Inner Growth Word of the Day: Instincts
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity. 2 a. a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason. 2 b. behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level.
Instincts in a sentence: Instincts may seem pretty straightforward, but as with everything in this world, there are more layers to something once you look beyond the surface.
Instincts in action: Reactions that are brought about by impulse, those are instincts.
Instincts and inner growth: Going in-depth always finds more about you, which leads to inner growth; the same goes for when you dig deeper on the nature/nurture of your instincts. There’s a lot you uncover of yourself that is not readily available on the surface.
Instincts and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I know about my instincts? How do my instincts affect my day to day? When did I first start noticing my instincts and why? How do I handle my instincts when they are not what I want in that moment? Do I judge my instincts? How do my instincts affect my relationships?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with instincts at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Pick three words from your list and describe how it relates to a situation you experienced where your instincts played a role in the outcome.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about your instincts and notice what thoughts come to mind immediately along with the pattern your emotions seem to take, are they strong, positive feelings, negative, worried, and so on. Once you identify the different emotions, focus on one at a time while silencing the thoughts. Pay attention to how those feelings flow and change as you sit in silence, whatever seems to stick around bring some thoughts to it and see what you uncover.
Your turn – Share your instincts 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 🙂