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I spend a big part of my day commuting to work. It takes me about an hour to get to my office using New York City's subway system and that's just one way. Unsurprisingly, for a long time my commute was something I dreaded daily. It's not easy to enjoy standing in a packed car (usually in heels) with rude strangers and funky smells. I’ve seen everything from running mice to a homeless person crapping his pants. Finally, one day I thought, There has to be a way make this better. So, I decided to see if I could turn my stressful commute into meditation time. 

Sure, meditating on the train might sound sort of strange and impossible but hear me out here. For any busy professional, it's not always possible to carve out time for relaxation. On many days, I can easily find myself going from work to the train to my apartment and straight to bed only to get up the next morning and do it all again. So I figured, why not turn this stressful experience into a tranquil journey? And not only has it helped set a positive tone for my day, but I've actually found myself wanting my commute to last just a little bit longer. If that's not progress, I don't know what is. Below, find eight tips to help you make the daily grind a little bit more pleasant.

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