Inner Growth Word of The Day 230 – Tension

Inner Growth Word of The Day 230 – Tension

August 18

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Tension

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion.  1 b. a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groups.  1 c. a balance maintained in an artistic work between opposing forces or elements.

 

Tension in a sentence: When in tension it is common to feel twice as much pressure in dealing with unforeseen circumstances.

 

Tension in action: Uneasiness with something that happens in your life creates ups and downs, that is tension.

 

Tension and inner growth: How you handle tension tells you a lot about the things that affect you and when explored you gain insights into your reactions too.  Learning about your emotional responses and working with them bring about inner growth in how you feel during times of tension, as well as how you deal with tension.

 

Tension and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is tension to me? How do I handle tension?  What have I learned about myself from situations where tension was a part of it?  When was the last time I experienced tension?  How has tension affected my life?  How has tension affected my relationships?  What are some of the biggest takeaways for me that come from tension in my life?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with tension at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list think of one or two experiences where tension defined what happened.  Next write about the one that caused the biggest emotional response and use the words from your first list to write about this event.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about tension and as you allow these feelings to flow visualize a place where you are in harmony and at ease. Notice what happens to your emotions about tension as you visualize this place and then change your visualization places to see how they each affect your emotions with tension.

 

Your turn – Share your tension 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 229 – Death

August 17

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Death

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a permanent cessation of all vital functions.  4. the state of being no longer alive.

 

Death in a sentence: Death can happen on a physical level, but also an emotional one; in either case, it comes with its challenges since it involves change and the cessation of contact with a loved one or a part of you.

 

Death in action: When a person or characteristic ceases to exist that is death.

 

Death and inner growth: Dealing with death is something that can assist inner growth since it gets you to explore the pain in going through the change of not having someone or something around anymore that you care for and/or were accustomed to being a part of your life.  Inner growth also comes as you find your balance and personal way of going through this type of life experience.

 

Death and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does death mean to me? How do I handle death?  What have I learned about life from death?  When was the first time I thought about death?  Who has influenced my way of dealing with death?  What have I found out about myself when dealing with death?  How has death of something or someone affected my relationships?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with death 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 one word that brings about the biggest emotional response within.  From this word think of a specific situation where you were dealing with death and write about it using the rest of the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about death and as you do this think of something that warms your heart so that you can ease the painful emotions that arise from this life experience. As your emotions flow throughout your body notice if they stay in one or more places in your body.  Visualize your emotions flowing evenly and when you’re ready allow thoughts to come in.  Notice what thoughts come by and how they make you feel.

 

Your turn – Share your death 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 228 – Grief

August 16

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Grief

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 2 a. deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement.  2 b. a cause of such suffering.

 

Grief in a sentence: Grief is something that accompanies life and where your support system makes all the difference, starting with your own support to yourself.

 

Grief in action: When you are in emotional pain and stress that can be grief.

 

Grief and inner growth: A look within when feeling grief allows you to find the positives that you hold within and the proactive mindset you have to address challenges and challenging situations.  This type of exploration and what you find brings inner growth because you uncover parts of you that you may have not been aware of until you dug a bit deeper to help yourself through a struggle.

 

Grief and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is grief to me? When was the first time I felt grief and why?  What conclusions have I drawn about life following a moment of grief?  How has grief affected my life?  What lessons have I gained from grief?  When did grief strike for the first time in my life and what brought it about?  How has grief affected my relationships?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with grief at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Think of three situations where you experienced grief.  Pick one of the three to write about and use the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about grief and allow them to flow. Notice where they stem from and where they go and if they seem to sit in one or more places in your body, visualize them moving along like the water in a stream flows down that stream without anything blocking it.  When you’re ready, accompany that state of focus on your emotions with a happy thought, something that warms your heart.  Next think of a situation where grief was present and take note of how you feel.

 

Your turn – Share your grief 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 227 – Reassurance

August 15

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Reassurance

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. the action of reassuring.

 

Reassurance in a sentence: Everyone wants some form of reassurance sometimes and particularly with matters that are very important to them and their life.

 

Reassurance in action: When you seek assurance from someone or something regarding yourself or a choice or anything else in your life, that is reassurance.

 

Reassurance and inner growth: Exploring where you want reassurance gives you a starting point of where some vulnerabilities lay in your sense of security for a particular characteristic.  In looking closer at what is bothering you and what doubts you have (as you seek reassurance), you pursue inner growth because of awareness and the ability to address those issues and doubts.

