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 🙂