About Julie Potiker

Julie Potiker is a mindfulness expert with extensive certifications and teacher training in a variety of tools and methods, including Mindful Self-Compassion. Her new book is “SNAP! From Chaos to Calm.” Through her Mindful Methods for Life program offerings, Julie helps others bring more peace and wellness into their lives. Julie's first book, “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos," is now available on audiobook.
1 April, 2024

Eczema and Emotions: Using meditation (and everything else!) to calm an itching, burning rash

By |2024-03-25T08:52:27-07:00April 1st, 2024|Mindful Methods|

I’ve been dealing with a health challenge (another one!) for the last three months that has me using mindfulness, self-compassion, meditation, and every practice and treatment I can find to heal. I’m afflicted with eczema on my back, which makes it itchy and inflamed. I’ve experienced nothing like it before, and now, at age 63, [...]

1 March, 2024

Tossing and Turning?: Guided Meditations Can Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

By |2024-03-01T07:18:50-08:00March 1st, 2024|Mindful Methods|

Did you know that World Sleep Day is held the Friday before the Spring Vernal Equinox of each year? This was news to me, a sleep-challenged person! World Sleep Day, organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, aims to lessen the burden of society’s sleep problems through better prevention and [...]

1 February, 2024

Having Trouble Getting Motivated to Exercise? Don’t sweat it: Try Combining Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Your Workout Instead

By |2024-01-23T11:04:50-08:00February 1st, 2024|Mindful Methods|

Imagine you are riding your bike for the first time since the holidays, after weeks of sitting around and overindulging. As you pedal up an increasingly steep hill, you feel your breathing and heart rate increase, like a motor revving. Not wanting to get discouraged, you focus on the pavement just ahead of your front [...]

1 January, 2024

Take Good Care for the New Year: Taking care of yourself fills you up, and taking care of others completes the cycle

By |2024-01-02T08:06:38-08:00January 1st, 2024|Mindful Methods|

I just got done teaching one of my weekly meditation classes on Zoom. It's so warm, wonderful, and healing. When I’m teaching, I'm meditating along with the group. It’s a refuge, calming and connecting — taking care of others and being taken care of at the same time. With everything that's going on in the [...]

1 December, 2023

Keep the Light of Hope Burning Bright: Glimmers lift us out of the darkness and into the light

By |2023-11-29T13:52:18-08:00December 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” – Albert Schweitzer Chanukah is often called the Festival of Lights or chag ha-ooreem in Hebrew. In 167 [...]

1 November, 2023

Mindful Compassion and Praying for Peace in a World of Pain

By |2023-10-31T09:50:11-07:00November 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

I was planning to write about gratitude during this month of Thanksgiving. Then on October 7, Hamas attacked Israel. The brutality and inhumanity of the terrorist attack is well documented and stomach-churning. At least 1,400 Israelis have been slaughtered, including 260 people gunned down, raped, and tortured at a music festival. Many of the rape [...]

1 October, 2023

Connecting to Calm in the Middle of Suffering

By |2023-09-29T10:47:35-07:00October 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

When epic pain knocked me down, I turned to mindfulness and self-compassion to get through it. I just went through an epic body event that’s been incredibly challenging in terms of being vulnerable, needing and accepting help, experiencing pain, and navigating the medical system. Throughout, I used my mindful self-compassion skills to steer my brain [...]