Inner Growth Word of the Day: Passive
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 3 a. receiving or enduring without resistance. 3 b. existing or occurring without being active, open, or direct.
Passive in a sentence: When being passive in any type of situation or scenario, it doesn’t mean an individual doesn’t want or expect a different outcome from what’s going on; they’re just not actively doing something to change the circumstances.
Passive in action: When things around you are happening and you stand by watching or you don’t speak up; you’re being passive.
Passive and inner growth: Understanding the reasons for you being passive, whether just sometimes or always, brings you to accept the decision to continue in such a way or resolve the reasons for your passiveness. Inner growth takes place thanks to your increased self-awareness on being passive, and your acceptance or active transformation to bring about changes that are in tune with your heart (around passiveness).
Passive and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about being passive? How has being passive affected my life? What have I learned about being myself from exploring my passiveness? When am I passive? Is there anything common in the areas I am passive in? Do I know people who are passive? What lessons have I learned about life through passive choices and people? Do I judge being passive?
- List or word bubble: Make a list and/or word bubble with passive at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now write down three times you were passive in your life and next to each of the three life events you list, place one or two of the words from your first list. Pick one of the three life events where you were passive that stands out the most to you and write out that day as if you were re-living it. Use in your story the one word you placed next to the life event.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about being passive and allow it to speak to you through the exploration of the sensations you’re feeling (maybe tingly feelings or warmth near your heart, etc.). Allow those feelings to expand throughout your body and silence any images or thoughts that come to mind. Do this for about five minutes and then allow thoughts to come by and focus on the very first thing that comes to mind.
Your turn – Share your passive 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 🙂