Back in the 80s I went to a gathering with my cousin. I never forgot what one man suggested to do at the start of meditation.
He said...
Shut up
Sit down
Breath deep
And listen

Thank you Paxton Robbie
Its been so long ago I don't know where he is or if he's still on this side of the veil, but I never forgot those words a..which work very well in meditation.