This might sound like a bad idea right now, but the whole point of meditation is to step away from thinking. To notice thoughts that arise (without judgment), then return your focus to the breath. Because our brains are crack monkeys, this is pretty much a nonstop process. Get distracted, notice, return, get distracted again, notice, return.
I distinctly remember my last awesome (long) meditation session, because it was around 45 minutes (guessing – my phone was dead). It only happened because I was at a retreat. At home the only way to get this much uninterrupted time is by activating a child hypnotizing device (screen time). As evidence I submit this satirical post I wrote about Meditation in the Real World.
If it concerns you, meditation is not a religious practice. It can be a spiritual practice (not the same thing). The word meditation as it’s generally used refers to mindfulness meditation, which is what I described above. There are no mantras, you don’t have to say “om” or contort yourself into a pretzel. It’s training the mind, and it’s no different than going to the gym to train your body. Feel free to comment or email me if you have specific questions about this and I’ll do my best to answer them.