Eric's Sunday Sermon on Relaxation Appreciation!
Just breathe in and breathe out and give thanks
Let us begin by remembering.
Remember that we are all one. Remember that we are all children. And relax and appreciate this world. Sunday is a day of rest, to relax and in that relaxation find appreciation for what is good. Relaxation is important to all of us. If you are looking for a traditional sermon look elsewhere. Relaxation is the key to appreciation and appreciation the cure of many an evil. Relax and enjoy.
Did you know that most communist countries take Sunday off from work? We do not need to look hard for a reason. Even for the most secular among us we need a day for relaxation. If we are caught up in the day to day work day of hustle and bustle how to we appreciate the finer things. When do we have time to "smell the roses"? We sadly do not unless we train ourselves to do so. We really need to do it all week long so what better day than Sunday to take time to train ourselves in relaxation appreciation.
Do you take the time?
Do you set aside a day to be your relaxation appreciation day?
Take the time to be yourself AGAIN
This world has got figurative bullets flying all over the place. You have got to spend half your time ducking for cover or trying to take higher ground. It is dog eat dog out there and you had better be ready for it. Evil is doing push ups getting ready to take you on right outside your door. You have got to get ready for combat.
But this is a combat against competition and survival mode, it is a contest only really won by serenity and peacefulness in the face of conflict. There is enough of the hardcore out there to take care of itself. what the world needs is more relaxation and appreciation. So that is your Sunday chore: get ready to love life and all that is in it. Only with that armor and sword are we to survive and thrive in the battlefield of life. Only through being "recharged" are we fit to go get converts into our more blessed way of life. The recruitment and conversion happens through example and attraction rather than promotion and commotion. But we cannot lead that battle and be victorious unless we are recharged, energized and ready to appreciate the good and bring others to it. We must practice relaxation for appreciation and then and only then can we be models of appreciation.
I chose to relax by getting into nature and slowing to that pace.
The bottom line is relaxation and meditating on the good things.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Yes that is from the Bible, Philippians 4:8. But it rings through and true for all of us. If we take things of good and pay attention to them we can relax and appreciate them.
Now many of you will be thinking of great works of art or writings from the best or things that we admire. I caution you there. I suggest you look at something as perfect as your feet. Perhaps a child or perhaps the simple grains of wood. Maybe a dandelion or maybe the bee. These things are nature and they can nurture your goodness. But most important is to breathe and relax. (personally I catch up on eating also:)
Find that inner part of you that gets neglected during that tough week you just finished.
If you are so inclined this type of behavior will lead to prayer and that prayer will be of thanksgiving and bring you closer to God and that will be sustenance to help carry you through the toughest of weeks.
I like the simple pattern in the granite as much as the much vaulted rose.
Relax this part is easy.
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