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.
10 December, 2018

Brushing My Teeth in Bed: Mindfulness and Pain

By |2018-11-27T09:55:36-07:00December 10th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I had the most bizarre event happen in my body. I was over the moon hopeful and grateful because the woman who does scheduling for my primary care doctor pulled a rabbit out of a hat: getting me an appointment with a pain specialist. It wasn’t that convenient [...]

1 December, 2018

Watch Your Thoughts: Observing Your Thoughts with Mindfulness

By |2018-11-15T13:33:00-07:00December 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I had an interesting experience recently that showed me what a difference being a long-time meditator can make when we encounter spur-of-the-moment stressors. I was having acupuncture done for my sciatic pain — my “ridiculitis” as I call it — when suddenly, I heard a blood-curdling scream. It came from a young child [...]

15 November, 2018

Conscious Conversations and Grief Support: Remembering Mom Once Again

By |2018-10-15T13:54:39-07:00November 15th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

Yesterday morning after I opened my eyes, I rested in bed for a few minutes thinking about what my intention for the day would be – would I set my intention for ease, thinking about having the patience to pause before reacting so that I might choose a more skillful response? Or maybe [...]

5 November, 2018

Fragile, Yet Fierce: Allowing for Tears and Hoping Love Wins Over Hate

By |2018-11-05T12:02:13-07:00November 5th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

24 years ago this week, I hemorrhaged at UCSD Hospital in San Diego, after pushing out baby A and baby B. The doctors didn’t notice uterine tissue on the placenta, which looked like a big mess of beef, with two hoses attached to it – the two umbilical cords that attached those tiny [...]

1 November, 2018

Jack: Age 91

By |2018-10-15T12:30:32-07:00November 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

Wow! I woke up to a voice message from an elderly gentleman from Cleveland, Ohio (my home town) who had just finished my book and wanted to commend me on it and share stories with me. I waited while my Keurig poured my first cup of coffee into my Mindful Mug and had [...]

10 October, 2018

Rocking My World: Experiencing Something Beyond Awe in the Midst of Family

By |2018-10-11T06:32:11-07:00October 10th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I had a big huge experience in my body on a night not too long ago, as I stood close to the stage in the bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. My daughter Cara was gigging with her band, Wsprgrl. She’s the singer/songwriter and she’s really quite phenomenal. I’ve witnessed [...]

5 October, 2018

Calm in the Chaos: Struggling to Find Hope in the Kavanaugh Hearings

By |2018-10-05T14:47:49-07:00October 5th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I had an interesting conversation with my 86-year-old Dad today as we were driving in the car. He mentioned that it looked like Kavanaugh’s nomination looked like it was going to go through…it looks like he has the votes. “That woman, Christine Blasey Ford had to go through all this for nothing,” he [...]

1 October, 2018

Mindful Friendships: Seeing the Amazing in Others Daily

By |2018-09-24T14:34:28-07:00October 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I love what I do! Oh my goodness, I am meeting the most amazing human beings… people out there doing the good work of helping others to live better! This force of nature, Lynnis Woods-Mullins, interviewed me for her podcast “The Wellness Journey” and I knew, right then and there, that she was [...]