There I am on the subway, unwinding from the day listening to my favorite Buddhist podcaster, Tara Brach. And all of a sudden I notice that while listening to a talk on mindfulness I’m also texting my husband about dinner for the kids and glancing at the NYTimes. Will I ever learn? The task switching defeats the purpose but is the very reason I keep listening.

And then I noticed the sunset over the East River. And the Wall Street area building where I used to work.

And then an older lady who got on the train with her older husband. And two of us stood to offer our seats. They smiled. We smiled.

A hectic day ended with mindful kindness.

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