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04/04/2016 10:54 am ET Updated Apr 05, 2017

5 Ways That One Minute of Meditation Could Change Your Life

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Seriously, meditating for one minute today could change your life. Here's how:

1. Hear Your Intuition

You wake up in the morning and you feel grumpy but instead of doing a grumpy day, you decide to try something new. You meditate for one minute and have an intuition that it's a good idea to go the farmers market on the other side of town -- you usually go to the farmers market on this side of town but this time you decide to go to the other side of town. At the farmers market you meet a dog that you fall in love with and the dog needs a new home and then when you take the dog home and take him on a walk, you find that there is someone else on your street with a dog and that dog needs a new owner also. Now you have two dogs. Boom -- life changed.

When you meditate, you might be more attuned to your intuition which can guide you in unexpected ways and in new directions.

2. Align With the Change That's Already Happening

In all honesty, meditation will probably just get you aligned with the way that your day is already changing -- so you'll feel like you did a good job changing your day, but really you just lined up with the change that was already taking place -- how cool is that?

3. Quiet Your Mind

Have you ever wanted your mind to leave you alone? Try this. Set a timer for 60 seconds, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. If you notice yourself getting distracted, simply return your attention to the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe. That's it. Seriously, try it.

4. Relax

Some people think that meditation is good for your health. I happen to be one of them. I'll tell you why. After I meditate, I have this feeling that I've done something good for myself. I feel more relaxed. Aren't there like a million studies that talk about the adverse effects of stress on one's health? Relaxed is the opposite of stressed so there you have it. Relax and you're doing something good for your health. And besides, people will enjoy being around you more if you are relaxed and that's nice too.

5. Doing Something Small Is the First Step

Have you heard that "a journey of 10,000 miles begins with the first step?" Making a small change for yourself today could be the beginning of taking better care of yourself.

One minute, leads to two minutes, leads to three minutes. I've said before that meditation is about quality. Do what works for you. All the reading in the world about meditation doesn't amount to a moment of experiencing the true peace of your being. If you want to meditate, go for it. Commit for one minute and get into it in a way that works for you.

If you'd like somewhere to get started, here is a step-by-step process called "Learn How to Meditate in 5 Simple Steps". Also, here is a great series of free guided meditations.

Challenge
Meditate for one minute and comment with your experiences.