If you are not comfortable sitting on the floor then use a soft pillow or a cushion to sit. If you are a beginner, you would need a quiet atmosphere. It is not necessary that you have absolute silence but switching off the television or radio is important. However, once you get used to meditation, you will be able to do it even in crowded or noisy places. Your dress must be comfortable, neither too warm nor too cold.
Sit on the cushion or on the floor. If you are not comfortable in a lotus position then sit cross legged (tailor style).
Let your hands rest on your lap one in the other, with the palms facing upwards. You can also place your hands on your knees with the palms up on your knees and the thumbs should be touching the middle finger. Initially, you should not worry too much about the shape. Just try to maintain focus.
Close your eyes and take deep and slow breaths. Relax your face and jaw and count your breaths from one to ten each time and feel that you are releasing tension through every single breath. If any thought, sound or a sensation comes into your mind then try not to follow them.
For a beginner, you should meditate for just 10 minutes. However, you can increase the time later on. Decide the time before you start to meditate and set a soft alarm. Once you are done, start to move slowly. Let your hands fall to the sides, open your eyes and do some stretching.
If you really enjoy the experience and you want to meditate regularly, you can invest on some meditation cushions, incense and decorations to create the right atmosphere.