Greetings fellow squirrels! Today’s meditation is of CRITICAL importance – I feel like this is the very crux of avoiding relapse. While you’re in active addiction, you are all but powerless to resist the impulses which guide your actions, imprisoned by a reciprocating cycle of neuro-chemical reactions you feel compelled to feed at the cost of everything else. However, once you have broken free of that cycle you can look at the consequences of your actions and think about them and what will happen if you eat that “one last nut”. I feel like this meditation is very specific to me at this point in my journey, and I’m glad I could share it with everyone.
“Before we got clean, most of our actions were guided by impulse. Today, we are not locked into this type of thinking.” – Basic Text, p. 90
Ever been tempted to do something even when you knew the results would be disastrous? Ever thought about how much it was going to hurt to do what you were tempted to do, then proceed to do it anyway?
It is said that there are consequences to every action. Before we got clean, many of us simply didn’t believe this. But now we know exactly what it means. When we act, we know there will be consequences to pay. No longer can we decide to do something in ignorance when we know full well that we won’t like the price we’ll have to pay.
There’s a prize and a price. It’s okay to act despite the consequences if we’re willing to pay the price, but there’s always one to pay.
Just for Today: I will think about the consequences of my actions before I take them.