I just started a meditation practice about 2 weeks ago. I was inspired to do so after listening to an Abraham Hicks lecture. Over the years, I'd always hesitated to start a practice, because I have trouble sitting still, and quieting my mind.
What helped me along the way, was joining a Spiritualist church years ago. I participated in a development circle, and learned the importance of grounding myself. Since then, I've listened to many audio recordings of how to ground yourself, center yourself, etc. This is an important step so that one can connect to the Divine, and your spirit guides. It helped to have the encouragement of others in the group, to listen to them talk about what they experienced and how more enlightened they felt afterwards. I continue to use grounding as my initiation to prayer. I've since moved and miss the group very much.
So, here is what I've recently started doing: after waking up in the morning, I immediately write in my journal. Then, I will sit crossed legged on my bed, close my eyes, ground myself and then just try to empty my mind. The journaling ahead of time helps me to de-clutter my thoughts. I've been told that "prayer is talking, and meditation is listening." And so, I just listen. And breathe. And take in the sounds around me. What I've noticed thus far, is that random thoughts appear - that usually bring a smile to my face - and then, I let it go and breathe again. This usually lasts 15-20 minutes. Then, I'll get up to start my day.
Today was the first day, where I think I received a one word message while meditating. It's very nice to know that someone on the other side took the time to whisper in my ear! I look forward to my sessions, knowing that I begin each day with peacefulness, calmness and centeredness.
Namaste', my friends!