In Nondual Shaiva Tantra there are two categories of meditation: meditation with form (sapekṣa dhyānam) and meditation without form (nirapekṣa dhyānam). The first category includes thousands of techniques that involve doing something, like watching the breath, counting, gazing at smoke arising from incense, tracking thoughts and sensations, reciting mantra and many, many more. The latter contains only one: a non-conceptual meditation that invites us only to directly experience reality precisely as it is; the pithy instructions for which were put forth by the great yogic saint Abhinavagupta: “Take nothing, leave nothing, be with everything as it is”. For beginners (and even intermediates) having some kind of anchor to come back to each time we lose presence can be very helpful in learning how to meditate and so meditation with form is usually suggested. Any meditation that one chooses will eventually calm the mind and so it is only necessary to choose a practice that you resonate with and can commit to with daily regularity (even if just for 10 mins.) Meditation has a cumulative effect, so it’s critical to create a routine that slowly builds over time, rather than to sit irregularly for longer periods. If you are a true beginner I would recommend sitting with a straight spine and simply watching the rising and falling of the breath at your belly while you consciously relax tension in the body. Each time you notice that you have become distracted gently bring your attention back to the practice.