Helen Avery


Articles by Helen Avery

7 Tips for a Long and Happy Life

Learn the secrets of ikigai from Japan’s village of longevity.

There, in the north of the island, is a community that dramatically outlives people from other regions of the world and manages to have far fewer incidents of chronic illness (including dementia), for the portion of its population that is advanced in age. So, what is their secret? Authors Héctor Garcia and Francesc Miralles traveled to Ogimi, determined to find out from the centenarians themselves.

Knowing the Universe Has Your Back

Why you should focus on being your best and let the universe take care of the rest.

The Universal Law of Karma, cause and effect, is shared by the world’s spiritual traditions (the concept that one will reap what they sow). It can be comforting to hear stories such as my friend’s, to see there is divine retribution for those that do ‘unkind’ things. But this “retribution” is not based on judgment and punishment; it is simply a natural law.

Portrait Parties: Sparking Creative Expression Through Community

An international community of artists shows us how to create, inspire and connect.

Even with advances in digital photography, capturing a person’s essence with mediums other than a camera is still as treasured an expression as ever, and portrait parties, where artists can come together to draw and paint one another, are becoming increasingly popular.

Using Cues to Deepen Your Yoga Practice

How tapping into your yoga instructor's verbal cues can be a game-changer for your practice.

For those who have practiced or taught yoga, weaving these cues into a class can be the difference between doing yoga, and being yoga.

10 Reasons to Be Kind Today

How acts of generosity are the secret to building a fuller, more satisfying life.

It’s not always easy in our hurried and pressured lives to offer a helping hand to a friend or to forgive the person who jumps in line ahead of us, or even to simply smile at a stranger on the subway. But there are at least 10 great reasons why it might be in our […]

A Mindful Society Starts with a Mindful ‘Us’

Life brings with it inevitable challenges, yet today it can seem as if those challenges are being presented to us at an increasing rate. How many of us are familiar with feeling overwhelmed physically or mentally, or have the sense that the changes we want for ourselves, our family and our society appear to be out of reach? Challenging conversations and uncomfortable feelings seem to greet us daily with little time to gather our thoughts before responding from a place that can sadly be driven by anxiety or defensiveness.

‘Altaring’ Our State of Mind

What you need to know about creating a home altar.

One of the best ways to nurture a meditation or prayer practice is to create a place within the home that is dedicated solely to this purpose—an altar.

Getting into the Flow: Water as Our Teacher

Water is as close to “home” as we can get: Our blue planet is about 70 percent water, as are our bodies. “We spend the first nine months of our lives immersed in the watery environment of our mother’s womb, and human fetuses still have gill-slit structures in their early stages of development,” Wallace Nichols, marine biologist, reminds us in his bestselling book Blue Mind.
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