In this invaluable video, Stanford professor of neurosurgery, James Doty, explains how we can tame our minds and enjoy life, even in difficult times. As humans, our minds are full of an internal dialogue that isn’t necessarily who we are at all. It’s simply a collection of events, experience, and commentaries that we allow to define us—and not necessarily in a positive way. Meditation is an excellent way to distract us from this dialogue and change the way we react. Doty explains that meditation is difficult for everyone at first, but even breathing in and out can help you treat yourself and others with compassion and get the most out of life.