Inner Growth Word of The Day 148 – Reflection

Inner Growth Word of The Day 148 – Reflection

May 28

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Reflection

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 6. a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation.  7. consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.

 

Reflection in a sentence: When reflection takes place there are many things that can change due to insights gained in that moment.

 

Reflection in action: Pondering on something, whether it’s a thought that affects your life or an idea you have, are all part of reflection.

 

Reflection and inner growth: Inner growth would probably not take place were it not due to reflection.  If you do not pause to think about something thoroughly how can you ever come to bring growth or transformation or even just awareness of something.  Thanks to reflection you are able to look at yourself and all that is around you in an explorative way, which then leads you towards inner growth actions and conclusions.

 

Reflection and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does reflection mean to me? How has reflection affected my life?  When does reflection take place in my day to day?  What have I noticed most about myself in moments of reflection?  What role has reflection played in my relationships?  How has reflection affected my relationships?  What are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve gotten from moments of reflection?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with reflection at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now write a second list of words that represent significant moments of your life where reflection had a significant impact on how those moments turned out.  Out of the words you put down in your second list pick one and use the words from the first list to write about this significant life moment.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about reflection and allow it to flow within you. Try not to think much and just feel.  Notice what emotions stand out the most and visualize them going towards your heart and mind, making it clear how you feel.  Next let thoughts come in and focus on the first thought that crosses your mind, letting the feelings from it do the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your reflection sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

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Inner Growth Word of The Day 147 – Belief

May 27

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Belief

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing.  2. something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion.  3. conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.

 

Belief in a sentence: Your belief guides you in some of the most important decisions of your life.

 

Belief in action: When you trust an idea or person with all your heart that is belief.

 

Belief and inner growth: Your belief affects inner growth in that it affects your decisions and actions.  When you explore each belief you hold, you can find out where and why you hold such beliefs, you can even question them.

 

Belief and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does belief mean to me? When I think of a belief, what comes to mind?  How have my beliefs affected my life? What has changed in time when it comes to your beliefs?  When was the first time you thought about belief and the beliefs that are important to you?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with belief at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Pick one word from your list and expand on how that word reminds you of one of your most important beliefs regarding life.  Use the words from your first list to write about this belief and why it’s so important to you.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about belief and allow those emotions to flow. Try not to think about anything and just focus on what you’re feeling.  Imagine those emotions going from your head to your heart and all the way down to your toes.  When you’re ready let thoughts come in and focus on the first thought that comes to mind.  Allow the feelings from that thought to tell you more about why this specific thought came to mind.

 

Your turn – Share your belief sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 146 – Betrayal

May 26

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Betrayal

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 3. to fail or desert especially in time of need.

 

Betrayal in a sentence: When betrayal happens, it can sting quite a bit, but behind that moment there is something you can always learn.

 

Betrayal in action: If a loved one fails to assist you or be there for you, it can be considered betrayal.

 

Betrayal and inner growth: Betrayal can help inner growth since it allows us to find ourselves needing to count on our own strengths to get passed something.  It also, allows you to look at the people you choose to surround yourself with.  Even though the journey of your life is in your hands, a support system that resonates with your mindset and essence is important to your growth.

 

Betrayal and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my opinion on betrayal? How have I handled betrayal when it’s happened?  Have I ever betrayed someone?  What life lessons has betrayal brought to me?  How has betrayal affected me?  When was the first time I experienced betrayal?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with betrayal at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick one word that represents how betrayal makes you feel and expand on that feeling by writing about an instance of betrayal that comes to mind.  Use the words from your first list within your story and take note of what stands out the most about how you write about what happened.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about betrayal and allow those feelings to flow. Don’t think, just feel and as you’re doing this bring a warm, comforting feeling to your heart.  Then slowly integrate thoughts of compassion and people that support you.  When you’re ready, move those thoughts to a specific instance of betrayal that is significant to you and allow your feelings to flow once more.

 

Your turn – Share your betrayal sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 145 – Appreciation

May 25

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Appreciation

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a feeling or expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude.

 

Appreciation in a sentence: When you feel appreciation towards someone or something, it warms your heart.

 

Appreciation in action: Waking up in the morning and being thankful for all that you have is appreciation.

 

Appreciation and inner growth: When you take a minute to reflect on the appreciation you have for life and the people and/or things that are a part of your life this gives you insights into what you are grateful for.  Being aware of these allows you to explore what holds true value for you, it also brings you to notice those things you may be forgetting that you are also appreciative of.  This type of exploration brings inner growth since it not only makes you aware of what you hold dear and close to your heart, but also of things you can change to extend that appreciation to everything that is around you.

 

Appreciation and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about appreciation? How has appreciation affected my life?  What role has appreciation played in my relationships?  When did I start looking into appreciation?  How have I changed thanks to appreciation?  What’s one of my biggest takeaways from showing appreciation and receiving it?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with appreciation at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick one word that stands out the most to you.  Write out why it stands out and what specific life event where appreciation was involved it reminds you of.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about appreciation and allow those emotions to take over your body. Notice what feelings stand out the most and when you’re ready let a thought or two flow in.  If there’s anything that stands out from your thoughts, focus on that thought and see what feelings it brings about and how those feelings differ or are similar to the ones you felt in the beginning.

