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It is sometimes suggested that the world would be a better place if humans demonstrated more compassion for each other. This is a reasonable claim, and there is no doubt that compassion can improve interpersonal relationships. Those who are recovering from an addiction are likely to find that cultivating compassion will boost their progress in sobriety. It will allow them to move away from the obsession of self that is a characteristic of life in addiction.
Compassion can be defined as:
A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Those people who are recovering from an addiction will benefit a great deal by becoming more compassionate. This is because the personality traits that make the individual more prone to addictive behavior often include self obsession and disregard for other people’s feelings. One of the goals in recovery is to deal with the character flaws associated with the addictive personality and developing compassion will certainly help with this.
What comes first to mind?
What does compassion mean to you?
Why/how is compassion important to your recovery?
What does compassion look like to you?
What character flaw gets in the way of compassion?
How can compassion help you in recovery?
How can we develop an awareness of others feelings?
How do you feel when you have compassion with someone else?
How do you feel when someone has compassion for you?
What steps help you with compassion?
How did you learn to be compassionate?
When are you most compassionate?
When are you least compassionate?
When can you be cruel?
How can you develop a sense of compassion at these times?
When are you indifferent?
How can you be more compassionate at these times?
Mike from FLA
What would you say to the new guy?