I’m an introvert but I have lots of friends who are extroverts and they often challenge me that it is harder for extroverts to be contemplative.
What does extroverted spirituality look like? A lot of the reflective practices are by nature quiet and personal and therefore not necessarily suitable for extroverts.
Extroverts are naturally more energized being with others. Instead of hearing the “still, silent voice” extroverts may hear the Sacred best through others. Being of service or getting involved is another way extroverts practice their spirituality. They usually enjoy meeting new people and tend to be people who easily initiate conversation.
Extroverts energy is generally devoted to the outside world rather than the inner world and are more prone to action than contemplation. They thrive on stimulation.
If you want to read more about this subject, I can recommend "Spirituality for Extroverts" by Nancy Reeves. Nancy is a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, poet, author and wonderful teacher. She is also a self-confessed extrovert. Her insights and guidance helped me learn how to companion extroverts and how to change my programs so extroverts could find spiritual food for their souls too.
Our classes, programs and retreats are designed for both introverts and extroverts. For our extroverted friends we take time to connect and share what we have discovered after our meditative walks. Our book studies offer lively discussion. Our meditation classes end with a time of connection and all our retreats offer a chance to connect with others on the retreat.
Most spiritual practices can be done in an extroverted or introverted way. I believe the Sacred invites us to the practices that are most nurturing for us. If you need help finding a practice, join us on the journey! Or book some time with me and I'll help you find the practice that will help sustain you during this challenging time.