Inner Growth Word of The Day 80 – Judgmental

March 21

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judgmental

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. of, relating to, or involving judgment.  2. characterized by a tendency to judge harshly.

 

Judgmental in a sentence: Being judgmental can bring about any number of feelings by those who are judging and being judged.

 

Judgmental in action: Having a strong opinion about something or someone and acting accordingly is judgmental on the part of the person holding that opinion.

 

Judgmental and inner growth: Being judgmental is something worth exploring because you want to take an in-depth look at those strong opinions.  You want to find out where they come from and how they affect you so that you may pursue inner growth.  This dive into your judgmental thoughts can bring about changes of opinions, as well as make clear why you have formulated those judgments in the first place.

 

Judgmental and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about being judgmental? What does being judgmental mean to me?  Do I attribute positive or negative feelings to being judgmental?  If so, why is that?  What have I learned from being judgmental?  What have I learned from others being judgmental?  How has being judgmental affected my life?  How has it affected those around me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judgmental at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From your list pick five words that bring to mind a specific moment when you were being judgmental.  Out of those five picks is there one that stands out more than the others?  If so, which one and why?

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about being judgmental and try to stay as neutral as possible (when doing this). Allow your feelings to express themselves, but keep an eye out for any that seem stands out.  When you’re done, allow for those secondary feelings and thoughts to come to mind and explore each one at a time.

 

Your turn – Share your judgmental 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 79 – Possession

March 20

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Possession

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the act of having or taking into control.  1 b. control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership.  1 c. ownership.  1 d. control of the ball or puck.

 

Possession in a sentence: A possession doesn’t have to be a thing you own, it can also be ‘a something’ you own, like a thought or a feeling.

 

Possession in action: Ownership of a home, a car, a choice, are all examples of a possession.

 

Possession and inner growth: Your relationship with possession, indifferently from what is owned, reveals more about yourself than is visible at first.  When questioning that relationship to taking control of something or owning something, you find yourself uncovering if this possession indicates a need to have for fear or a need to have so that you can control, and if that’s the case why so; or maybe you’ll find that possession in the sense of control is not something you identify with at all.  This process of exploration brings about inner growth by putting yourself in a position of awareness of potential needs and/or the ability to take action and change your relationship to possession in your life as a whole.

 

Possession and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does possession mean to me? How do I feel about possessions?  When I think of possession what are some of the things that come to mind?  How has possession affected my life?  What have I learned from possession?  Are there possessions that I value more over others?  If so, why?  What makes them more valuable?  Do I think possessions are only material things?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with possession at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next to each word you put in your list, add beside them one possession of yours that identifies with the word.  Now out of the list, pick five of the words/possessions and expand for each: how they make you feel and what things you understand about yourself from the five words/possessions combo.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about possession allowing the first feeling you felt to be the one to expand throughout your body and mind. Try to keep thoughts silent for a couple or five minutes, and really allow the feeling to speak to you.  Once the time is up, then allow thoughts to come to mind, but trying to focus on one thought and the feeling it brings about at a time.  Do any of the thoughts and feelings stand out more?  If so, which ones?

 

Your turn – Share your possession 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 78 – Gift

March 19

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Gift

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a notable capacity, talent, or endowment.  2. something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.  3. the act, right, or power of giving.

 

Gift in a sentence: The significance of a gift depends on the person receiving and/or giving it.

 

Gift in action: Having a special talent or ability, or giving something to someone for free or receiving it from someone for free are all gifts.

 

Gift and inner growth:  Whether a gift is an object you’ve received or given, or whether it’s a specific ability or circumstance you are grateful to have and therefore see as a gift, matters for inner growth from an explorative position in the feelings that surround those gifts and the opinions you have of them.  Looking into your thought process and perspective about a gift gives you insights on yourself and an in-depth view of things you may learn from or want to change.

 

Gift and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s a gift to me? How do I feel about gifts?  Do my feelings change if a gift is an object or a non-material thing, like the feeling of being lucky in life and seeing that as a gift?  What have I learned from thinking about my personal gifts?  What have I learned from giving gifts?  How have gifts affected my life (both material and non-material ones)?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with gift at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. For each word list a gift (material or not) that you have received and given.  When you’re done, make a note of which gifts had the most impact on you (both given and received).

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about gift and do your best to simply focus on the first feeling that came about when you read the word. After about five minutes, think about the two types of gifts, objects and non-material gifts, and allow the feelings for each to express themselves.  Note if there are any differences, note the events or thoughts that come to mind, and when you’re ready explore each thought individually (the feeling they bring about, ask questions to find out more about their meaning to you, and so on).

 

Your turn – Share your gift 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 77 – Ability

March 18

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Ability

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. the quality or state of being able.  1 b. competence in doing something.  2. natural aptitude or acquired proficiency.

 

Ability in a sentence: The ability to do something depends on the time spent acquiring that specific ability.

 

Ability in action: When you’re able to do something, or have a natural inclination to do that thing means you have an ability.

