Meditation (dhyana) is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known in Sanskrit as a Mantra.
Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
The believe that meditation is the art of silencing the mind, often leads to a sense of failure and consequently abandoning the practice. It is true that a feeling of calm and a quieter mind is sometimes a result of meditation, but the purpose of meditation is not to calm the mind or yourself. The purpose of meditation is simply to observe the mind, to see what is happening within your own mind.
It is the nature of the mind to keep generating thoughts, endlessly. Our mind spins stories about our work, family, finances, health, etc., it has the tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression and limitation.
Noticing the mind jumping around. is meditation, and having a meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mind, body and spirit.