I have a new relationship with the grocery store. Woodman’s is now a place to intentionally practice; to be aware, mindful, and kind. If you’re unfamiliar with Woodman’s, it’s a huge supermarket with towering, crammed aisles and little open space. Navigating a cart isn’t easy. This situation used to annoy me, but now I enter Woodman’s prepared to slow down.
Emotions and needs are connected. When our needs are met, we experience pleasant feelings; when our needs are not met, we experience unpleasant feelings. This doesn’t mean we should expect our needs to always be met. But it does give us more awareness, so we’re able to regulate emotions in new ways.