how to meditate without the woo woo

Find a place where you won’t be disturbed. Either sit down with your legs crossed or lay down on your back – it doesn’t matter.
Close your eyes and become centered. Just stay calm and relaxed.
Start breathing deeply. Inhale from the bottom of your stomach and move upward until the top of your lungs. Don’t overemphasize it either – keep it simple and sooth.

Become mindful of your body. Notice how you’re feeling right now. Feel the weight of your arms and legs. How your heart is beating. The blood flowing through your veins. The floating and deflating of your chest. Are there any aches and pains?
Become mindful of your mind. What thoughts are you having? “This is bulls*it” or “Is this working?” That’s fine. Whatever goes on – accept it. Don’t beat yourself up for any emerging emotion or thought. Instead, allow them to rise, say “Thanks, mind!” and then dissolve them. The key is to remain aware by focusing on your breath and become the observer.

Become mindful of your environment. You can also allow your consciousness to travel beyond your physical meat-suit. There’s the ground your sitting on, the wind that’s blowing to your face, the cold temperature, birds outside, noise on the streets or other people in the next room. Observe what goes on around you but like with your mind, don’t attach on to the perceptions you experience.
Do some self-enquiry and contemplation. After a while, you’ll condition your mind to remain still…at least for the most part. Herein lies the point where you can start investigating some of the deeper depths of your subconscious mind. Meditation doesn’t have to be done to completely blank out in your head. During practice, you can find out a lot of new things about who you really are. It can also lead to certain epiphanies or revelations about what your purpose in life is or, if not that fundamental, realize what you need to do in the near future.