 

Your turn – Share your appreciation sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Why is being patient so hard

Why is being patient so hard

The beauty and dilemma of life is the unknown.  From the very beginning of when we start thinking, we start dreaming of what our life will be like and as we get older, we learn ways that we can go about to make those dreams a reality.  The challenge is waiting and overcoming what seem like obstacles to achieve those dreams.  Waiting for things to turn out the way we envision is what makes patience so hard to deal with, but if we look at the entirety of our journey, piece by piece, we find that all that waiting holds a lot of amazing moments and life learning experiences.

As the saying goes, patience is a virtue, and it is one we learn to have as time goes by.  If you want to make it “easier” on yourself to manage that patience, if you want to turn it into something positive, you must start with your perspective regarding patience.

Stop for a moment and look back at one or two things that you worked to obtain throughout your life so far.  As you do this, look at each moment piece by piece and notice all the “tiny” components of that event that brought you to the completion of those things you obtained.  I’m sure that as you’re doing this you are finding a number of amazing things you learned along the way.  I’m also pretty certain that you see aspects of yourself that went through transformation too.

You are who you are today, thanks to everything that led up to you completing the goals you set forth to achieve.  You’ve also learned to let go of that which wasn’t meant to be a part of your life and hopefully, you have understood, at this point in your journey, why those things weren’t meant to be a part of your life.  If on the other hand, you find yourself still holding on to those things, then maybe it’s time you explore why you’re holding on to them and if there’s anything you can do to change this reality.

Patience is something that doesn’t have to be hard if you look at it from the perspective of it actually holding value and not something where you are waiting without a reason.  Every moment of life, no matter what you’re working to achieve, holds substance.  It holds an experience, a feeling, an interaction with someone, an opportunity to learn.  If you see what takes place as you wait for things to unfold, you’ll find mini-things that unfold every second.  You are never really sitting still and waiting, but rather you are actively “achieving” something every minute of the day.

What makes patience hard for you and in what ways have you overcome this?

Inner Growth Word of The Day 144 – Easy

Inner Growth Word of The Day 144 – Easy

May 24

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Easy

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1 a. causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort. 1 b. requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection.  4 a. free from pain, annoyance, or anxiety.  4 b. marked by social ease.  4 c. easygoing.

 

Easy in a sentence: Something easy doesn’t mean the absence of in-depth thought or reflection.

 

Easy in action: When an action or situation comes without too much effort on your end, that is easy.

 

Easy and inner growth: Noticing traits and situations that come to you in a way that is easy compared to others can highlight the natural tendencies you hold, as well as the comfort zones that you are familiar with.  With awareness of this, you can dive into what resonates so much from these situations and comfort zones, as well as identify the potential limits you’re choosing to stay within and possibly choose if you’d like to explore outside those boundaries.

 

Easy and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does easy mean to me? How has easy played a role in my life? What life lessons have I learned from things that came easy to me?  When did I first think about the idea of easy related to life?  When I think of behaviors that are easy to me, what stands out?  Do I think things should or shouldn’t be easy?  Do I judge easy?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with easy at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick three words that make you think about a specific life event where easy was involved.  Now use the rest of the words from your first list to write about this event and what stands out about it to you.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about easy and allow those emotions to flow throughout your body without putting much thought to it at first. Then slowly notice where your feelings are going or what they are and hone in on the one feeling that is a bit stronger and more present than the others.  With that feeling in mind, let your thoughts come in and notice what comes to mind first.

 

Your turn – Share your easy sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 143 – Judging

May 23

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judging

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises.  2. to form an estimate or evaluation of.  3. to hold as an opinion.

 

Judging in a sentence: Judging someone or something doesn’t mean there’s only one judgement; but rather, there can be differing conclusions depending on who is the one judging.

 

Judging in action: Formulating a defined opinion on someone or something is judging.

 

Judging and inner growth: If you take a step back when judging to explore where that opinion is coming from you will find out a lot about the way you arrive at certain conclusions and what affects these conclusions.  This type of exploration leads to inner growth because instead of focusing on the person or thing you are judging, you focus on you and where that judgement stems from.

 

Judging and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does judging mean to me? How has judging affected my life? When does judging take place the most for me?  How does judging affect my relationships?  Does someone influence my judging?  When I explore judging and my application of it, what does this say about me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judging at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick five words and next to each write out a life event where judging took place.  From these five instances, write about the ones where you were the one judging someone or something by using the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about judging and allow them to flow freely. Notice what emotions arise more often than others and pick one of these emotions to focus on.  As you focus, take note of where your feelings seem to be coming from.  At this point allow thoughts to come in and notice what life event comes to mind.  When you’re ready to focus on one of them, do so and tune in to your feelings.

 

Your turn – Share your judging sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