Each one is a different method with broadly the same end result.
Check out these different meditation methods to see which suits you best.
Walking meditation This is one of the easiest ways to meditate, although obviously it isn't as separate from the rest of the world as you need to be aware of your surroundings.
With a walking meditation you pay attention to your feelings and your surroundings.
Allow yourself 20 minutes or so and if possible choose a place where you're away from traffic.
A local park is good.
Then go for a gentle walk and take in the area.
Notice the smells and sounds and pay attention to what you see.
Breathing meditation At its simplest, you find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and start to take deeper breaths than you'd normally take.
Breathe in a long, slow, deep breath.
If possible hold it for a second or two before releasing it, again slowly.
Repeat this over again, at least 5 times and ideally more.
You'll find that this is a quick way to bring about a more relaxed state in your body.
Binaural beats meditation This is the "modern" way to meditate and is the method I personally use regularly.
You can purchase this kind of meditation and then play it on your CD or MP3 player.
You need to find a place where you won't be disturbed for the length of the track, which is typically 30 to 60 minutes.
The track will play a background noise - usually rainfall or music - as well as binaural beats.
These beats play two slightly different tones, one into each ear.
Your brain then tries to resolve the small difference between the tones and it is this which brings out a meditative state with next to no effort on your part.
This kind of meditation is very powerful - don't get taken in by its simplicity! Cosmic meditation Quite similar to the binaural beats meditation, this is usually linked to Cosmic Ordering which is a structured form of Napoleon Hill's ideas from Think and Grow Rich.
A cosmic meditation usually takes the form of a guided meditation which will get you relaxed and then allow you to send your current wish or goals list on to the cosmos.
Guided meditation There are many of these available on the internet.
They usually last between 20 and 60 minutes.
Typically a guided meditation will start with a relaxation procedure so that you're relaxed and receptive for the main part of the meditation.
It will then move on to the actual aim of the meditation, whether this is deep relaxation, healing your body, contacting your higher self or any other goal you have chosen.
You can choose a single guided meditation or they are often sold in bundles of several guided meditations.
Whichever way of meditation you decide to use, you'll find that it helps to relax you and relieve the stresses and strains that seem to accompany our modern lifestyle.