Author: Deb Avery

Zen Encounters in The Bible Belt

  By Deb Avery   At 8:00 AM the waiting room of the local clinic in my small town was sparsely populated—an elderly couple, one lady in her 30’s, and myself being the sole occupants. Usually I find a quiet corner and read until I’m called back, but this morning, while leaving in a hurry, my book was left on the kitchen table. Having thumbed through any and all of the halfway interesting, old magazines on previous visits, I simply sat and waited my turn. The other occupants were busily engaged in small talk about various subjects. And as...

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The Power of Living in Mindfulness: Infinite Possibilities Between Breaths

  By Deb Avery Have you ever felt that a brief moment of time seem to last forever? Maybe a moment that took your breath away with it’s beauty and grace? Or maybe it was the polar opposite and it was a moment that caused pain and sorrow and it seemed to go on forever. These moments—these spaces of time that exist between our breaths—hold the power to change lives, both our own, and others. They hold the power to change the world we live in. There is untold power in the seconds between the exhale and the inhale....

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She Persisted, & So Will I.

By Deb Avery “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” These words have been repeated throughout history in one form or another for thousands of years. To the present day, women are still told to shut up and sit down. Still, we continue to speak up for our rights and the rights of others. It begins early in childhood and continues throughout our lives. It happens in our work place, our churches and even our own homes. Each and every day there are millions of women the world over who live with verbal, emotional and physical...

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Drops of Enlightenment with My Morning Coffee

  By Deb Avery   I was just sitting by the window, coffee cup in hand, feeling a little sad, discouraged, tired and in pain physically. And then, there it was on my laptop. As I read it, something inside clicked into place. What a beautiful, magical moment! The pain was still there from one of my chronic illnesses. I still felt a little sadness deep within and was still fatigued as well. But suddenly, because of a few wise and graceful words by a friend, my whole perception changed. A healing drop of enlightenment enveloped my heart and mind...

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True Heroes are Compassionate Badasses.

  By Deb Avery There have been some strange changes in our vocabulary over the years, and it’s brought about a shift in perceptions as well. People often confuse compassion with weakness—nothing could be further from the truth. However, because of the image of the kick-ass, take names later prima donna of today’s pop culture, it seems as if the gentler, kinder, more compassionate heroes have almost been forgotten. There has always been the “bad boy” image in movies and life. The list is endless, from James Dean to James Bond. They keep muscular and fit as they go about...

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