Sadly, many Christians have lost the practice of meditation assuming that it is a non-Christian practice. Meditation is often thought of as emptying your mind, sitting funny, and chanting om. But the word meditate actually means "to think deeply or carefully about something." With Christian meditation we are not emptying our minds to focus on nothing. We are focusing on the truths of scripture, the presence of God, and hearing his voice clearly. That may include emptying our minds of the grocery list, emails that need responding to, and the other distracting things our minds obsess over, but it is an emptying with intent to fill.
Memorizing scripture is a good and helpful spiritual discipline but for many it isn't producing the spiritual fruit they had hoped. So before you call me a heretic, let me explain why I'm not memorizing scripture this year, and what I am doing instead.
One question I have gotten a lot lately is how to listen to God in prayer. We often think that listening prayer means sitting around quiet and bored and waiting for God to say something. While this sometimes may be the case, listening prayer is more of a conversation, His replies come quicker than we may realize and when we have the expectation that He will answer we are more apt to be listening. This guided listening prayer exercise will help you begin to dialogue with the Lord and recognize His answers.