Inner Growth Word of The Day 230 – Tension

August 18

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Tension


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion.  1 b. a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groups.  1 c. a balance maintained in an artistic work between opposing forces or elements.


Tension in a sentence: When in tension it is common to feel twice as much pressure in dealing with unforeseen circumstances.


Tension in action: Uneasiness with something that happens in your life creates ups and downs, that is tension.


Tension and inner growth: How you handle tension tells you a lot about the things that affect you and when explored you gain insights into your reactions too.  Learning about your emotional responses and working with them bring about inner growth in how you feel during times of tension, as well as how you deal with tension.


Tension and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is tension to me? How do I handle tension?  What have I learned about myself from situations where tension was a part of it?  When was the last time I experienced tension?  How has tension affected my life?  How has tension affected my relationships?  What are some of the biggest takeaways for me that come from tension in my life?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with tension 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 one or two experiences where tension defined what happened.  Next write about the one that caused the biggest emotional response and use the words from your first list to write about this event.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about tension and as you allow these feelings to flow visualize a place where you are in harmony and at ease. Notice what happens to your emotions about tension as you visualize this place and then change your visualization places to see how they each affect your emotions with tension.


Your turn – Share your tension 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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