Inner Growth Word of The Day 120 – Eradicate

April 30

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Eradicate

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 2. to do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots.

 

Eradicate in a sentence: There are a number of things we could eradicate from our life, it all depends on that which we no longer want in our life.

 

Eradicate in action: To completely remove something from our life or our person is to eradicate that something.

 

Eradicate and inner growth: What we choose to eradicate from our life or our person is something that we’ve contemplated a lot on before making the decision and being able to take action to remove that something.  This contemplation brings about inner growth as we will find out so much about ourselves during the thought process and we will also make decisions to bring about changes that we feel are right from the heart.

 

Eradicate and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What are things that I’ve chosen to eradicate from my life? What about from my person (behavior, judgements, reactions, thought processes, etc.)?  What have I learned about life from the things I’ve eradicated over time?  How has eradicating thing affected my relationships?  What does it mean to me to eradicate something?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with eradicate at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From the list you compiled use one word to describe the common feeling they all bring about.  With that feeling in mind name one instance where you eradicated something that comes to mind.  Now write about the thought that came to mind using the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about when you eradicate something from your life. Let the feelings speak for you and the relationship you have with this moment.  Focus on your emotions without thinking too much or deviating from the moment.  Once the message feels clear, move on to letting your thoughts flow and see what experiences and feelings they bring about.

 

Your turn – Share your eradicate 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 119 – Ups and downs

April 29

 

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Ups and downs

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) alternating rise and fall especially in fortune.

 

Ups and downs in a sentence: Everyone has ups and downs, and everyone has their unique way to handle those situations.

 

Ups and downs in action: Fluctuations of emotions regarding things that happen in life are ups and downs.

 

Ups and downs and inner growth: Your ups and downs give you a sense of direction in things you enjoy from the heart and things you might not enjoy so much or that bother you.  These moments allow you to ponder why you feel that way and what you want to do about the different situations that bring about those ups and downs.  As you do this inner growth takes place thanks to the consciousness you gain of yourself and the actions you take to change that which you don’t want.

 

Ups and downs and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about ups and downs? What have I learned from my ups and downs?  What actions have my ups and downs brought me to take?  How has my life changed thanks to my ups and downs?  What have I learned about life through my ups and downs?  How do I deal with people who have ups and downs?  How have my ups and downs affected my relationships?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with ups and downs at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick the three words that stand out and write about why they stand out when it comes to your ups and downs.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about ups and downs, and allow those feelings to take over. Let them tell you the story of your take on ups and downs.  Don’t think of any specific moments when you’ve had ups and downs, but just let your emotions flow.  Once you know what your feelings are telling you, move on to letting thoughts come to mind and focus on whatever thought stands out the most.  Let the feelings of that thought do the talking and when you’re ready you can move on to another thought.

 

Your turn – Share your ups and downs 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 118 – Permanent

April 28

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Permanent

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change.

 

Permanent in a sentence: Something permanent lasts in time without ever changing.

 

Permanent in action: When something always stays the same it is permanent.

 

Permanent and inner growth: When you take a look at the permanent things in your life you gain insights into the things that are a constant for you.  This allows you to ponder why they are constants, which provides you with a deep look within.  This type of awareness brings about inner growth thanks to the added knowledge you have of yourself.  Also, if you look at your relationship with the idea of permanent, if it’s something you long for or can live without, this too gives you an area to explore of yourself.

 

Permanent and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does permanent mean to me? How do I feel about something that is permanent?  Do I seek permanent things?  What have I learned about life from the permanent things that I deal with on a daily basis?  How have my actions towards permanence affected my relationships?  Do I think permanent is applied to behavior?  How does permanent take place?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with permanent at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now list three permanent things in your life.  From these three things pick one of them and from that one word, think of one permanent experience in your life.  Now write about this permanent thing by using the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about permanent and let your emotions take over. Silent your mind and redirect your thoughts to what you’re feeling if you get distracted.  Once you gain full clarity through what you’re feeling, let thoughts come to mind.  Focus your mind on the first thought and allow it to speak to you through your feelings.

 

Your turn – Share your permanent 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 117 – Sorrow

April 27

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Sorrow

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved.

 

Sorrow in a sentence: Sorrow differentiates from sadness in that when you are sorrowful, in addition to sadness, there is also a feeling of loss of something special or the thought that something could’ve been different, but now the opportunity is lost; or an actual loss of someone or something that won’t ever come back.

 

Sorrow in action: When a sense of sadness and longing for having lost someone or something, but not being able to do anything to go back to what was or be with that person again, sorrow is what you’re experiencing.

 

Sorrow and inner growth: Sorrow can help you with inner growth because if you look into your feelings of loss, regret or longing; you will find that they are indicative of something even deeper like dealing with separation or the struggle with detachment from a loved one, or not having done something differently when you could have, and therefore once the opportunity is gone, regretting not taking a chance.  By exploring instances of sorrow, you will find the true origin of that sorrow, as well as an opportunity to decide what you want to do about it.

