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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Finding the Peace

Updated on February 28, 2016

Visiting Grandma's Farm

There is just something special about life on farms. It just lends itself to a feeling of calm.
There is just something special about life on farms. It just lends itself to a feeling of calm. | Source

We can slow down and that is good.

Now here is a little sermon that talks all around meditation. If you go back into old versions of the Bible you find meditation is a principal concept. Somewhere along the way the “authors” of versions of the Bible stopped using that term and replace it with “think” about these things. Probably because the Eastern philosophies and religions coined the concept. I think we can put on our big boy pants and see the benefits of hard thought filled meditation. Call it something else like “think” if that makes you happy.

There is a space of quiet contemplation. A place we can find ourselves in if we only give it a try. It is a place away from the crazy hustle and bustle of the world. And you can find it if you give it half a chance. That place is within you. It is a beautiful place but we have to give it a little effort to get there.

There is a wonderful concept that I believe comes from the Far East. The notion is to sit still and set your intentions on something. For instance you could set your intentions on prayer. Intend to just pray. Other thoughts will come in no matter what. When these other thoughts come in you notice them and gently put them aside for later. The idea is not to make it a battle but to guide yourself exclusively to your intentions. Concentrating is a little bit of a rough word for it. This is not a hardnosed “I will do it” concept. It is a gentle intentional concept.

The idea is to let go of the worldly cares for a few moments and center your thoughts on something calming and good. We would use the word meditation here, but alas that word carries too much with it. There is nothing formal here that we are talking about. We are just talking about putting your intentions on finding rest within yourself. Now I like to put my focus on nature and be taken away to there. Of course it would be even better if I was in nature doing this. And I have but that is not always feasible in these modern times. But being in a safe calm physical place is optimum.

That end of the day feeling.

Water flowing and a deep sunset sets a tone for relaxation.
Water flowing and a deep sunset sets a tone for relaxation. | Source

Standing on the ground

Life is good

Closing your eyes. When was the last time you sat down and closed your eyes for a few minutes without intending to go to sleep? Try it you might like it. No matter what else it is good for your eyes.

Slowing down your breathing. Oxygen is really good for you and most of the time we breathe very shallow. When we are stressed we really breathe shallow. Deep sighing breaths are good for you anytime.

Calming music. Isn’t it about time that you just stopped for a few minutes and let a nice gentle sound wash over you? Personally I prefer music being sung softly in a foreign to me language.

Time of day. I prefer to get up before the sunrise or anyone else rising and sit still for a bit. But often I do it when I need it during a hectic time of day. The first is nice to do and second is when I need it.

We hope that does not sound like a how to concept or instruction. It is meant as a reminder of what you already know.

When we are at peace we are more receptive to peaceful thoughts. Here is the really cool part about such a peaceful state. We can come back into our reality refreshed and with a better perspective. I admit that sometimes I do not want to come out of it and face reality. But such is life. Right away when you come out is the time to face tough decisions. Right away is the time to make priority lists. Before that calmness washes away it is time to take matters head on and make decisions as to what to do. I don’t know about you but I make bad decisions sometimes when I make them during frustrating times when my emotions or fatigue have the better of me. When I am refreshed and at peace I almost never make a bad decision. Sometimes things in life really are that black and white. Frazzled and emotional = bad decisions. At peace and energized = good decisions.

Beautiful Nature

Just a tree can be a calming influence.
Just a tree can be a calming influence.

Summertime

Give it a try

Now here is a problem that requires some balance in life. When you are at peace then somethings just don’t have priority anymore. Winning seems to be one of the biggest casualties. It just becomes less important about being right and winning at things. Now this becomes a problem if you are surrounded by people who will improperly take advantage of your passivity. So you have to set up boundaries. You have to make yourself aware of things that may not seem that important but are. You still have to stand up for things you think are right. The right way to do things is still important. Don’t become a doormat.

If you take the time to get into peace there is a simple rule that has to be understood. You will feel things more deeply. As I like to say, there is good news and there is bad news. You feel things more deeply and you feel things more deeply. It is a worthy thing to do. But it can actually change you so be careful. Some work just does not lend itself to someone who feels other people’s feelings all the time. And some work does not lend itself to being at peace all the time either.

Can you use the techniques of finding peace to find energy to tackle your work day more efficiently? Yes you can and it is not that difficult. Once you have found that peace simply set your intentions on your tasks at hand and work through solutions. If you are doing this in a peaceful state you are far more likely to see solutions rather than just focusing on the problem.

I just finished reading an article about the health benefits of prayer. There are many. Doesn’t it seem a bit strange that we would be praying just because the act of prayer creates baby miracles? These health benefits are not little ones either. Things like the prevention of dementia and clear benefits to heart health are no small matters. There is a paper out that lists 47 benefits of prayer (google just that) and they back them up with journal findings from studies performed by reputable organizations. Here is the fun part of the studies that outline these benefits. Most of the organizations are science oriented folk with a normal bent on disproving the non-science based concepts. Scientists and statisticians rarely have a normal desire to prove things like the benefits of praying to a higher power which requires a belief in same. And here is something you might file away. These studies overwhelmingly favored a combination of religion and spirituality. Something about getting together and praying is extremely healthy.

