Easier said than done! Still, we try. We try to turn off our thoughts in lieu of that silent magical bliss. But remember, what resists, persists. Try this new two-step dance and see if it helps:
-Be the Observer
While meditating, be the Observer. Rather than resisting thought, be in acceptance of whatever comes up. Allow the thoughts to come up, and notice them float by like a benign leaf on a slow moving river. You are the Observer, peacefully watching the leaves of thought quietly float downstream.
Each time you notice a thought, turn the spotlight of your focus to your breathing, or to a sound, a smell, or a physical sensation. Keep returning your focus to one of those things whenever another thought floats by.
Just think of it like having an adorable new puppy. Every time he pees on the floor, you just gently pick him up and put him back on the paper.
Good boy, thinking mind, good boy.