Basic Enneagram Types

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Mindfulness For Each Enneagram Type Part One

The Enneagram is a personality system that can give us many insights into all areas of our lives and helps us live more mindful lives. Everyone needs mindfulness but based on your Enneagram type, how you practice mindfulness will look very different.

The Enneagram is a personality type system that consists of nine types. The Enneagram tells you what your core fears and desires are and how you act from these fears and desires in your everyday life.

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You only need a very basic understanding of the Enneagram to use it to your benefit and by knowing the basics of your Enneagram type you’ll be able to live a more mindful, healthier, and happier life.

If you are a parent reading this, I highly recommend that you know your Enneagram type and your child’s Enneagram. By knowing both, you can practice mindfulness together.

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Enneagram Mindfulness

A Note on Enneagram and Mindfulness… 

Meditation, journaling, yoga, and other mindfulness practices are great for every enneagram type. This blog is meant to highlight which practices work best for you.

Some mindfulness practices will be more beneficial for certain enneagram types. This blog will help you find direction on your mindfulness journey by using the enneagram. 

Type One Mindfulness
Shake free of your perfectionist and bust a move, type Ones!

Basics For Enneagram 1s

Type One is very organized, hard-working, responsible, and principled. You will be able to tell you’re a One if you like a neat environment, hate breaking the rules, and have a strong sense of right and wrong.

As a type One, your biggest struggles will be feeling repressed anger, your inner perfectionism, and feeling responsible for everything. To become more mindful, you need to practice letting loose and expressing your emotions. 

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Ones, will be journaling and dance parties. 

Start a consistent journaling practice where you can express your emotions and feel truly vulnerable. When you feel moments of anger, open your journal and write down how you feel.

Another practice you’ll want to do is a mindful dance party to allow yourself to let loose and shun your inner critic. Be creative, be expressive, and be mindful of how you feel as you dance.

Type Two Mindfulness
It is time for you to make time for yourself, Twos’

Basics For Enneagram 2s

Type Two is kind, giving, polite, and compassionate. You will be able to tell you’re a Two if it makes you happy to lend a helping hand, hate when you don’t get recognition for your kindness, and have a strong awareness of others’ emotions.

As a type-two, your biggest struggles will be feeling resentment when people don’t appreciate what you give, over-giving to the point of exhaustion, and being unaware of your desires. 

To become more mindful, you need to practice caring for yourself and become aware of what makes you happy.

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Twos, will be meditating in nature and planning self-care days. 

Cultivating a consistent meditation practice in nature will help you greatly with becoming aware of negative self-beliefs and subconscious expectations you have of others.

Notice when you feel frustrated or tired because you feel like people aren’t appreciating you or reciprocating your efforts. This is a sign to get outside and meditate on how you feel.

Another practice you’ll want to do is to plan a self-care day where you only do what makes you happy, not seeing others. Be creative, be your individual, and be mindful of how fulfilling these things are.

Type Three Mindfulness
Get grounded in nature and allow yourself to rest just a little bit!

Basics For Enneagram 3s

Type Three is ambitious, competitive, socially likable, and goal-oriented. You will be able to tell you’re a Three if your number one goal is to be the best at what you do, hate being seen as a failure or feeling judged by others, and are very ambitious.

As a type Three, your biggest struggles are feeling you have to be someone you’re not around people to be accepted, pushing yourself too hard, and being unable to open up to others.

To become more mindful, you need to do something for fun, find like-minded friends you can trust, and affirm that you don’t need to be successful to be loved.

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Threes, will be grounding in nature and creating mantras.

Routinely grounded in nature, assuming weather conditions permit. Hiking, climbing trees, playing in the ocean, or even just standing barefoot in the sand will help you feel centered in who you are and practice being present.

When you feel yourself getting anxious or antsy because you aren’t achieving something, take a deep breath and get out in nature. Just be.

Another practice you’ll want to do is to write yourself mantras that remind you that you are good enough. “I am worthy”, “I am authentic”, “I am a winner”, and “I am proud of who I am.”

Type Four Mindfulness
Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude!!

Basics For Enneagram 4s

Type Four is creative, expressive, artistic, and emotionally in tune. You will be able to tell you’re a Four if you love being creative. As kids 4s are seen as unique, and expressing your emotions is extremely important to you.

As a type Four, your biggest struggles are feeling misunderstood, afraid of being inauthentic, and feeling that you’re always missing something to be happy. 

To become more mindful, you need to take care of your physical body, express what you are feeling to others, and become aware of when your emotions are lying to you vs when they are being honest.

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Fours, will be gratitude journaling and daily yoga.

Start consistently journaling your gratitude to elevate your mood and not get so stuck in those deceptive negative emotions. (Note: I am not saying all your negative emotions are invalid, this is for when those feelings cross the line and tell you life is unfair).

Another practice you’ll want to do is daily yoga to move your energy and take care of your physical body as you are naturally drawn towards creative activities that tend to be stationary. 

