I learned to meditate over forty years ago. The technique I learned first was Transcendental Meditation or TM as taught by the Beatles guru Maharishi. He taught a mantric meditation that uses sound to transcend thought. Maharishi was a great teacher but was not very approachable for ordinary people like you or me.
This moment Now is full of potential. You can go anyway that you want. Going the right way for you is only a matter of leaving the past behind. Children, especially very young children, do that quite naturally and effortlessly. Anything is quickly forgotten. We should learn from them.