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Individual meditations to help ease you through the stresses of everyday life and improve your health. Set to calming music hear guided visualizations, mantra meditations and meditations that focus on breathing.

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker Julie Potiker

    • Alternative Health

Individual meditations to help ease you through the stresses of everyday life and improve your health. Set to calming music hear guided visualizations, mantra meditations and meditations that focus on breathing.

    Practice the Pause - 0012

    Practice the Pause - 0012

    Practice the Pause. In today's episode of Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker you'll hear how mindfulness can be a tool to get you through some stressful times and how mindfulness - it's not the same as meditation.
    Show notes:
    Your kids are arguing. Your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting after your report didn’t go well. You’re expected to attend the extended family dinner for your sister’s milestone birthday, but you know exactly what kind of drama tends to ensue.
    Whatever your next “oh, sh*t” moment might be, there’s a tool for that: mindfulness.
    What is mindfulness?
    It’s not worrying and not ruminating. We’re wired to ruminate and worry because we’re primates, and that’s what has kept us alive all these millennia, but mindfulness is the opposite of that. It’s being in the moment and knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it.
    And, for the record, it’s not the same as meditating, even though you can combine the two and do a mindfulness meditation – which I highly recommend trying!
    Mindfulness gives you an opportunity to practice the pause.
    Instead of going instantly into fight, flight, or freeze mode and drowning in your own reactivity, practice the pause. When you pause, you’ll be able to make a more skillful response.
    So next time you’re headed into a situation that is likely filled with emotional chaos, set an intention to pause. Know in your body in advance what you’re likely to encounter, then in the moment, feel your feelings from the place of an observer.
    “Oh, that’s anxiety. Oh, that’s anger. Oh, I feel like I can’t take this another minute.”
    Practice the pause and become the observer, and you’ll create space to choose your response rather than autopilot right into reactivity. Practice mindfulness even when you don’t need it, so you have it handy when you do.
    ABOUT:
    Julie Potiker helps others through mindful meditation at her practice in La Jolla, California and also at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center where she founded the Balanced Mind Meditation Center (also in La Jolla, CA). Through her practice, MindfulMethodsforLife, Julie provides mindfulness training to groups, individuals, and organizations. You can find more information on her website at MindfulMethodsforLife.com. Julie is also the author of "Life Falls Apart, But You Don't Have To; Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos.
    Julie is a graduate of the Mindful Self-Compassion course at U.C. San Diego, is trained to teach the curriculum and has completed over a dozen courses in this field. She’s participated in meditation retreats from various disciplines – Judaic to Tibetan. B.G.S. University of Michigan; J.D. George Washington University

    Grounding - Dealing with Overwhelming News of Violence

    Grounding - Dealing with Overwhelming News of Violence

    Car Talk - Being Present

    Car Talk - Being Present

    We're back - continuing with our series to help you in your mindfulness practice.
    It’s called “Car Talk – Mindfulness in Action”…because who hasn’t at one time or another, escaped to their car to think through a situation? Now, that’s the time you could really benefit from mindfulness. In these candid recordings Julie shares a current situation she’s dealing with and how she works to get back to ‘being in the present’. And because life is a moving target Julie records from the front seat of her parked car!  We hope through her life experiences you find some tips that help you in your mindfulness practice.(You can also view the video on Facebook & YouTube)
    In this episode of "Car Talk" Julie tells us how she's holding on to her mindful methods ..."like there's no tomorrow"!
    You can find more about mindfulness at www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com and also in Julie's book, "Life Falls Apart, But You Don't Have To: Mindful Methods For Staying Calm In The Midst Of Chaos", available on Amazon.com.

    Car Talk - Mindfulness In Action

    Car Talk - Mindfulness In Action

    Lifes a Beach -Guided Visualization

    Lifes a Beach -Guided Visualization

    Feel the warm breeze, the sand under your feet and the sound of the waves lapping on the shoreline as you're guided through this relaxing and peaceful visualization with Julie Potiker.  For the best meditation experience use headphones. Episode 8

    • 21 min
    Guided Visualization - Compassionate Friend

    Guided Visualization - Compassionate Friend

    Episode 007 This guided visualization is one of Julie Potiker’s favorite meditations. Close your eyes, sit back and enjoy as you create a peaceful, welcoming environment in your mind. This is a 15-minute guided meditation. - MEDITATION BEGINS AT :58.

    • 15 min

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