Inner Growth Word of The Day 243 – Friend

August 31

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Friend

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. one attached to another by affection or esteem.

 

Friend in a sentence: Those who are friends may also be family depending on the bond you have with them.

 

Friend in action: A person you confide in or go out with, or someone that you cherish in a special way are all types of friends.

 

Friend and inner growth: Exploring the types of friends you surround yourself with and what you consider a friendship share various types of inner insights, some of these include identifying how you value yourself and relationships.  Through this awareness you gain inner growth as you get to dig deeper into those ideas and transform them as you go along, through actions in the new friendships you make and how you see relationships.

 

Friend and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is a friend? How do I choose my friends?  How do I define a friend?  When was the first time I made a friend?  Who was it and am I still friends with them?  How have my friends affected my life?  How have I affected my friends in how I treat friendships?  What have I learned from friends?  Are my friends my family too?  Do I have expectations from friends?  If so, what expectations?  Do they have expectations of me?  If so, what expectations?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with friend at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list write about the first friend you recall making and one new friend you never thought you’d make for one reason or another.  What makes these two friendships special?

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about friend and let these emotions take over, spreading from head to toe. If you notice some emotions staying in one or more places visualize them moving along smoothly.  As you do this and sit in silence, allow the feelings to arise reaching your heart and then your mind.  When you’re ready allow thoughts to come in and notice who comes to mind or what thoughts about friends come to mind.

 

Your turn – Share your friend 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 242 – Joy

August 30

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Joy

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

 

Joy in a sentence: People are enveloped by joy when their day is full of special moments that provoke the most beautiful and heart-warming feelings.

 

Joy in action: When within you – feelings of warmth, pleasant emotions, tingly happy sensations and other similar inner feelings arise – that is joy.

 

Joy and inner growth: One way that joy adds to your inner growth journey is that by looking to ensure joy is a part of your life you learn to take note of the things that bring you joy and those that don’t.  You also explore why or what causes you not to experience joy in certain circumstances and situations.  This exploration too, allows for inner growth as you really look to understand what makes you hold joy or not hold it and what you can do about it.

 

Joy and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does it mean to me to express joy? What is joy to me?  When did I first experience joy?  Why is joy important in my life?  How has joy affected my relationships?  Who taught me a valuable lesson when it comes to joy?  What ways do I add joy to my every day?  What would I do if I could give joy to everyone?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with joy at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list think of three life events where joy was at the center of the events.  Now use the words from your list to write about each event and then find what commonalities the events had amongst each other.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about joy and allow them to flow without thinking of anything in particular, just the notion of joy in your life. As you do this, take note if your feelings settle in one or more areas of your body.  If this is the case, visualize your emotions flowing like a stream of water that is headed towards the ocean.  When you’re ready, allow thoughts to come in and focus on the ones that bring about the bigger emotional reactions.  What similarities do they hold?

 

Your turn – Share your joy 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 241 – Personal

August 29

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Personal

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. of, relating to, or affecting a particular person.  3. relating to the person or body.  5 a. being rational and self-conscious.  5 b. having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction.

 

Personal in a sentence: The personal choices you make in life affect your everyday and your inner harmony.

 

Personal in action: When you decide something based on your person, your preferences, your thoughts, your beliefs, and so on; that is personal.

 

Personal and inner growth: Exploring the personal choices and decisions you make give you lots to look at with the actions you take and are taking to pursue your life in a way that you feel is in tune with you.  This type of exploration allows for questions and answers that dig deep and in doing so promote inner growth.

 

Personal and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What type of personal choices affect me the most? How have my personal choices affected my life?  When was the first time I made a personal choice that I contemplated?  Why is something personal so important to me?  How have my personal decisions affected my relationships?  If I had to pick one personal decision that made the biggest impact in my life so far, what would it be?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with personal 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 three words that stand out and then write about why they stand out by using the rest of the words from your list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about personal choices and decisions in life overall. As you do this take note of where your emotions start out and where they end up as they go through you.  If they seem to accumulate in certain places, visualize them redistributing evenly.  When you’re ready allow thoughts of personal decisions made that have affected your life and see what feelings arise, allowing your emotions to tell you more about those decisions.

 

Your turn – Share your personal 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 240 – Apply

August 28

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Apply

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1 b. to bring into action.  1 d. to put into operation or effect.

 

Apply in a sentence: What you apply in your life is up to you and what you want to achieve and/or pursue.

 

Apply in action: When you put in effort to get something done that is to apply one’s self.

 

Apply and inner growth: The things you apply in your life are all indicators of things that are important to you and that you are looking to have in your life.  Exploring them allows for inner growth because it brings you to acknowledge that which you are applying yourself to and change this if you don’t feel it’s fully in tune with you.

