I've been wanting to learn to meditate for a while now, but never really got around to studying it. I've read up on it, and a little bit on Buddhism, but I'm not sure how to begin the act of meditation. I want to be able to wake up, meditate before starting my day, and meditating before ending it. I'd like to learn techniques, rituals, etc. So, to all who use meditation, can you please provide some input to help me out?