 

Ability and inner growth: Each ability you have is a trait that you can use to find out more about yourself, but it’s also an opportunity to add to the list of abilities you’d like to acquire.  Exploration and learning new abilities brings inner growth on a practical and internal level.

 

Ability and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How does ability play a role in my life? What have I learned from my abilities?  When did I start thinking about having the ability to do something specific?  How does ability affect how I see myself?  When did ability start to matter to me?  What new abilities do I want to acquire and why?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with ability at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next make a second list with as many abilities you have that come to mind. With your two lists pick two words from each list that mean the most to you.  What makes these words so significant?

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about ability and let them flow without thinking about specific abilities, but just focus on the emotions that come about from the thought of the word. After about five minutes let your thoughts come to mind too and focus on the first ability that comes to mind and the feeling it brings about.  Do the same with as many abilities that come to mind.

 

Your turn – Share your ability 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 76 – Loneliness

March 17

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Loneliness

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. being without company.  1 b. cut off from others.  2. not frequented by human beings.  3. sad from being alone.  4. producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation.

 

Loneliness in a sentence: Loneliness is something that everyone can experience from time to time.

 

Loneliness in action: Being or feeling separate from others or alone is loneliness.

 

Loneliness and inner growth: In moments of loneliness a person has time to reflect on themselves and their surroundings.  This provides deep understanding and connection to one’s self, which can bring about discoveries and changes to what is around you that leads to inner growth.

 

Loneliness and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How does loneliness affect me? How has loneliness affected my life?  What have I learned from moments of loneliness?  What does loneliness mean to me?  Have I met others who have shared moments of loneliness that have given me insights on my own feelings about it?  Have there been times where I’ve experienced loneliness, but was surrounded by others?  If so, why did I feel this way and what did I learn from the experience?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with loneliness at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Choose five of the words you listed and next to each one, list a life event or feeling that comes to mind.  Now choose another five words and list next to each something you’ve learned from them.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about loneliness and as you experience the feeling think of another feeling that you associate to that feeling. Allow your thoughts to roam freely too and make a note of the thoughts that stand out more for the feelings they bring about.  Is there any particular feeling that stands out more than the others?

 

Your turn – Share your loneliness 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 75 – Identity

March 16

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Identity

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. sameness of essential or generic character in different instances.  2 a. the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.  3 the condition of being the same with something described or asserted.

 

Identity in a sentence: What’s your identity depends on you or on those you allow to define it for you.

 

Identity in action: A group of characteristics brought together to define an individual or thing becomes an identity.

 

Identity and inner growth: Knowing your identity means exploring it from different angles, even questioning the characteristics that are a part of it to deepen your exploration.  Throughout this process, you pursue inner growth by developing the identity you feel fits you, the one that is in sync with your heart.

 

Identity and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about identity? What do I know about my identity?  Who has defined my identity?  Has my identity changed through time?  If so, in what way?  When I think about my identity, what stands out the most?  Has someone or something influenced what I see as my identity?  If so, who or what and how did they influence me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with identity at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next to each word you listed put one characteristic of your identity that comes to mind when you read the word.  Do you notice any consistent themes in the characteristics that you’re listing?  If so, use one word to describe this one trait that seems to keep coming up.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about identity allow the feelings to take over and silence the mind. Do this with the first feeling that came about when you read the word identity.  After about five minutes allow your thoughts to come through too and for each event or thought that crosses your mind focus on it and the feeling.  When you’re done, make a mental note of any one particular feeling or thought that kept crossing your mind and come back to it the next time you focus your feelings on identity.

 

Your turn – Share your identity 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 74 – Culture

March 15

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Culture

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 5 a. the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.  5 b. the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.  5 c. the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.  5 d. the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic.

 

Culture in a sentence: Since culture is a part of everybody’s upbringing it plays a significant role in thoughts and actions of each individual.

 

Culture in action: Beliefs, behaviors, social norms, values and attitudes are some of the things that stem from your culture; and that also make up your culture.

 

Culture and inner growth: A lot of what we believe is taught to us through our culture, but once we become aware of this it also means we are able to take a step back and explore our thought processes, behaviors, and so on.  This helps us to keep an open mind about our feelings if not in tune with our beliefs, and it also allows us to stay open to different cultures; both add to our person and lead to inner growth due to our openness to consider something else instead of being closed off to it.

 

Culture and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about culture? How has culture affected me?  How do I feel about my culture?  How do I feel about different cultures?  What has my culture taught me about life?  How has my culture changed through the years?  What’s one thing that stands out about my culture?  Why does it stand out to me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with culture at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Create a second list of at least five things that you’ve changed about your culture through the years because what you used to believe in didn’t feel in sync with you.  From those five things pick one and write about how you transformed it to what it is today.  If it fits your story, include the words from your first list to write it.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about culture and focus as much as you can on letting that feeling spread throughout your entire body. Keep the thoughts at bay for about five minutes if you can.  When the time is up, let those thoughts come in and try to hone in on one thought at a time and the feeling it is bringing about.  Let each have its time with you; and when you’re done, note if one of the feelings associated to the thoughts stood out more than the other.

 

Your turn – Share your culture 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 🙂