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 August, 2022

Fat Lip Integrity: What sunburn (or too many plums) taught me about staying in alignment with my principles

By |2022-07-27T12:43:21-07:00August 1st, 2022|Mindful Methods|

Last Monday, I woke up with a fat lip — my upper lip the size of a hot dog. I assumed I got sunburned on my lip in the pool Saturday (yes, I had on sunscreen and a hat). For the past four months, I have been teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as a specialty [...]

1 June, 2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month: Mindfulness can help people cope with lingering effects of trauma

By |2022-06-01T07:36:57-07:00June 1st, 2022|Mindful Methods|

“What are you doing for Mother’s Day?” my dear friend asked me during a long phone call last month. “Sticking my head in the oven,” I replied. “You?” She laughed out loud, the real kind of laughing, and told me she loves me. Our convo was wide ranging, as is usual when we do a [...]

8 April, 2022

More Customs of Comfort and Healing

By |2022-04-08T07:30:53-07:00April 8th, 2022|Mindful Methods|

Interpreting self-care rituals from around the world through the lens of mindful self-compassion can help you calm stress and renew your spirit. Spring has sprung, and with the longer days, warmth, buds, and flowers comes…. stress! We feel it when we think of our fellow humans suffering in Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. We tense [...]

1 February, 2022

Sleep for Health, But Don’t Stress Over It

By |2022-02-22T08:12:36-08:00February 1st, 2022|Mindful Methods|

Were sleep issues to blame for me coming down with a more intense case of COVID? Getting restful sleep is one of the best ways to boost our immune system and fight off colds, flu, and even COVID-19. And once you get one of these respiratory illnesses, it’s that much harder to get well when [...]

14 January, 2022

Mindful Poetry: Unbuckle and Clear a Path

By |2022-01-10T11:17:06-08:00January 14th, 2022|Mindful Methods|

Take a deep breath and slowly let it out — 2022 is here. All the unsettling news from 2021 seems not to have noticed the change and galloped right into the New Year. Another surge of the pandemic. The same political strife. The aches and pains in our bodies and psyches can seem overwhelming. It’s [...]

8 December, 2021

Customs of Comfort: Cultures in colder climates have unique and cozy concepts for nurturing ourselves — give these three a try!

By |2021-12-08T08:31:13-08:00December 8th, 2021|Mindful Methods|

Winter officially begins December 21, but freezing temperatures are already common across much of the US. With the days getting shorter, darker, and colder, curl up in a cozy spot and broaden your horizons for some new ways to nurture yourself. From lagom, which means “good enough” in Sweden, to kakkukahvit, the Finnish term for [...]

1 November, 2021

More Than a Feeling: Practice being grateful every day for more happiness and better health and relationships

By |2021-10-20T07:45:07-07:00November 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

There’s something you do that can lower your blood pressure, improve your immune system, deepen your relationships, and make you more optimistic, happy, and compassionate. Can you guess what it is? Practice gratitude. Gratitude is defined as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.” As emotions go, it’s hard to think of one [...]