I was thinking about meditation. A simple meditation excercise would be to sit down, close your eyes, and concentrate only on your breathing. When I have tried this, I generally think "in" as I inhale and "out" as I exhale as an additional way to try to focus myself (or to try to prevent my mind from wandering). This is an extremely difficult activity because the mind continually drifts. The importance of the activity is that it involves spending time in the present (in the moment), it calms the mind and stills the thoughts. This is beneficial. I think some have thought of such practices as spending time with themselves, with their souls, with "God," or as "coming home," so on.
I also took yoga for a couple years. Most of what I gained I have lost because I didnot keep up the practice. In fact, I probably am worse off now than I was when I started. Yoga was a rather unpleasant activity because it hurt... constantly... and it ended up being meditative in that sense because the mind would try anything to get away from the unpleasant sensations, but you would have to try to bring it back because if you're not paying attention to what you're doing it rather defeats the purpose. Yoga is about the body as well as the mind, even though it may seem at first glance that it's just about the body. Also by noticing how the body reacts, you sort of can see it's similar to how the mind reacts. When I was taking yoga, it was beneficial, even though I made very slow progress. And also it was a way to spend time in my body or to be aware of my body... sometimes the pain of it made me feel "alive," if that makes sense. (Edit: actually it made me feel I'd been dead all along and was coming back to life... that's more accurate.) The few positions that didn't hurt were rather enjoyable.
I was also thinking about the idea of "enlightenment" (mainly in a Buddhist sense). Enlightenment is rather synonymous to self-actualization IMO. An enlightened person exists in the moment... Although such a person can travel to the past or the future, they do so consciously and at will, without clinging to either... they live in the moment as the moment is all that is really real (the past is gone, and the future doesn't exist yet).
Then I was thinking about N vs. S. Part of the problem I've always had with this distinction is that I don't understand why it is a distinction. Everyone uses their five senses to gain information about the outside world or to gain information about physical changes within them. S is sometimes refered to as "physical" and N as "mental." But humans are mental. That's what we do. It's what we excel at the most, more so that any other species on Earth. So in a way I don't see why you wouldn't just say everyone is an N. The N-S distinction seems less and less significant the larger the picture you consider is. I do see some merit in the idea of kinesthetic learning as I have observed this in others, so I suppose I could associate that as being an S thing.
Anyway, back to enlightenment, meditation, yoga, etc., shouldn't this be something that comes naturally to S? I mean S types supposedly live in the present already. Even so, they don't seem any more enlightened than N types, despite existing more in the present. When an S type meditates, does their mind wander any less? Does it come any easier?
I suppose N is focused on internal reactions to the world outside, whereas S is more focused on the actual world outside. But being in the moment is not just about being present in the outside world and conscious of its ongoings, but also it is about being present inside the mind, and being conscious of what is going on inside. So maybe N and S both live in the present (when not drifting away on thoughts), just that N is centered within, while S is centered without... ? But then Si is about internal sensations... sigh...