I definitely find a meditative place when playing sports. But when I am alone, quiet, it is actually more difficult, so I simply focus on the breath. This little video by Mingyur Rinpoche was a game changer for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOJTbWC-ULc.
Simple. I was over-complicating it for years! :)
Thank you for the article.