We live in a pretty extroverted culture -- the sense that doing things, saying things, making things happen is what life is about --- yet there is something also so deeply nourishing and necessary about routines of quiet, curiosity, and patient discovery. Mindfulness reminds us to dive deeply, sense into our experiences and questions fully ... with no particular intention but to feel ourselves... and sometimes this is easier when we are tucked away from the extroverted impulses of our culture. This kind of slower time is a treasure. These words from the poet David Whyte capture this idea very beautifully: "HIDING is a way of staying alive. Hiding is one of the brilliant and virtuoso practices of almost every part of the natural world. Hiding is a way of holding ourselves until we are ready to come into the light. Even hiding the truth from ourselves can be a way to come to what we need in our own necessary time. What is real is almost always to begin with, hidden, and does not want to (yet) be understood. So, Hiding is a bid for independence, from others, from mistaken ideas we have about our selves, from an oppressive and mistaken wish to keep us completely safe, completely ministered to, and therefore completely managed. Hiding is creative, necessary and beautifully subversive; Hiding leaves life to itself, to become more of itself." Wow. Ready, Set, Go! Let's do some mindful hiding. (photo credit: chronically courtney) ... See MoreSee Less
Hey Everyone... I haven't been around for a bit. Off doing retreats myself; reconnecting deeply to myself. But I am back online and want to reconnect with all of you. Here is a thought that might inspire you... Healing is movement and work toward wholeness. It is the basic ordinary work of staying engaged with our own hurt and limitations. Healing is learning to care for the wound because care draws us into relationship with it instead of avoiding feeling the discomfort.
Healing means we are holding the space for our limits and hurts and allowing them to open our hearts to the reality that we are not the only people who are hurt, lonely, angry, or frustrated. --- those words are from Rod Owens, a Buddhist teacher. And I would add this, Knowing that we all hurt we also realize that we are not alone. Others can understand us. We can and we deserve to connect meaningfully with others even when we know ourselves to be incomplete in some way.... (image credit: Lutalica) ... See MoreSee Less
When you listen into the quiet inside, you may find your still small voice that will lead you, moment by moment, into the glorious discoveries of your day. Say 'ssshhhhhhh' to the busy mind with all it's goals and opinions every so often.... so you can follow the golden thread of your very own heart. ... See MoreSee Less
Mindfulness comes so easily, almost effortlessly when we are out in nature. It's such a beautiful time of year... so much moist green and bright colors all around us. Can you find time to get outside and do a quiet (no phone...) walk? See if you can absorb the sights and sounds and let them nourish your heart and soul. Listen to the breeze rustling in the branches, the birdsong. Notice the flutter of butterfly wings or the bees moving in and out of bright blossoms. Breathe in the smell of new flowers or fertile soil and listen to the crunch of grass or stones under your feet. Maybe even kick off your shoes and walk directly on the Earth... What a great way to drop into mindfulness! ... See MoreSee Less
I've been geeking-out on the neuroscience of interconnection. BIOLOGICALLY (not to mention spiritually, psychologically) we NEED to connect and feel safe with others to be our best --- creative, generous, effective, healthy. Every mean (or kind) action --- large or small --- toward another is sensed at a very deep level in the brains in both the giver and recipient... and below full consciousness we feel them all/ release biochemicals to them all ... and it shapes and changes us. Never think for a second that something you did had no impact --- kind or unkind. and NEVER MISTAKE RESPECT FOR WEAKNESS ... it is possible to be strong, clear, boundaried, principled AND respectful. But it takes mindful awareness along the way! ... See MoreSee Less
Take a little time an see if you can notice two parts of you... the voice in your head --- that non-stop commentator --- and the ears inside --- that part that notices. These are not the same. Not quite the same. And there can be tremendous freedom and relief in recognizing that our wisest self is the ears. And our wisest self can sift and sort and decide if the voice inside is offering up something worth listening to. ... 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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