Mindfulness slows us down a bit. Tunes us in. We can begin to recognize our habitual reactions. And sometimes begin to make more conscious choices. Do I really want to watch Youtube movies now? Are potato chips the best dinner? Do I really want to eat that butterfly? Or shall I wear it as a hat? ... I'm tired. Maybe I could sleep awhile. My friend was not kind to me me --- maybe I'll have a conversation about this. Are there any things you might change? That might open up new fresh possibilities? New fresh friendships? ... See MoreSee Less
So often what binds our joy is our own minds. The limits we have constructed ... the 'I can't do that' and the 'I have to be this way' and the 'good people don't ...' These kinds of ideas offer direction and clarity but often at the expense of flexibility or change over time. Sometimes we aren't even aware of our constrictive thoughts. Sometimes we don't think to question them because they seem so 'obviously true' in our culture, family, relationships. If there is place where you feel stuck or immobile or confused or constricted, take a look at your own 'rules'. Do they serve you? Could they be too rigid? Do they need updated? Freedom and joy often come from release into a larger spaciousness inside. Let your fences fly free. Image Credit: Disha Dua ... See MoreSee Less
From Courtney Martin (On Being). "... there is a place beyond tired — bone tired — where you don’t even have the wherewithal to ask for what you need. When you’re in this state of mind, kind humans offer up their time and talent to you, but somehow you can’t receive it. You’re in a fog of exhaustion where you can only see an arms length ahead: reply to this email, return this call, drink this coffee, do this dish, survive, barely.
Then someone stopped offering help and started ordering me around — namely my husband (which, if you know me, is pretty hilarious). “That’s it,” he said. “Get in bed and take a nap.”
Let your practice get bossy. Maybe the best thing you can do is stop doing. And take a nap. Could you?
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Here at the University we are heading into midterms. Midterm grades will be posted on Monday. And it's easy to forget, that grades and GPA's do not define our value or even define our future opportunities. Likewise, our work ... our looks ... our weight... our home/ car/ wardrobe ... do not determine our value. In a culture that emphasizes surface features over depth, it can be a good [maybe even an essential] practice to come back to your core worth and values and remember who you truly are. Who you truly, truly are. Come back to knowing who you truly, truly are... come back... back... come back. ... See MoreSee Less
"Malcolm Gladwell has said (notoriously) that it takes 10,000 hours for a person to gain the mastery of a discipline that will set her apart from the crowd. Angela Duckworth has it (lately) that the character trait we ought to cultivate is grit — the stubborn stick-to-it-iveness that enables some people to set goals and achieve them while others do not.
There’s something to those formulas, but they are formulas for achievement, not experience. In the realm of experience, I’d suggest, a hundredth part of a day is decisive. Fifteen minutes. A hundredth part is the difference between doing something and not doing it. " ~Paul Elie
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I have a good friend who lives in Japan. She does very good work there -- she takes care of Japanese orphans. Living with them and offering love and limits as needed. She recently posted a comment about living mindfully... it's so simple. Like a Haiku almost.
Surrender to present moment
Gratitude to present moment
Allow oneself to be oneself
What if it were really this simple? Let ourselves be as we are in whatever is happening in the present moment... no matter what it is or how we are reacting. And keep the heart open. Not hardening up in response to the moments that are harder but holding them, as my friend holds the wiggling infants, holding them until this moment transforms into the next.
What would it be like to allow this? Is there one way, right now, you can allow yourself to be even more yourself? Surround yourself with protective wings and let the fledgling you... be you... ... 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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