Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why do introverts tend to be highly spiritual?

Amber Larson, Ven. Nyanaponika, Wisdom Quarterly; Editor Gregg Prescott, M.S. (in5D.com)

A Manifest for Introverts (in5d.com)
Why do introverts tend to be highly spiritual? Society dictates that we follow specific images projected by the mainstream media, so why do introverts tend to rebel from these stereotypes?

Introverts tend to look within for answers versus having the need for societal approval. Often, extroverts will view the introvert as being antisocial, stuck up, or as a loner. But even with these labels, the introvert will stand his or her ground disregarding how others perceive him or her.

If you are an introvert, then you will find comfort in solitude. You often find yourself immersed in deep thought and contemplation. Your need for approval from others is significantly less than the extrovert as you realize that answers come from within.

While you may partake of social occasions, you often enjoy simply watching the environment around you versus being the center of attention, which many introverts try to avoid. On a metaphysical level, the introvert realizes how we are all connected and does not need the external approval and attention that is often sought after by the extrovert.

Approximately 75% of the world are extroverts, which makes the introvert the minority, yet the introvert will not succumb to societal pressure in order to conform.

While some introverts may be shy, there is a big difference between shyness and being introverted. More 

Happily detached?
You know what's good about Buddhism? Viveka, mental and physical withdrawal to strive.
There is a kind of "happiness of detachment," aloofness. Whoever is addicted to society and worldly bustle will not partake of the happiness of renunciation (internal letting go), detachment, peace, and enlightenment" (AN. VII.86).

There are three kinds of "detachment" (viveka) or seclusion according to the Niddesa:
  • (1) bodily detachment (kāya-viveka), that is, abiding in solitude free from alluring sensuous objects;
  • (2) mental detachment (citta-viveka), that is, the inner detachment from sensuous things;
  • (3) detachment from the Five Aggregates of Clinging (upadhi-viveka).
In the description of the first meditative absorption,
  • the words "detached from sensuous things" refer, according to the Path of Purification (Vis.M. IV), to "bodily detachment";
  • the words "detached from karmically unwholesome things" refer to "mental detachment";
  • the words "born of detachment," to the absence of the Five Hindrances to meditation.

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