To start meditation exercise you need to close your eyes so that you do not have visual distraction. Initially you chant to hear the noise you want. Or you listen to soulful music instead of all the other noises which will distract you. Music is nothing but noise by choice so that you listen to what you have to listen to. You light incense stick or any aroma stick so that nose is not picking up food being cooked and start thinking in that direction.
Initially a lot of sensual withdrawal is created so that we can dissolve in that experience. Meditation is anything which helps you to forget yourself and dissolve into it doing nothing striving for nothing. The 11 Techniques will show you step by step to get into meditation.