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Our Need to Preach Secular Spirituality! By Eric Dierker
Does this baby have religion? No! But he has a spirit. And I still do today!
Spirituality and the Secular should be compatable
Preaching seems to be something owned by the "religious". Secular preaching should be just as well received. Spirituality also seems to be owned by faith and belief and it should not be. Secular preaching is a skill set and a talent. We should not ordain Secular preachers as that would ruin it.
Now I know a man who is a preacher man and he preaches that God is Love. But this same man has many non religious type friends and family. This preacher man was not called to convert but to spread the word of love and recognition of the spirit that resides inside and outside of us all.
So he went about studying and devising ways to preach to those who were not inclined to believe in an all powerful God or Gods. He felt empathy and love toward those who rejected notions of spirituality because it was so tied into religious dogma and doctrine. Rules and regulations and judgments and concepts of Hell and damnation and hypocrisy.
I can not tell you this man's name for that would violate his privacy but his initials are me ;-)
Every sign either tells us either to do something or not to do something
The simple chemical truth of a smile
If you smile and look into the mirror. And then really frown and look into the mirror. 90% of the time your frown will make you smile Try it, and really try not to giggle at your frown. Now try it the other way -- smile and see if it makes you want to cry or frown --- not likely. However if you do find that it does nothing for you, that you feel nothing or you feel the opposite. Please email me immediately and let us talk.
That is our nature. Just the bio-mechanical reactions of our body pushes us toward happy. While happy and sad are emotions they are also a reflection of our spiritual health. I have been happy laying in a hospital bed with chemotherapy running into my veins, and yet sad at a wonderful celebration.
There is just an extra energy that goes into being grumpy and frumpy. If you choose that you will find things like cancer and heart disease just naturally follow. It is a matter of loving life and that life might just smile back at you.
It is OK and good to think ok imagine this way. Be a a dreamer let go and just relax
You are just fine being you!
But be you! Do not repress joy. Do not hide happiness and love. If you do not believe in big old supernatural stuff, go with it. But believe in you. You do not need things to be happy. You do not need to puff up your ego to feel good about yourself. You just need to dang well do it.
Now I do suggest that anyone and everyone should, with pencil (so it can be erased and changed) and actual paper. Sit down and start a list. Only one addition per day. And write down what makes you happy. I do not suggest at first to write down what makes you unhappy -- why focus there.
Some will preach at you that happiness is not the goal - bull! That is why we write in pencil because today it may be "partying" but someday you may well find that that really does not make you happy. Do not worry if weird things make you happy. Me, I am old and just simple things make me happy.
Are you happy?
Now the boring part
Sit still for ten minutes each day. Just sit there with nothing better to do than sit there. I could tell you to focus on good things and to breathe deep and to concentrate on your breathing and to sit a certain way. But maybe that will be good for later. But I do ask that you not think about things to do. Better think of places you have been, people that you met and good times you have had or even sad ones. The Idea is to sit and reflect. Just reflect. Outside under the stars would be cool or a perfect little place in your house, or in a garden but hey a closet or the bathroom will do because you are not sitting still to enjoy your surroundings you are sitting still to enjoy you.
Just think about that. Sit still for 5-10 minutes every day and enjoy you, just you. It will be hard for most to actually sit still for that long. Try it, you will want to get up and "do" something. Have discipline at first and later you will sit still longer because your will learn to enjoy you.
Hey there are a lot of people out there that enjoy you. I know I do if I know you. So just take some time to think about what I have written, take some time to ponder it and maybe you might get something out of it and some later date if not today.
Your own risk
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