Cultivating Well-Being: Powered by Stellarlumens (XLM)

Cultivating Well-Being: Powered by Stellarlumens (XLM)

An underlying philosophy of EmpowerED Pathways is disruption.  Disruption of the autopilot responses, which contribute to the anxiety, depression, judgement and harm in our world.  Neuroscience proves, we are what we practice.  Research also indicates mindfulness builds and strengthens the neurological pathways of peace, resiliency and compassion. Proactively teaching Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) also builds the skills needed to effectively navigate the joys and chaos we experience across a lifetime. 

Our goal is that one day, every teacher, every student, and every K-12 system will incorporate mindfulness and SEL to eliminate the amount of isolation, hurt, hate, and judgement in our world.  We aim to disrupt the “high stakes testing” and “school to prison pipeline” culture narrative which dominates present-day educational settings.   

This paradigm shift takes the people, the passion and the resources to do so.  Our team has over fifty years’ experience in public education and public health, and each of us has a personal mindfulness practice which provides the passion to lead this work.  Recognizing school systems are constantly cutting budgets and simply cannot afford additional resources and professional development, we established our organization to 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Recognizing the “disruption” and “paradigm shift” of today’s financial world, we are excited to announce we have set up a Stellarlumens (XLM) wallet address. We hope to engage the XLM (and crypto) community to become philanthropic partners by working with us in achieving our vision and mission.

MISSION:   Empowering educators, youth and communities by strengthening the neural pathways to     peace and resilience through mindfulness and social and emotional learning.

VISION:    To establish an empowered society of individuals at peace within themselves and with others


Happy teachers will change the world

Professional development and personal development are inclusive. Mindfulness and self-compassion exercises build "happiness" in the brain itself and neuroscience proves, we are what we practice. As an educational system we are obligated to support teachers; no other profession in the world has a greater impact on the immediate and the distant future than teaching! #mindfulness #selfcompassion #education #teacherlife #educationreform #TGIF

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It Takes a Village

Dearest friends and colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that earlier this year I co-founded a non-profit organization called EmpowerED Pathways. This educational non-profit is a manifestation of my personal and professional work over the past two decades, merging my expertise in mind/body practices, education, public health, and community relations. I am so grateful for the friends and family who have encouraged and supported me on this journey. We couldn't have gotten this far without your indirect or direct support and, for this, I am deeply grateful.

What we do

Research shows that empowering educators, youth and communities with learning experiences that promote mindfulness and emotional intelligence strengthens their neurological pathways. Our goal is to provide research-based tools to foster the resiliency and mindsets for living with the challenges of modern life. We believe this essential, yet often overlooked, aspect of educating the next generation will create a more peaceful, understanding and compassionate society. View our current programming for more details on how we do our work. 

It takes a village

This weekend, we began actively raising funds to provide the financial resources needed to support our vision and mission. Since we are a 501(c)3 organization, 100% of contributions go directly into programming and development, and are 100% tax deductible. Any amount of financial support you are able to give is so appreciated. Donate today to our #GivingTuesday campaign to help us reach our goal of raising $5000 to support program development and resource production. Thank you for your contributions, as well as promoting our organization with your friends and families! 

With deepest gratitude,

Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
EmpowerED Pathways

#BlackFriday Mindfulness Practice

Today is the beginning of "shopping season" and the "hustle and bustle" of the holidays, so we wanted to share some mindful practices to maintain your calm as move throughout the day.

1. Your breathe is always there for you. Sometimes crowds, parking, waiting in line and traffic can be challenging. Slow, deep and focused breathing calms the brain by bringing the attention to the right hemisphere vs. the left hemisphere. As you breathe notice the sensation of the air as it comes and goes with each breath for as long as you wish. When the mind drifts (left hemisphere activity), bring your attention back to your breath.

2. As you wait in line exercise and grow your patience. Create a space where you can disconnect from your phone and simply notice the sights, sounds and smells around you. Direct your attention to one object and one sense at a time.

4. Intentionally extend kindness to others. Smile, lend a hand, open a door, allow someone to pull out in front of you in traffic, etc. . .

Today, empowerED pathways is launching a five day campaign to raise a targeted goal of $5,000.00 for program development and resource production. We are a 501(c)3 organization. Therefore, all contributions are tax deductible. We are grateful for your support through financial contributions and/or socially promoting our organization and initially fund raising campaign. Our intent is to establish a more peaceful and resilient humanity and this would be impossible without the kindness and generosity of family, friends and strangers.

For programming and organization information, read more here.

Can you support us today for our #GivingTuesday campaign? Click our DONATE button in the main menu to help us in whatever amount you are able to. And thank you!

Support EmpowerED Pathways on #GivingTuesday

Today's world and tomorrow's future present complex and unknown challenges. EmpowerED Pathways provides research-based professional development and training that foster the resiliency and mindsets for living with these challenges. Providing educators, students and communities with these learning experiences will create a more peaceful, understanding and compassionate society.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. -- William James

Neuroscience proves the brain changes throughout one’s lifetime due to their experiences, efforts and thoughts. With a mindful and intentional approach to what we do and think, we strengthen the neurological pathways to inner peace and better understanding of others.  

We need to explicitly teach our children to cultivate personal and interpersonal well-being and to believe in a society which values understanding others, regardless of their backgrounds. With each child that we teach social & emotional intelligence, we plant the seeds of hope for communities with less hostility, less loneliness.  

Our programs provide the learning experiences and practices which build the neural pathways of empowerment and resiliency in the brain itself and begin creating more peaceful and understanding individuals and communities.
We need your help!

After the indulgence of Thanksgiving and the consumerism of Black Friday, #GivingTuesday is a day of giving back to non-profit organizations around the world. As a 501c3 organization, we depend on funding from individuals, organizations, and foundations to bring our important work to schools and the community.

Can you support us on #GivingTuesday on November 28th? Click our DONATE button in the main menu to help us in whatever amount you are able to. And thank you!