Sarah took up meditation in college at the recommendation of her therapist, hoping to relieve her social anxiety. Hiding away coding was profitable but didn't always help her cope and she did have to leave the house sometimes. She never thought about her breath exercises beyond that goal.
Sometime during her sixth or seventh year of practice, as her teacher was giving her more advanced instruction, and her concentration became effortless for longer and longer periods of time, her image of her self began to loosen. Between breaths one day, Sarah recognized that her sense of self was actually just a feeling that came and went, often repeated but no more solid than a fleeting thought.
In front of her screen, wondering if she was crazy for building a relationship with Pantheon, Sarah fell back on that experience to explain to herself how a person could exist in code.
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