Helen Avery


Articles by Helen Avery

When We Travel Alone, Remarkable Things Happen

It is in this quieter, calmer state of mind that we naturally become more adventurous, creative and keenly aware of the exciting details of the world around us.

From the moment the front door closes behind me, and I pick up my travel bags ready to plop them into a car, cab, train or airplane hold, an enormous sense of peace washes over me. I love to travel, and I cherish time spent alone, and to combine the two . . . well, […]

Reconnect with Your Creative Self and Get Happy

Want more joy and playfulness in your life? Start to unleash your childlike creativity.

Four things accompanied me everywhere I went as a little girl: Snowy the threadbare cat, a field guide to garden wildlife, a children’s encyclopedia of science, and the latest copy of Twinkle magazine (yup, I am British). Among the latter’s 20-odd pages of stories about Nurse Nancy who ran a hospital for poorly toys, and […]

How to Get in Touch with Your Wild Side

As we spend more time indoors and mitigating all risks, we’ve lost touch with our wild and free selves. It’s time we cut loose a little.

When was the last time you felt wild? Since reading an essay by author and environmentalist, George Monbiot, on this topic, I find myself pondering this question often. In it, he recounts an experience of kayaking in Cardigan Bay in Wales, and the exhilaration felt when a dolphin launched itself over his head. We can […]

Creating a Home Yoga Practice

Love yoga, but always find an excuse not to go to class? Then try a home practice and fall in love with a healthier, calmer and more confident you.

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to get ourselves to a yoga class on a regular basis. The mind will provide plenty of excuses: I can’t afford it this month, I’m not good enough. I don’t have clean yoga clothes. It’s too far. It’s raining. I don’t have time. It will be too crowded. […]

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 […]
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