You don't have to listen to hippie music or burn incense. You don't need a meditation space. Make the world your meditation space. Make your desk, the free throw line, the jog out in the park your meditation space.
In meditation, we go from seeing our essentially selfish and ego-bound nature to recognizing that we are an integral part of a far greater whole, and as the heart opens we can bring compassion to our fallibility and humanness.
I've learned that thoughts are simply thoughts, and meditation is a medicine for infection that is crazy thinking. When you take your medicine, you don't spread the infection any further. The act of turning attention to the breath to soothe the body is very simple.
I also know that it can be very difficult for people to find even 10 to 25 minutes a day to meditate if they have kids. That being said, I'm always encouraging people to find any way possible to do meditation techniques to reduce stress.
Meditation can make coping with daily stressors easier and give you the often much-needed power to "let go" of troubling thoughts or emotions. It's easy to get started if you're willing to try it for just a few minutes a day!
The traditional way to define power is by using power symbols such as money, status, position, fame and beauty. I call that External Power. Yet there is another solution, which I call Soul Power. So what is Soul Power and how can you get more of it?
This may sound farfetched but meditation is a direct way to cut through the chaotic monkey mind constantly making excuses and supporting our neurosis. It's that fundamental. Yet so many people pay it so little attention.
Finding a form of meditation that works for you and leads you to a deep sense of inner peace isn't secondary to solving the world's problems. In fact, it seems to be obviously primary to achieving balance in the outer world.