Another technique I occasionally use to get into a meditative state, I call it "A Night At The Box-Office".
Visualisation and imagination is also a very powerful tool in the very early stages of meditation.
Close your eyes and slow down your breath...
You are sitting all alone in a dark movie theater (with or without popcorn, your choice). lulz
Suddenly, the curtain rises...what's on the bill tonight? why, your thoughts are, of course.
So, you sit and watch your thoughts on that big screen there (about where your brow chakra is...between your eyes).
Some are important...some are boring...as all movies are...
So, you are still sitting there, watching all that. You can see yourself watching your own thoughts right? eating popcorn maybe?
So who is watching?
Damn, I didn't know there were commercial breaks scheduled in this feature...