At our meditation center in Baner, Pune ; mantra chanting is the most preferred and easiest technique for reaching that silent, meditative state.
Vipassana meditation is something very good which help us be mindful all day. I met a guru who practice for over 30years, he is Venerable Vimokkha and did share his teaching in MP3 files in my blog. His teaching is recorded during our Vipassana meditation retreat. Feel free download it for free at: http://www.kidbuxblog.com/ajahn-wimoak/