Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Breathing Compassion Meditation with Zach Beach poem, "Alive"

August 30, 2022

Find your breath, as you breathe in compassion through this guided meditation led by Julie Potiker. She completes the meditation with a reading of the poem, "Alive", by Zach Beach.


We are alive every day,

and alive for the moments we realize it.


lost in thought,

an ancestor or a god or a peck of pollen

shakes us awake,

and an ocean of small beauties

demand our attention.

The flowers themselves moving like music;

The trees swaying instead of snapping;

the summer breeze cooling our skin,

dancing with our hair,

and ticking our nostrils

with scents of faraway lands.

The hummingbird,

making its 10,000-mile journey

with such tiny wings,

and you,

smack dab in the middle of this painting:


What a gift.

Alive, by Zach Beach.

Get the latest on mindfulness and meditation by subscribing to Julie Potiker's YouTube channel and Facebook page at Mindful Methods for Life. You can learn about mindfulness at and also in Julie's newly released book, "Life Falls Apart, But You Don't Have To: Mindful Methods For Staying Calm In The Midst Of Chaos", available on Her podcast is "Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker", available on iTunes, iHeart, and everywhere you listen to podcasts.