Inner Growth Word of the Day: Alone
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. separated from others.
Alone in a sentence: When you’re home alone there may be nobody to talk to, but that means more time for you for the time being.
Alone in action: If you are the only person around in that moment, then you are most likely alone.
Alone and inner growth: It’s not being alone per se that can lead to inner growth, as much as what you do with your time when alone and exploring your feelings about being alone, aloneness.
Alone and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I usually do when I’m alone? How do I feel when I’m alone for long periods of time? Am I ever alone? Do I want to be alone? If so, why? If not, why? Does being alone (aloneness) mean the same thing to me as loneliness? If yes, why and if not, what differentiates them? When was the last time I thought about being alone? How did I feel about it?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with alone at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Now next to each word put a feeling that you feel associated to the word. Next, write why you feel that way for each word. Lastly, think about each of the words and feelings ascribed to them, and list or just think about what would make you have a different feeling about each word, including alone.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about being alone. If you notice any particular feeling lingering around, try to identify what that lingering feeling stems from; if it’s a memory that you’re stuck on, try to bring it back to the first memory you have tied to that lingering feeling. What stands out the most to you, as you are doing this exercise?
Your turn – Share your alone 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 🙂