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    Enneagram Compatibility in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

      Enneagram Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self-awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self-awareness. Enneagram compatibility is more about similar levels self-awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self-aware people have the best chance of success. Two highly unaware people may be able to continue in…

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    Hiking Mount Olympus: A Practical Guide

    Earlier this month, I hiked to the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. This post is to share my experience and to offer some tips in case you too are thinking of making this trek.   I’ll start by saying the experience was amazing–far more fulfilling and fun than I even expected.  And then I’ll follow by saying it was WAY physically harder than I imagined. Most of the things I read suggested it was a leisurely two-day hike with an easy overnight stay in a mountain refuge. This wasn’t false, but it wasn’t exactly true either. I didn’t factor in how taxing hiking uphill for six…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Blog Table of Contents (over 90 articles)

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor The Enneagram (35 articles)   The Enneagram in Relationships The Enneagram in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together (*most popular post*) Which Enneagram Types Attract Narcissists? (Truity) Secrets to Make Your Relationship Explosive, Based on Your Partner’s Enneagram Type (Truity) Three Things to Never, Ever Say To Your Type 4 Partner (Truity) Three Reasons It Can Be Hard to Feel Loved By Your Type 5 Partner (Truity) How to Avoid a Big Family Argument, Based on Your Enneagram Type (Truity)   The Enneagram in the Workplace How Learning a Personality System Made…

  • Enneagram

    How Each Enneagram Type Emerges From the Pandemic

    It’s been a wild 18 months, but the good news is that in many parts of the world, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. As vaccine rollouts pick up pace, lockdown restrictions lift, and travel is gradually reintroduced, many of us are emerging from the pandemic and searching for our new normal.   Different Enneagram types have different worldviews, and these differences color our experience. Re-entry after the pandemic won’t feel the same for everyone, and the Enneagram provides a useful tool to help understand some of these differences.   Below we offer you nine approaches to emerging from the pandemic, based on your Enneagram…

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    4 Ways Enneagram Type 9s Say No Without Saying “No.”

    The Enneagram Type 9 is called the Peacemaker or the Mediator, and with a habit of attention that gravitates towards harmony, these are often the people who hold society together and help the rest of us get along. Easy-going, soothing and gifted at being able to hold multiple points of view simultaneously, Type 9s can be the most powerful type in the Enneagram. Look no further than Barack Obama and the Dalia Lama to find famous examples of Type 9.   When in balance, Type 9s can be amazing leaders, team members, friends, parents and partners. But when operating at the mid to lower levels of awareness, conflict-avoidance takes center…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    A Journey Through the 8 Chakras with Kundalini Yoga

    In this post, we’ll go through each of the eight chakras, offering a brief explanation with a Kundalini Yoga kriya and meditation to help bring each of these energy centers back into balance.   What are Chakras? Chakras are energy centers that exist within the human body.  These energy centers are mapped to different emotional and psychological issues and can be used to help identify imbalances and to establish internal harmony.   The combined effect of our chakra systems become who we are, how we feel, how we behave, and how we change.   In simple terms, the word “chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle. These whirlpools…

  • Uncategorized,  Wellness

    I started a Functional Medicine program-here’s what I’ve learned…

    Original posted May of 2019, updated April of 2021 Update: I wrote this post in 2019 when I had been on my Functional Medicine program for about three months.  It’s been nearly two years now so I thought I’d post an update. Overall, I am thrilled with Functional Medicine.  I’m amazed at how good I feel, and I love having a strategy for aging. Working with my Functional Medicine doctor, I have a  custom vitamin powder based on my blood test results. This vitamin powder is specific to my situation so it is individualized supplementation.  The anecdotal evidence it is working is that I have plenty of energy to do…

  • Enneagram

    3 Reasons You Might Be Mistyping Your Enneagram Type

    Over the years I have done hundreds of Enneagram typing interviews, and one thing that stands out to me is that when people find their type, they seem to relax. It is like they find the key that fits, and the door swings open. This is a beautiful moment, and one of my favorite parts of the typing process. And one question that I sometimes get asked after a person “finds” their Enneagram type is:   “How did I get it wrong before? Am I really that unself-aware?”   The answer is no, people who mistype or feel confused are often self-aware, but they fall prey to certain mistakes. Without…

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    5 Reasons You Need Less Work and More Play If You Are an Enneagram Type 1

    The Type 1 is called the Perfectionist or the Reformer. If this is your habit of attention, you already know you are the person we turn to when we need practical solutions.   Efficient, no-nonsense, and action-oriented, you solve tangible problems by implementing structure, planning, and organization. Fair-minded and inclusive, you are often the force behind social change and issues of equality. When in balance, your primary values are truth and justice, and we appreciate that you have a deep sense of personal responsibility and act as though you answer to a higher authority. Your personal integrity, diligence, and determination are observable, and we love you for it.   But…

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    Three Self-Sabotaging Things Enneagram Type 6s Do (and How to Stop Doing Them!)

    The Enneagram Type 6 is called the Loyalist and the Skeptic and if you have this habit of attention, your mind is gifted at spotting danger and identifying problems before they materialize. You see the fissures before they become cracks, and with your eye for potential pitfalls, you can help make the world a safer place. When you function in a balanced way, you are loyal, committed, hard-working, generous, cooperative, and idealistic in your pursuit of creating a safer and more secure world.     But too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing, and your danger-scanning mind can sometimes go too far, leading you to self-sabotaging behavior…

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    Are You a Type 2 Ticking Time Bomb?

    If you’re a Type 2, the Helper/Giver of the Enneagram,  you don’t need a personality system to know that your attention gravitates towards the needs of others. Relationship-based with high emotional intelligence, you have a gift for connecting with others, and difficult or emotionally distant people are your speciality. You truly care about other people, and this genuine concern helps you win the hearts and minds of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.   But while you can win others over, without high self-mastery, it is easy for you to have weak personal boundaries, overextend yourself in your efforts to help those around you, and constantly put yourself at the…