The habit of busyness hems us into perpetual motion. And it's easy to frame our moments of rest as 'laziness'. Yet we are so tired. For so many of us a full night of sleep is a luxury; we forget it is something we are entitled to every single day. Do you ever wonder what life would be like if we could reframe our moments of 'accomplishing nothing in particular' and 'doing not much at all' as nourishment for the heart? As essential to life as protein and oxygen? I actually think that somewhere deep inside... way down below the messages of our culture and the perfectionism we impose on ourselves .... we sense this is true. I think that is why meditation is a bit of a fascination for so many of us --- we are searching for the respite. When I teach meditation, there is a magic moment in every group where about 5 minutes in, the entire room drops into peaceful hushed tranquility. It's a thick and spacious quiet. Delicious. Only takes 5 minutes. 10 spacious breaths. And we enter the eye of the calm.... like we intuitively know exactly where we are going. And why. ... See MoreSee Less
always take your mindful breaks... from the news, your work.... whatever it is that consumes you and rattles you. Take the time to mindfully 'look away' and notice all the beauty around you. The birds, the flowers that are starting to grow, the way strangers help each other, the way it feels when a stranger smiles at you.... that is mindfulness in action! ... See MoreSee Less
"Try this, slow down . . . anticipate.... and let your mind-body-heart bask in the simple dopamine pleasure shot of waiting .... " Three is a wonderful number, isn't it? Three day weekend! What a joy... it's Sunday, but there is still another whole day of weekend ahead. Do you sort of enjoy thinking about that? Having an extra day to your weekend? The moment JUST BEFORE something nice is about to happen is a moment of anticipation. Anticipation of what we might enjoy can be very pleasant mindful state. We often skip right past anticipation, hardly noticing it, to get to 'the real deal'. But anticipation is actually a moment when our bodies and brains engage most powerfully to release feel good chemicals in high amounts (like dopamine) .... It can be quite a lovely practice to slow down a bit and really enjoy anticipation. That moment just before the first bite of dessert; that moment just before the kiss; that moment just before you taste your coffee; that moment just before you turn on a favorite song. MMMMMMMMM.... A worthy practice. Mindfulness offers us the vantage point to slowly savor anticipation and elongate our moments of feel-good. So try this, slow it down . . . anticipate.... and let your mind-body-heart bask in simple pleasure. ... See MoreSee Less
Here is a thought for the day: There is a timeless and ancient strength and wisdom inside you that is stronger, more steady, more breath-takingly supportive than any difficulty you might encounter outside of you. Perhaps today can be a day to bring mindful awarness to your interior; to find and reside in your places of strength and wisdom. I feel this in my backbone --- when I lift it long and let my shoulders drop. Where might you feel it? Breath mindfully for a few minutes and see . . . ... See MoreSee Less
Its so important to find a little peace in the chaos of our times. Give your mind a break; your heart a little lovin'; your body a little less tension. Reconnect to your inner core of timeless awareness and goodness. Come by today (Wednesday) for the noon meditaiton. We are in the TLC Room 028 at NOON. It will do you good! Bring a friend along and enjoy a mini-midweek-vacation from all that burdens you. ... See MoreSee Less
For many of us connected to the University or to other demanding responsibilities, Sunday --- especially Sunday night --- is the moment of reckoning. Procrastination of our to-do list until the last minute (before Monday) comes home to roost. Stress, anxiety, and self judgment flares up. So often we think of procrastination as our foe; that fella that trips up our good intentions. But I'm starting to think that procrastination might actually be a kind of profound wisdom in sheep's clothing. In our fast paced world that demands that every minute be productive, I think procrastination just might be a healthy rebellion. "NO! I need a few more minutes of peace or fun", it protests. What if we were to mindfully accept our procrastination a little more... what if we were to lean in and listen closely to the need that lies below the surface of procrastination? It just might whisper something about needing to slow down to reclaim the simple pleasures; whisper something about needing quiet to find yourself again; needing sleep to heal the body; play to reconnect to our inner child. We desperately NEED all these moments to balance out our work-filled pace. Guilt free, ideally. Procrastination might be showing us that we could say 'no' to the one more thing to do. And mindfulness could help us make that 'no' into awareness practice -- practicing it often. Procrastination might show us that free time is the truest form of wealth. And mindfulness could help us reset our priorities. Procrastination may be showing us how to reclaim time from the rat race of our lives... trying to give us back some balance. I wonder what it would be like to claim it... ... See MoreSee Less
I woke up with this thought in mind this morning 'Don't let your emotions be manipulated!'. Our media, our leaders, our advertising, our movies, our video games.... they are crazy saavy about knowing what strings to tug to incite our insecurity, our anger, our fears.... even our tenderness and love. One of the most effective ways to use your mindfulness practice is to bring awareness to your emotions. You can allow a place for any feelings that get activated, yet still CHOOSE the action or nonaction you prefer in response. You can know that your emotions are being revved up on purpose. We can mindfully avoid click bait. We can mindfully refuse emotionally driven purchases. We can turn off our constant notifications. We can mindfully choose to log off social media. We mindfully avoid triggering news sources. We can choose cat videos. This is possible by rooting deeply into your breath practice. Pausing. Pausing. Pausing. And never forgetting that you have choices. The power to choose in every moment is amazing. And mindful. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dr. Derrick’s clinical approach encourages eyes-open, courageous self reflection tempered with self compassion. She has an expertise in therapeutic techniques which help identify patterns of thinking interrupt happiness and create resilience. The path to personal growth is challenging yet playful and she uses dialogue, mindful awareness practices, guided imagery, dream content, humor, and her warm welcome to create safety and healing. Her unique approach grows out of years of training in academic psychology, Jungian dream work, mindfulness, and body-based awareness.
Jamie Derrick has been a licensed psychologist in Idaho for fifteen years. She graduated from Stanford University and completed clinical residencies in the Yale Medical School/ West Haven VA Medical Center, the Stanford University Student Counseling Center, University of California at Berkeley Psychology Department.
Dr. Derrick is a warm, welcoming faculty member at University of Idaho. She has taught courses on human development, emotion, mindfulness, and the creative arts.
Jamie is a UCLA certified as a mindfulness teacher (Mindful Awareness Research Center). If you have or want to develop a meditation practice, she can help support that in her classes or in one to one consultation. She can also tailor mindfulness instruction for your setting --- she has offered mindfulness classes in the workplace, school environment and has provided consultation to business executives facing the challenges of complex decisions and workplace interactions.
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