Some things in life are pretty simple.
If you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more. And drink lots of water.
If you want to write good fiction, read a lot and write often.
If you want to improve your relationship (marital, familial, or just friends), spend time paying attention to each other, and give up criticising, judging or trying to control.
If you want to succeed in the world, then know what you really want, work really hard to get it, and be diplomatic. (From my old shrink. This advice passed on to you gratis)
How to meditate: close your eyes. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
I have just saved you about $75 in self-help books, and possibly thousands of dollars in workshop fees.