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05/15/2013 12:37 am ET

GPS Guide: Daniel Goleman's Meditation For The Time-Deprived (PHOTOS)

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

When we’re meeting-hopping and priority-juggling, finding just a few minutes to meditate at work can seem impossible. Fortunately even a brief five-minute meditation exercise can help clear your mind and calm your system.

If you’re pressed for time -- and feeling under pressure -- author Daniel Goleman suggests a simple countdown exercise you can practice anywhere to help you relax. Best of all, you don’t need any prior meditation experience.

Goleman’s GPS Guide below offers easy-to-follow steps in the 10 to 1 countdown meditation. Remember, with any of relaxation or mindfulness methods, the more you do it, the more powerful it becomes.

A Short Meditation For The Time-Deprived

While at Harvard, "Emotional Intelligence" author Daniel Goleman’s research focused on methods that counter the impacts of stress. He found that some people experience stress in the form of worries and anxieties, while for others it manifests in physical problems, such as muscle tension or stomach pain. His colleagues have also found that different people get greater benefit from some methods of relaxing than from others.

Listen to a sample track from Goleman’s Relax: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress, a 45-minute audio program to help you naturally reduce stress. The CD is available from More Than Sound. Follow Dr. Goleman on Twitter: @DanielGolemanEI

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