Enneagram Type Five Mindfulness

Basics For Enneagram 5s

Type Five is analytical, introspective, factual, and independent. You will be able to tell you’re a Five if you like researching/knowing information and facts, dislike when people are emotional/sensitive, and have a strong desire to be alone and self-sufficient.

As a type Five, your biggest struggles will be being selfish with your time, getting stuck in your head and not being aware of what’s happening outside of you, and being unaware of your emotions/desires.

To become more mindful, you need to practice moving your body regularly to get out of your head, taking spontaneous action, and opening yourself up to being more social/emotionally expressive. 

Consistently practice breathwork to reconnect with your body and get out of your head. Another practice you’ll want to do is have a completely spontaneous day! Let loose and do something adventurous or new.

Live boldly, don’t research what you’re going to do, get your blood pumping, have fun, and be mindful of what you’re doing. Don’t get caught up in your thoughts for one day!

Enneagram Type Six Mindfulness

Basics For Enneagram 6s

A Type Six is loyal, protective, emotionally driven, and cautious. You will be able to tell you’re a type-six if it’s important to you for things and people to be reliable, don’t like trying new or uncertain things, and have a strong desire for things to be morally right.

As a type Six, your biggest struggles will be jumping to worst-case scenarios, jumping between being trusting and mistrusting of people and being hostile towards people who go against your morals.

To become more mindful, you need to practice being brave, building up your emotional integrity, and not needing to have every aspect of your environment under control.

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Sixes, will be doing empowerment meditations and happiness journaling.

Start a consistent meditation practice where you sit down and repeat mantras to encourage you to be brave, relaxed, and resilient. Mantras like “I am capable of anything”, “I am brave”, “I will not let people’s words offend me”, “My emotions are harmonious”, etc.

Another practice you’ll want to do is happiness journaling where you write down and create collages of your happiest memories and things that make you happy. Be joyous, be brave, be resilient, and be mindful of what makes you happy.

Enneagram Type Seven Mindfulness

Basics For Enneagram 7s

Type Seven is excited, energetic, enthusiastic, and social. You will be able to tell you’re a Seven if you want to make every moment fun, feel easily bored, and have a strong aversion to negativity. As a type Seven, your biggest struggles are being accountable, embracing your negative emotions, and allowing silence. To become more mindful, you need to practice embracing negativity and stillness. 

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Sevens, will be silent meditation and mindful music listening.

AHHHHHH silence! A type Seven’s worst fear. But if you can sit in silence daily, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, will be extremely beneficial for you! If you are new to meditation, silent meditation isn’t necessary. Check out my blog, 15 Best Meditations. Another practice you’ll want to do is mindful music. Put in your headphones and play a variety of songs. As you listen, write down how each song makes you feel and where that emotion is coming from.  

Enneagram Type Eight Mindfulness

Basics For Enneagram 8s

A type Eight is bold, honest, mature, and capable. You will be able to tell you an Eight if you like to be in control, dislike wishy-washy or sensitive people, and have a strong need to challenge yourself. As a type Eight, your biggest struggles are allowing yourself to rest, allowing others to lead, and speaking with compassion (both towards yourself and others).

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Eights, will be yoga and doing METTA meditations.

Attend a daily yoga class or do yoga at home to allow yourself to encourage yourself to relax, restore your strength, and release control.  Another practice you’ll want to do is a METTA meditation. Set a timer for 10 minutes and close your eyes.

Bring your attention to yourself, send loving-kindness to yourself. Then, think about one person you love, and send loving-kindness to them. Next, send loving-kindness to someone you dislike. This can be hard but it’s important to at least try. Finally, send loving-kindness to the entire world.

Enneagram Type Nine Mindfulness

Basics For Enneagram 9s

Type Nine is peaceful, easygoing, gentle, and friendly. You’ll be able to tell you’re a type Nine if you like your environment to feel peaceful, dislike conflict, and have a strong desire for everyone to get along. As a type Nine myself, I know that all Nine’s biggest struggles are embracing discomfort, asserting our needs, and expressing our individuality.

The best mindfulness practices for you, type Nines, will be mindful challenges and expression painting.

Start finding daily ways to challenge yourself, do 100 push-ups, go for a run, do a hard workout, learn a handstand, etc, and be mindful of how you avoid discomfort as you do it.

Ask yourself, “Am I backing off because I am hurting myself, or am I just uncomfortable?”.  Another practice you’ll want to do is expression painting! Create a painting to represent how you are feeling. What are you feeling right now? How can you express what you are feeling using color and paintbrushes?

Be mindful of your thoughts as they come up. Create a code to go with it! One color symbolizes a different emotion.

Ask yourself, “Am I backing off because I am hurting myself, or am I just uncomfortable?”.  Another practice you’ll want to do is expression painting! Create a painting to represent how you are feeling. What are you feeling right now? How can you express what you are feeling using color and paintbrushes?

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