Just a quick tag-on to my meditation resources and my suggestions for timing your meditation sessions: I neglected to mention the possibility of using a piece of music both to help you get into your meditative space and to act as a natural, unobtrusive timer for your session. I’m sorry for the oversight; I simply don’t use music those ways personally, and although it was on my mental list of possibilities, it fell off the end of the list while I was writing. Suggestions would be very welcome if any readers have favorite pieces or artists for this purpose!
If I used anything like this, it would probably be classical. I think meditating on the classical deities while listening to the appropriate movements of Holst’s The Planets could be fascinating, for example. The orderliness of Bach’s work has always made it good background music for me, but I’m not sure if that would be the kind of meditative state most practitioners enjoy. A lot of the “New Age” music I’ve heard for these purposes has either been so bland as to be nearly pointless or so unusual that it is intrusive for me. But like I said, this isn’t a strong area for me – what do you wonderful readers like to listen to?