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Practical Spirituality

Practical Spirituality

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Featured as an expert in films, print, television, and radio, Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., is the author of "Return to the Sacred" and the Spiritual Program Director for the internationally acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan’s background includes a PhD in Comparative Religion with a focus on health and healing systems, as well as training and work as a hospital chaplain, Interfaith Minister, executive consultant and coach.

Gaga For My Guru

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Ok, so to begin, I am not a big fan of TV or pop culture in general, and while I think everything has its place in the world, I wasn’t overly interested in Lady Gaga a week ago. I certainly […]

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Does God Have a Name?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

We were on the road to Malinalco, Mexico, when we came upon clusters of people of all ages walking along the highway. It was surprising and mysterious to me. As we passed families, groups, and individuals, I felt as if […]

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Go Beyond Fear

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Approach the world of spiritual practice with trust and an open heart. Don’t be afraid of spiritual experiences. Strange sensations of energy, a feeling of deep love, vulnerability, connectedness, and a loss of ego and control are all aspects of […]

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A Thanksgiving Gift

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

For the American reader, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Regardless of the cloudy history of this celebration, it has come to mean a time of family, food and discount shopping – not always in that order. Naturally, it’s all to be sprinkled with […]

The Art of Intuition

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

If you wanted to be great at a sport, a natural necessity in your training would involve first assessing what muscles and systems of the body you’ll use most, and then building an exercise plan around that information. In fact, […]

Journey to Enlightenment: All You Need More of is Your Essence

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

The world is filled with bright ideas, innovative solutions, and great opportunities. The biggest challenge always lies in finding your own motivation and willingness. In Eastern traditions, there’s an old expression about the journey to enlightenment. It’s been said that […]

Too Much Talk of Bullies?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

There is a lot of discussion today about bullies and the sometimes deadly cost of bullying in the news. Some wonder if the there is an increase in bullying, or if we are just becoming more aware of the problem. […]

Nourish Your Essence: Make Time for Fun!

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

You need to have fun–often! And you need to get out of your busy mind–often. Not only does it help to develop a playful attitude during daily activities, but you also need to schedule time to relax and be creative. […]

Spirituality: See it for Yourself

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

If you want to understand the stars you will need to use a telescope. If you want to understand a molecule you will need to use a microscope. If you want to understand the ocean eventually you will need to […]

Intuition: How Your Essence Speaks to Your Mind

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Intuition is more than the accumulation of old information in an instantaneous brain blast. It’s the gut feeling, the hunch, or “knowing” that defies experience or understanding. We’ve all had these experiences at one time or another. Some dismiss them […]

Change Begins with You

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Lasting change in the world begins in the heart and the soul of each person. It begins in your home. It is easy to find people who can tell us what to believe, what is wrong, and what to do. […]

Where Do You Stand? Inspiration Is A Choice!

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

In the book Inspiration Deficit Disorder I discuss the important of understanding five core dimensions of “self”  that are involved in human growth and healing. The more you have awareness of these aspects of who you are, the more agile and […]

Eat, Pray, Love: Do You Need to Travel to Find Inspiration?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

The film “Eat Pray Love,” based on the lovely book by the same name, is about to be released. The common question that arises is “do you have to travel and experience exotic people and places to re-inspire your life?” […]

Beyond the Stars

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

When did you last go out into the night to gaze at the stars? When did you last take the time, perhaps lying on an old blanket, supported by the nurturing earth, to do nothing but look into the darkness–your […]

Barriers to Spiritual Practice: Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Approach the world of spiritual practice with trust and an open heart. Don’t be afraid of spiritual experiences. Strange sensations of energy, a feeling of deep love, vulnerability, connectedness, a loss of ego and control are all aspects of spiritual […]

Misunderstanding Lust

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

I guess I never really understood the word “lust.” It probably had something to do with watching too much television growing up, or maybe it was the fantasies of fictional literature that threw me off. Then again, the use of […]

