It is helpful to remember that the Steps were written in the 1930s.
The term 'meditation' (according to Webster's dictionary of 1913) is defined chiefly as follows:
'The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing.'
The current Merriam-Webster definition of 'meditate' adds a new meaning:
'to engage in mental exercise (as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness'
The authors of the AA programme did not, when they wrote the programme, have the 21st-century definition in mind. They had the early 20th-century definition in mind.
Cf. Step Three in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions: 'Everywhere he sees people filled with anger and fear, society breaking up into warring fragments. Each fragment says to the others, "We are right and you are wrong." '