When I heard about meditation, I truly did picture sitting cross-legged in a room on a weird pillow from India with a candle and incense burning as the standard. Realistically, I just didn't understand what meditation really was - but now I do.
Family is important because there's this sort of "unconditionalness" about it. These are people that are just automatically your friends & even if you are a P.O.S. they are somehow still obligated to care for you.