June 29 2020

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, 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.
Only if you stay with each here
and discover a way to embrace its fear
can you listen for the seed of hope
within the horror or the terror.

You can't get here from there.
By dwelling on a future place,
an outgrown year, you fail to be aware
in this space, this here, and
you will miss the seed of joy
within the anger or the languor.

You will find that living
into the present--
the question this day,
the struggle this moment,
you will inch your way
along into some amazing answer-
then serendipitously, miraculously,
you will discover that you are there.

But you will not see it along the way,
and even in arriving at your destiny
you will not find yourself saying,
"Now I am there"--but
only what you have been
practicing each day:
It is good to be here.

I hope you find your own ways of calming yourself by being “here.”

Resources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/02/06/how-successful-people-stay-calm/#5d781f5a2f79
https://www.nationalwellness.org/general/custom.asp?page=resources

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

January 29 2024

We’ll close this month’s posts with a poem by Jocelyn Soriano that speaks to how we run on empty – because we don’t let go of love!  We do not really let go of love;  We hold on to it. W...

January 22 2024

Grief can deplete us of our energy, so how do we run on empty? In the Koch Funeral Home arrangement room there is a small birds nest with tiny little eggs. We place it there to remind us that famil...

January 15 2024

The dual-process model of grief emphasizes that mourners oscillate between feeling the stresses of the loss and the stresses of restoring their lives – sometimes we feel the pain and sometimes we a...

January 8 2024

How do we run on empty when we’re grieving? As we discussed last week, resolutions and intentions can help. Resolutions can help get us moving when we feel stuck. Intentions can help us be open to ...

January 1 2024

We wish you a meaningful New Year’s Day! If you are creating New Year’s resolutions today, we encourage you to create some intentions as well. Resolutions are usually specific and measureable where...

December 25 2023

For those of you celebrating today, we wish you a meaningful Christmas. We’ll close this month’s posts with a wish for the candles you might light during this holiday season. Candles of joy, despi...

December 18 2023

I’ve had the opportunity to spend days in silent retreats. Sometimes I was by myself. At other times, I was with groups of people and I was struck by how profound those experiences were. Instead of...

December 11 2023

I wasn’t always comfortable with the concept of, “Dare! Silence.” I grew up in a house with five kids and two parents, so silence was not something that happened often. When I began to practice a s...

December 4 2023

This month’s theme is “Dare! Silence.” Silence is very important throughout our lives, especially on our grief journeys. Silence can be intimidating, and we often try to fill it when we encounter i...

November 27 2023

To close this month, please read Anne Hillman’s poem, “We Look With Uncertainty” as you notice “something new is being born in” you while making new treasured memories. We look with uncertainty be...