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Jonathan Ellerby Jonathan Ellerby ceo. author. spiritual teacher.

Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, is a spiritual teacher, healer, author, and the CEO for the Tao Center for Inspired Living in the Mayan Riviera. [www.jonathanellerby.com]

POSTWedsELLERBY

The key to my health, joy, and resiliency is love. It may sound cliché, but it’s absolutely true. I’m committed to fearlessly and constantly staying connected to what I love in all I do. When I see things through a loving perspective, judgments, attachments, and desires for control don’t accumulate within me. Though it’s not always easy, I can almost always find something to love about what I’m doing. If nothing else, I can take a break and connect instead with something that evokes the quality of love within me. And if that’s still not enough, then I know something needs to change.

Here are a few simple tricks that keep me in love with myself, the people around me, and the Spirit of Life.

When I wake up in the morning, my first commitment is to never get out of bed with an unloving thought on my mind. So, if I wake up and feel tired, sick, or stressed about my day, I take a moment to lovingly allow my self to have that feeling, and then I choose to shift my focus to a different thought, such as one of gratitude or inspiration.

When I wake up, no matter where or what the day may hold, I take time to pray and to slow down my mind with my breath. Some days I need ten minutes and other days I only need two. As I breathe, I take the time to feel and think about what I love, who I love, what I love to do, and how I will bring compassion into my day.

Throughout the day, I take time to stop and return to a caring mindset as often as I can, or as often as I need to. I use touchstones. The trick is not in the thing used as a touchstone, but in the feeling it evokes: a walk, a seashell, time for a laugh, a photo – whatever works.

Finally, I try to base as many of my decisions as possible on love. In some cases, this means asking myself, What is the most compassionate next step? and in other cases it means asking myself, What would I love the most? Love isn’t always about making people happy or getting what we want. For me, love is a feeling of balance, compassion, and kindness, a feeling of being centered and knowing I’m connected and I’m empowering others. When I act from love, I find that life sorts itself out and no matter what comes to pass I can always learn something and enjoy the process.

– Jonathan Ellerby

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