Julie Potiker

About Julie Potiker

Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course. Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University.
1 December, 2019

Drama-Free Holidays with Mindfulness: Chill More and Snap Less at Your Next Holiday Gathering

By |2019-10-24T09:14:08-07:00December 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

We all want this precious time together with those we love to be filled with the stuff of life that makes for good memories, not “oh sh*t” moments and regrets. While none of us can control what others say and do, one thing we do have a say in is how we respond. How would you like to go into your next holiday event with a little more confidence that you’ll be able to keep your cool, stay out of others’ drama, and actually enjoy yourself?

23 November, 2019

Keep Calm and Carry On

By |2019-11-14T08:49:35-08:00November 23rd, 2019|Mindful Methods|

“Honey, are you keeping up your meditation practice?” my husband gently inquired. “This is such a stressful time. I really think you should try to exercise and do some good meditations.” “Yeah, well, I’m using Insight Timer and doing a meditation for going to sleep every night,” I replied. “I don’t think that’s [...]

6 November, 2019

Easing Heartbreak: Mindful Methods for Finding Calm Amidst Emotional Chaos

By |2019-11-06T07:49:04-08:00November 6th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

My heart is breaking. My Dad’s health is declining. He’s so easy to love. He’s such a wonderful human - so loving, smart, balanced and supportive. I’m going to miss him terribly. But right now, he’s still here, and so am I. Trying to stay right here, right now is part of my [...]

1 November, 2019

Use Mindfulness to Benefit Your Business

By |2019-10-15T12:42:49-07:00November 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Stress costs American businesses an estimated $300 billion dollars annually. We are stressed more than ever, but we don’t need to sit and stew in it. Mindfulness is an incredibly effective tool for combating stress, and there’s no barrier to entry. Anyone can start using it today to stress less. If you’re looking [...]

15 October, 2019

Why Try Mindfulness Meditation?

By |2019-10-14T11:49:51-07:00October 15th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Mindfulness saved my life – no joke. It helped me survive a period of stress so severe that I was exhibiting signs I thought could be a brain tumor, such as misspeaking common words. I’d say “captino” instead of “cappuccino,” “maginal” instead of “magical,” “bunkey burvey” instead of “topsy turvy.” I went to [...]

1 October, 2019

Mindfulness in the Age of the 24-Hour News Cycle

By |2019-09-05T12:45:30-07:00October 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

If you regularly feel overwhelmed, saddened, or just plain mad at the constant barrage of negative news, you are not alone. And I’m here to tell you, you don’t just have to sit there and take the bombardment. Instead, give yourself permission to step away and use mindfulness to shift into a more [...]

15 September, 2019

Practice Mindfulness with Animals

By |2019-09-05T11:54:26-07:00September 15th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Have you ever seen that meme where the dog and man are sitting side by side on a bench? The man is thinking of so many different things at once in his thought bubble, and the dog is just thinking of being there with the man. Doesn’t that just say it all? Animals naturally live in the moment, fully present to what is; and as such, they are wonderful at helping us do the same.

1 September, 2019

The Path is the Practice

By |2019-08-22T13:37:59-07:00September 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Yesterday I made a stupid mistake driving, which angered another motorist. He rolled down his window and shouted at me. He was waiting up ahead for me, and when I stopped at the light next to him, I lowered my window to apologize. He started screaming, “There was a turn lane. You could have hit me! Why did you do that?” I said, “Listen, you need to take a breath. I said I’m sorry. My nav system told me to turn and I got flustered and made a mistake. I’m glad you were paying attention and that I didn’t hit you. I was wrong, and you are right. I am wrong and you are right. Again, I’m sorry.” He said, “Ok, ok, ok, ok,” each “ok” deflating his rage. Then he said, “Thank you.” After I drove away, I noticed how rattled I was, and I started crying.

15 August, 2019

Practice the Pause

By |2019-08-08T09:10:45-07:00August 15th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Your kids are arguing. Your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting after your report didn’t go well. You’re expected to attend the extended family dinner for your sister’s milestone birthday, but you know exactly what kind of drama tends to ensue. Whatever your next “oh, sh*t” moment might be, there’s a tool for that: mindfulness.