The September 2020 Daughterhood San Diego Circle 5th Anniversary event celebrated five years of support and caring for one another with Daughterhood members from across the country. This virtual event was full of informative speaker presentations on topics relevant to caregivers in San Diego and their loved ones. Julie Potiker, author and mindfulness expert, uses her serious study of mindful self-compassion to teach members, caregivers and all of us how to stay calm in the midst of chaos. We’re excited to share the video of her presentation with you this week.

Caregivers experience high levels of stress at the best of times. In 2020, the global pandemic and non-stop pace of alarming current events just adds to the burden that we’re all bearing. It is possible to feel safe and comforted despite the chaos, and Julie’s mission is to share the methods she’s developed to do this.

In her presentation, Julie

  • Shows you how to navigate the landscape inside your own body so you can show up as a caregiver
  • Teaches you several strategies and techniques to ground and comfort yourself
  • Guides you through an exercise called Soothing Touch that helps you release your own endorphins and oxytocin
  • Shares resources for caregivers available on her website:
  • Offers the opportunity to download her three favorite Guided Meditations
    • Loving Kindness Meditation: 17 minutes
    • Breathing Meditation: 6 minutes
    • Mantra Meditation: 10 minutes

Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. Why? As her Amazon book description relates,  “At one point in her life, Julie Potiker was so stressed that she began manifesting symptoms of a stroke. It was at this point she realized she needed to change her life and find better ways of managing the challenges she would inevitably face.” She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course.  Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester.

During Covid-19, Potiker graduated from David Treleaven’s new Advanced Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Course and completed the teacher training for the Mindful Self Compassion Adaptation for Healthcare Communities, and the Mindful Self Compassion short course for teaching online during the pandemic.

She shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University. For more information, visit