Inner Growth Word of the Day: Giving
Dictionary.com definition: (v.) 1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation. 38.
to be warm and open in relationships with other persons.
Giving in a sentence: There are different ways a person is giving and it doesn’t have to involve physical objects or material possessions.
Giving in action: Giving is when a person has a generous heart, extends support wherever they can without expecting anything in return, or when gifts are given for special occasions or just because.
Giving and inner growth: Everyone is giving in one way or another, exploring when and why you are giving allows you to arrive at the root of your reasons for giving. This is important for inner growth because sometimes we are giving, but we are giving because we want something in return (even if that something is an expectation). In these instances, an individual who is looking to grow will understand that the act of giving with any type of return expected is not giving in the true sense of giving. At the same time, even if the reasons found for giving are not in tune with the true nature of giving, someone can choose to accept themselves as is and this still brings about inner growth because a higher level of self-awareness has been established between one’s self.
Giving and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about giving? How many people do I know that are giving? Am I giving? When am I giving and why? What characteristics do I see as part of giving? How has giving affected my life? How has my giving nature affected my relationships? What has giving taught me about myself, others, and life?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with giving at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick five words and next to each add one way you were giving related to the word. Next pick another and whatever giving act or event it brings to mind expand on by writing out the story, as well as the feelings that are taking place.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about giving and tune out thinking. Focus on that initial moment where your heart warmed up or maybe you felt a butterfly sensation in your abdomen. Whatever the feeling, allow it to slowly expand and just feel. After five minutes or so, let the first thought that comes to mind accompany your feeling moment and see where that takes you. For each thought that comes to mind you want to focus only on it so that you may clearly explore the feelings it brings about. Do this for as long or little as you’d like.
Your turn – Share your giving 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 🙂