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.
15 March, 2020

Are Mindfulness and Meditation the Same Thing?

By |2020-02-20T14:22:08-08:00March 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

I get asked this question a lot, and the short answer is: No. Mindfulness and meditation are different practices, though they are certainly interrelated. Mindfulness is paying attention to what you are doing while you are doing it, rather than worrying or ruminating. You can turn anything you do into a mindfulness activity, [...]

1 March, 2020

R.A.I.N.: Mindfulness for Life’s Curve Balls

By |2020-02-20T14:00:30-08:00March 1st, 2020|Mindful Methods|

When I started my journey with mindfulness, I desperately needed to find balance in my life for myself, not for anyone else. I’m not a professor or therapist. I’m just a normal woman who took in what was available, figured it out, and practiced like there was no tomorrow. After a few years [...]

14 February, 2020

Opening and Closing Your Heart: Mindful Emotional Protection

By |2020-01-21T08:19:42-08:00February 14th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

Have you ever heard about opening your heart? Or closing your heart when your open heart feels too much emotion? Mindfulness teachers, and Mindful Self Compassion teachers talk in these terms, but it’s a little vague and abstract until you notice an upwelling of some rush of feeling and need to tame it, [...]

1 February, 2020

Use Mindfulness to Create Peace

By |2020-01-07T11:09:21-08:00February 1st, 2020|Mindful Methods|

Chaos is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to manage. When we’re overloaded, maxed out, stressed out, and overwhelmed, even the beautiful order and rhythm of life’s natural way of unfolding can feel chaotic. Life, death, and everything in between sometimes feels like “just too much to [...]

15 January, 2020

Mindfulness Helped Me Heal from Postpartum Depression

By |2019-12-23T11:23:51-08:00January 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

I have this memory from 1990 of feeling like my little baby and I were all alone in the universe. The love that I felt for him was heartbreaking. I could sit and watch him sleep for hours, waiting for his little cherub lip to quiver in his slumber. Everything else in my [...]

1 January, 2020

5 Mindful Resolutions for a Happier 2020

By |2019-12-16T11:52:13-08:00January 1st, 2020|Mindful Methods|

This year, let mindfulness help you become more resilient. Feel your frustration, disappointment, or whatever it is that comes up for you, then turn to one of these Mindful Methods tools to comfort yourself, as you would comfort a dear friend. You are that dear friend! You can enjoy the present more without [...]

15 December, 2019

Airing Your Dirty Laundry

By |2019-11-27T08:48:09-08:00December 15th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

My neighborhood has very little zoning. Old bungalows from the 1950s reside next to mansions with multimillion-dollar views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. They call La Jolla, California “the jewel” in real estate parlance. About 6 months ago, a single white male from Memphis, Tennessee moved into the bungalow directly across the street [...]

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 [...]