Let's face it, what works for some may not work for others. Meditating does not require you to sit Indian style on a grassy knoll under the sun, but meditating outside is wonderful. You can meditate anywhere that is comfortable for you.
Tips for Mediating
Find a comfortable quiet place where you won't be disturbed (turn your ringer off and leave it in another room). Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose, and out through your mouth. You can repeat in your head "Positivity in, negativity out." or count your breaths. Breathe until you are relaxed.
Just focusing on your breathing is indeed mediation. Challenge yourself to do this for 15 minutes and then progressively longer.
To go further you can, imagine you are on a warm comfortable beach relaxing in the sun. Feel everything about your location such as the warm sun on your face, the cool sand between your toes, sounds of the oceans waves going back and forth, etc. Or imagine any place that relaxes you. This is your meditation world so use your imagination as you did so effortlessly as a child. If a wandering thought arises, take note of it, but don't get stuck on it. Observe it without judgment and bring your thoughts back to the sounds of the ocean that you are sitting next too (or whatever you have imagined in your environment). Keep doing that until your mind is clear and quiet. This can take time, but sitting in silence is still golden and it decreases anxiety. That is mindfulness mediation.
You can also use guided meditations as I described in My Spiritual Fasting Experience-The Chakra Trials. My mind tends to incorporate extra things that it believe is for my benefit. Let your imagination influence your mediation because it can bring to you things that you NEED to deal with. Also, I prefer written guided meditations versus audio meditations because I want complete silence, not someone telling me what to do from a recording (I have authority issues lol). You can also make your own guided meditations after researching and deciding what suits your needs. Be creative.
Meditation and Answers
Going into meditations with a question can be very effective. For instance, say you wanted to figure out why you are having a difficult time in your relationships. You could go into your mediation to examine a situation, discover how it makes you feel, discover why it makes you feel that way (make connections). accept the experience, and imagine letting it go but with a love for yourself and the experience. The acknowledgment/acceptance/and letting go will give you back the control of your life that you truly deserve (Check out the series of articles called Art of Letting Go).
Also, you can go into your meditations with the sole purpose of wanting to connect with your higher power. Once the mind is silent, things can be revealed to you in ways that you never could imagine before establishing this routine of mediating. You may have to work for this, however, with repetition and not giving up, the messages will be revealed in meditation, dreams, and/or in daily life.