For most people, the first 10-15 minutes of meditation are a cavalcade of negative internal monologues, twitches, and itching. Only after this does the mind begin to settle down, the waters calm, and a sense of peace emerge.
Those of you who have attempted meditation AND found your way through the noise to a peaceful place:
1) what noise did your head throw at you?
2) how did you work your way through it?