I have not always been Christian. I was formerly Shintoist. Shinto is ethnic to Japan. Also known as "kami-no-michi". Although I dont practice it anymore. I still do implement Buddhist/Shintoist meditation techniques. You must cut yourself off of absolutely everything currently going on in your mind and around you. You must zero that out. With meditation I like to listen to music.. typically this kind native to my homeland. Meditation is something I have also done everyday for many, many years. I even do it in my Hospital room. Makes the stay a little more easier.