Monday's Moments

October 31 2016

And here is the conclusion to the story, “Why Death is Like the Banana Tree” from the book The Moon in the Well Wisdom Tales to Transform Your Life, Family, and Community by Erica Helm Meade and Da...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 31, 2016

October 24 2016

I’ll close this month’s discussion of how mentioning death can help us care for ourselves by sharing a wisdom tale from Madagascar called “Why Death is Like the Banana Tree” from the book The Moon ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 24, 2016

October 17 2016

It’s hard to understand how mentioning death can be helpful and positive.  In the Benedictine tradition the monks are taught to hold death before themselves at all times.  In Music of Sil...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 17, 2016

October 10 2016

Continuing with our topic of our culture saying don’t mention actual death, it’s interesting to learn that studies show thinking of death is actually one way to care for ourselves.  According ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 10, 2016

October 3 2016

Our theme this month is: As long as you don’t mention actual death, as long as it isn’t real, everything is alright.  How do you care for yourself?  I’ve heard that Europeans say American...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 3, 2016

September 26 2016

Continuing with our topic of how rituals can help us move on when seasons change and life changes, Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino of the Harvard Business School conducted more research. ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 26, 2016

September 19 2016

As I talk about the use of rituals in helping us move on while seasons change and life changes, I think it is wonderful that science supports their many benefits. According to the research of Micha...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 19, 2016

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February 6 2017

This month our theme is Love is Eternal. To illustrate this I’ll share a story of a woman who came to the support gatherings I facilitate after losing her husband of 60 years. This couple met in hi...

January 30 2017

I think this quote from Anthony de Mello in his book, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality, summarizes our Live Now…Allow Change theme this month: You need to be liberated. Don’t car...

January 23 2017

I recently read in the book, The Other Side of Bonanno, that “prolonged grief is dominated by yearning, the repetitive and futile search for the lost loved one.” Sadly, yearning creates more pain, ...

January 16 2017

Living now and allowing change (our January theme) is about being present and letting go. When we’re talking about allowing major changes, those you didn’t ask for and/or want, like the death of a ...

January 9 2017

Last week we started discussing our theme for this month, Live Now…Allow Change. What does that mean? It means that to live in the present moment, you need to allow change in your life. Change is a...

January 2 2017

On this, the second day of the New Year, I’m happy to share our January theme, Live Now…Allow Change. New Years is a perfect time to practice this. Allow yourself to embrace the New Year and all th...

December 26 2016

My husband and I lost our first six pregnancies. During those years, the holidays were sometimes hard. One year around that time, a box arrived at our door. Inside were all the angel ornaments my m...