What Neuroscience Says About Mindfulness with Dr. Daya Grant

Mindfulness is all about opening yourself up to truly experiencing whatever is happening in the present moment. It’s a word that some people gravitate toward, just as others tend to avoid it. But at its core, it’s about living with your feet on the ground, wherever you are. This week, Dr. Daya Grant, who is a neuroscientist, yoga instructor, and sport psychology consultant, talks about the benefits of taking a deep breath, filtering out the white noise, and focusing on what’s really important.

Dr. Grant says there are ways you can incorporate these tips into your everyday routine to help you hone your focus and put your best foot forward, no matter what life brings your way. For example, you might want to start your day by not looking at your phone. Whether you can hold off for 8 minutes or a whole hour, every bit helps. At the end of the day, perhaps try journaling and writing down the things you’d like to process before you sleep. And before you begin an important task, find a pre-performance routine that works for you, so you’re reading to pay attention without distraction when the time comes.

Key Moments You Don’t Want to Miss:

  1. A Thoughtful Beginning How growing up in a family that practiced meditation and mindfulness influenced Dr. Daya Grant’s later work
  2. Being Present Why focusing on what’s important in the current moment is the first step toward bringing your best game
  3. Start and Finish How beginning and ending your day with focus and intentionality can help you have a more productive and pleasant time in between
  4. Depth of Feeling Why allowing yourself to really feel the hard things in life can also make space for enjoying the best moments

What You’ll Learn:

  • Focus on the present moment
  • Filter out unnecessary or harmful thoughts
  • Use the power of a deep breath
  • Build resilience through being centered
  • Find a pre-performance routine and stick to it


“I define [mindfulness] as paying attention to the present moment without judgment. So, it’s really being here with your feet on the ground and then being where your feet are, with this open awareness of life and experiences as they are.” -Dr. Daya Grant

“The ability to let go is so important for productivity and just for getting the most out of life and living in that moment.” -Dr. Daya Grant

“The reason that you want to get into the present moment is so you know what to pay attention to and what to filter out.” -Dr. Daya Grant


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