There are many ways to meditate and various reasons for meditating. When you meditate it can be a means of 'prayer' making a conscious connection to Divinity. You can use it as a means of bringing the broader realities of existence into focus. It can help you retrieve information. You can use it as a way to connect with your inner self and with others. It can be a way to bring inner calm. Meditation is a proven way to increase a sense of well being and bring increased relaxation reducing stress.
Meditation is a tool for self realisation, change, accomplishment, healing, insight, guidance and creativity.
It can be used to bring clarity, wisdom and knowledge into your waking mind, to assist others and to heal relationships.
You can use meditation as a tool to learn to expand your consciousness, self awareness and improve your life.
The basic Components for beginning meditation are the relaxation of body and mind-centring of energies and thoughts. It can be an expansion of awareness and alignment with higher mind or self.