Author: Deb Avery

There’s Something Happening Here

  By Deb Avery There is an undercurrent of violence running through the heart of our country. It isn’t new, but it is changing, mutating and growing. As the population continues to soar, so too will the violence, the horrors and the atrocities. Unless we do something to bring about a change. It’s so easy to look at the recent histories of shootings in this country and blame the gun laws and politicians. And a lot of that is simply the truth. But there are so many layers to the insidious nature of violence. When you begin to peel...

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At The Heart Of Right Thought: It Starts with Our Reactions {The Eightfold Path}

By Deb Avery We tend to make things so difficult sometimes. We read and study many books and teachings about what this teacher teaches and what that one believes. We worry about following this lineage or that. Maybe we feel that we must learn all of the proper words, mudras and rituals before we can genuinely practice Buddhism. But, in all actuality, it is very simple: what is in our hearts and our minds creates the world around us. At the heart of any Buddhist practice is the Eightfold Path. The Path can be as simple or as complicated...

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Change Your Thoughts, Change the World

  By Deb Avery I have had times in the past when I allowed others views and actions to influence my own thoughts about myself and others. It has taken many years of deep inner work, meditation and letting go of preconceived notions, for me to understand that what anyone else says or does has no bearing on my worth or my journey. Yet it has everything to do with theirs. Our childhood shapes and molds us from the very beginning. Some of us have awesome childhood memories and were well cared for and supported. We went on to...

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Solstice in Dixie

  By Deb Avery At this time of the year the darkness closes in early and the cold winds blow. Things can seem pretty bleak to those who only glimpse the surface of reality. But underneath the cold ground and deep within the forests, streams and gardens, there is a lot of internal workings going on. It may seem that death and darkness prevail, but actually preparations are in full swing. There is a lot of nourishing, resting and rejuvenation in progress. And soon the darkness will begin to lift, almost imperceptibly at first, mere seconds a day, gradually...

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Tis the Season, to Let Go

  By Deb Avery   As I sit with my feet up, complete with fuzzy socks and a cup of chai tea, w/non-dairy cream, on what’s referred to as Black Friday, I glance up at the news my mom is watching on TV. My mom never misses the news. Everyday for an hour beginning at 5:00 PM, you’ll find her in her recliner watching first the local and then the national news. 30 minutes each and she assumes that she is fully informed of all the important aspects of politics, religion and world around her. But I digress. Anyhoo,...

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