Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath.
Open your eyes.
Voila! You just meditated. :-)
At Kripalu, I sat in on one of Bhavani's meditation sessions. In the beginning, she asked the group a question: “How do you know if you're meditating correctly?” The answer: If you're doing it at all, then you're doing it correctly. 
At first, I could barely listen to one of those recordings for more than 2 minutes before I had to shut it off and go do something. By the second or third day, I was able to listen all the way through for 20 minutes. If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.
I also love trainers for the same reason: They get you to Just Do It. Have you ever had a tutor or personal fitness trainer? You can find meditation teachers on popexpert.
Meditation, self-hypnosis, prayer, etc., they’re all essentially the same thing. They involve relaxation & focus. Yoga or being in flow are also similar but often also involve body movement.Nature
We can learn a lot from nature. Observe plants. Observe animals. They are great meditators. Have you ever seen a dog close its eyes? How about a tree growing slowly in its environment. How about clouds drifting in the sky? How about a cheetah stalk a gazelle? Decelerate. Accelerate. Learn from nature. Nature is often in flow.Breathing
Even just one deep breath can make a difference. Tal Ben-Shahar taught me that. It’s just like working out. You do it once, it won’t make much of a difference. But, if all you do is take one deep breath every morning & night after waking up & before going to sleep, that would make a difference.
Eben Pagan taught me a great practice. Take three deep breaths. The first breath, focus on your body; the second breath, focus on your emotions; the third breath, bring your awareness to your mind; and, if you’re feeling good about doing a fourth breath, then on that breath, bring your awareness to awareness itself, that part of you that has been bringing awareness to your body, mind, and emotions. That might feel trippy, like you’re going someplace else. Perhaps, that’s because to observe yourself, you must step outside of yourself. Or, perhaps, it’s the opposite, that you were previously someplace outside of yourself and/or outside of the present and now, you’re actually going home in space & time.
I also do dirga breaths for presencing & calming myself.Personal Development
I regularly do Tony Robbins’ Get the Edge - Daily Magic, which begins with a relaxing & presencing breathing exercise. I highly recommend Get the Edge & Personal Power II. I also recommend Unleash the Power Within.
Finally, I recommend The Landmark Forum. Just do it. You’ll thank me later.
Immerse yourself in personal development.Laughter
My friend Mia Palatano taught me the power of laughter. She taught me to laugh for no reason at all. Sometimes, I watch a funny video on YouTube, like Eddie Murphy stand up, or I think of funny things that have happened in the past, or I realize (usually while meditating) something that happened that I didn’t find funny is actually hilarious in retrospect. And, I just enjoy laughing. And, sometimes, I follow Mia’s advice and just laugh for no reason at all.
The movie The Secret tells the story of a woman who used laughter (along with gratitude and the Secret) to help cure her cancer.Yoga
Any decent yoga class will involve meditation. Even if the class doesn’t incorporate even just a brief sitting meditation before and/or after class, the practice of yoga itself is a kind of meditation (focus) in action. Also, most classes will have at least savasana, which is a sort of meditation, probably my favorite actually. :-) I love yoga because it involves meditation and the body. When our body is fit, our mind has wit.More Thoughts
Now, I like to do breath awareness (on my own, without listening) in shavasana (lying on my back, as described in the Body Scan audio) with a soft t-shirt (like my Lovers t-shirt) covering my eyes (as a blindfold) (inspired by Napoleon Hill’s recount of how one of the world’s most genius inventors came up with ideas. I think it’s in the chapter on Knowledge in Think and Grow Rich). Then, I deepen my breath, perhaps do some dirga breaths. I center myself and get relaxed. Then, I follow the second step of Napoleon Hill’s Self-Confidence Formula as described in Chapter 3. Faith of Think and Grow Rich. Basically, I do visualization. It also helps to do gratitude before visualization. This is a sort of meditation/self-hypnosis.
I heard lots of rules in the beginning and wanted to make sure I was doing it “right.” “Keep your back straight.” “Keep your hips above your knees.” “Sit. Don’t lie down or you’ll fall asleep.” “Focus. Don’t let your mind wander.” “Don’t meditate with a full stomach.” “Eating meat prevents meditation.” But, all these rules stressed me out and made it too much work for me, and I would end up not doing anything at all. That’s why Bhavani’s point above is so spot on. The trick is to do whatever you like, whatever feels good, whatever gets you to do some something remotely resembling meditation. If you enjoy standing on your head with grapes in your nostrils and toothpicks prying your eyelids open while holding your breath until you feel the touch of death, then by all means, go for it! :-) Just be safe about it. Haha. If you prefer prayer, that’s great too! Self-hypnosis? Sure! Gratitude? You bet! Visualization? Great!
Plus, what if I prefer oftentimes to lie down? And, what if I do fall asleep? Isn’t that what my body needed? And, what if I allow my mind wander sometimes. If it does wander, then isn’t that what it needed? I’m often controlling my mind, focusing on a specific task so that I can be the most productive, like I’m doing right now writing this. So, for me, sometimes it feels so good just to let my mind wander. What I really like to do is consciously think about the answer to a carefully chosen question (Questions are powerful.), like “What do I want?” Then, I think about that question. Then, if I notice I’ve gotten lost in my thoughts, I’ll re-presence myself by bringing my awareness to my breath. Then, I’ll begin to focus on that same question again. I love doing this. I do this in addition to, not in lieu of, meditation. I really think there is something valuable about just being here & now.
Steve Jobs’ recommends the book: Be Here Now by Ram Dass. It’s on my reading list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
I recommend reading Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now & A New Earth.
I also really love journaling, free writing. I prefer doing it with pen & paper. It can be about anything. I highly recommend James W. Pennebaker’s Writing and Health.
P.S. If you read Think and Grow Rich, make sure you read the original, which can be found on sacred-texts.com.Footnotes
 The first question Bhavani asked was, “How many of you have been meditating for 40 years?” It reminded me of a story I read in one of my mom’s issues of Bits & Pieces.
After one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s performances, several people were offering him their congratulations, when one woman commented, “I wish God had bestowed me with such genius.”
"It isn’t genius, madam, nor is it magic." Beethoven replied. "All you have to do is practice on your piano eight hours a day for 40 years."