Author: Deb Avery

Kindness to All Living Beings, Both Big & Small.

  By Deb Avery The ravens are calling again outside my open window. The lyrical, mystical part of my mind tells me they are wondering where I am, for it’s been a couple of days since I’ve been able to be up and about, much less outside, due to illness. Perhaps they’ve missed me? We can never fully appreciate the intelligence of the animals, plants and trees that live here with us. But for me, I have seen and felt enough to know this: communion is not only possible—nor is it only restricted to those with a PhD in...

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One Pebble Can Make a Tsunami: Let’s Be the Change.

  By Deb Avery Bombarded with negative news and events on a daily basis, we all know the feeling of hopelessness and what it can do to us and our emotions. After awhile, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and simply want to turn away from all the images of suffering and violence being done to the people, the animals, and our world. The scale of tragedies today is mind boggling. The injustice, starvation, greed, hate, violence and loss of life—is enough to bring any of us to our knees from the sheer weight of all the suffering. We may feel...

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Buddhist with a Pagan Heart.

  By Deb Avery   From my experiences on this planet, religion has taken the experiences, daily practices and habits by extraordinary people over the ages, and turned it into a complicated, sometimes dogmatic, highly ritualistic and exclusive way of living. All religions are based on people and experiences, class and gender restrictions at the time, and many other variable attributes of culture, idealism and local legends and beliefs. In saying this, I don’t mean to diminish religions that have built upon experiences that have led people to a better way of life, inspired an awareness of the ever...

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Love is Wishing You Happiness Without Demands.

  By Deb Avery When we tell someone I love you what do we really mean? Exactly what is this thing called love? I have used this phrase many, many times in my life, with many people, animals and even places. Sometimes it’s my way of communicating the attraction, emotions and closeness I’ve felt with a person in my life; I simply wanted someone to know I thought they were wonderful—it was expressing happiness and joy. However, at other times, I have to admit, there were emotions, ego and neediness attached to those three words. I longed to hear it repeated back to...

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Overthinking? Come Back to the Simplicity of the Breath.

  By Deb S. Raine   As the sun filters through the great oaks above me and the gentle breeze gives movement and grace to the green leaves on the branches, I sit calmly there beneath them. Beauty, peace and grace surrounds me like a gossamer cloak and my heart is full of gratitude. But this wasn’t always so. Earlier my mind was busy with the mundane cares of living in this modern world. How am I going to pay for all these unexpected medical bills? What can I do to help ease all the suffering? What am I going...

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