Well said. I agree, but I was running out of room to go into the other ways, yet still make an impact. It is interesting to note that meditation is a learned experience and as such, is something that needs to be practiced often to get the full benefit from it. Like you said, just keep practicing and coming back because it is the process and intent that sets the stage towards personal joy.
One of the easiest ways to work up to "mindfulness meditation" is to use an affirmation. Repeat a word or a saying, something that you want to be or to see in your life, while meditating. To live a positive life the mind must be fed positive thoughts, so choose words like, "Excitement, Happiness, Joy, Magic" and use phrases like, "I am filled with the light of God", or simply, "I love myself."
In a hurry, but desperately need to relax? There is what I call a "quickie," where you find some place so as not to be disturbed (a quiet room or even a bathroom and lock the door) sit quietly, block out the world and focus your attention on your breathing. Do this for a few minutes and surprisingly you will find your blood pressure dropping, your respiration rate reduced and stress can be put a bay in a matter of minutes.
This is another easy one to practice, "focused awareness meditation" where you focus all your attention on an object such as a candle, lamp, book while breathing deeply. You can do this lying down, at work just about anywhere. I like to do it when I am out for a walk. I find something in the distance, begin focusing on it and do my breathing exercises. It is interesting at how relaxed or what insights you can get from something so simple.
Then there is "Transcendental Meditation" or TM, often referred to as the "state of consciousness." a form of meditation where the brain relaxes as it transcends into a state of peaceful awareness. The mind falls into a state of inner peace by experiencing the unified field, or a physical area of peace.
As SnakeMedicine said, don't give up on something just because it seems hard at first. The benefits from a mindfulness meditation are enormous, insights that are jaw dropping and relaxation like you have never felt before. Still with that all said, you must do what is comfortable for you and if 'story telling' (known as "mental visualization") works, then by all means keep doing it. Just know that you can do that while still practicing and getting better at other forms.