I enjoy four types of meditation.
1. Walking Meditation, using the techniques of Thich Nhat Hanh, outdoors of course, usually in a fairly isolated area. This is 1-3 times a week, sometimes for hours at a time and it's the most amazing a healing form of meditation for me. Because of this practice, all solo hikes have become walking meditations, even if they're 8 hour hikes.
2.A few times a week I sit on a meditation pillow, light a candle and sometimes chant or pray quietly.I do this less often because I live with noisy people who knock on the door, etc...
3. A meditative bath-- candles and soaking. it works very well when I'm stressed.
4. Winter Mornings-- I have a full spectrum lamp and sit in front of it for a little while each morning. This is the perfect spot to meditate. I think of the sun and woodlands, the ocean, just visualize the outdoors... and it sets the tone for the whole day, really waking my spirit and connecting me.
I never try to banish any thoughts, but find they dissolve soon after starting. I would say I've gotten in at least 20 mins daily for the past decade. I am MUCH more relaxed as a person because of it.