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    The AtlanticArthur C. Brooks9/16/218 min
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    • Ruchita_Ganurkar1 year ago

      The Dalai Lama likes to say that each of us is “one of seven billion.” By this, he does not mean that you are insignificant or just like everyone else. Rather, he encourages all of us to zoom out from our narrow, earthbound perspective on my life, my work, my relationships, my money. This is difficult ordinarily; it is easy on the Camino.

      As I walked, I envisioned myself as one of 7 billion people existing briefly on a timeline lasting millions of years, from the past into the future. I considered the insignificance not of my life but of the worldly details with which I usually distract myself from metaphysical truths.

      “Each mindful breath, each mindful step, reminds us that we are alive on this beautiful planet,”