Inner Growth Word of The Day 148 – Reflection

Inner Growth Word of The Day 148 – Reflection

May 28

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Reflection

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 6. a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation.  7. consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.

 

Reflection in a sentence: When reflection takes place there are many things that can change due to insights gained in that moment.

 

Reflection in action: Pondering on something, whether it’s a thought that affects your life or an idea you have, are all part of reflection.

 

Reflection and inner growth: Inner growth would probably not take place were it not due to reflection.  If you do not pause to think about something thoroughly how can you ever come to bring growth or transformation or even just awareness of something.  Thanks to reflection you are able to look at yourself and all that is around you in an explorative way, which then leads you towards inner growth actions and conclusions.

 

Reflection and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does reflection mean to me? How has reflection affected my life?  When does reflection take place in my day to day?  What have I noticed most about myself in moments of reflection?  What role has reflection played in my relationships?  How has reflection affected my relationships?  What are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve gotten from moments of reflection?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with reflection at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now write a second list of words that represent significant moments of your life where reflection had a significant impact on how those moments turned out.  Out of the words you put down in your second list pick one and use the words from the first list to write about this significant life moment.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about reflection and allow it to flow within you. Try not to think much and just feel.  Notice what emotions stand out the most and visualize them going towards your heart and mind, making it clear how you feel.  Next let thoughts come in and focus on the first thought that crosses your mind, letting the feelings from it do the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your reflection 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 146 – Betrayal

May 26

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Betrayal

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 3. to fail or desert especially in time of need.

 

Betrayal in a sentence: When betrayal happens, it can sting quite a bit, but behind that moment there is something you can always learn.

 

Betrayal in action: If a loved one fails to assist you or be there for you, it can be considered betrayal.

 

Betrayal and inner growth: Betrayal can help inner growth since it allows us to find ourselves needing to count on our own strengths to get passed something.  It also, allows you to look at the people you choose to surround yourself with.  Even though the journey of your life is in your hands, a support system that resonates with your mindset and essence is important to your growth.

 

Betrayal and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my opinion on betrayal? How have I handled betrayal when it’s happened?  Have I ever betrayed someone?  What life lessons has betrayal brought to me?  How has betrayal affected me?  When was the first time I experienced betrayal?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with betrayal at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick one word that represents how betrayal makes you feel and expand on that feeling by writing about an instance of betrayal that comes to mind.  Use the words from your first list within your story and take note of what stands out the most about how you write about what happened.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about betrayal and allow those feelings to flow. Don’t think, just feel and as you’re doing this bring a warm, comforting feeling to your heart.  Then slowly integrate thoughts of compassion and people that support you.  When you’re ready, move those thoughts to a specific instance of betrayal that is significant to you and allow your feelings to flow once more.

 

Your turn – Share your betrayal 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 145 – Appreciation

May 25

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Appreciation

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a feeling or expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude.

 

Appreciation in a sentence: When you feel appreciation towards someone or something, it warms your heart.

 

Appreciation in action: Waking up in the morning and being thankful for all that you have is appreciation.

 

Appreciation and inner growth: When you take a minute to reflect on the appreciation you have for life and the people and/or things that are a part of your life this gives you insights into what you are grateful for.  Being aware of these allows you to explore what holds true value for you, it also brings you to notice those things you may be forgetting that you are also appreciative of.  This type of exploration brings inner growth since it not only makes you aware of what you hold dear and close to your heart, but also of things you can change to extend that appreciation to everything that is around you.

 

Appreciation and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about appreciation? How has appreciation affected my life?  What role has appreciation played in my relationships?  When did I start looking into appreciation?  How have I changed thanks to appreciation?  What’s one of my biggest takeaways from showing appreciation and receiving it?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with appreciation at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick one word that stands out the most to you.  Write out why it stands out and what specific life event where appreciation was involved it reminds you of.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about appreciation and allow those emotions to take over your body. Notice what feelings stand out the most and when you’re ready let a thought or two flow in.  If there’s anything that stands out from your thoughts, focus on that thought and see what feelings it brings about and how those feelings differ or are similar to the ones you felt in the beginning.

 

Your turn – Share your appreciation 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 144 – Easy

Inner Growth Word of The Day 144 – Easy

May 24

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Easy

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1 a. causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort. 1 b. requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection.  4 a. free from pain, annoyance, or anxiety.  4 b. marked by social ease.  4 c. easygoing.

 

Easy in a sentence: Something easy doesn’t mean the absence of in-depth thought or reflection.

 

Easy in action: When an action or situation comes without too much effort on your end, that is easy.

 

Easy and inner growth: Noticing traits and situations that come to you in a way that is easy compared to others can highlight the natural tendencies you hold, as well as the comfort zones that you are familiar with.  With awareness of this, you can dive into what resonates so much from these situations and comfort zones, as well as identify the potential limits you’re choosing to stay within and possibly choose if you’d like to explore outside those boundaries.

