Meditation: Want a Bite?

by Mike Lyding

Meditation: Want a Bite? by Mike Lyding

In our Twelve Step program, we get to literally uproot ourselves, remove ourselves from infertile ground, and choose the best garden in which to grow.

“I’m not such a bad person. I have something to give back.” – Sue C.

Somehow, a seed settles on fertile soil. It doesn’t matter whether the seed was airborne, dropped by a bird, or brought by a rodent. It is where it should be, and it is where it will spend its entire life. It can and may thrive if the conditions are right. It can and may wither and die if the conditions are wrong.

Sue’s quote illustrates a difference between a human being and a plant. For our purposes, her quote especially illustrates the difference between germinating under the wrong conditions of alcoholism versus turning those wrong conditions into fertile, well-watered soil where a plant can grow and thrive.

God gives mankind free will; with free will comes the power of choice.

The seeds of active alcoholics have fallen on infertile ground. While those seeds may produce fruit, it will not be the fruit of our full potential. Worse, for all intents and purposes, our free will and our power of choice is impotent. We may as well not have free will if we cannot exercise it in any meaningful way.

In our Twelve Step program, we literally get to uproot ourselves, remove ourselves from infertile ground, and choose the best garden in which to grow. We then not only produce good fruit; we also become that good fruit. People who partake of us (aka, share our path) are also bettered.

We cannot change our genes, but we can help our seeds to grow into healthy plants. We can change our fruit from sour to sweet. We can shift from a negative self-concept to a positive and useful one.

Mike Lyding has been drawn to prayer and meditation since becoming sober in December 1993. While meditating at age 58, he discovered he had a desire to write. So far, the result has been two daily meditation books written primarily for recovering communities: Grateful Not Smug (2006) and Gratitude a Verb (2009). mike.lyding@hotmail.com

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