“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being” – Rumi
In October 2015, I experienced the opposite of stillness. I was rear-ended on an L.A. freeway in an unforgettable cacophony of sounds and movement. To the surprise of many, I walked away physically unscathed. But 24 hours later, once the shock and adrenaline wore off, I realized I had a concussion.
This car accident occurred 3 months after I completed my Ph.D. in Neuroscience where I spent 5 years studying traumatic brain injury – specifically, concussions. Ah the irony! My understanding of what was going on inside my brain quelled any fear, but the journey to feeling whole again was a great challenge – one that continues today.
I now refer to my accident as an ‘expansion experience’. I am part of the TBI community in a way I never was before. This experience allowed me to access greater levels of compassion and understanding so that I can more effectively engage, connect and inspire healing in the lives of others. Yoga and meditation were critical for me to get through the day, so I trust that it will profoundly affect your beautiful brain as well.
May this meditation serve as a gateway to stillness – allowing you to experience deeper peace, love, and self-realization.
Daya Alexander Grant, Ph.D., M.S., is a neuroscientist, sport psychology consultant, and yoga/meditation teacher. She joined the LoveYourBrain team in 2015, bringing a deep understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of brain injury and recovery.