The guide below is a wonderful training method for beginners and experienced practitioners of meditation.  The health benefits of meditation are numerous and there are studies to support this.  Meditation allows you to calm the inner chatter in our heads that never seems to shut-up and is just noise, really the inner voice is echos and reactions.  

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

Dalai Lama XIV

Meditation is to allow you to listen.

Listen to what… the sound of silence.  From the silence enters visualization and intuition.  It allows your subconscious to speak to tell you your life purpose, instructions how to pursue a life of meaning.  Meditation allows you to channel and recenter your energy, realigning your energy epicenters also called meridians and chakras.   

How to Master the Art of Meditation: A Complete Guide to the 10 Stages of Meditative Development

The entire process of training the mind unfolds through Ten Stages. Each Stage of meditation has its own distinct characteristics, challenges to overcome, and specific techniques for working through those challenges. The Stages mark gradual improvements in your abilities. As you make progress, there will also be Four Milestone Achievements that divide the Ten Stages of meditation into four distinct parts.