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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Exercise For Love (How to)

Updated on May 24, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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All Kinds of Love

We all know the first thing that comes into mind with “exercise for love” is making love. Maybe we change it to “exercise with love”. Well that does not fix the problem. How about the “exercise of love”. Oh well. So in Exercise for Love it also carries the notion of doing something in order to love more fully. Our brain and our heart need to exercise for love. And you have the notion of actually being in better physical condition from birth.

I was writing about “Cooking for Life”. It just keeps coming back at you. The more love you put into cooking the better the meal and the better the meal of life. So how do you grow that love to put into life and into a bowl of soup? Point blank; you practice it and get a good work out in trying to stay “in” that space and action of loving.

Just like physical acuity and thinking, we are born with a bit of love. Not all that equal in the eyes of man but equal under the eyes of our Love God. So we embark on a sort of “How to”.

If you would please ask yourself what you have been practicing to help you love better? My first one is that cliché’ of mindfulness. I do two things all day long. I talk/pray with God and I pay attention to acting in and out of love. Pretty easy because they are basically both the same. Oh yes I get angry sometimes and treat God and people without love. I reckon the real practice of love is somewhat just that. Getting back on the field and trying to do even better.

Now to be sure my favorite exercises are; Jumping to conclusions, taking a leap of faith, running around like a chicken with my head cut off and going back and forth. Those are not wise exercises for love. Quite the opposite.

Here is one that is debateable all night long. Taking the road less travelled. The trouble is that if everyone did it out in nature where would the critters and plants grow. Stay on the beaten path so as not to disturb another’s habitat. My wife gets concerned when I act too strange even for me. The problem is that strange for me is normal for you and her.

Loving God is a Good Start

Sunrise and Rise and Shine

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Love People in Their Life Issues

So we come to a “How To” area of consideration. How do we actually begin or strengthen our Love work out. Now you can do anything in the name of love. Of course you don’t just get to say that is why you did it or are doing it. Pronouncements and proclamations of love are darn near the opposite of love.

I like it when people shout their love from the highest mountains and I probably say “I love you” over 15 times a day. I don’t shout it out much. But how to exercise may surprise you. Grunting and yelling really do help get you stronger with activities. In the gym I thought the muscly did it for show, so I asked a trainer. Unequivocally and he was adamant that it did. So what may appear to be showing off and getting attention when yelling your love – it may just help you make your love stronger.

Well we would have to believe at least partly love is a physical deal. In the Bible there is a cool part that teaches us generally; Before you go about preaching to someone feed and clothe them. What good are proclamations if you have not at least helped him in his survival.

Social distancing is amazing as we stretch ourselves to share the love. So I go for a walk and see my neighbors. I have a mask on and will not get too close. So I have to wave hard and verbalize in order to spread the love.

In the grocery store we now sometimes get to close or someone blocks things like before. I noticed more “excuse me” and “Oop sorries” as we all forget or do not pay attention to these new ideas. There is in fact more social pleasantry.

I remember when we first decided reusable shopping bags were the way to go. I had to remember to bring them into the store. Then it became mandatory by some law. You would see people walk up to the grocery store doors and then do a turn around to get their bags from the car. It took some getting used to for most of us. And then not using those little produce bags had to be learned also.

What are we practicing here? I suggest love of others and love of our environment. Pretty cool?

Learning to Love Our Environment

Now he hikes the Grand Canyon with me.
Now he hikes the Grand Canyon with me. | Source

Shine Your Light in Gratitude

Live the Love

I suggest that in the gym as you gradually get into shape you increase both you repititions and amount of weight. Probably a no brainer thought to a healthy degree. I also suggest on your health walks you gradually increase time/distance and the speed at which you walk. In getting in shape for hiking I also gradually increase the weight in my backpack.

Sorry but the workout for love requires that you keeping pushing the limit. Start out loving someone. Next start loving yourself. Next start spreading the love. Then start loving your enemies. Yes we know that most say that you have to love yourself first. Wrong it is easier to love someone else to start. Little tiny ones love mommy naturally long before themselves.

Points of Order

You may find my observations at a grocery store short sighted or based on limited data. Well you would be wrong. I hang out there to observe. Been doing it since about 1994. Shoot, I have been known to fake a shopping list just to write down notes. I would say it took about 5 years before I could do it without putting my social values to work and judging harshly. I got so good at it that for a few years I was hired to pick Juries partially using those skills. The greatest key was to figure out who would get along with whom. The love versus antagonism theory.

Listen up for a second as people ignore this issue and just cope instead of growing. Aches and pains. The elder we get the more we rely on medications to ease the pain in our older bodies. Fair enough. If you try and are lucky enough to have been around awhile. You can also have love pains and aches. It is all part of the exercise. Of course the younger the harder the failures. The more the weight the more likely soreness.

Now I have never taken an opioid for pain except maybe during Chemo Therapy. I understand it can really numb the pains and also that it is really addicting. Look at me, I am addicted to writing and the above people watching. I sure am not going to risk opioids. So it is more stretching and yoga for me. (Gentle yoga only, thank you ;-) Well you have to find healthy ways to deal with the pains associated with love. Part of the regimen for exercising the love. And we must expand our capacity for love as in filling the heart with love so no room for anything else.

Well meditation and prayer exercises the quiet inner us. But it is clear we have to act also lest the muscles of love atrophy. The true opposite of love is apathy.


