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What a way to launch Season 3’s Cracking Open Podcast!  Get ready for a deep and honest conversation about meditation, psychedelics, and how to obtain a positive mindset.

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight and teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families, and communities.

He is also a highly published researcher and author. His five New York Times bestsellers are:

  • Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence
  • Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
  • The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline (both co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.)

Dr. Siegel’s accomplishments are undoubtedly admirable, but it’s his wise stories and compassionate tips and tools on how to feel more balanced, grounded, and alive in your body, mind, and spirit that I believe you will remember forever from this episode.

Join us as we discuss a meditation practice he created called the Wheel of Awareness.  This meditation helps heal trauma and PTSD and creates an understanding that no matter your sexuality, color of skin, economic status, or even species – we are all deeply connected. And it is this connection that helps combat anxiety, depression, and loneliness (FYI this meditation is available for you at the end of the episode)

We talk about his view on psychedelics as a healing method, as well as his new book coming out on November 15th –Intraconnected: MWe (Me + We) as the Integration of Self, Identity, and Belonging.

 And of course, Dr. Siegel shares his own “cracking open” moment and how it changed him forever.

 This is an episode you will not want to miss!

 Welcome to season three of the Cracking Open podcast, I am so grateful you have arrived.

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