Inner Growth Word of The Day 83 – Aspiration

Inner Growth Word of The Day 83 – Aspiration

March 24

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Aspiration

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a strong desire to achieve something high or great.  1 b. an object of such desire.

 

Aspiration in a sentence: When you have an aspiration you naturally pursue it through your actions in your day to day.

 

Aspiration in action: Wanting to achieve something or wanting to have something are both an aspiration.

 

Aspiration and inner growth: A look at your aspirations can give you the opportunity to explore the different desires you hold close and dear to your heart.  Taking a look at what you’re doing to achieve them or how you feel about the ones you might not have achieved yet or may have given up on.  As you do this, inner growth comes about with the discoveries of what these aspirations mean to you, which ones might not really be yours, as well as maybe self-sabotage for a reason or another in obtaining, and so on.

 

Aspiration and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does aspiration mean to me? How do I feel about aspirations?  What are my aspirations?  Are some more significant than others?  What do I do and what have I done to achieve my aspirations?  Have I given up on any particular aspiration?  If so, why?  What was one of my first aspirations?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with aspiration at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Now list three to five aspirations you have and next to each place one or more of the words from your first list. For each aspiration listed, with the words you put next to each, write out a short narrative of a day where you dedicate your efforts to fulfill that aspiration.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about aspiration and notice what that feeling is, where it starts from and where it goes as you allow it to express itself without interruptions. After about five minutes allow your thoughts to come to mind and for each dedicate a little time to allow the feelings associated to that thought to take over and flow.  If there’s one thought that stands out more than the others, spend a bit more time on it.

 

Your turn – Share your aspiration 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 82 – Depressed

March 23

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Depressed

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. low in spirits.

 

Depressed in a sentence: When someone is depressed, a lot of thinking can take place, as well as taking some needed alone time to get through it and/or having a support system to help through the moment.

 

Depressed in action: When a feeling of sadness takes over being depressed accompanies that moment.

 

Depressed and inner growth: In those times when someone is feeling depressed a lot of different thoughts can take place; it’s in those moments of contemplation that you find answers to questions you may have, concerns that are a part of worries and pain points around things that take place or could take place.  Thanks to bringing those thoughts to the forefront, you have an opportunity to decide on your next steps and resolve those internal concerns.

 

Depressed and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about being depressed? What have I learned from moments of being depressed?  How has being depressed affected my life?  How have I helped others who have been depressed?  What has changed in me during moments when I was depressed?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with being depressed at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated it. Next to each word place an event that comes to mind.  From the list choose three words with the events you’ve placed next to them and write about how each makes you feel.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about being depressed and allow the feeling to express itself without thinking about it. After about five minutes or so, allow your thoughts to come in too and see where they take you.  Focus on each thought and the feeling it brings about and notice if there’s any recurring theme that comes about.

 

Your turn – Share your depressed 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 81 – Nature

March 22

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Nature

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the inherent character or basic constitution of a person or thing. 1 b. disposition, temperament.

 

Nature in a sentence: There are a number of opinions on the nature of human behavior, each with their own reasoning as to why.

 

Nature in action: When someone defines their character to be innate to who they are, it is their nature.

 

Nature and inner growth: To define one’s nature is something that allows you to also look beyond those definitions.  When going beyond the lines of what defines you, you initiate a path towards inner growth because you do not stop at the definition set in front you.

 

Nature and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about my nature? What does nature mean to me when applied to humans?  How has my nature affected me?  How has it affected my life?  What have I learned from exploring my nature?  What about exploring the nature of humanity, what lessons have I acquired from this in-depth dive?  Do I believe there’s only one human nature?  If so, what is that nature?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with nature at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next write a second list of three to ten things that come to mind about your nature.  With both lists write out a description of the overall nature that makes up you.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about nature and allow that first feeling to fill your heart and your mind. Silence the thoughts and just focus on your emotions, then slowly start focusing on the contour of additional feelings that come about.

 

Your turn – Share your nature 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 80 – Judgmental

March 21

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judgmental

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. of, relating to, or involving judgment.  2. characterized by a tendency to judge harshly.

 

Judgmental in a sentence: Being judgmental can bring about any number of feelings by those who are judging and being judged.

 

Judgmental in action: Having a strong opinion about something or someone and acting accordingly is judgmental on the part of the person holding that opinion.

 

Judgmental and inner growth: Being judgmental is something worth exploring because you want to take an in-depth look at those strong opinions.  You want to find out where they come from and how they affect you so that you may pursue inner growth.  This dive into your judgmental thoughts can bring about changes of opinions, as well as make clear why you have formulated those judgments in the first place.

 

Judgmental and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about being judgmental? What does being judgmental mean to me?  Do I attribute positive or negative feelings to being judgmental?  If so, why is that?  What have I learned from being judgmental?  What have I learned from others being judgmental?  How has being judgmental affected my life?  How has it affected those around me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judgmental at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From your list pick five words that bring to mind a specific moment when you were being judgmental.  Out of those five picks is there one that stands out more than the others?  If so, which one and why?

