Your Best Thinking

Quote of the Day from Wayne Dyer.

“I once sat in on a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in which ten people who had been drinking most of their lives were gathered in a rehabilitation center where they had to live away from their families and loved ones. The words of a sign on the wall kept gnawing at me throughout that meeting. It read, “Your best thinking got you here.””

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12 Responses to Your Best Thinking

  1. Suzanne says:

    Ah, those 12-step groups…full of wisdom of how to navigate the story, and indeed, of how to stop navigating and let the Universe do it.

    Another good one is: wherever you go – there you are.

  2. Kiwi Yogi says:

    “wherever you go – there you are”

    Yes, it’s true. In my case it is a little less enlightened. Usually it goes something like this: I look into the recently emptied bag of chips and think, “Shit, here I am. Again.”

  3. Suzanne says:

    I used to go on retreats by myself a lot and was constantly surprised at how busy busy busy I continued to be, pastoral setting or no! I had forgotten: I brought myself with me.

  4. Kiwi Yogi says:

    Has that busyness changed now? Was the busyness to avoid what was going on underneath or was Suzanne just a busy person?

    I am your opposite. I avoid action like the plague. I’m pretty sure that I was a monk in a previous life because I’ve carried my institutionalized habits into this life. So like some other people I know, living a worldly life of action/business/owning stuff is an unfamiliar experience! There is a long list of things that don’t come naturally to me – like going outside, relationships, earning money. I remember as a teenager being amazed that I had the freedom to walk down the street to buy a chocolate bar – like I wasn’t in prison anymore.

    On the other hand, reading and contemplation and meditation are the easiest thing in the world for me.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Hmmm, when my mind was sure it could figure things out, it seemed I kept busy to avoid…whatever. Now, it seems I am just a busy character. Not too busy, but definitely a human doing. Very peaceful doing-ness, I suppose. Having a young-ish family is a definite recipe for activity. The lovely thing is there is no judging it now. It just unfolds, busily!

  6. Kiwi Yogi says:

    Is there really no judging? Or is there an appreciative judgement?

  7. Suzanne says:

    I don’t know about judgment, that doesn’t seem the right concept…there’s no sitting back, evaluating, and coming to a conclusion…it’s relished. Just relished. If my brain could be bothered, it would judge that as “good” but it can’t. Be bothered, that is!

    Hey Andrew, come and join me if you can this Sunday, November 29th at 1pm Chicago time
    at http://nevernothere.com/videopage.htm for a webcast. It would be
    lovely to say hello! And I bet you’d ask better, more challenging questions, without being unpleasant, than most people!

    Apropos of nothing at all…considering I don’t really know you, other than the shared consciousness thingy, and although you follow a different path, blah blah blah…you’re simply one of my favourite people. Why? Ida know, but it probably comes from the respectful way you and I locked horns over non-duality issues a while back, when we first came to each other’s notice. Lovely, lovely to know you even as inadequately as I do!

  8. Kiwi Yogi says:

    > If my brain could be bothered, it would judge that as “good” but it can’t. Be bothered, that is!

    From the Ashtavakra Gita: Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for whom even opening and closing his eyes is a bother.

    > Sunday, November 29th at 1pm Chicago time

    I’d love to join in and say hello – though be warned I have a kiwi accent and I might be tempted to ask a REALLY hard question. Unfortunately, it starts at 8am Monday morning in New Zealand so I’ll have to leave at 8:30am to go to work (I have a new job and can’t be late!)

    > you’re simply one of my favourite people

    Thank you. That’s very kind of you to say. 🙂 Might I say that your cyber-presence is very charming! It’s amazing how you get to know someone by the way they write. The blogosphere is a better place for your being there.

    BTW, I think my next post will be called, “The Cure for Neo-Advaitism” 🙂

  9. Suzanne says:

    Oh thank goodness for that next post…but I’m afraid Neo-Advaitism might just be terminal, eternal and infinite!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Can’t properly describe how chuffed I was to speak to you on the webcast at nevernothere.com last night. You rock!

  11. Andrew says:

    Thanks Suzanne! Yes, it was great to talk. I watched the rest of the webcast later – you have a gift for talking about this stuff. 🙂

    I really tried to think up a curly question beforehand but couldn’t think of anything concise that could stump your clarity and eloquence. 🙂

  12. Suzanne says:

    You should have tried harder – it doesn’t take much!

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