The first time I meditated, I was in my early teens, looking out a window at a beautiful Autumn afternoon,
golden leaves dancing in the wind.
By keeping my attention of the movement of leaves, on the light, the good feelings, and so on, this nice experience kept going for a long while, a beautiful flowing experience. Very simple, just opening up to what was there.
Later on, I took classes in TM, and a while after that, took classes in Classic Hindu meditations as taught by Swami Vivekananda and Sri Chinmoy. This became my 2x daily practice for many years, and it was a wonderful "free gift from the universe" that helped me get centered and relaxed and who knows what else.
Then an accupuncturist friend recommended that I go see Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, saying, this is a very good teaching. I had been reading a used book near that time called "A house of mirrors" by Pir Vilayat's father, Hazrat Inayat Khan.
I still remember how much I got from the lecture and meditations he gave (at the Unitarian Church in Harvard Sq., Cambridge, Mass), and also, how awkward I felt standing outside lighting up a cigarette afterwords, and sensing how healthy most of the people looked who had attended this event, like they'd just climbed down from a mountain for a visit. (I've been a non-smoker for 17 years, *sigh* ****deep relaxed breath****)
This led to going to more Sufi lectures and getting initiated into the Sufi Order, a wonderful turn of events that still contributes quality and purpose in my life.
Since that time, I've kept exploring and I still meditate and get great benefit from this activity.
It's also been great to also explore: Peruvian Shamanism (with Oscar Miro-Quesada) and Reiki (1,2&3rd level training from Jeannette Bessinger)