1. 578. The Dark Side of Meditation Darian Parker 57:48

Cristina and Darian discuss an often overlooked side of mediation…the potential trauma that comes from it. Cristina discusses the power of meditation and how it must be entered into with a much different perspective than what we have previously learned.

Cristina has over 23 years of experience guiding individuals on their transformative journey toward self-realization and holistic wellbeing. By addressing mind, body, spirit and environmental factors, Cristina is dedicated to prompt profound and lasting change in her clients.

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Time Stamps:

02:26 The Dark Side of Meditation

04:20 The Tricky Part of Meditation

04:38 The Potential Negative Pitfalls of Meditation

06:30 The Impact of Meditation on the Brain and Nervous System

06:56 The Importance of Observing Inner Experience in Meditation

07:44 The Direct Impact of Meditation

08:54 The Role of Guidance in Meditation

10:39 The Risks of Overdoing Meditation

14:34 The Taboo of Mental Health in Meditation

15:23 The Role of Connection in Meditation

18:29 The Different Forms of Meditation

24:33 The Conflict We Grapple with Within Ourselves

27:30 The Struggle with Mind-Body Connection

32:56 The Journey of Embodied Spirituality

33:03 The Paradox of Being and Transcendence

33:49 The Unexpected Consequences of Meditation

34:24 The Crisis of Over Productivity and Over Stimulation

35:05 The Unintended Spiritual Awakening from Meditation

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Dr. Darian Parker earned his Ph.D in Sports Education Leadership with an emphasis in Behavior Modification from UNLV. He earned his Master and Bachelor degrees from James Madison University in Kinesiology. Dr. Parker is the Co-Owner of Epic Leisure Management LLC., the Owner of Parker Personal Training LLC and the Host of Dr. D's Social Network Podcast. Dr. Parker is a certified personal trainer through the NSCA. During Dr. Parker's career he has served several roles in the fitness and wellness industry. He has worked extensively in both the academic and private club sector as a Director of Education for a Career College, General Manager of a high end luxury residential fitness club and National Director of Fitness for a global leisure management company.