The Mindful Path

The Mindful Path – Vision

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “The eye is the jewel of the body.” Henry David Thoreau  Healthy Vision Month is celebrated every July to stress the importance of the health of our eyes.  Protecting our eyesight enhances our overall wellbeing and promotes better brain health. Visual impairment in older adults has been associated with […]

The Mindful Path – Let Nature Heal You

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “Walk outdoors, stand there in silence, look up and contemplate how amazing life can be.” -Unknown June is the Great Outdoors Month.  Many find the best place to heal and recharge is in nature. Yet, as time goes by Americans are spending less time outdoors. Now, it is estimated […]

The Mindful Path – Year of the Dragon

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen.” – Fabienne Fredrickson The Lunar New Year celebration will begin on February 10th. The bold Year of the Dragon promises to bring energy and opportunity to the coming year. The dragon is the only […]

The Mindful Path – Turn the Page to a New Year

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ “Reading is so much a part of our everyday lives that we take it for granted – text messages, the banners that run across our televisions, the ads that pop up. And yet, reading can be a crucial opportunity for mindfulness — the ability to be in the present moment, aware while withholding judgment, […]

The Mindful Path – Eat Smart, Move More

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ The 17th Annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is designed to help our community focus on healthy eating and physical activity this holiday season. The challenge is in full swing.

The Mindful Path – The Gift

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ The Halloween decorations are barely put away and the enormity of the holiday frenzy is upon us. The two short months ahead can be more meaningful by being intentional with our plans. We can take the madness out and infuse the coming weeks with balance and more joy. Megan […]

The Mindful Path – Release

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.” – Anonymous The autumn leaves can be an inspiration for us to contemplate our personal journey. What do we need to let go of in order to become our best selves?

The Mindful Path – Yoga

By Marilyn Halpern ~ The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity, peace, and poise, to free it from distress. ―B.K.S. Iyenga September is National Yoga Awareness Month with the goal of educating the public about yoga and the tremendous health benefits it offers. Yoga began more than 5,000 years ago […]

The Mindful Path – Eat Local

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ National Farmers Market week is celebrated the first full week of August each year. This August 6 – 12, 2023, will offer Coloradans an opportunity to support local farmers and savor the summer’s bounty. “Farmers Markets are a great way to find local produce and artisan food products while […]

The Mindful Path – Emotional Baggage

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ An older monk and a junior monk were traveling together. They came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross […]

The Mindful Path – The Great Outdoors

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ Keep looking up – that’s the secret of life. – Charles Schutz June ushers in Great Outdoors Month, which began in 1998 under President Bill Clinton as Great Outdoors Week. This popular event has grown over the years into a month-long celebration of America’s beautiful land and waterways with […]

“All things are ready, if our mind be so.”  – William Shakespeare This incredible image, by local photographer Dick Vogel, evokes a representation of attention and awareness. I appreciate the opportunity to think about five important elements of mindfulness as we allow our senses and brain to enjoy the splendor of spring – including these […]

The Mindful Path – Health and Vitality

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ True health is not just the absence of illness, but the presence of vitality.  April is National Minority Health Month which highlights the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities. The theme for National Minority Health Month 2023 is Better Health Through Better Understanding. When […]

The Mindful Path – Spring Cleaning

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.   – Leo Babauta    A home clean and clear can foster increased productivity, better sleep, decreased anxiety and improved overall health. Clutter, both physical and mental, can impede our life purpose and flow – both our ability […]

The Mindful Path – Self-Love

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde February offers an opportunity for you to reflect on how you can develop lifelong self-compassion. Does your love and care extend more fully to your spouse, children, friends, and pets than to yourself?  Self-love means you […]