Breathing Under Water: Is This Overkill? (Step 10)

If making amends is the most well-known step in the recovery process, step 10 is probably the most overlooked. How do we take ongoing personal inventory without driving ourselves crazy with criticism? Kris and Susan continue to explore the themes of addiction, recovery, and salvation based on Richard Rohr’s book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps.

Step 10 states that we “continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.”

Scriptures for the episode include:

But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
             Psalm 19:12

When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them…
Romans 2:14-15

He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:17

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