 

Sorrow and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about sorrow? What are some things that have brought me sorrow in life?  How do I react to sorrow?  What have I learned about life from instances of sorrow?  What have I learned about myself when exploring my sorrow?  How would I change the relationship I have with sorrow?  How has affected my relationships?  How has it affected my life?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with sorrow 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 means the most to you in relation to sorrow applied to a very meaningful event that has happened in your life.  Write out why this word in particular resonates so much with that experience of sorrow in your life.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about sorrow and as this takes place focus on your heart and imagine a comforting warmth coming from it to provide you with support if needed as you explore the depths of the feelings that accompany sorrow. Do not think, just feel and imagine your heart being this warm fire, a loving embrace, that feeling when you know everything is going to be alright.  Do this for as long as you’re comfortable, if you want, the next step would be doing the same with a specific instance of sorrow that comes to mind.  Always focus on one instance or event at a time so that you can fully explore what the feelings about that event are trying to tell you.

 

Your turn – Share your sorrow 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 🙂

What does it really mean to get unstuck

Getting unstuck is something I’m sure we’ve all heard about and experienced; but before we can talk about getting unstuck, we should look at what it really means to get stuck.

As is with most things, our mind plays a huge role in this entire stuck/unstuck ordeal.  Are there situations in life where we feel like we can’t move forward or maybe that we can’t control and so we feel stuck, sure there are.  But since life is always in motion and transforming are we really stuck or is it that we feel stuck?

Some would argue that you can really be stuck, and essentially, since how we feel about a situation makes all the difference; it doesn’t matter if you’re really stuck or not, the feeling of helplessness accompanies that moment.  The best thing you can do in these moments is to remember that there’s always something you can do.  This doesn’t mean you’ll get unstuck from a specific situation immediately, but having a mindset that keeps you active will give you hope and strength to do something about your situation.

After acknowledging that there is something you can do to try and get unstuck, your mind will be open to finding solutions for your situation.  This openness brings you to feeling a lot less helpless, which is why you can think up solutions to what you want to do so that you can go from being stuck to unstuck.

As long as you find hope within yourself, you will always be able to get unstuck from any situation; but in order to stay on that path you must also realize your expectations in these moments of struggle.  Typically, individuals want something to be a certain way or to play out in a way that they envisioned.  This also influences those feelings of being stuck.  If you recognize your expectations in these moments you remove another barrier from being stuck and once again, give yourself the chance to be open to different solutions because your mindset isn’t stuck in what you expected and wanted from that situation or person.

Getting unstuck from a sticky situation can be a real pain, but always remember that you have life at your side.  Nothing is permanent necessarily, there’s always something you can do to get yourself out of a situation or change the circumstances at hand.  If this is true for you too and you are able to apply it, then those stuck moments will become a lot lighter to deal with, and it’ll be much easier to get unstuck because your starting position is from a place of change as a constant and with the knowledge that you have the power to do something about the situation.

How do you get unstuck in those sticky life moments?  I’d love to hear about it 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 116 – Perception

April 26

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Perception

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a result of perceiving.  1 b. a mental image.  3 a. awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation.  3 b. physical sensation interpreted in the light of experience.

 

Perception in a sentence: Our perception of things and people brings about different actions that depend on that perception.

 

Perception in action: A feeling that comes about from an event, circumstance or encounter and that brings about an image or interpretation of that event, circumstance or encounter is perception.

 

Perception and inner growth: How we perceive the world, life, and the people around us gives us insights into our feelings and sensations of those things.  When we explore them by asking questions we can achieve inner growth because it gives us insight into those feelings and sensations, which brings awareness and that means we have the opportunity to work with those feelings and sensations.

 

Perception and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my perception about life? What affects my perception?  What have I learned about myself through the awareness of my perception of things, people, life, and so on?  Has my perception changed in time?  If so, when and what has changed?  When I think about perception, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with perception 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 stands out and write about why it stands out and how it relates to your perception.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about perception and allow your emotions to do the talking. Keep your thoughts silent until your feelings are clear.  Then if you notice any particular emotion that stands out, focus on it and explore why it stands out for you (is there a particular event that comes to mind or person, what is this feeling all about).

 

Your turn – Share your perception 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 115 – Hypocrisy

April 25

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Hypocrisy

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.

 

Hypocrisy in a sentence: Hypocrisy is indicative of a contradiction between what one says and does or vice versa.

 

Hypocrisy in action: When you say something and do the opposite or you tell someone not to do one thing, but then you do it that is hypocrisy.

 

Hypocrisy and inner growth: Taking a look at acts of hypocrisy gives you a starting point and insights on areas of disconnect within yourself, which will lead to inner growth since your exploration will allow you to understand what the disconnect is and resolve it.

 

Hypocrisy and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I see hypocrisy? How do I feel about hypocrisy?  Am I able to be objective about myself and find areas where I’ve acted with hypocrisy?  Do I judge hypocrisy?  Is my judgement the same when hypocrisy is enacted by others and by me?  What has hypocrisy taught me about life?  What have I learned about myself through hypocrisy?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with hypocrisy at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now write down one event that’s happened in your life where hypocrisy was involved.  Write about this event using the words from your first list.  When you’re done choose one word that represents the essence of that moment you’ve experienced.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about hypocrisy and hone in on it without accompanying thoughts. Once the feeling becomes clear, allow thoughts to cross your mind and focus on the first thought that passes by and the feeling it brings about.  From here let your emotions do the talking; and when you’re ready, move on to another thought of something that has happened where hypocrisy was involved.

 

Your turn – Share your hypocrisy 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 🙂