When something meaningful and perhaps even revelatory happens without any apparent cause, we call that a coincidence. Afterward, we’ll say it came “out of the blue,” meaning out of the depths. For every coincidence we recognize, there are a million we don’t. Everything belongs.
The breath is our most important biological function. It is also our best ally in breaking the thought habit. We breath 22,000 times per day. Most of these breaths are unconscious—that is, we don’t notice them. A conscious breath, a breath we notice, stops the mind. Which is amazing! The mind cannot do two things at once. It can either think like crazy or notice that the body is breathing. Yes, you’re right. Minus the treats, it’s like training a dog.
There are no wicked men, only unconscious ones—men who plainly and factually do not know what they are doing.
There are 3,200 tigers living in the wild. Most tigers, about 5,000 of them, are held in captivity in the U.S. Sometimes these majesties wind up in houses or apartments. Or Las Vegas.
Whatever is unconscious within us—our shadow self, to deploy a Jungian term—will express itself in our behaviour. Perhaps we’ll be shocked, puzzled or ashamed by this. Buddy cavils, “That’s not me!”