The central theme of this book is that introversion is a double-edged sword. One edge brings you into the interior where there is a rich world of activity, stimulation, and imagination. The other edge of this sword is the tendency to get caught up in the mind’s storytelling, some of which can become obsessive, ruminative, and negative.
Mindfulness is the natural solution for helping introverts to navigate the interior of their experience without getting stuck. Meditation helps to develop the capacity to monitor attention and extricate it from the default mode network activity of the brain and return it to the sensorimotor experience of the present moment.
I recently wrote an essay for the Kripalu Thrive blog entitled Mindfulness for Introverts. I discuss how it is important for us introverts to befriend our introversion and at the same time not become too identified with this label. Ultimately, we move beyond the notions of introversion and extroversion to find a more enduring sense of place in the world that is fluid, peaceful, and mindful.