Arjuna Ardagh says, "Just like me."
This can be a response to almost anything, everything, and it re-connects you to the truth/feeling/understanding that we are all One.
Eckhart Tolle tells us to stay in the now. The way to do that is to smell, see, listen, feel right now. Yet, A Course in Miracles points out how difficult it is to really "see" what's there without adding history.
All this helps.... But, ego is part of being alive. Ego is like our personna/character on this stage. We know that we will be able to get out of our costume and makeup when we're back in the "green room", but for now, on the stage, we sort of need our ego.