I tried meditation before I understood prayer, but it was empty. Prayer changed everything. Prayer helped me understand meditation.
For me, mediation has become “listening prayer”. It’s about listening for the quiet voice of God within. A voice that speaks without words. An inner presence of peace and love.
The point of mediation is to connect with something bigger than ourselves. If you haven’t experienced that yet, then you haven’t gone deep enough. Prayer will get you there.