Get Away! The Summer Escape to Wellness

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

In the summer months millions of people make time to retreat into wilderness settings. From cottage homes, to trailer parks, hiking, camping, summer camps, resorts and canoe trips, there is an inborn instinct to “get away from it all.” The […]

The Best Spiritual Practice: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

It seems almost silly to have to say it, but to improve at anything practice is almost always essential. Right? Even if you want to get good at doing nothing, you still need to do a lot of it! Most […]

Is Inspiration Deficit Disorder Haunting You?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

It is one of those words that just sounds good. Most of us hear it and know we want more of it – inspiration! To be inspired, to find something that is an inspiration to us, maybe to inspire others. […]

Love: How Essence Speaks to Your Heart

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

In any moment, you can always ask yourself, What is in the highest good? or What would be most loving and empowering? Despite your wounds and habits, you know what kindness is. Holding a door for someone whose hands are […]

Four Types of Time: A New Way To Look At Time Management

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Over the years of working to help people reduce stress and imbalance in daily life, I have come to see very clearly that time is one of the most common factors. Too often people place their attention on stress “management” […]

Three Traits of an Inspired Life

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

Clarity Clarity is about how well you manage your energy and intention. Stay focused and sharp in every situation, whenever possible. Clarity is also about moving beyond confusion through understanding, communication, decision making, and the willingness to let go. You’ll […]

Let The Sun Shine In: Evocative Visualization and Nature

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

With summer weather at hand (most of the time), now is a wonderful season to practice drawing upon our natural connection to nature. Many people have heard of “affirmations:” the intentional use of positive thoughts and positive self-statements to help […]

The Path to the Sacred: What is a Ritual?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

When people hear the word ‘ritual’ many think of empty actions, repeated and repeated without meaning. The word “habit” and ritual are often connected. Frequently people in the Western world even use the word in a negative fashion, associating ritual […]

Are Spirituality and Religion The Same?

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

If we think of spirituality as our deepest experience of The Sacred, in the world and within us, then we see that religion may be a support to exploring and experiencing these elements. The religions of the world are vast […]

The Commitment to Wake Up: A Morning Exercise

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

I have a simple practice that has changed my life. Years ago a made a commitment that I would never get out of bed in the morning without being sure that when my feet hit the floor my attitude and […]

Protect What You Love: Re-Define Your Health, Tend to Your Planet

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

When you think about health one of the most significant things you can change is your perspective. The way you think about health, shapes your health. If you think only your body matters, you might eat well and exercise, but […]

Silence: One Step to Transformation

posted by Jonathan Ellerby

The message is old, the practice is timeless. The teaching is universal, and yet most of us still run from it today: take time to be in silence. In virtually every spiritual tradition and discipline, there is a common understanding […]

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Ok, so to begin, I am not a big fan of TV or pop culture in general, and while I think everything has its place in the world, I wasn’t overly interested in Lady Gaga a week ago. I certainly knew who she was and of course lots of her songs are catchy – but a “meat suit” – really??? It just

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Does God Have a Name?
We were on the road to Malinalco, Mexico, when we came upon clusters of people of all ages walking along the highway. It was surprising and mysterious to me. As we passed families, groups, and individuals, I felt as if I were looking through the car window into a world I couldn't begin to comprehend

posted 10:57:08pm Dec. 30, 2010 | read full post »

Go Beyond Fear
Approach the world of spiritual practice with trust and an open heart. Don't be afraid of spiritual experiences. Strange sensations of energy, a feeling of deep love, vulnerability, connectedness, and a loss of ego and control are all aspects of spiritual experience that test and try people's limits

posted 2:32:37pm Dec. 22, 2010 | read full post »

A Thanksgiving Gift
For the American reader, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Regardless of the cloudy history of this celebration, it has come to mean a time of family, food and discount shopping - not always in that order. Naturally, it's all to be sprinkled with a dose of gratitude and reflection. Before&

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