Try This Meditation to Learn How to Witness (Not React to) Your Thoughts

Ever notice how easy it is to allow your mind to whisk you away from the present moment? Indulge in one little pesky insecurity, and, suddenly, you’re down and out in funk town. Well, there’s an antidote for that. In yoga philosophy, sakshi (witness) is the ability to notice your thoughts without identifying (or reacting) to them. Strengthening your inner observer will help you see thoughts—and situations—as they truly are without piling on assumptions that can result in an emotional tailspin. (Yeah, we’ve been there, too.) 

If you want to cultivate your sakshi, there’s a simple practice you can try. In this video, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—leads you through a short stream-of-consciousness meditation to train yourself to track your thoughts without getting too attached. (You’ll need a pen and paper!)

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!