Two wings of recovery: Due Diligence and Compassion

Many clients I work with do well with the ‘due diligence’ part of recovery.  On a regular basis they attend therapy, 12 Step meetings, work with a sponsor, work the 12 Steps, pray and meditate, etc.  But when it comes to compassion (the other wing of recovery), they struggle.  For many clients a significant part of treatment is opening to self-appreciation and being compassionate with oneself.

Basic elements of compassion:

  • Forgiveness
  • Empathy
  • Acceptance
  • Connecting with the Inner Ally

*recommended readings: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach and Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff