05/22/2012 08:16 pm ET Updated May 23, 2012

Kathy Freston's GPS Guide

The stress and strains of our always-connected lives can sometimes take us off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what works for others in the hopes that you can find out what works for yourself. Whether it's photos that relax you or make you smile, songs that bring you back to your heart, quotes or poems that balance you or meditative exercises that help de-stress you, we all have tricks that we use when we get bent out of shape. 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 harmony.

Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author and HuffPost blogger.

I meditate every day for about 20 minutes, so that prevents a lot of anxiety that probably would have come up if I didn't have that practice in place. 20 minutes can sound like a long time, I know; but I didn't start out doing it for that long. As with all personal growth I've undertaken, I leaned into meditation gradually. I started out doing a mini-meditation for about 5 minutes at a time, usually in the morning to start my day off in a powerful direction. You can do anything for 5 minutes, and before you know it, the healthy habit is formed! Here's a recording of one (I shift meditations regularly, according to what I'm trying to accomplish in my life at the time); just close your eyes and follow along!