Helen Avery


Articles by Helen Avery

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. […]

Creating a Happy and Healthy Community

By engaging more in our neighborhoods, and making small changes, we can create a better place to call home.

It’s something we all long for—to live in a happy community, a place where we feel safe, peaceful, nurtured and healthy, and where we engage with others in a positive and uplifting way. When that isn’t our experience, many of us tend to isolate ourselves or relocate. But, what if instead we could create a […]

Pondering Powerful Life Lessons with Poet and Philosopher, Mark Nepo

Inspirational quotes from Nepo's latest book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, help us navigate life with a deeper appreciation and a lighter step.

When life is getting sticky and the thought of, “why me?” appears and lingers, and conversely when life just feels a little too comfortable, and I catch myself smugly believing that “Oh, I totally got this,” I seek out the words of philosopher Mark Nepo. In the fast pace of life that can sweep us […]

Giving Our Thanks with a Letter

What if we brought a letter of appreciation to Thanksgiving dinner instead of a pie?

In his book, The Road to Character, David Brooks makes the insightful point that what we really wish to have cultivated in our lives when we look back, are, what he calls, “eulogy virtues.” He shares that every month he comes across a person who seems to exude these eulogy virtues. “They listen. They make […]

Discovering Our Human Legacy in Jordan

Among the ruins of one of the world's UNESCO World Heritage sites lies inspiration to leave a different sort of footprint from our ancestors—one of peace and unity.

If you were to stand high up in the Wadi Musa mountains of Jordan and look out across the landscape ahead to Israel, you would see only more mountains and desert. But there, within the crevices of those mountain walls, lies a hidden city that was abandoned over 1,500 years ago and it was once […]
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