 

Apply and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I apply myself to in life? How does my applying effort to relationships affect me?  When was the first time I applied myself to get something I wanted?  How does it feel to me to apply myself to a situation?  When applying a thought process how do I go about it?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with apply at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. With this list think of one of the most important times that you applied yourself to something and the outcome seemed bad at first, but later on turned out to be a positive for you.  Write about this situation and use the words you listed to describe how you felt about the situation as it was happening.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about when you apply yourself to something and notice where those feelings start out, as well as where they go. If they seem to stop in specific areas of your body, visualize them continuing on the same way water flows down a stream.  When you’re ready, think about something that you applied yourself to, which brought about a positive impact to your relationships.  Take note of how your feelings change and write about the differences.

 

Your turn – Share your apply 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 239 – Align

August 27

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Align

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to bring into line or alignment.

 

Align in a sentence: To align things in your life with your purpose is something that happens naturally as you follow your heart to make your decisions.

 

Align in action: When you pursue the things that feel in tune with you that is to align.

 

Align and inner growth: Part of inner growth entails being aware of or finding out what things align with your life.  Exploring the things that feel in alignment also brings about inner growth seeing as you get to know yourself more and more.

 

Align and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does it mean to me to align something? What have I done to align my life with my purpose?  When I align something in my life what do I do to bring about that alignment?  How do I identify the things that are in alignment with me?  How has aligning things in my life affected my relationships?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with align at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From the list pick one word that stands out the most.  Next write about why this word stands out the most and how it relates to what you’ve done to align your life in a certain way.  If you can, use the words from your list to write about this.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings when you align something in your life. As you do this try not to think of any specific event, but just the emotions that arise from you knowing you are aligning things in your life according to what you feel from within.  Notice how these feelings flow throughout you and if they concentrate in any specific area or if they are evenly distributed throughout.  When you’re ready, think of the first time you took action to help something happen that you knew for certain was and is in alignment with you.  Take note of the differences and similarities between what you feel now and what you were feeling at first.

 

Your turn – Share your align 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 238 – Essence

August 26

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Essence

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 b. the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence.  2. something that exists.  4. one that possesses or exhibits a quality in abundance as if in concentrated form.  5. the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person.

 

Essence in a sentence: The essence of a person is so vast with feelings and emotions that it isn’t easy to express its entirety through words.

 

Essence in action: That which you feel is who you are, or that which you identify someone to be, is essence.

 

Essence and inner growth: Exploring your essence gives you a lot to think about as you attempt describing and putting into words that which you feel you are and represent through your existence.  As you do this inner growth takes place each step of the way since identifying your essence comes slowly and throughout your lifetime.

 

Essence and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I identify as my essence? How does my essence play a role in every decision I make?  When did I first think about the essence that I am?  Who introduced to me the idea of essence as related to my being and the expression of me?  Why is essence important in my life?  How has my essence affected my relationships and life?  What is one of my biggest takeaways from my essence and how it relates to the world?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with essence 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 three words that stand out and link them to your essence when it comes to how you feel about life.  As you write about your thoughts take note of the emotions you feel as you’re writing.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about essence and allow them to flow while sitting still in a quiet place for a couple minutes. When you’re ready, start focusing on where your emotions are coming from and going.  Visualize the pathway in your mind and as you do this, if there are any emotions accumulating in certain areas, visualize them dispersing throughout your body evenly.  As you do this, allow thoughts to come in and take note of what exactly comes to mind that causes a bigger emotional response within you.

 

Your turn – Share your essence 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 237 – Freewill

August 25

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Freewill

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: 1. voluntary choice or decision.  2. freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention.

 

Freewill in a sentence: The freedom to make a choice or the idea of having the freedom to make a choice are both freewill; while one is true to the core of the individual, the other is an illusion.

 

Freewill in action: When you make a voluntary decision towards an aspect of your life, any aspect, that is freewill.

 

Freewill and inner growth: Exploring how you feel about freewill and what role it plays in the decisions you make helps inner growth by allowing you to dive in to the complex nature that freewill is for people, people who live amongst a society and with parents and/or systems as guides from day one.

 

Freewill and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does freewill mean to me? Do I believe there is freewill?  How do I interpret freewill?  When was the first time I thought about freewill.  Who introduced me to freewill?  How has freewill affected my life and relationships?  Why do I explore freewill in my life?  What do I think about freewill when applied in society?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with freewill at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From these words pick three that remind you of one scenario where freewill played a part in your decision.  Next write about this event with the other words in your list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about freewill and let them flow throughout. As you do this see where your emotions go and where they come from.  If you notice they tend to stick around a certain area, visualize a calm stream with crystal clear water flowing down towards the ocean; and on that river, are these feelings continuing along their journey.  When you’re ready, allow thoughts to come in too.  Notice what emotions change as you do this and which thoughts bring about the change.

 

Your turn – Share your freewill 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 🙂