Drop in meditation on Wednesday, June 24 will be 'the Mountain Meditation'. We are honoring our profound connection to the planet by imagining and sensing into the strength, power, and grounded perspective of our own bodies --- feeling like a mountain might feel --- strong base, stable viewpoint. Come join for 20 minutes of upright ease. Noon-12:20, Room 029 -- or zoom in by clicking the 'learn more' link in this page (upper right). ... See MoreSee Less
Come join our campus community for the weekly drop-in practice. Sure you're too busy. We all are. Find the time anyway... you'll be glad you did. You'll walk away with a calmer mind. Wednesday noon-12:20, TLC 029. ... See MoreSee Less
Mindfulness is one of those practices that helps in every moment ... a few minutes of practice and we feel a little peace. But over time it also builds resiliency so that when the times are tougher in our lives, we have some level of preparedness and stability.
I find that when anxiety kicks up or I have a quarrel with someone and I'm feeling those impacts --- I can turn to my breath. And I settle a little bit. Enough to remind myself that --- especially when I'm off kilter --- I must lean in and really show up for myself. 'Just Listen To Your Heart' 'Just Stay Steady Enough to Feel Deeply' 'Your Answers Will Come'.
It honestly has been life changing. That is why I teach mindfulness. That is why I offer mindfulness intervention in my clinical practice. That is why I write this little blog on FB.
One of my favorite teachers, Frank Ostaseski, spent much of his life doing hospice work and sitting in close connection to people as they died. The hardest of moments. And he wrote a book about what he learned from this work --- The Five Invitations. His Five Invitations offer a sweet little guidebook to a mindfulness practice --- 'Just Listen' 'Just Feel' 'Don't turn away'... Maybe pick one of the invitations and spend some time with it.
Let your practice become your rock.... ... See MoreSee Less
We had a lovely meditation today that focused on the earth and our place on the planet --- the power, beauty, and life-giving air/ water/ soil. We remembered we are instinctual ... and something ancient inside connects us profoundly to the planet. What do we get from our Mother Earth? What do we want to give back? These are profound thoughts we considered ... healing thoughts. Thank you to the UI Sustainability Center for inspiring today's meditation and for all the years of support you have offered to UI Mind.
Earth Day is Monday.... April 23. But really, everyday is earth day. Right?
Next week -- Wednesday -- we will do the Mountain Meditation together .... and drop into the wide base of strength and peace inside of us --- just like a mountain, we can be rock solid. We will connect deeply with our Earthy-nature again. Please come... ... See MoreSee Less
April is Earth Month. And UI Mind is part of the events hosted by the UI Sustainability Center to honor Earth Month --- On Wednesday, April 17 we will do a meditation that offers a sense of grounded stability as we touch into our deep connection to the planet. Please come.
It's a win-win. A two-for-one. Find ease in the quiet of our mindfulness community while honoring the beauty and gifts of our beautiful planet. ... See MoreSee Less
I guess it's poem week.... here is another one for you. As you read through it ask yourself a few questions: Can you show up with mindful presence alone to those in your life who are struggling, confused, or lost? No need to fix or figure out. And how, if you could, would that help either of you? Or would this be some form of neglect or loneliness for the two of you? What do you think?
When you sit with a friend in pain,
when their world no longer makes sense;
when confusion rages and
no rest is to be found.
Just for a moment,
will you resist the temptation
to make things better,
to reassure them,
to provide answers,
even to heal them?
Will you offer your stillness, your listening,
your presence, and the warmth
of your immediacy?
Will you hold them in your heart,
with the same tenderness
of a mother holding her little one?
Will you embrace them where they are,
without needing them to change or transform
according to your own needs and schedule?
Will you stay close,
holding your own impatience
and discomfort near?
Will you look into their eyes
and see yourself?
Will you stay in the inferno of healing
with them, trusting in disintegration,
knowing that you are only witnessing
the falling away of an old dream?
Sometimes in doing nothing
everything is undone,
and love is revealed to be
the only true medicine."
Jeff Foster and Matt Licata ... 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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“Jamie explained meditation in a way that finally made sense.”
“There is no question that I receive a benefit each time I attend. I go back to the office more at ease than when I left. The sense of peace I feel/receive at the sessions is quite real and tangible and is something I appreciate very much.”
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“IU's TEDx talks about kindness, big doubts.”
-- 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