The goal of a meditative practice can be to tap into your higher self and gain a perspective on the difference between that and you animal (ego) mind. To learn that you are not just your thoughts but really vastly so much more. While most people think they want to get into some elaborate meditation practice, the best thing to do is to start small and build once established. Here is a simple meditation.
Every day, either when you wake up or before going to bed, meditate for five minutes (or even just two if five proves to be troublesome). It's best to try to sit in a lotus position (crossed legs) for the simple reason, you won't fall asleep! Set an alarm so you don't have to focus on a clock. Then watch your breathing. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Envision clean pure air coming in and waste air going out.
When your thoughts stray (and they will) go back to focusing on your breathing the moment you notice. This may prove to be difficult to do, but the more you practice the easier it gets. The thoughts are the animal mind, your focus is part of your higher self. Do not stop. Seemingly important thoughts may pop up, ideas of what you forgot or really have to do, but DO NOT STOP. You'll notice noises around you as well, they may even frighten you, those become part of the meditation. Stay still and keep focused, you are strengthening your higher self.
Now here is the most important part - do this practice EVERY DAY. Do it for 28 days in a row and I can assure you that there will be a change. Do it at the same time everyday (or as close as possible) and if you miss a day, start the count over. After the 28 days, if you like what you find, I'd recommend looking up mantras to try. My favorite is the Heart Sutra.