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      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, we would be in a good place if we digested and lived by your conclusion. The time is right now to pay attention to such important truths.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi and thanks Mary. You are so right in the norm. But here is a funny one. With all our So. Cal. freeways they gave out a third more speeding tickets. Nobody was in the fast lane under 80 mph. crazy peoples. At four way stops here it was normal to mouth "you go and nod" now who knows what is meant except everyone seems to be laughing at it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Sowrabha. You are very kind indeed.

      It is interesting to think of an infant. But I reckon in the end love is an "is" just in the air.

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      Mary Norton 

      14 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric, I also notice that because we are not in a hurry these days, I find that drivers easily give way, allow others to go first, and not raged at other drivers as there are few on the streets. It is nice that no one is in a hurry. We have become more conscious of the other. Your ending is great - it's an invitation to act out love.

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      14 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Eric, your writing is like a bunch of wildflowers... always pick up something I like.. so today it is

      ‘And we must expand our capacity for love as in filling the heart with love so no room for anything else.’ and also the stuff about the beaten path... interesting thoughts..though the jury is out on whether love self before others or the other way round. Though my love seems to fluctuate between the two.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. You are always so supportive.

      Yes we are talking in degrees and not absolutes. We are talking theory and not laws.

      What shade of gray?

      Some would say that the little baby's life is out of balance.

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      Linda Lum 

      14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, in everything there needs to be balance. Manatita's words are true. God loves you and you are worthy of love. If you do not love yourself you cannot fully love others.

      Every one of your sermons shines with love--what more can one ask? Keep up the good work. Sending love back to you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill let us make it a great week and see if we can use as much as we have. Thank pard.

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      14 months ago from london

      We agree, although in a different way. You are saying that the baby has a need and that mom supplies it. Awesome! Otherwise, what we will see, is what we see of malnourished babies in certain places.

      Spiritual Masters or God, works in the same way. The devotee has a need supplied by God or Guru.

      My point of if you do not have you cannot give, results in a malnourished and dying baby without Love.

      Fast for 10 days, do not eat and then try to love and see what happens. So we know, as in when crossing the road or turning around in dark alleys, that loving oneself comes first. We just forget, that's all, as we are usually mistaking the voice of the mind for the dictates of Conscience, two radically different things.

      Back to the baby, their reincarnation memory banks, teaches them so much more than a mother can each teach! That is why you may have seven in the same family which are all incredibly different.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You summed it all up pretty well in that last sentence. Use it or lose it, my mentor was fond of saying. I think I'll use it, thank you very much.

      Keep on keeping on, buddy! Sending love your way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you KC for your comment. Moms are at their best when needed. And boys are at their best when needing and needed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Me too John - funny but smarty pants is the name of my son's multivitamin.

      I count on Manatita for great insights.

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      KC McGee 

      14 months ago from Where I belong


      I remember a number of times as a small child running into the house after scraping me knees and crying hoping and expecting her to stop the bleeding and fix me up all nice and new. Mom would clean up then wound and then place the band aids on my wounded knee. Theose bands aids on my knee are long forgotten, but the deepness of her love for me I could see in her eyes as she fixed my wound has lasted a life time.

      A great article Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think the babies first instinct is love. You suggest a matter of exclusivity. As if the child grows a brain and then a heart an on and on. I would suggest even so far that the initial "demanding" for food is not that at all, but attention. For what does a baby hunger for after being alone for hours. Love and attention.

      You know the hospital problem they used to have with babies not eating, but then rocking chairs and hugging was part of the regimen. Almost no more "unexplained" wasting.

      If no love will he still seek the bottle or breast - or - with no milk he still seeks the love and attention.

      Of course one really doesn't come first like a manual. Just a way to speak of it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Pamela, I really got a lot out of your article on osteoporosis today. I imagine the gentle sort of exercise there with a bunch of self love is optimum. Interesting how intertwined all parts of us are.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Just keep exercising in love, Eric. A good write. I like manatita’s analogy About the smarties too.

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      14 months ago from london

      I agree with Pamela to some extent. Your Hub is well written. Still, let's chat. Are you saying that you should love others before yourself? You seem to be saying this about the baby and the mother also.

      Rising in the morning, prayer and offering gratitude to God, feeding off the family's love and then going to work, is like leaving home with 100 smarties in your Heart's bank. You get in the car and you begin to drive then have a flat tire. Straight away you lose 10 smarties, but you have 90 left.

      You are caught in the traffic and your stress builds up. You are late for work and the boss gives you a hard time. So you lose another 20 smarties, but you have 70 left. Even if you lose another 20 on your way home, you will still return with 50 smarties.

      Loving others first is like not praying or offering gratitude, not getting a hug or kiss and leaving home with no smarties in the Heart's bank. An empty tank. Assuming that the exact problems occur on your way to work, they will send you into the red by 30 smarties.

      You will lose another 20 or so on your way home and remember, you are already in the negative this time, so you will arrive home exhausted.

      Guruji teaches that if you do not have, then you cannot give. So say you have an accident on the Highway. You are tired and hungry, but you feel that you are in the right.

      Starting an argument and pushing it, will simply drain an already tired and hungry body. You see my point? Having food inside you and a good nights sleep, will ensure that you do better with the other driver.

      Never do anything that makes you weak. That is wisdom. Act from a position of strength. Now the child knows intuitively, that mom will feed it. Watch how quickly they learn to manipulate parents. What they want is their food, milk, love, like we do.

      They intuitively know that they need to be strong and healthy. So again, it is a self first process and mom or dad facilitates this gladly, when they coming crying and they will come. Much Love.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, this is another very good Sunday sermon. The more love we put into anything it gives us love back again, according to your message. I think that is probably true. Stretching and gentle yoga is a very healthy habit that you are doing.


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