Have you ever been grocery shopping on an empty stomach?  

When my kids are so hungry they get cranky, they’ve learned to say; “Mom, I’m HANGRY!”

Hangry = When you’re so hungry, you get angry.

It’s useful to recognize when you might be overreacting due to lack of sleep or food.

I was recently reading a parenting book that said; “If your child is displaying extreme emotions, always check in first to see if he or she is tired or hungry,” and I thought; “hmm, wouldn’t it be helpful if we adults did that too?!”

Wars probably could’ve been avoided if everyone just ate some trail mix and took a nap.

Jack Kornfield, one of my mentors, told me this story about a soldier with “anger management” issues who got HANGRY while grocery shopping. 

I recently shared the story in a keynote at the SCI Women’s Leadership Conference in Houston, TX:

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below, what do you think of this soldier’s story?

Noticing when you’re hangry, and making a different choice to remain calm and present in your life is the key to feeling love and belonging.

Meditation is one of the best tools I know to shift from hangry to happy.

If you haven’t yet joined the 30 Day Meditation ChallengeIt starts January 1st, 2020.

Woo hoo! Get on board now!

If you’ve already joined and gotten your Day 1 meditation, congrats! Stick with it for 30 days, I guarantee you’ll feel a positive difference in your life.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let us know – what did you think of this soldier’s experience? Have you ever shifted from hangry/upset/angry to more present in the moment? How’d you do it?!

May you create work and a life you love!


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