So what I am saying here is that it really does not require prayer to become at peace. But if prayer is a natural part of finding peace you are far better off. I pray. In my home we pray. We prayer individually silently, we pray together (every time we get in a car), we pray out loud alone and we pray holding hands silently and out loud. Now our lives are not perfect we have troubles and tribulations just like everyone does. We have medical issues and we have financial issues. But we do not have discord over these things. Believe me having cancer is stressful just the cost of diagnostics alone in mind boggling. But there is peace and harmony in our home. Through prayer we have a family commonality and bonding.

Do not shy away from togetherness in these matters. Incorporate them into the family setting. I have known of zero cases where it caused harm.

Now I can say it with true conviction. May peace be with you.

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      Alison Monroe 14 months ago

      Very well said, preach it.

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

      Thank you much Alison, have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A couple days ago we had twenty-three new quail babies born.....my hand is the first human experience for all of them....holding them in my hands, feeling the new lives.....

      Peace be with you, my friend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a beautiful and much needed sermon. I meditate but not nearly enough. The feeling of peace and serenity is wonderful. I had never meditated until I saw Tina Turner's story and her victory over fear came about through meditation.. It helps me settle down and stop fretting the little things when I take the time to do it. Thank you again preacher man.

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

      Bill that is super cool. What a great thing. Animals are the best.

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

      Ruby, I had gotten into a routine and so the meaning just was not in it for me for awhile. I had to go back to basics. It is new and refreshing again.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 14 months ago

      Meditation has become a consistent part of my morning ritual. Sometimes my mind likes to wander while I'm seeking stillness but I have learned to accept the wandering (my minister calls it "wondering"). As long as I continue to take time to be still, my mind and body begin to cooperate more and more. I always look forward to this morning ritual.

      It has been said that meditation can help in the physical healing process as well as the emotional healing process. I believe this to be true. Ultimately, my intention for each time of meditation is to remember that my true essence is Love and that I am One with everyone and everything. This hub was a joy to read. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is great that you have incorporated meditation into you life. Thank you for sharing and sending blessings.

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You always share from the heart and a good read.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Devika for your constant support, it means a lot to me.

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      Tim Mitchell 13 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for sharing Eric. Agreed it has somewhat a misnomer or negative connotation with some crowds these days. I wish I did it more often while at times is a task. My mind will have too many automatic thoughts. Mindfulness techniques have helped me. Thank you for this reminding me how important it is too!!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, you know how I go. Most of my sermons are aimed at me, and what I see as failings. I think I am not so different from most folks.

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      Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      We are so busy nowadays it's hard to find peace sometimes. I like to listen to water. The ocean, rain, rivers and I find so much peace. I also find that sometimes just getting away from my environment helps to take my mind off things. Even if all these things are not possible, I find that if I focus on creation, birds flying, happy children playing, it will soften my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, whatever you are doing to keep your soft heart which is also very genuine -- please keep doing it as you are a blessing.

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      Denise W Anderson 13 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Like you, I like to meditate in the mornings. I get up, have a bite to eat, do some exercise and cleaning, and then sit and spend time with God. It gives me a clear slate to begin the day and takes me back to my peaceful center. You are right, there are no ill affects to praying! I find it to be a very beneficial way to stay connected with my own personal life coach!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are very blessed to have that very own special life coach. Boy I can just imagine the problems I would cause without Him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and praying for you a wonderful day and week.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      "We can come back into our reality refreshed and with a better perspective." I vouch for that, Eric. Thanks for the inspiration.

      Psalm 119 is filled with suggestions for meditation, but as you rightly observe some Christians do not like the word because other religious persuasions use it. "Meditation" by any other name produces the same sweet peace.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora,

      I think and I think. But it just is not the same as meditating on it. And thank you for the Psalm 119 reference, I just had to go read it.

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you for the reminder Eric. Whether or not you are a person who prays (or believes in prayer), all of us can benefit from taking a few moments to close out the chaos (or as my daughter says 'take a chill pill.')

      The version of the Bible that we use in our home and church is the NIV. Instead of meditate they use the word "ponder." For example, in telling of the shepherds visiting Mary and Joseph and the Christ Child, John 2:19 says "...but Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."

      Like you I am also the first person to arise in my house--I love having the quiet time. We live in a farmhouse with a large front porch--the perfect place for contemplation. At this time of year the birds are up with the sun. I love the music that they make. Listening to them is better therapy than any drug on earth.

      Blessings to you this day.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That you find peace and harmony is clear by your actions Linda. We can all learn from good hearted souls like you.

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      at last Eric, I have found peace and could come back to reality after reading and enjoying your Sunday sermon.. on Tuesday! Great stuff as always :)

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank, really enjoyed your work this morning.

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      Shaloo Walia 13 months ago

      Beautiful hub which reminds me of these famous lines:

      "What is this life if full of care

      One has no time to stand and stare"

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo those are very cool lines. Thank you for sharing them with us. They sure fit in with this sermon.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love your Sunday sermons - meditating on the Word of God and keeping in contact and having a relationship with our Creator through prayer is so very important to both our spiritual and physical well-being.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen it is great to hear from you. I did some research for this sermon and was amazed at all the studies out there that show prayer is huge in keeping us physically healthy. I had no idea. My wife does not buy into any of the science stuff, she insists it is all part of little miracles. I like to think they are both right. I am sure I would keep praying even if someone proved it was bad for you ;-)

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      ana lyka menez 11 months ago from //pitching my tent wherever i'm led...

      relevant and needful topic, good read :)

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ana I hope peace finds you this fine day. Thank you for coming by and reading. It is especially nice that you leave a comment so that I know you came by and enjoyed.

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