Helen Avery


Articles by Helen Avery

50 Easy Changes to Go Green this Earth Day

Ditch the straws, fill your notepad, get your car serviced . . . There are many small things we can each do to support our planet this Earth Day.

In honor of Earth Day, here are fifty changes you can make—wherever you are—to reduce pollution and conserve energy for a cleaner, greener planet. In the Home 1. Turn the temperature down. Lowering the temperature by just one degree can save 10% on energy use over the year. We can always wear a sweater! 2. […]

How Daily Self-Care Can Mean Wellness for Life

Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi’s book, The Healing Self, provides us with a life long plan for a healthy mind, body and spirit.

It was Benjamin Franklin in 1736 who famously said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He was referring to fires that were threatening Philadelphia at that time, but it’s just as applicable to the fires we are dealing with in our daily lives—strained relationships, sleepless nights, weight gain, back pain, digestive […]

Resting Bliss Face: Rewire your Brain for Happiness with a Smile

Want more positivity, peace and happiness in your life? It’s as simple as striking a pose and rocking a smile.

Six years ago Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, propelled the mind-body connection into the mainstream with her TED Talk on body language. Among many of her findings, one stood out. The work of Cuddy and her colleagues showed that adopting more expansive poses for just two minutes changed the way […]

Essential Oils for Daily Life

Known for their healing properties on the physical, emotional and mental level, essential oils can be easily incorporated into our daily routine for a healthier and more balanced life.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years because of their powerful healing properties. These highly concentrated oils extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree can benefit not just our physical bodies, but also our mental and emotional state as well. Who hasn’t felt the […]

3 Greens Soups That Will Put a Spring in Your Step

Ready for spring? Try these twists on green soups for a tasty way to kick-start a sluggish system.

Winter for me is all about root vegetable and squash soups, but as we enter into spring, my focus turns entirely to greens. That’s because I sense the time is coming when I might have to start baring a little more flesh, but predominantly because I feel like my hibernating body is in need of […]

When Instagram Becomes Our Meditation Mat

What if we used our passion for taking photographs as a means for getting to know ourselves, others, and the world around us more deeply?

“It is estimated that one trillion photographs will be taken this year,” says photographer and Zen practitioner, David Ulrich. With high-quality cameras on our phones, digital photography and the advent of platforms such as Flickr and Instagram, we have all become photographers – perhaps taking dozens of photos over a week. But what kind of […]

Get off the Busy Train with 10 Easy Practices

Do you dream of fewer distractions, fewer decisions, and more free time? Here are ten tips for a life less busy.

How are you? Busy? Unfortunately, the phrase “I’m so busy” has become a mantra for the modern age. We seem to have bought into the idea that we need to fill our days and our homes until our heads and closets are ready to explode. We speak of a simpler life with fewer distractions and […]

Why We Need to Make Time for Silence

In a stimulus-heavy world, taking time to be in silence can remind us of the wonder of being alive.

“Please don’t take it personally, or think I’m odd. I just love being in silence,” I uttered nervously to my partner in the early days of our relationship before heading to a 10-day silent retreat. He’s now used to it. I got back two weeks ago from my second silent stint this year, and have […]

Joyful Communication

What would it be like to share only happiness with every text, email and word we spoke? The Buddhist practice of "Right Speech" offers some useful insight.

“I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve them of their suffering.” This beautiful intention is one of the Buddhist Mindfulness Trainings and refers to something the Buddha called “Right Speech” – communicating in an honest, kind and calm way. It is […]

Let Your Inner Guide Be Your Pilot

Spirit Junkie by renowned spiritual teacher and speaker, Gabby Bernstein, shows mindful millennials how happiness can be as simple as listening to your inner voice.

In her twenties, Gabrielle Bernstein found herself in a situation familiar to many young women. Her job left her feeling exhausted, she had unhealthy eating habits, she craved relationships in order to feel worthy, and she partied and indulged in alcohol and drugs to avoid the anxiety and pain associated with the previously mentioned issues. […]
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