Before I meditate first thing in the morning, I do stretching of legs and back for 10 minutes so sitting is more comfortable.
When I sit use pillow so back is straight. Feel like string pulling on head upward and weight on tailbone gently pulling it straight down.
After establishing breathing you can continue counting breath or do a ceremony.
Here is one the Dalai Lama
Generating the Mind for Enlightenment
For those who admire the spiritual ideals of the Eight verses on
Transforming the Mind it is helpful to recite the following verses for
generating the mind for enlightenment. Practicing Buddhists should
recite the verses and reflect upon the meaning of the words, while
trying to enhance their altruism and compassion. Those of you who are
practitioners of other religious traditions can draw from your own
spiritual teachings, and try to commit yourselves to cultivating
altruistic thoughts in pursuit of the altruistic ideal.
With a wish to free all beings I shall always go for refuge to the
Buddha, Dharma and Sangha until I reach full enlightenment.
Enthused by wisdom and compassion, today in the Buddha’s presence I
generate the Mind for Full Awakening for the benefit of all sentient
As long as space endures, as long as sentient being remain, until
then, may I too remain and dispel the miseries of the world. In
conclusion, those who like myself, consider themselves to be followers
of Buddha, should practice as much as we can. To followers of other
religious traditions, I would like to say, “Please practice your own
religion seriously and sincerely.” And to non-believers, I request you
to try to be warm-hearted. I ask this of you because these mental
attitudes actually bring us happiness. As I have mentioned before,
taking care of others actually benefits you.
This may have to do with focusing the mind and energy and dedicating it to others, but this focused ceremony helps to energize meditation.
Meditation 30-60 minutes are usually adequate to begin my day. Then I do yoga and other exercises to generate energy and plan activities so I am active. Just sitting all day could easily produce torpor. Having a plan to act in the world is part of walking meditation where you keep meditation or breathing awareness going while you do your job or goal for the day with complete focus.