’re alone. You always need some air when you are around people. Air to think creatively and relax.
4. You often feel lonelier in a crowd than when you’re alone.
There’s something about being with a group of people that makes you feel disconnected from yourself & you feel insecure. Maybe it’s because it’s hard to hear your inner voice when there’s so much noise around you. Whatever the reason, as an introvert, you crave intimate moments and deep connections — and those usually aren’t found in a crowd.
5. You feel like you’re faking it when you have to network.
Walking up to strangers and introducing yourself? You’d rather stick tiny needles under your fingernails. But you know there’s value in it, so you might do it anyway — except you feel like a phony the entire time. If you’re anything like me, you had to teach yourself how to do it. In the moment, you have to activate your “public persona.” You say things to yourself like, “Smile, make eye contact, and use your loud-confident voice!” Then, when you’re finished, you feel beat, and you need downtime to recharge. You wonder, do other people have to try this hard when meeting new people? or it comes automatically?
6. You have no desire to be the center of attention.
At work, you’d rather pull your boss aside after a meeting and have a one-on-one conversation (or email your ideas) than explain them to a room full of people. The exception is when you feel passionate about something. You’ll risk overstimulation when you think speaking up will truly make a difference.
7. You’re better at writing your thoughts than speaking them.
You’d rather text your friend than call her or email your coworkers than sit down for a staff meeting. Writing gives you time to reflect on what to say and how to say it. It allows you to edit your thoughts and craft your message just so. Plus there’s less pressure when you’re typing your words into your phone alone than when you’re saying them to someone in real time. You may even be drawn to writing as a career. Exceptions applicable, you maybe a passionate public speaker but the only caveat is you love to talk about topics that excite you, as it's the case with me, myself. Introverts can be a great public speaker, only thing is; they need little push and practice.
8. Talking on the phone does not sound like a fun way to pass the time.
One of your extroverted friends is always calling you when she’s alone in her car. She figures that although her eyes, hands, and feet are currently occupied, her mouth is not. Plus, there are no people around; how boring! So she reaches for her phone. However, this is not the case with you. When you have a few spare minutes of silence and solitude, I have no desire to fill that time with chitchat.
9. You avoid small talk whenever possible.
When a coworker is walking down the hall toward you, have you ever turned into another room in order to avoid having a “Hey, what’s up?” conversation with him? Or have you ever waited a few minutes in your apartment when you heard your neighbors in the hallway so you didn’t have to chat? If so, you might be an introvert. It’s not that introverts are afraid of making small talk, it’s just that we’d rather not do it.
10. You’ve been told you’re “too intense.”
This stems from your dislike of small talk. If it were up to you, mindless chitchat would be banished and philosophical discussions would be the norm. You’d much rather sit down with someone and discuss the meaning of life — or at the very least, exchange some real, honest thoughts. Meaningful interactions are the introvert’s antidote to social burnout.
11. You don’t go to parties to meet new people.
Sure, you party every once in a while. But when you do, you usually don’t go with the intention of making new friends. You’re content with the few close friendships you already have. Even at a party or a restaurant you can be found lone, quiet reading books, articles. You enjoy your own company.
12. You shut down after too much socializing.
Recent research shows that everyone gets drained from socializing eventually, even extroverts. That’s because socializing expends energy. But introverts likely tire faster than extroverts and experience social burnout with more intensity. They may even experience something that’s been dubbed the “introvert hangover,” which is when they feel extremely fatigued and perhaps even physically unwell after lots of socializing.
13. You notice details that others miss.
Introverts (especially highly sensitive introverts) can get overwhelmed by too much stimuli. But there’s an upside to our sensitivity — we notice details that others might miss. For example, you might notice a subtle change in your friend’s demeanor that signals that she’s upset (but oddly, no one else in the room sees it). Or, you might be highly tuned into color, space, and texture, making you an incredible visual artist. Alternatively, you can find even tiny gramattical errors at a website or in a book.
14. You can concentrate for long periods of time.
I can write for hours. I get in the zone, and I just keep going. If you’re an introvert, you likely have your own hobby or pet project that you can work on for practically forever. That’s because introverts are great at focusing alone for long periods of time.
15. You live in your head.
You might daydream so much that people tell you to “get out of your head” or “come back down to earth.” That’s because your inner world is almost as alive and vivid as the outer one.
(This is applicable to everyone, but extroverts won't be having much lone time. However, introverts dwell in it.)
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16. You like to people watch.
Actually, you just like to observe in general, whether it’s people, nature, etc. Introverts are natural observers.
17. You’ve been told you’re a good listener.
You don’t mind giving the stage to someone else for a bit and listening. You’re not clamoring to get every thought out there, and you don’t need to “talk to think” like many extroverts do.
18. You have a small circle of friends.
You’re close with just one, two, or three people, and you consider everyone else to be an acquaintance. That’s because introverts only have so much “people” energy to spend, so we choose our relationships carefully. It’s about budgeting.
19. You don’t get “high” off your environment.
There’s a reason big parties aren’t your thing: Introverts and extroverts differ significantly in how their brains process experiences through “reward” centers.
20. You’re an old soul.
Introverts tend to observe, take in a lot of information, and think before they speak. We’re analytical and reflective, and we’re often interested in discovering the deeper meaning or underlying pattern behind events. Because of this, introverts can seem wise, even from a young age. Your favourite topics include science, technology, art, philosophy spirituality, literature so on.
