the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. just a hint of autumn in the air. the weekend is upon us and maybe this is a good time to get outside and be held in the beauty of nature. turn off your phone and engage your senses. all 5 of them. watch the flight of birds and listen for the rustle of small animals. smell the richness of the earth and taste cool water. maybe lay down and feel the touch of grass on your arms... it takes so little effort to be mindful in nature. can you find a little time for the mindful quiet of mother earth? ... See MoreSee Less
Overcome anger and hurt.
Overcome dishonesty & misunderstanding.
Overcome not knowing how . . . with any of these... ... See MoreSee Less
One day this week, I received a friend's sad e-mail. The cancer was growing. Inoperable. Something about 6 months. A birthday came and went... Life passes for us all, doesn't it? One day this week, I heard myself say ... to someone else... 'are you settling for scraps when you really want a three course meal?' How does one ever truly know the answer to a question like that? There is this exquisite point of balance, I think, between peaceful acceptance of 'what is' and over-tolerating a situation's inadequacy. It's a very thin line ... feather light and easy to miss. Mindful awareness might make it clearer... "What are you going to do with this one precious life?", asks the poet, Mary Oliver... drop deeply into these cells and pierce through the opinions that say 'YOU aren't __________ enough to act/ speak/ want that way'... that comes to mind. How about you? ... See MoreSee Less
To the Local UI Mind community who attend the weekly drop-in meditation... we have a permanent home for the semester: TLC 030 (bottom floor). A nice spacious room with big comfy chairs. The zoom drop-in link is the same:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uidaho.zoom.us/j/344259873 ... See MoreSee Less
It's a three day holiday for some of us... many of us, maybe, since the University is closed today. What are you doing? So many of us use our breaks to catch up on the list of things we have to do that is too long to complete in ordinary weeks. Boy, I've been guilty of that so many times. But this weekend I have taken days off... long meandering days with people I love. When my time can be spacious this way, my mind gets expansive... You know? It stretches and moves differently. More fluid. More bold. 'Insight and creativity arise in these spaces'. That's long been true for me. It's almost a form of meditation to slow down this way. The snow in the snow globe of my busy mind settles and then there is room for inspiration and from inspiration comes delight and, for me, often a playfulness that lets my voice open up to say what is most true in this particular moment. So here is a nudge... in what way (large or small) could you maybe create more unstructured moments where you follow your warm heart and do what you really want to do... and you, maybe, receive from these expanded spaces a sweet sound from deep inside... something inside yourself that you know... KNOW ... really know... to be your truth. Photo Credit: INC.com ... See MoreSee Less
I love a good spontaneous laugh-out-loud. Not at anyone's expense; but the kind that enlivens every cell in me because I connect, in that moment, to the lightness in life. What is it that can make you laugh? The silliness of your pet? What brings a tender chuckle? A teethy smile? Even just a little warming inside. What melts you? It's a worthy mindfulness practice to turn your attention in the direction of the tiny moments that lighten your step. Sometimes for me it is the simple poetic beauty of life --- the way light reflects off water; the way my dog smiles when he gets a treat; the way the squirrels in my yard chirp at me when I pull weeds; the perfect red of a ripe tomato. This kind of warmly-infused awareness is particularly important during times in our lives when we are strapped for time, when life's cards feel stacked against us, or when meaningful connections are sparse. Slow for a bit, lift your eyes, and see what you might notice. There are often sparkles and delights tucked into the pockets and corners and wrinkles at the edges of our experience --- ... See MoreSee Less
Just be here with me.
SIGNED: THE MOON. THE STARS. SUMMER. YOUR STILL-HOT-CUP-OF-COFFEE. YOUR DAUGHTER. YOUR SON. YOUR LOVER. YOUR HEART. THE GREEN GRASS. THE WILD FLOWERS. THE WATERS YOU LONG TO SWIM IN. THE COLOR YELLOW. THE COLOR BLUE. YOUR FAVORITE POEM. YOUR FAVORITE BLANKET. THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR. THE WAVES ON THE OCEAN. THE MOUNTAIN AIR. YOUR DAD. YOUR MOM. THE RAIN. THE ICE-CREAM CONE. THE BUTTER SIZZLING WITH GARLIC IN THE FRYING PAN. THE GROCERY CLERK WITH SAD, KIND EYES. POSTCARDS WAITING TO BE SENT. THE CITY SQUIRREL. THE COUNTRY SQUIRREL. JUPITER. THE PHOTO ALBUM. YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S ROSARY. YOUR FAVORITE SONG. INK AND PAPER. YOUR BEST FRIEND. THE MONEY IN YOUR WALLET. THE FORK IN YOUR HAND. BRUSHES AND PAINT. DOWNWARD FACING DOG. THE COLOR TURQUOISE. THE ALMOST INVISIBLE SHADE OF PINK. GOD. THE SKYLINE. THE EARTH BENEATH YOUR FEET. YOUR PASSION PROJECT. THE SHADE OF A GIANT TREE. THIS MOMENT, RIGHT HERE, NOW. YOUR BONES. YOUR BELLY LAUGH. YOUR BREATH. YOUR BREATH. YOUR BREATH. (quoted from http://morgandaycecil.com/petitionforpresence/) photo credit: Baltana ... 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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