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about being judgmental and try to stay as neutral as possible (when doing this). Allow your feelings to express themselves, but keep an eye out for any that seem stands out.  When you’re done, allow for those secondary feelings and thoughts to come to mind and explore each one at a time.

 

Your turn – Share your judgmental 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 79 – Possession

March 20

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Possession

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the act of having or taking into control.  1 b. control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership.  1 c. ownership.  1 d. control of the ball or puck.

 

Possession in a sentence: A possession doesn’t have to be a thing you own, it can also be ‘a something’ you own, like a thought or a feeling.

 

Possession in action: Ownership of a home, a car, a choice, are all examples of a possession.

 

Possession and inner growth: Your relationship with possession, indifferently from what is owned, reveals more about yourself than is visible at first.  When questioning that relationship to taking control of something or owning something, you find yourself uncovering if this possession indicates a need to have for fear or a need to have so that you can control, and if that’s the case why so; or maybe you’ll find that possession in the sense of control is not something you identify with at all.  This process of exploration brings about inner growth by putting yourself in a position of awareness of potential needs and/or the ability to take action and change your relationship to possession in your life as a whole.

 

Possession and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does possession mean to me? How do I feel about possessions?  When I think of possession what are some of the things that come to mind?  How has possession affected my life?  What have I learned from possession?  Are there possessions that I value more over others?  If so, why?  What makes them more valuable?  Do I think possessions are only material things?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with possession at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next to each word you put in your list, add beside them one possession of yours that identifies with the word.  Now out of the list, pick five of the words/possessions and expand for each: how they make you feel and what things you understand about yourself from the five words/possessions combo.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about possession allowing the first feeling you felt to be the one to expand throughout your body and mind. Try to keep thoughts silent for a couple or five minutes, and really allow the feeling to speak to you.  Once the time is up, then allow thoughts to come to mind, but trying to focus on one thought and the feeling it brings about at a time.  Do any of the thoughts and feelings stand out more?  If so, which ones?

 

Your turn – Share your possession 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 78 – Gift

March 19

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Gift

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a notable capacity, talent, or endowment.  2. something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.  3. the act, right, or power of giving.

 

Gift in a sentence: The significance of a gift depends on the person receiving and/or giving it.

 

Gift in action: Having a special talent or ability, or giving something to someone for free or receiving it from someone for free are all gifts.

 

Gift and inner growth:  Whether a gift is an object you’ve received or given, or whether it’s a specific ability or circumstance you are grateful to have and therefore see as a gift, matters for inner growth from an explorative position in the feelings that surround those gifts and the opinions you have of them.  Looking into your thought process and perspective about a gift gives you insights on yourself and an in-depth view of things you may learn from or want to change.

 

Gift and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s a gift to me? How do I feel about gifts?  Do my feelings change if a gift is an object or a non-material thing, like the feeling of being lucky in life and seeing that as a gift?  What have I learned from thinking about my personal gifts?  What have I learned from giving gifts?  How have gifts affected my life (both material and non-material ones)?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with gift at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. For each word list a gift (material or not) that you have received and given.  When you’re done, make a note of which gifts had the most impact on you (both given and received).

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about gift and do your best to simply focus on the first feeling that came about when you read the word. After about five minutes, think about the two types of gifts, objects and non-material gifts, and allow the feelings for each to express themselves.  Note if there are any differences, note the events or thoughts that come to mind, and when you’re ready explore each thought individually (the feeling they bring about, ask questions to find out more about their meaning to you, and so on).

 

Your turn – Share your gift 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 77 – Ability

March 18

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Ability

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the quality or state of being able.  1 b. competence in doing something.  2. natural aptitude or acquired proficiency.

 

Ability in a sentence: The ability to do something depends on the time spent acquiring that specific ability.

 

Ability in action: When you’re able to do something, or have a natural inclination to do that thing means you have an ability.

 

Ability and inner growth: Each ability you have is a trait that you can use to find out more about yourself, but it’s also an opportunity to add to the list of abilities you’d like to acquire.  Exploration and learning new abilities brings inner growth on a practical and internal level.

 

Ability and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How does ability play a role in my life? What have I learned from my abilities?  When did I start thinking about having the ability to do something specific?  How does ability affect how I see myself?  When did ability start to matter to me?  What new abilities do I want to acquire and why?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with ability at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next make a second list with as many abilities you have that come to mind. With your two lists pick two words from each list that mean the most to you.  What makes these words so significant?

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about ability and let them flow without thinking about specific abilities, but just focus on the emotions that come about from the thought of the word. After about five minutes let your thoughts come to mind too and focus on the first ability that comes to mind and the feeling it brings about.  Do the same with as many abilities that come to mind.

 

Your turn – Share your ability 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 🙂