Enneagram Type 6 and Spiritual Practices I hope you’ve been enjoying this series on the enneagram and spiritual practices. It’s amazing how much deeper we can go when we practice something that intentionally helps us grow the most. This is why I have loved getting into connecting the tools of the enneagram and using different spiritual practices for each type. Today, let’s focus on enneagram type 6 and spiritual practices. Sixes are known to doubt themselves, and are in need of something to constantly reassure them. There are several practices that come to mind when considering sixes, but the most helpful, is memorizing. Memorizing as a Spiritual Practice Enneagram Type 6 and Spiritual Practices Memorizing what? The possibilities are endless here, but the idea is something with deep spiritual meaning. It could be Psalms, Poems, quotes. Scriptures are often memorized to be recalled in times of stress or despair. Sixes find themselves stressed and worried often. They think of worst case scenarios daily, and are in need of strong words to overpower their own overthinking tendencies. The wisdom of those who have gone before, is a great place to find respite and a haven from worry. Words are powerful. They can be used like a mantra, repeated over and over. The act of memorizing itself, is a form of meditation. Focusing on words, repeating them to yourself until they stick is a spiritual practice. The 23rd Psalm is a common memorized chapter of the Bible. As a six, I have memorized this myself, and say it over and over on nights when I can’t sleep. It is a comfort, and works to push away fears and stress. How to Memorize Inspirational Pieces First, choose your piece. It should be something you connect with well, and makes you feel encouraged. When choosing your piece to memorize, think about the rhythm, and also the length. Next, read your chosen piece over and over. begin to connect with it. How do the words relate to what is going on in your life? How is this specific piece giving you strength, hope, or encouragement? Write it down. There is something about writing things down that aids in committing them to memory. It uses a different part of the brain than simply reading something. After writing it down, read it aloud several times. Notice where to pause, where to speed up, what parts make you feel strong and safe. Repeat it aloud until you can say it without looking. Soon, you will be able to say it whenever you need it. Practice it as you go about you day. Whisper it quietly to yourself while your are driving or doing the dishes. Other great practices for sixes: Journaling Yoga Centering Prayer Note: Since each enneagram number is connected to 2 numbers in either stress or strength, it’s a good idea to try some of the practices recommended for your stress or strength numbers. For type six, that would be type 3 in stress, and type nine in strength. See the post on type 3 here: Enneagram Type 3 and Spiritual Practices Also, notice that types in the dependent stance (1, 2, &6) all greatly benefit from journaling. Since these types have a present orientation to time, they don’t often reflect back. This process of journaling also helps them get all of there thinking out. The dependent stance numbers are verbal processors, when this can’t be done, writing it down is a good second. You might also like: Enneagram Type 6 and Fictional Characters What Are You Chasing (types 4, 5, &6) Have you always wanted to go on a retreat centered around wellness and relaxation? Having a getaway planned can be so relaxing for the mind even before you get there. The anticipation of the time you are going to have feeds your mind and soul. Check out the wellness retreat offering below. We will be hosting the weekend in beautiful North Idaho and focusing on enneagram work, yoga, and whole wellness. I want to get away!