There is no single right way to do lectio. What we do is read a short passage of the Bible out loud, sit in silence for a minute, and then go around the circle sharing, without comment, what word or phrase stuck out for us. Then another person reads the same passage out loud from another translation, we sit in silence for another minute, and then we go around the circle sharing what God seems to be saying to us in this passage. We do the same thing a third time, this time sharing what God is inviting us to do or change. Finally, we sent in silence for five minutes.
The basic idea is to let God speak to us through the words of Scripture. We try to hear what God is saying, and offer it back up to God. What I find most helpful is getting out of my head. This is not about figuring out what the passage means in its context or about me asking God for what I think I need. Ideally in lectio divina we pause to experience God as the center, and our wants/needs/desires/ideas as revolving around God, as responses to God, not the reverse.
I think most Americans could benefit from this kind of de-centering of ourselves. I know I benefit, particularly after leading services, from a quiet time that reminds me of the obvious truth that worship is all about God, not me. I am grateful to those who join me in this “prayer and meditation on God’s holy word” each week!