Good point mami_mala.
I start with the breath, just bringing my attention back to breath.. back to breath.. because it's always there, the bridge between the body and mind.
At the end i add some loving kindness-practice. Just sending good thoughts to yourself, your family, your town, state, country... expanding as far as you can go - or what might be needed that day.
And what really works for me with this practice, is that it can be done anywhere (no excuse for not having the time!) - while on the computer, nursing my dd, talking with my dh (or better still, my MIL..) The breath is your constant companion, always reminding you of your state of mind. Last night when a throbbing toothache was keeping me awake and i had no painkillers, i did this. After some time my mind stopped reacting to the pain and eased back into the sleep.
And the loving kindness practice(metta amongst the buddhist) lends itself to everyday life as well - when reading horrible stories on the news paper, when arguments arise, when you yourself are in need of some TLC..
And this in today's spiritual marketplace is my question - what technique truly applies to my life as a mother? Meditation is a lifetime job (maybe several lifetimes
) and rarely an easy one. You're training your mind from eions of grasping. Be easy on yourself and your expectations.