Meditation is not an act of doing. Meditation is a state of being, a state of awareness — state of being in the moment. Being in the Now.
Our minds are constantly processing information. We are by default living in a sensory overload. A condition where one or more of the senses are strained and it becomes difficult to focus on the task at hand.
Meditation is not the same as concentration. But concentrating on something or fixing our attention on a particular object or idea is the tool that could help our mediation.
Watching a particular spot in front of our eyes while paying attention to our breathing is the most common technique most people use in their meditation efforts.
What is often overlooked is that what we hear around us, and it cloud be silence will influence our thoughts and our thoughts will interfere with our meditation.
One of the best tools for helping with meditation is audio. Good meditation audio will clear your mind as you listen and will help you meditate for longer periods of time. Why is this important? Because unless you are very experienced with meditation, most of us need time to get our brain waves into the meditative state.
The best audio I found and use every day is Clearing Meditation audio. It makes use of a Subliminal Hypnotic Induction which, rather than speaking to your conscious mind, speaks to your unconscious one.
It's mixed with relaxing music which comprises of environmental sounds that have a soothing effect and Pipa, a modern replica of the mandolin which is an ancient Chinese musical instrument.
I highly recommend using this technique. It will shorten the time to get you into the meditative state. It will to recharge you for the day and will help you to focus. It will literally help you clear your mind from garbage. Try it. http://joevitaleproducts.net/meditation