UPDATE ON S.A.W.: How to Choose a Spiritual Teacher

Submitted to The Wild Life Prevention and Recovery Center, Lake Murray SC USA Station


I cannot have a sponsor who does not meditate. “Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact.“ With ourselves, God’s own creation.


As Bill W. put it “The whole world is on a dangerous and contagious dry bender.” I would add, because people cannot sit with themselves in silence for 5 minutes—much less 40 minutes—much less 40 minutes 5 times a day for 10 days on a silent retreat (twice). Followed by daily practice and additional retreats. It’s a game changer. I absolutely love it. Silent Meditation Retreat. Silence. Meditation. Retreats.


Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is God talking to me. But you don’t even have to believe in God (tho I do) to learn to use what God gave you to differentiate us from animals—a human brain, human body, and Free Will—to make your own life better and not worse. I just wish I’d found that before my bad habits.


Meditation is not reading something you bought labeled “Daily Meditation“ and then thinkin real hard on it—that’s cogitation.

Meditation is not listening to “Meditation Music.” That, like shopping or sugar or sex or tv or cell phones or video games (all of which I enjoy, too) is just a distraction from sitting with yourself—and the only difference between that distraction and mindless drinking or eating or drugging is that it doesn’t make you physically sick. It just sickens your mind and keeps you shallow.

Still Waters Run Deep. Sit with yourself No Matter What and then come teach me. I wish you would, but you’re too busy looking up. Have a drink on me.


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