This has been a part of me since I was a child, so I don’t know what it is to “become” a meditator. I often find myself in a modified state of conscience. One of the strongest such experiences was at 15. I was walking along the Mediterranean coast on a track which snaked through rocks, pine and fig trees, idling from cove to cove. It was a real pleasure to just wander. The sun was beating down beautifully. Eventually, I fell upon a naturist beach.