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Eric's Sunday Sermon on Relaxation Appreciation!

Updated on October 19, 2014

Just breathe in and breathe out and give thanks

I walk by these every day but on Sundays I make time to trim them and really appreciate them. And so then I learn to stop and appreciate them during the busy week.
I walk by these every day but on Sundays I make time to trim them and really appreciate them. And so then I learn to stop and appreciate them during the busy week. | Source

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?

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Take the time to be yourself AGAIN

RECHARGE

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.

As slow as the seasons change is as slow as I need to go.
As slow as the seasons change is as slow as I need to go. | Source

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.

It is your life, you choose what helps you to relax and go for it!
It is your life, you choose what helps you to relax and go for it! | Source

Relax this part is easy.

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      ahorseback 

      3 years ago

      I'm jealous Eric . Today here it will be - 3 with the wind chill , I'm moving to the desert my friend !

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Ed. And here you are passing along those good feelings and comments we so often need to boost us in our lives. Lately I find I am filled with relaxation and need more inspiration and perspiration.

      On a strange side note, in my backyard it is 89 degrees, with a promise of over 90 tomorrow. How is that for the end of Winter.

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      ahorseback 

      3 years ago

      Eric , It is soo easy to hit all the buttons on your sermons my friend ! And this sermon no doubt pushes a few buttons in itself . .... Because of my nature ,[ quiet , introspective ] a lot of my associates believe I'm very laid back , calm , cool , collective ,.....I have them all fooled ! It's just that I'm Irish by blood - conflicted - quietly crazy - poetically troubled ! LOL , no , I'm doing fine really , as long as I do as you say here ! - Relax - and I find a few hours a week in solitude is best for me . In the middle of nature of course , with my dogs in tow , a quiet country path and no distractions . Lately of course I find these sermons are becoming a part of my cure , THANKs to you !.......Ed

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, your comments are always very much appreciated. I really feel strong about this subject and think this was on of Paul's best lessons about seeing the good things.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great thoughts, Eric. Since I adhere to the Bible Sabbath (seventh-day), I enjoy that rest and refreshing on Saturday, and all your teachings apply. "We must practice relaxation for appreciation and then and only then can we be models of appreciation." Well said!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Lady. It warms me that you enjoyed it. That song is an old favorite of mine.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you EricDierker for expressing your simple truths in your own, special way. You are a powerful writer. I also loved the bible verse and the song:)

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dana, you raise an interesting point which is a dichotomy of sorts. Sometimes where we look for relaxation is not relaxing at all. Perhaps you and I just need to look at certain things differently. Mine is stores.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary you are too kind, thank you for such heart warming comments. I am with you on the small children -- I suppose we should work harder on the same feelings for us big children :-)

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Every Sunday is my day to relax and let all the problems I encountered through the week go. I always felt it was a day for family and friends, however, lately I have been going over my relatives house for Sunday dinner and it is so hectic and busy over there it's hard to relax...then it's off to Monday again.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is what we are talking about Bill. I know you take rest days serious. I imagine it leads to your success as a person.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      You are truly a fascinating author dear friend and this hub is in itself relaxing. There is greatness and beauty all around us if we but take the time to see it.

      Every time I watch one of my grandchildren, I see the hand of God in their perfectness.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We spent Sunday in our backyard with twenty-six quail, two dogs, one kitten, six chickens and two rabbits. Life is relaxed and good my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you DDE it is good of you to read and comment so positively.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub from you and so delightful of your thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Heck I smelled my roses and got an allergy attack and then my son insisted I smell the dandelions. I felt as clogged up as our Chargers looked today. But I read a great piece on Mail Carriers and it lightened my load consderably -- thanks

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      On the preacher's advice here I went outside to smell the roses but all I got was a noseful of thorns. Then I tried chillin' by watching the Chargers but they got a bloody nose to match my own. I love that line about example and attractiion vs promotion and commotion. You are a wise and learned man, my friend across the lake!

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