Preparation is the key to a successful meditation session.
Dharmapala Buddhist Centre nun Gen Kelsang Nampur recommended choosing a well-ventilated, quiet area with a comfortable temperature.
Sit with a straight back - whether on the floor or in a chair. She advises against lying down to meditate - particularly around bedtime.
"Often meditation will wake you up, so it's best not to do it before you go to sleep," she said.
"You can also train yourself to fall asleep in meditation, so it's best to keep those things separate."
So when's the best time of day?
"Try at different times and see what works for you. But it's good to have a routine - find a time and try to stick to that."
A meditation session for beginners can simply involve focusing on your natural breath for 10 minutes.
According to Perth Meditation Centre director Eric Harrison said it's normal to have thoughts of your next trip to the supermarket, or that work meeting popping in to your head - but when it does, simply let it go and return to thinking about your breath.
"This pattern of focus, distraction and refocus, is the normal rhythm of any meditation," said Mr Harrison.
"The whole process involves being firm with your mind; it's like a naughty child, wanting to run here and there," explained Ms Nampur.
"But it's important not to get agitated about the distractions; just let them go. If you try to push them away you give them energy."
A beginner course can help you learn the basics, and to find a style of meditation that suits you best. There are also numerous smart phone apps and meditation CDs and DVDs on the market.
"My view of them is that they're helpful up to a point, especially while you're learning," said Ms Nampur.
"But you do eventually want to get to a point where you can guide yourself and not use any props."
For information about meditation and courses, contact the Dharmapala Buddhist Centre, 9339 1553 or meditationinperth.org; or the Perth Meditation Centre, 9381 4877 or perthmeditationcentre.com.au.