The Mindful Path

The Mindful Path – Explore Mindfulness

By Marilyn Halpern MSW, LSW ~ “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Day is Sunday, September 12th. This celebration began in 2011 when the nonprofit Wisdom Publications decided to promote mindfulness and raise awareness about its benefits. As a practice, mindfulness can […]

The Mindful Path – Let’s Go Outdoors

By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “Walk outdoors, stand there in silence, look up and contemplate how amazing life can be.” -Unknown Sunday, August 15th is National Relaxation Day. 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 […]

The Mindful Path – Soar

“May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie In the endless, clear blue Colorado sky, I watched an eagle float with barely a movement of its wings. This effortless flight is caused by thermals. Thermals are generated when the sun warms the earth and indirectly heats […]

The Mindful Path – Flexibility

“To thrive, I must be flexible.” – Marilyn Halpern The world is slowly shaking off the fear and uncertainty of the pandemic. The COVID vaccine has allowed our world to wake up. As the days unfold, our need for flexibility and patience is in high demand. This transition brings to mind the flexible and resilient […]

The Mindful Path – Flower Power

By Marilyn Halpern ~ May provides an amazing opportunity to boost our mood and practice self-care. May 9 is Mother’s Day. May 15 is Bring Flowers To Someone Day. Celebrate spring by remembering someone special in your life including yourself!

The Mindful Path – #VaccineReady

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Isabel Sanchez, Community Leader. April is National Minority Health Month, and this year, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focusing on the […]

The Mindful Path – Happiness

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ March 20th is International Day of Happiness. The theme for this year is ‘Keep calm. Stay wise. Be kind.’ Exploring the theme further, the non-profit Action for Happiness ( provides these suggestions:

The Mindful Path – The Second Arrow

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.  -Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983, writer and activist) Everyone experiences setbacks, disappointments, and struggles.  Collectively, we know this is part of the human condition, and some Buddhists refer to this as the “first arrow.” In this […]

The Mindful Path – Resilience

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW  ~ “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”  – Annie Dillard The COVID-19 pandemic continues as we usher in a new year.  As over 2.1 million people in the United States have received their first COVID vaccine, collectively we are getting our second wind. It seems […]

The Mindful Path – Forgiveness

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”   Hannah Avendt, Scholar and Author Cultivating forgiveness is a gift, an investment toward your personal happiness, wellness, contentment, and longevity.  It allows better control of your emotional health and allows a path toward a more peaceful, healthier life.

The Mindful Path – Eat Smart Month

By  Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ Every year, the American Heart Association (AHA) strategically picks November as Eat Smart Month.  Thanksgiving often marks the beginning of the holiday season and an annual uptick in caloric intake. Celebrate healthy eating with free, inspiration and motivation by texting 51555 and submitting the keyword DailyHack.  Participate and receive […]

The Mindful Path – Grief

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ “A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelou Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican multi-day remembrance holiday. It is a celebration of love, life and sharing memories of people who have died. Showcasing the rich […]

The Mindful Path – National Yoga Month

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ “The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.” Natalie Nevins, D.O. In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated September as National Yoga Month, one of a select number of national health observances. Since then, the initiative has […]

The Mindful Path – Heart Breath

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ A cairn is a pile of stones strategically placed on a trail to guide hikers.  When the path appears unclear, a carefully balanced cairn can signify you are on the right path.  Cairns have been guiding people for thousands of years. August is National Wellness Month with a focus […]

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