These days meditation is gaining mainstream popularity, from dozens of meditation apps, to the Netflix show Headspace, through tens of thousands of academic papers on meditation. Meditation can help with stress reduction, convey health benefits, and help you be more aware and in control.

Meditation lets you observe your thought patterns and emotions in real time, be less reactive, and change your own behavior. Finally, perhaps the ultimate benefit of meditation is that it can be a path to liberate you from the Ego Delusion—the idea that there exists a “you” that’s separate from the world, and is subjectively more important than everything else.