I've been lighting a candle for morning meditation lately. It helps, but of course my "monkey mind" still has random thoughts jumping in and out.
Today these two things kept popping up:
1) bits of a student essay in which they despaired of the election and worried that they may be stripped of the right to marry.
2) the look in an advisee's eyes when I ran into them in the hallway. Their eyes were crinkly from smiling (behind their mask) but the eyes were tired, sad, and trying hard to be brave.
Clearly, work/home separation doesn't work very well with teaching.