|During a period of Christian persecution back in the fourth century, St. Peter of Alexandria instructed his followers to conquer their fear of pain and death by detaching from the idea of self. What neuroscientists have concluded in this century is there is no part of the brain wherein the self resides. What gives us the illusion of self is our brain giving us an ongoing narrative of the "Me." Whether you buy into this idea fully or not, practicing detachment is an excellent tool when you're experiencing difficulties. Find yourself a quiet place where you can meditate. Whether you sit in a lotus position or in a chair, try to maintain an upright posture. Center by focusing on your breath. When your mind wanders back to the narration of self, gently steer it back to the breath.