#MondaysMoments

September 21 2020

Finding balance in our lives is important. It is when we are off balance that wholeness is harder to achieve.  Native American and Canada’s First Nations people use a concept that represents t...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, September 21, 2020

September 14 2020

As a child, I remember learning the lesson that losing balance was painful. It’s a vivid memory. I was taking gymnastic lessons in a building on the corner of Atherton Street and College Avenue. We...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, September 14, 2020

September 7 2020

Happy Labor Day! Today as we honor workers, I hope you have the opportunity to consider this month’s theme, “Finding Balance.” How do you find balance in your life? For example, how do you find wor...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, September 7, 2020

August 31 2020

Much of my work centers around dying, death and grief, and as you’ll see below in the third part of a piece I wrote for the August 6 through 12 Centre County Gazette, that work fills my soul - as d...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 31, 2020

August 24 2020

Continuing below is the second part of a piece I wrote for the August 6 through 12 Centre County Gazette on this month’s theme of “What Fills Your Soul?” I’ve had the great privilege of being pres...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 24, 2020

August 17 2020

As we continue discussing what fills our souls, over the next three weeks I’m going to share a piece I wrote on this theme that was printed in the August 6 through 12 Centre County Gazette: I love...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 17, 2020

August 10 2020

We began last week by describing our soul as our blueprint, I also like to think of it as our hidden wholeness.  Theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer said, “There is within each of us a...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 10, 2020

Previous Posts

August 3 2020

This month our theme is “What Fills Your Soul?” This is an important question to ask ourselves and one we often ignore in our everyday busyness. Maybe that’s partly because we aren’t sure what our ...

July 27 2020

I encourage you to create important rituals in your life. Not only the milestones like birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals and holiday celebrations, but also the daily rituals that help you ...

July 20 2020

In my home, I’m often suggesting rituals to family members to help with grief, loss and transitions. A common ritual I suggest is to write down on a piece of paper what is bothering them and then g...

July 13 2020

Rituals are important because they help put us back together. The Indo-European roots of the word ritual mean to “fit together.” And the roots of the word bereaved mean “torn apart.” Rituals are ab...

July 6 2020

Our theme this month is “Why Are Rituals Important?” This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and part of the reason why I became a spiritual director, Life-Cycle Celebrant™ and end-of-lif...

June 29 2020

I want to leave this month’s theme of “How Do You Calm Yourself?” with a poem written by author and retreat leader Kent Ira Groff and entitled, "There & Here:" You can't get there from here. O...

June 22 2020

When we look to the past, we can sometimes feel regret and when we look to the future, we can feel anxiety. But if we come into the present, the regrets and anxiety aren’t there. We have the moment...