Inner Growth Word of the Day: Internal input
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition internal: (adj.) 2. relating or belonging to or existing within the mind. 4. present or arising within an organism or one of its parts.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition input: (n.) 1 e. advice, opinion, comment.
Combine the definitions together and you get: advice, opinion, or comment that exists within the mind or that is part of an organism (with that organism being you).
Internal input in a sentence: An internal input isn’t always as clear as an external one, but if you listen close enough you can make it clear.
Internal input in action: When you feel something and/or think something following an event or in a situation where you have to make a decision and this something comes from you, this is an internal input.
Internal input and inner growth: When you pay close attention to an internal input you can find out things about what you really want to do or what you’re truly thinking. This type of knowledge allows you to pursue choices that are in tune with you or at the very least, make you aware of what you want and/or think from the inside. In this way inner growth is pursued because your inputs are at the forefront of your mind and this means you can change direction or make a choice solely based on you.
Internal input and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I tune in to my internal input? What do I consider an internal input? How have my internal inputs changed my life? What have I learned about myself from my internal inputs? How has an internal input affected my decision-making process? When was the first time I noticed my internal inputs? How did that change me?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with internal input at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Pick three of the words from your list and next to each write one situation where you used your internal input to make a decision. Use the words from your first list to write about these three incidents.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about internal input and allow those emotions to flow through your body. Sit in silence and just feel, do this for two or three minutes and while you’re doing this try to notice what feeling stands out the most. When you’re ready, focus solely on the feeling that stands out and then allow thoughts to come to mind. Whatever your first thought was, focus on that and let the feelings from it flow throughout you. Try to take note of the differences between these feelings and the other ones you started off with.
Your turn – Share your internal input 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 🙂