Inner Growth Word of the Day: Closed off
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (phrasal verb) to not allow (something) to be used for a period of time.
Closed off in a sentence: When you’re closed off to things or people there are a number of reasons as to why.
Closed off in action: Not allowing someone in or not allowing something to be a part of your life is being closed off.
Closed off and inner growth: Being closed off is something that can happen due to life experiences and/or personal opinions, values taught, and so on. An exploration of all of these components brings about inner growth because it allows you to face those experiences and at the same time brings you to be somewhat open to at least tuning in to any valuable lessons from those things and people you’re usually closed off from.
Closed off and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does it mean to be to be closed off? How has being closed off affected my life? How has it affected my relationships? When did I first think about being closed off and what it meant to me? Why am I closed off to some people and/or things? What are some of my biggest life lessons from my closed off experiences?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with closed off 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 the most and write about why it stands out from the rest and what closed off event it makes you think of.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about closed off and allow them to flow throughout you. Notice where your feelings stem from and where they go. As you do this allow thoughts to come in and notice what particular event comes to mind first. When you’re ready, focus on those events that had a bigger emotional impact on you as you thought about them.
Your turn – Share your closed off 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 🙂