In our modern world, information comes at us quickly. From text messages to email notifications to world news alerts, we are constantly bombarded with images and descriptions on how we should look, act, and think. Sometimes, it can be too much for us to handle gracefully, and so we lash out in anger or sink into a state of pessimism or low self-confidence. Comedian and actor Russell Brand believes that meditation is a practical remedy for this modern state. Since he started meditation, “I’ve cultivated an ability to step back from the phenomena of my life,” he says. “[I can think] ‘Do I really want to lose my temper in this situation?’…The hypnotic power of the material world has decreased.” Do you find yourself hypnotized by the media or cultural norms? Perhaps, like Brand, you can find some relief through meditation.