Do you find yourself getting easily impatient with others? Do you feel judgemental towards someone no matter how hard you try to let go? Having trouble finding compassion for the alcoholics and addicts in your life? Are you having trouble finding compassion for yourself? Listen as Swetha, Kelli, and Spencer talk about their understanding of compassion, the ways they have found it, or not been able to find it, and how it has helped their recovery.

Some of the questions we touch on are:

  • What is compassion?
  • How is it different from sympathy or empathy?
  • Why does compassion matter? Why do we talk about feeling compassion in the program?
  • What does compassion have to do with feeling serenity?
  • How/when do you struggle with finding compassion for another?
    • Why?
    • With whom?
    • what about finding compassion with/ for yourself? Is that a struggle?
  • How has compassion helped you to live with / co-exist with / deal with the alcoholic(s) or addict(s) in your life?


Our topic for next week is self-care. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the show

Goo Goo Dolls: Black Balloon

R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts

Shawn Mullins: Lullaby

Other Stuff

We forgot to mention this TED talk by Joan Halifax about compassion:

Spencer read from Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle.

The podcast that Spencer refers to when the girls are singing “i'm sorry mama” is Act 20 from This American Life episode 241, “The Greatest Thing I Ever saw on Stage

2 comments on “Compassion – Episode 33

  1. Jacki says:

    I just started listening to the show and I love it! I was wondering if you would be willing to put in the show notes the pages of the Alanon Literature you use and reference in the show so I may reference it. Spencer read out of How Alanon Works in this show and I was not able to locate what he shared and I really want to highlight it so I can reference it when I need it. Thank you for the service and recovery you provide 🙂

    1. The Recovery Show says:

      Jacki, thank you for the suggestion. I will try to remember to do so. I’m going to have to listen to the episode again to find that reading.

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