Inner Growth Word of the Day: Meaning
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the thing one intends to convey especially by language. 4 a. the logical connotation of a word or phrase. 4 b. the logical denotation or extension of a word or phrase.
Meaning in a sentence: The meaning you ascribe to things can differ depending on how you perceive something and the tone in which it is being said or in which you are saying something.
Meaning in action: When you use words or phrases you usually intend them to have a specific significance that is meaning.
Meaning and inner growth: When you explore the meaning you give to what you say or what someone else is saying that can bring about a level of knowledge of you that brings inner growth as you become aware of the role you play in giving meaning.
Meaning and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does meaning mean to me? Where does my thought process apply in giving meaning to something that is said? How has how I give meaning affected my life? Have meanings for specific things changed in time for me? If so, how and in what cases? When I give meaning to something what factors play a role in that meaning? Does the meaning of something for me only depend on the definition of words or is there more to it?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with meaning at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Pick one word that provides the essence of how you play a role in the meanings you give things, people, and situations. Then use the rest of the words from your list to write about this essence.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about meaning and allow them to flow. Explore where those feelings go and come from, sit in silence as you do this and when you’re ready think of one person that has a huge meaning to you. Now let the emotions that arise from this thought tell you more about the meaning this person has and why.
Your turn – Share your meaning 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 🙂