I've also begun meditating, on a small scale, and not as consistently as I'd like. One of my goals this year is actually to start meditating several times a week, but I've put that goal off until later as I concentrate on other goals right now.
When I do meditate, I find it very relaxing and peaceful. I'm not a new-ager by any means, but I am a fan of simplicity, and find that meditating keeps me calm and seems to melt away the stress.
Other things I like to do that have similar effects: reading, running early in the morning, and working outside. Somehow my mind gets lost in these things, and that kind of focus really relaxes me.
I have a blogger friend, Nneka, over at http://www.balancedlifecenter.com/blog/ who is much more experienced at meditating. I'd give her blog a read for more on the topic.