21. You alternate between being social and being alone.
Introverts relish being alone. In our solitude, we have the freedom to tune into our inner voice and tune out the noise of the world. But introverts don’t always want to be alone. As human beings, we’re wired to connect with others, and as introverts, we long to interact meaningfully. So introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home. We may need fresh air, and just an arena to express our feelings rather than long companionships.
22. You prefer authenticity over fake companionships.
Instead of having too many fake friends, you prefer genuine friend. This is because you find it very taxing to fake your behaviour. This world has become more transactional, our culture is getting shallower day-by-day. It's very hard to find someone whom you could trust, love genuinely. Many people stay for their own mean selfish reasons. It's very difficult for an introverted old soul to adjust, accept the demands of the faked society.
23. You an overthinker. You have the tendency to overanalyze, overthink on even petty things, esp. on your social interactions. 'Oh! I shouldn't have told that!!'
24. You are brutally honest doesn't mean you're rude: being brutally honest doesn't mean you are rude, you are honest and straight forward. It doesn't mean you couldn't be diplomatic, but you prefer straight forwarded and freeness atleast in your personal life.
Both introversion and spirituality goes hand in hand. In fact, a person turns out to be spiritual because of introversion, or he became introverted/ambiverted because of some spiritual experience or influence. Why? Spirituality is more about looking inside rather than looking outside. We can look inside only when we are in silence and in solitude. So, Spirituality fundamentally promotes Introversion.
In the 6th chapter of Bhagavad-Gita- Dhyana Yoga, Lord advises to stay silent, in solitude and to practice Yoga (Astanga Yoga). The same is advised by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in his video; 'Be alone, be happy.' That's why we could see; Yogis renounce everything, live in forests and practice celibacy, yoga.
"An intelligent is always found alone, a fool is found in the midst of crowd."
Why Introverts gets drained when they interact with too many people?
Spiritual introverts, because of the practice of yoga, meditate, generally have psychic energy, vibration and intensity. They are highly sensitive and they have high overthinking and intelligence levels.
"Intelligence comes with a price called over analytical thinking, that leads to anxiety and depression."
One thing what can be observed is as you interact more with different people, your aura as well as theirs gets interacted too. If you have high energy, vibration and intensity, obviously that gets transferred. Because, as per Newton's law; Energy can their be created, not destroyed but gets transferred/transformed. Solution to this has been explained in the other article about Astanga Yoga.
As a result, spiritually introverted person gets energy drained. So they prefer solitude, and silence.
The same thing happens when you have intercourse or have contact with too many people, too many times. Remember, S.E.X(Sacred energy exchange.) This is the reason Himalayan yogis live for more than 120 years.
"Celibacy is life, semen loss is death."
In Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter-6, Dhyana Yoga, Lord Krishna advises;
yuktahara-viharasya yukta-cestasya karmasu yukta-svapnavabodhasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha
yukta—regulated; ahara—eating; viharasya—recreation; yukta—regulated; cestasya—of one who works for maintenance; karmasu—in discharging duties; yukta—regulated; svapna-avabodhasya—regulated sleep and wakefulness; yogah—practice of yoga; bhavati—becomes; duhkha-ha—diminishing pains.
He who is temperate in his habits of eating, sleeping, working and recreation can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.
Extravagance in the matter of eating, sleeping, defending and mating—which are demands of the body—can block advancement in the practice of yoga. As far as eating is concerned, it can be regulated only when one is practiced to take and accept prasadam, sanctified food. Lord Krsna is offered, according to the Bhagavad-gita (Bg. 9.26), vegetables, flowers, fruits, grains, milk, etc. In this way, a person in Krsna consciousness becomes automatically trained not to accept food not meant for human consumption, or which is not in the category of goodness. As far as sleeping is concerned, a Krsna conscious person is always alert in the discharge of his duties in Krsna consciousness, and therefore any unnecessary time spent sleeping is considered a great loss. A Krsna conscious person cannot bear to pass a minute of his life without being engaged in the service of the Lord. Therefore, his sleeping is kept to a minimum. His ideal in this respect is Srila Rupa Gosvami, who was always engaged in the service of Krsna and who could not sleep more than two hours a day, and sometimes not even that. Thakura Haridasa would not even accept prasadam nor even sleep for a moment without finishing his daily routine of chanting with his beads three hundred thousand names. As far as work is concerned, a Krsna conscious person does not do anything which is not connected with Krsna's interest, and thus his work is always regulated and is untainted by sense gratification. Since there is no question of sense gratification, there is no material leisure for a person in Krsna consciousness. And because he is regulated in all his work, speech, sleep, wakefulness and all other bodily activities, there is no material misery for him.
Dan Pena said: 98% of the fortune 500 CEOs are introverts. Only 2% of extroverts including Dan Pena himself are fortune 500 CEOs. This also is an advantage of Introverts.
Introversion gives an individual enough time to think, be creative. Interesting thing is we don't find friends who talk about topics that interests us, unfortunately. Rather than talking sh*t it's better to remain in solitude. I see people spending most of their life gossiping about events and persons, such a waste of time!!
"Cheap discuss persons, mediocres discuss events, legends discuss ideas." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Personally, I see being Introverted has made me look inside and have found happiness. I see being in solitude is the time when I'll be actually happy. Finally, by the grace of my Gurus I've reached a stage of "Needing nothing (outside) attracts everything."
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To conclude, being Introverted doesn't mean you are anti-social or you are great. I see we need to accept the life's truths and truths about ourselves, accordingly take advantage of it. We need to give something back to the society and serve humanity & serve the divinity within.
Hope this inspires you!
On behalf of Get Inspired Spiritually