We think we are recovering from our addictions to harmful substances and activities, or to habitual mental or emotional practices. Truth is, by surrendering our use of substances and behaviors that harm us, we begin reclaiming ourselves from that which encourages self-abuse, self-neglect, self-loathing, and most importantly, from the denial of Self. Can you imagine that?
Deep Recovery empowers us to mindfully give up those practices that entrain us to ignore our inner wisdom and guidance, and have us continually live with stress and despair.
To defer to no one, which is the most self-honoring practice of all, requires that we retrieve and recover ourselves – all of the fragmented aspects that we’ve dispersed, hidden, ignored, and denied.
Deep recovery takes courage at first, and it takes faith in the idea that we are worth knowing and we are worth loving: We are worth the effort, we are worth the devotion, the time, and those practices, which bring us closer to experiencing the deep truth – the one that allow each of us the fullest expression of our essential being. We free ourselves from all that limits self-knowledge and self-expression.
We are, at times, powerless over our circumstances, which seem dire and hopeless. We, at times, experience helplessness. And rather than express compassion, we unwittingly turn to self-hate for not being someone different; someone who would have somehow overcome the adversity that we currently face.
Deep recovery allows us to see ourselves differently. Rather than judge, condemn and isolate, we acknowledge, honor and embrace all that we’ve endured. We empower ourselves to accept and love completely all the flaws and character defects, all of the inadequacies, all of our mistakes and failures.
Through acknowledging the source of all that we hate about ourselves, we reclaim and recover our wholeness. We come to understand that we are not innately flawed, but have only trained ourselves to live as if we are damaged and handicapped. We taught ourselves how to compensate for our perceived lacks.