The university just graduated the class of 2018 ... and so many new grads are off to begin something new. Some are clear what that is. Other's are still in the process of creating it.... It's strikes me that ALL of us are in the process of creating all the time ... and we always begin something new or something fresh with an inspired vision or image of it. Sometimes, as Leonard Shlain (author, surgeon, inventor) reminds us "we forget that in order to learn something radically new, we need first to imagine it. “Imagine” literally means to “make an image.” Witness the expression we use when struggling with a new idea: “I can’t picture it,” “Let me make a mental model,” and “I am trying to envision it.” Gosh, what if as a mindfulness practice we return to the images and pictures that are living in our hearts and tugging at us to pay attention to them? What if we returned to a little day dreaming and re-discovered what it is that WE deeply dream about (setting aside for a bit what the culture or the advertisements or the government or our phones suggest). What if WE let ourselves lean into something radically new? What if we imagined the world and life we so strongly long for and then ... imagine what might happen then! ... See MoreSee Less
This is a Public Service Announcement: I have an opportunity to share with local teens (age 14-19). I'll be helping with a residential mindfulness retreat in July ran by Inward Bound Meditation Experience a national meditation organization... If there are any interested local teens (Moscow/ Pullman ... other?), I will happily help families in all ways I can and offer rides to and from the So. Cal airport in Santa Barbara where the retreat will be held. Mindfulness has been shown to improve academic performance, address anxiety/ depression/ ADHD, and improve relationships & communication. You can contact me with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please share this with anyone... we all know by now how teens will change the world, right? !!! Inward Bound Meditation Experience (iBME)offers residential retreats to all who are interested.... no teen ever turned away for lack of funds. These retreats are geared to the needs and interests of teens and provide a safe container to learn mindfulness, explore emerging identity, explore social justice issues, and bond with peers and staff. I've been part of the So. Cal teen retreat for the last three years... If you know any families that might be interested, please share this flyer... I'm happy to answer questions if you have any. ... See MoreSee Less
My schedule and pace changed yesterday. My academic semester is over -- more or less--- until August. I will work this summer but in a different way. Preparing a fresh version of my courses for fall, mentoring people in their mindfulness practices, tending my yard and garden, moving closer and closer to a minimalist lifestyle by donating personal belongings to good causes. I'll travel to California and help with teaching teenagers how to be mindful in a 7 day residential retreat. All of these tasks are part of my mindfulness practice. I attempt to roll awareness into each one and let my personal values inform and guide my choices. Somehow this is all easier for me in summer... maybe the sunlight? Maybe the flexible schedule? Maybe my own rhythms and mood? What about you? The season is changing for all of us... how does this outer transition inform or influence YOUR practice? YOUR awareness? YOUR heart? In what way do you feel the changes? Through what actions or practices might you honor what you feel most deeply right now? Take a little time and contemplate this... with compassion, openness, and awareness. Maybe lying down in complete ease... This too is practice. ... See MoreSee Less
When we are able to be present and compassionate in the face of the pain of others .... its a sure sign we have the know-how to do the same for our own pain. Show up, stay steady, and offer some care; not quick fixes or platitudes... but solid care. Here are a few specific words that might feel nice to offer (or receive). ... See MoreSee Less
The sun is shining... the sky is brilliant blue...there is a gentle breeze... a squirrel is nibbling on seeds outside... just 2 feet from where my computer sits on my dark wood desk .... It's so simple. And yet it's so profound. I notice the wild joy in my heart. Do I get to be this happy on a work day? I can wear open toed shoes after weeks of snow and rain. I left my coat at home. Students on campus are out in shorts and people I pass on the sidewalks are smiling. And I'm once again reminded that Mary Oliver, American poet, speaks most profoundly about the summits of our daily lives: You want to live well? 'Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About it', she teaches us. Tell your friends and family about the tiny yellow finch you saw in the budding magnolia tree. Tell your co-worker about the tiny purple flowers that grow right in the cracks of the sidewalk. Take a photo of the squirrel outside your office window and send it to your stressed-out college student kid and then send back emojis and a rainbow heart when the stressed-out kid sends you pics of a fat grey house cat napping on a pile of freshly folded laundry.... These are our riches. Pay attention. Be Astonished. Share. ... See MoreSee Less
This week I've been thinking about the role of 'edges' in a mindfulness practice. So much of what erodes a sense of well-being in our lives arises from moments where we ignore our own worthy edges.... the places where healthy boundaries serve us. I think it is worthwhile to mindfully asses where and how we lay our boundaries. What do I mean here? Well, I'm thinking of two things. First, the need to build up healthy limits & boundaries (edges) ... with people, with media, with work... what do we allow to enter into the fullness of our lives? And what do we say 'no more' to? That is a powerful place of awareness. To be wobbly and allow others to treat us poorly, to engage with ideas that undermine core values or happiness, or to sacrifice our wholeness NOW for anything or anyone ... simply undermines us over time. Our edges and boundaries must be life affirming. Ok, that is the first kind of edge. The second involves, tending to the edges where we might confine ourselves within self-created limits out of habit or fear or tradition. We can identify these edges mindfully to grow larger, broader, more energized. And there is this crazy paradox... addressing a healthy (re)building of outer boundaries often offers the opportunity to grow beyond our own inner confinements too --- or vice versa. A beautiful win-win. Worthy of some mindful attention. How the heck is this possible? One simple question might help: 'Are my choices... right now in this moment... life affirming?' 'Are my choices helpful?' 'Are my choices helping me feel at my best?' Well, are they? ... 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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-- The Moscow Pullman Daily News, April 11, 2016
“Creating a Mindful Campus.”
-- The Argonaut, February 2016
-- The Argonaut, September 2015
“Meditate Stress Away.”
-- The Argonaut, February 2015
-- Lewiston Tribune (Balance Insert), April 2015
“Mindfulness on the Palouse.”
-- KRFP Yin Radio, May 10, 2015
“Mindfulness & Stress Reduction.”
-- Idaho Public Radio, May 8, 2015