Be very attentive and more curious about what is occurring and what might be perceived or experienced. Sit upright and stay alert. Stay with your technique until your attention is focused. If you attention wavers, bring it back to the process. Regular, attentive practice will be most helpful.
~Roy Eugene Davis
During meditation we use a technique such as following the breath to enable concentration, but the key to success is our continuous awareness of our inner state. First we watch for distractions and use technique to return to the point of focus. Then we watch what occurs during focus and wait for the subtle shift from concentration into meditation. We recognize this shift when we reach a state of deep peacefulness and boundaries fall away. If we fall back out of meditation, we can always pick up the technique to reach concentration and meditation again.