 

Reassurance and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: When have I looked for reassurance? What particular circumstances required more reassurance than others?  Who has given me reassurance?  How did I learn about reassurance? How has reassurance affected my relationships?  What types of lessons have I learned about life from reassurance?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with reassurance at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From these words pick three that embody how you feel about reassurance.  From these three words write about the first life event that comes to mind where you needed reassurance to get through that moment.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about reassurance and allow them to flow without thinking about anything. As you do this notice where your emotions are coming from and where they are going.  If you notice any blockages visualize them flowing down stream and when you’re ready also allow thoughts to come in.  When you do this, notice what thoughts come to mind and focus on the ones that bring about more emotions alongside them.

 

Your turn – Share your reassurance 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 226 – Surprising

August 14

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Surprising

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) of a nature that excites surprise (surprise: unexpected or unusual).

 

Surprising in a sentence: When something is surprising there are different ways you can react depending on what that surprising factor means to you.

 

Surprising in action: As you go through life unexpected events take place all the time and these events are surprising.

 

Surprising and inner growth: Dealing with surprising situations helps you to work with your feelings and relationship to the unexpected.  As you do this you gain comfort in living with possible situations of uncertainty and this is thanks to the inner growth that takes place as you deal and explore yourself in surprising situations.

 

Surprising and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does something surprising mean to me? How has a surprising event in my life been reason for some of the changes that I’ve been through?  How have I learned about life and myself thanks to surprising events? Who has been at my side during surprising events?  Why are surprising life events important to me?  How have surprising experiences affected my relationships?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with surprising 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 the one word that stands out the most because of the surprising event or experience that it reminds you of.  Use the rest of the words from your list to write about this surprising life event/experience.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about surprising and allow these emotions to flow as you sit in silence and focus on where those feelings come from and go. As you do this if you notice any feelings accumulating in certain parts of your body, visualize a flowing river and those emotions going down stream.  When you’re ready allow thoughts to come in too and notice what surprising life events come to mind that stand out for how they make you feel.

 

Your turn – Share your surprising 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 225 – Meaning

August 13

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Meaning

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the thing one intends to convey especially by language.  4 a. the logical connotation of a word or phrase.  4 b. the logical denotation or extension of a word or phrase.

 

Meaning in a sentence: The meaning you ascribe to things can differ depending on how you perceive something and the tone in which it is being said or in which you are saying something.

 

Meaning in action: When you use words or phrases you usually intend them to have a specific significance that is meaning.

 

Meaning and inner growth: When you explore the meaning you give to what you say or what someone else is saying that can bring about a level of knowledge of you that brings inner growth as you become aware of the role you play in giving meaning.

 

Meaning and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does meaning mean to me? Where does my thought process apply in giving meaning to something that is said? How has how I give meaning affected my life?  Have meanings for specific things changed in time for me?  If so, how and in what cases?  When I give meaning to something what factors play a role in that meaning?  Does the meaning of something for me only depend on the definition of words or is there more to it?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with meaning at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Pick one word that provides the essence of how you play a role in the meanings you give things, people, and situations.  Then use the rest of the words from your list to write about this essence.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about meaning and allow them to flow. Explore where those feelings go and come from, sit in silence as you do this and when you’re ready think of one person that has a huge meaning to you.  Now let the emotions that arise from this thought tell you more about the meaning this person has and why.

 

Your turn – Share your meaning 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 224 – Comparison

August 12

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Comparison

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1:  the act or process of comparing.  1 a. the representing of one thing or person as similar to or like another.  1 b. an examination of two or more items to establish similarities and dissimilarities.

 

Comparison in a sentence: A comparison of behavior or other personal aspects is something that happens naturally, but what the comparison sparks within depends on the person.

 

Comparison in action: When a person looks at the similarities between one or more things it is a comparison.

 

Comparison and inner growth: Exploring the types of comparisons you make helps you to find the things that are within you or a part of your life that you look to understand further, possibly change or simply look at from a different angle.  When you dive in to those comparisons you also pursue inner growth since you bring to the surface the source for the comparisons you take time to make.

 

Comparison and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does a comparison mean to me? How have comparisons of my personal traits helped me?  What has changed following the acknowledgement of the comparisons I tend to make?  How have comparisons changed my life?  When was the first time I made a comparison?  Who affects the comparisons I make?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with comparison 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 stand out the most.  Now think of a situation where you made a comparison that affected your life in an important way.  With the remaining words write about this incident and what type of emotional response it created within you.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about comparison and let those emotions flow within. As you do this don’t think about anything, but instead, focus on the feelings and notice where they come from and where they go.  When you’re ready bring to mind the first time you made a comparison.  From here take a look at how you feel and let your feelings do the rest of the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your comparison 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 🙂