There are 7 billion people in the world. 7 billion lives. 7 billion dreams.

With scarce resources and an overgrowing population, our world is changing at lightning speed. And so are we.

Airplanes, Internet, cell phones, FaceTime—we’re no longer living in a cave, cut off from civilization. We’re part of a global revolution, made possible with advanced communication and technological innovation.

We build bridges to new lands and erect monuments to honor our heroes. We keep up with international news and emulate the laws of a more progressive society.

In our effort to create the perfect world, we make sacrifices and take risks.

The greater the risk, the greater the reward. And those brave enough to go the whole 9 yards, understand that their actions affect not just them, but the entire world.

Living in a Global Village

If you take a look at some of the greatest spiritual teachers in history, you’ll notice a pattern in the way they lived their lives.

Meditation, mindfulness, self-awareness, enlightenment.

They each adhered religiously to the tenets of introspection, which allowed them to gain insight into their soul. In their self-imposed isolation, they found the courage to confront their darkness, silencing their demons and finding clarity.

There are a number of lessons to be learned from their wisdom: the art of solitude, and the power of self-reflection. And how loneliness isn’t the same as being alone.

Knowing the Difference

Modern life makes it a challenge to be alone—treating temporary social retreats as a problem, rather than a cure.

Indeed, this is where the artifice of society clashes with the pure, impenetrable forces of truth and authenticity.

A crowded room is a noisy room. And in a world of 7 billion, it’s tough to hear the sound of silence.

And so we justify the noise by making it the norm, burying our fears by putting on a show of satisfaction.

We do this because we’re afraid—afraid of being left alone with our thoughts. Looking into the mirror of Self means listening to your own voice, the voice of truth and beauty.

Enlightenment begins with awareness—be not afraid to take the first step!

The path to enlightenment is long and winding. But with persistence and clarity, there’s nothing in the world you can’t achieve!

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