#MondaysMoments

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...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, June 29, 2020

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...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, June 22, 2020

June 15 2020

If you google, “how do you calm yourself,” you will find many lists of ideas. For me, I default to a spiritual practice created by Mary Mrozowski entitled Welcoming Prayer. This is something I do w...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, June 15, 2020

June 8 2020

Another important point about our theme “How Do You Calm Yourself?” is the need to take care of yourself so that your body, mind and spirit are best equipped to deal with stressors and anxiety. Whe...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, June 8, 2020

June 1 2020

The theme we chose for this month is “How Do You Calm Yourself?” The first point I want to make is maybe it’s not something you need to do. Stress is what moves us to take action and turns into a p...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, June 1, 2020

May 25 2020

As we conclude this month’s discussion of becoming a butterfly, I leave you with this quote by Maya Angelou said: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has go...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 25, 2020

May 18 2020

Another comparison between becoming a butterfly and going through the grief of losing a loved one has to do with the struggle involved. If you watch a butterfly as it emerges from its chrysalis, it...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 18, 2020

Previous Posts

May 11 2020

In order for a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it takes time in a cocoon. It spins a cocoon, gives up its life as a caterpillar and begins to transform. The cocoon provides protection while the ...

May 4 2020

Our theme this month is “Becoming the Butterfly.” We sometimes call grief one of the dark emotions. The darkness is obscure. Before a butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, it is in darkness. A lot go...

April 27 2020

Last week I wrote about one way to promote inside-out healing – taking care of yourself. This week I want to talk about two others, allowing your grief and looking for light along the way. Allowing...

April 20 2020

As you seek inside-out healing through your loss of a loved one and/or your losses in the pandemic, one of the first things you can do is take care of yourself. Drink lots of water, go outside if y...

April 13 2020

Continuing with “Inside-Out Healing,” when we selected this theme at the end of 2019, we had no idea that our world would be in the midst of a global pandemic in April. But given our current circum...

April 6 2020

It makes sense that the first Monday’s Moments blog post in April 2020 came out on a Thursday not a Monday. It makes sense because very little at this time is happening as it usually does. Change a...

March 30 2020

Below are the final two of Dr. Karen Wyatt’s seven ways to use grief to unite us from the End-of-Life University podcast, “How Grief Unites Us: To Stand Together for Love”: Find harmony with other...