What Exactly Constitutes Dhikr?

I have read numerous hadeeth that greatly encourage Dhiker(Ziker). The prophet said that the only regret that the people of paradise will have is not doing enough of it.


There are many statements (given in the Hadeeth) glorfying Allah and praising Him and acknowledging his power over us. I understand enough Arabic for me to be able to understand most of these statements, and so when I'm saying them in Arabic, their meaning is not lost on me. However sometimes when I'm doing this Dhiker for a long time, my mind tends to wander and I can no longer concentrate on the meaning and implication of the statements I'm saying. When my mind wanders this way , I tend to think that my Dhiker is ineffectual, and that I'm just wasting my time.

Do I have to concentrate on the meanings of the statements everytime I say them? It becomes difficult to do so because sometimes I do Dhiker for a long time, and that kind of forced attention is beyond me.

Please tell me what exactly constitutes Dhiker. I don't want to have any regrets in Paradise (if I ever get there!).
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A Clarification Regarding Dhikr

The question (What Exactly Constitutes Dhikr?) I asked originally referred to the practice of taking some time out from your worldly distractions, sitting down in some quiet place and doing nothing else but stating sentences that glorify and praise Allah.

I myself have done this many times, and have seen others do it too, so I know the practice is common. In fact in a mosque near to where I live, a group of people get together every sunday evening (because they're usually free on sundays) in the mosque, dim the lights, close the doors, and do nothing but Dhikr for an hour or two.
In the course of continuous Dhiker of this sort, it becomes difficult to force one's attention constantly to the meaning of what is being said. Being human, the mind wanders off.
What I was originally asking was that if the mind wanders in this kind of Dhiker, will that Dhiker still be rewarded, as it's utterance is mostly a mechanical act? Does such mechanical repetitions have any good effects spiritually or is the person just wasting his time?
Some people take this habit really far and do continous Dhiker (and here by Dhiker, I mean the utterance of statements glorifying and praising Allah) even when it's obvious that they're minds cannot be into it. Such people usually carry a tasbeeh around with them all the time and mechanically move the beads around. I tend to think that this is not the kind of Dhiker that is required of us.
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