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 May, 2020

Now Is the Perfect Time to Be Nicer to Yourself

By |2020-04-14T09:14:58-07:00May 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

Life falls apart, but you don’t have to. There’s a reason I picked this as the title for my book! Being alive means navigating the waters of intermittent chaos. We can’t control most of what goes on around us, but we can control how we respond to it. That’s where Mindful Self-Compassion comes in. Mindful [...]

15 April, 2020

Up Your Self-Care with Soothing Touch

By |2020-02-26T12:48:12-08:00April 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

When a child is hurt, a caring adult can reach out with a soothing touch and a soft voice to comfort them. That soothing touch and gentle voice taps into the mammalian caregiver response, prompting the release of oxytocin and opiates in both adults and children. Many people don’t realize they can give [...]

28 March, 2020

Cleaning in Quarantine: Mindful Housekeeping is Better for Your Home—and You

By |2020-03-27T15:56:12-07:00March 28th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

The following post was written by Wendy Manwarren Generes, Editorial Director at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles. Wendy reached out to me for the content, and we developed a nice email correspondence as the world started sheltering in place because of Covid -19. The magazine is not going to stay in business, so I’m [...]

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 [...]