1. Get fit for deep meditation
The heart, not the head, is the seat of Consciousness. (Egyptian wisdom)
Let a person discover his Self. (Upanishadic and Advaitic wisdom)
Minding one's breath may work. (Ancient Buddhist method).
2. Those who are drawn to contemplate a lot, were hardly meant to compete like brutes and animals in a circus
What many could lack in the start, is to put themselves fitly and methodically into a good, regular drill (of sessions). It could be good for you.
1. Practical handling from cogent thinking, and a clear mind at the back of that again.
Words in books have value through their meanings and supposed meanings.
One may slowly wonder what is the value of that handed down view of a writer of old also.
Meditate to preserve your mental balance if you can. Self-preservation may require bulwarking too. There is value accrued from reading, and more value accrued from decent, skilful handling on top of it.
Deep meditation practice correctly done, over and over, and handling life along with deep meditation may count for something.
How to Meditate
One may, for example, focus gently on a fit mantra (sound) to benefit from, and stick to the training, gently resuming the focusing after the mind has drifted or been distracted.
Whatever place we choose to sit in regularly, it should be comfortably warm.
Traditional times for meditation are dawn and dusk and otherwise . . . what could work best for you.
Regularity often helps too.
Words from the Brahma Purana
The body is the means of acquiring virtue, wealth, love and liberation, so an intelligent man should maintain his body with great care. (Brahma Purana, Chap. 120, v. 45)
Do not believe much by others that aim to profit from such beliefs; stay sane instead. Rationality may be developed a long way. [Kalama Sutta].