Glomung said:Pagan (i.e. Buddhist ) meditation is an emptying of the mind, an attempt to have no thoughts whatsoever.
Christian meditation is focusing the mind on a particular thought or idea so to be able to come to an understanding of the meaning associated or produced by that thought or idea.
There is a type of Christian Contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer, based on the book, "The Cloud of Unkowing," where you keep your mind open to God.
Sometimes during the day I try to get in touch with what Karl Rahner calls the Infinite Silence, which is the silent Presence of God. It is a kind of listening to the "still small voice of God."
Also, the Eastern cultures once knew more about meditation than the west. So, I don't see anything wrong with adapting certain Eastern methods like concentrating on the breath to help reach a quiet state.
There is also the Jesus Prayer, and a great book about it called "The Way of the Pilgrim," in which is repeated the following (or variations of): "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me."
In this day and age of business and rushing around getting things done, there is a need to quiet the mind.
Lastly, a great way to quiet the mind is to pray the Psalms.
The English meditation is derived from the Latin meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder" (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)