“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment.” says~ Sogyal Rinpoche
Sogyal makes a very important distinction with this quote - "meditation is THE ROAD to enlightenment", enlightenment is not the destination. Mooji has a wonderful teaching about this called - "Forget Bout Enlightenment". Meditating is more about remembering that which you already are, not attainment of some "enlightened state". This link sheds light on the idea that we are already pristine universal energy consciousness. Meditation should be approached as a being-ness for a while, not as a doing-ness or chore. You're being still and silent for a time, you're seeing past the outside stimulus which occupies the ego mind. I would warn you to not compare yourself to any guru, spiritual teacher or friend that boasts of the length and depth of their meditations. That has derailed many seekers from an effective meditative practice of their own, simply by boastful intimidation.
My friend Alexander Riegal is a teacher, guide and experienced mystic, I consider Alex a friend. However, all I know about Alex's spiritual practice(s) is that he does, he has never boasted of the amount of time, or depth of experience for his practice. Alex knows that is counter-productive to guiding others. A meditative practice/journey is a solitary trek within.
“It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.” – H.W. Shaw
Maybe the biggest misconception about meditation is that it is all visions of summer meadows, butterflies and rainbows. There is a component of that to meditative spiritual practices, but that is far from the full story.
Beholding the heart space, that is the mechanics of a meditative practice. Once one rises above the chatter of the mind, beholds the silence that is with us always, is the realm of the heart.
There is lifetimes more conscious awareness in the heart space than the mind. Meditation allows the mind and heart to sync, the mind calms as the heart opens to the minds awareness, the mind is soothed and able to let go of its shallow concerns while its conscious awareness is riveted on the heart...the silence...the still being-ness. Let us constantly be reminded of the still, silent calming presence that our heart space is. One can take an instant at any time during a hectic day to take a few conscious breaths and feel for the silent stillness.
If you're new to meditating or desiring to vary your practice. Then by all means research some sites or videos. Find something that suits you. Regardless of what any one tells you, know that meditation techniques are highly personalized endeavors. Something that works wonders for one, may not be effective for you. This is called a 'practice' for a reason. It could very well be called play...just be sure to not make it a job or chore to mark off of your to do list. It is a habit...hopefully a habit that one enjoys, like regular outings with friends, because it is. The friends are all you.