 

Easy and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does easy mean to me? How has easy played a role in my life? What life lessons have I learned from things that came easy to me?  When did I first think about the idea of easy related to life?  When I think of behaviors that are easy to me, what stands out?  Do I think things should or shouldn’t be easy?  Do I judge easy?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with easy 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 make you think about a specific life event where easy was involved.  Now use the rest of the words from your first list to write about this event and what stands out about it to you.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about easy and allow those emotions to flow throughout your body without putting much thought to it at first. Then slowly notice where your feelings are going or what they are and hone in on the one feeling that is a bit stronger and more present than the others.  With that feeling in mind, let your thoughts come in and notice what comes to mind first.

 

Your turn – Share your easy 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 143 – Judging

May 23

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judging

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises.  2. to form an estimate or evaluation of.  3. to hold as an opinion.

 

Judging in a sentence: Judging someone or something doesn’t mean there’s only one judgement; but rather, there can be differing conclusions depending on who is the one judging.

 

Judging in action: Formulating a defined opinion on someone or something is judging.

 

Judging and inner growth: If you take a step back when judging to explore where that opinion is coming from you will find out a lot about the way you arrive at certain conclusions and what affects these conclusions.  This type of exploration leads to inner growth because instead of focusing on the person or thing you are judging, you focus on you and where that judgement stems from.

 

Judging and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does judging mean to me? How has judging affected my life? When does judging take place the most for me?  How does judging affect my relationships?  Does someone influence my judging?  When I explore judging and my application of it, what does this say about me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judging 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 five words and next to each write out a life event where judging took place.  From these five instances, write about the ones where you were the one judging someone or something by using the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about judging and allow them to flow freely. Notice what emotions arise more often than others and pick one of these emotions to focus on.  As you focus, take note of where your feelings seem to be coming from.  At this point allow thoughts to come in and notice what life event comes to mind.  When you’re ready to focus on one of them, do so and tune in to your feelings.

 

Your turn – Share your judging 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 142 – Inner drive

May 22

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Inner drive

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: inner – (adj.) within and/or of or relating to the mind or spirit; drive – (v.) 5 a. to exert inescapable or coercive pressure on.  5 d. to press or force into an activity, course, or direction.

 

Inner drive in a sentence: Your inner drive is what gets you to take action and it’s what gives a voice to the things you desire most.

 

Inner drive in action: When the things you do are actions that come from the heart, that’s inner drive.

 

Inner drive and inner growth: Knowing what your inner drive is brings you to pursue inner growth because it is this type of exploration that allows you to know if you are leading from within or not.  You also identify those things which force you to take action; with this awareness, you can also explore these things individually and in doing so gain even further insight into what drives you and if it really comes from within.

 

Inner drive and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does inner drive mean to me? When was the first time I thought about what my inner drive was?  How has my inner drive affected the things I do?  What learning lessons has my inner drive imparted on me so far?  How has my inner drive affected my life?  Who or what influences my inner drive?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with inner drive 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 one word and think about one instance where inner drive was present.  Use the word you chose to expand on the story and explore how or why this specific word made you think of this specific moment in your life.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about inner drive and let them flow from head to toe without thinking, just feeling. As this happens bring your mind to your heart and visualize your breathing in and out, notice how this focus affects your emotions, and when you’re ready let thoughts come in.  Pay attention to the first thought that comes to mind and allow the feelings from it to speak for this thought.

 

Your turn – Share your inner drive 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 141 – Disappointment

May 21

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Disappointment

 

Google’s Dictionary/Search definition: (n.) 1 a. the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. 1 b. a person, event, or thing that causes disappointment.

 

Disappointment in a sentence: Disappointment can vary in how it affects each person, but one commonality is that it is always followed by a period of reflection and thought.

 

Disappointment in action: When you’ve worked so hard to obtain something or bring about a certain conclusion and things turn out differently, disappointment can happen.

 

Disappointment and inner growth: What disappointment brings to inner growth is the opportunity to reflect on one’s desires and expectations; and also, decide how to approach those unfulfilled events.  How flexible are you to change or how many different ways are you going to test before changing route?  Why is it so important to get that one thing to feel fulfilled?  This type of exploration is also very helpful in handling disappointment.

 

Disappointment and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is disappointment to me? When was the first time I experienced disappointment?  What types of disappointments have I been through?  What have I learned about life from disappointment?  How has disappointment affected my relationships?  What is one way disappointment has changed me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with disappointment at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now pick three words from your list and write down the one thing related to disappointment that they all bring to mind to you.  From this thing that you thought of, what specific event where you experienced disappointment comes to mind?  Next use the words from your first list to write about this experience.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about disappointment and allow your emotions to flow from head to toe. Notice where the feelings are stemming from in your body and where they are going.  As you do this in silence, think about a happy thought and see what event where disappointment was involved comes to mind alongside this happy thought.  At this point allow this event to speak to you through the feelings that it brings about within.

 

Your turn – Share your disappointment 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 🙂