The mindful grind

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If there’s a phrase I have heard most during these first few weeks of 2017, it’s probably not “Happy New Year,” but something more along the lines of “back to the grind.” After weeks of downtime (family, binge-watching, sleeeeeep), turned-up time (friends, parties, travel), and maybe even some alternative work on that second job you’ve had for the past year (applications submitted!!!), it’s time to head back to that increasingly-familiar planet known as regular, everyday adulting. Back to work, back to classes, back to the grind as you currently know it. No question, it’s harsh – or that’s how it feels, anyway. As you’ve already started to notice, it’s not so much what you’re looking at but how you’re looking at it that contributes to your inner angst.

So what is it about this “reality” you’re headed back to that makes it so painful?  Probably, a few things.  Read More