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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Sleep, Meditation and Prayer

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

A Thought Filled Life

Please take the time.

Please take the time.

Sleepless in Too Many Places

“Sleep is the best meditation of all” – Dalai Lama. Sleep, meditation and prayer are almost a requirement for a healthy life. Just for me sleep, meditation and prayer is supplemented by reading spiritual stuff. And of course a day without slowing down and loving nature is optimum. Sleep, meditation and prayer accompanied by loving others and the above creates, not just a good life but a great one. In fact it is the creation of joy.

Sleep

Circadian rhythms are no joke. They can make us sick if not adhered to 90% or more. A river must flow more than ebb. Yet the ebb allows the impurities to sink out of the flow of the water. You will find sludge in the eddy and the flowing water more clear. The mighty Colorado River is amazing in this regard.

The soul loves rhythms. Not enough flow and the water becomes brackish. Not enough sleep and the same happens to our body, mind and soul. Strange, but for me less sleep, more on my game of kicking ass in the crazy world. The right amount, regularly and I am on my game of peace, love and harmony with love which is God.

I have been blessed to have occasion to work in areas requiring little sleep and sometimes all out none for a day or two. A long flight to Southeast Asia and the time schedule starts with meetings within just a few hours of arrival. Sleep on the flight would cut into meetings and preparations on the flight.

One somedays at home teleconferences would start with London and end with Mumbai. Or should I say that it started with Mumbai and ended with Australia? The only rhythm was time changes of the globe. Of course for part of that time I lived in the Pacific Rim area.

I could say much the same when I lived in Puebla Mexico. Vermont and Paris were mellow. But the partying played havoc with proper sleep. There I was on no proper game at all. Even the flowers and the bear need time off from their waking hours.

So proper sleep is not optional for a good joyfully spiritual life. How you love others is contingent on sleep. How your body and mind need sleep is not at issue if you are to properly love life. Give me a good manic roll without sleep and I will show you one nasty SOB. Fully rested and in tune with my own good rhythms and you will be amazed at how much love we can share.

You Cannot Go Wrong Here

Trees of Nature

What a blessing.

What a blessing.

Be Yourself in Gratitude

Meditation is a strange duck. I can visualize something wonderful and peaceful in nature and go there is a good meditation. But perhaps for me the better idea is to go out in nature and sit still and notice the sounds, smells, touch and sights that are there to behold and enrich. There is a group meditation I attend at least 6 days a week. Outside in the dawn. Of course in that group we pray a whole lot. It would seem to me that meditation brings us closer to God. Therefor more loving and a better connection with the “action” of being more god like.

Most assuredly I do not need to strike a pose or be in a special place to meditate. Music is great but not a requirement. The best pose and setting for me is with my feet in a stream next to Oak Creek sitting on a rock and breathing deeply and focusing on an attitude of gratitude. And what is cool is that I can go there in my office or in a grocery check out line. Not so much of a good idea while driving.

I have had gurus and monks and priests teach me how to meditate. For sure shrink types also. I would say that Paul has been my best teacher second to Jesus.

Well I must say that my mind just rambled on about the things of life. I had to take a chill pill in the form of deep breathing, relaxation, good thoughts, intention of love and gratitude for my ears, eyes, nose and toes. All better now. Ready to write of love and inspiration.

Now it is my belief that in rewriting the Bible, most reference to meditation was changed to “thinking of such things.” That makes no sense to me. But if we meditate on our God there is created a connection to the will of God which does not need the construct of religion. Hence that was replaced. So that we could only connect through the church and all that goes with it.

My young son told me that he did not like to pray on the Old Testament. I imagine that separates him from a peaceful love existence. No need to worry, the brutal facts of life will distract him soon enough. Better he have the love of Christ to meditate on and not the thinking of the history at this time.

One Tree Can Change Your Day

Wonderful awakening from winter sleep.

Wonderful awakening from winter sleep.

Take My Mind Away

Your God Needs a Conversation

My brother who is very dear to me and a very good friend pray to Mother Earth. It is hard to find fault with that. Believing what God has made creates a nice connection with love of all things. Jesus said that if you do not know love you do not know God, and if you know love then you know God. All the stuff about hell just kind of takes a backseat. Absolutely I pray to God for the forgiveness of my transgressions. Over the years of practice I have come to not pray for myself unless it be God’s will and will inure to the loving benefit to others. Did I mention I love to pray.

Praying unceasingly is not hard to do if you spend a few years working on it. Before acting or reacting you can just automatically ask that “that thy will not mine be done”. And giving thanks all day long is so vital to a life of love. Praying for others on a moment to moment routine takes away nasty conduct.

Are we Saints. I think not. Does prayer make us angels, I think not. Is perfection to be sought after, probably not. Is getting it right 90% of the time miraculous? Most definitely. Must we ask for redemption many times a day? Must we reach out and apologize often? Must we reach out and inspire and support another as often as we can? Is developing healthy loving habits good? Yes but only a start.

If you recoil from Namaste which is simply my love to your love, does that make you a devout Christian? Is praying that peace be with you and responding with and with you also the only way to pray in salutation to another?

Do you have a friend who will talk to you at anytime and anywhere and give you his full attention and advice? I do. And it is a friend that celebrates being 3 in one. So cool that whenever I talk to him He devotes himself to me. For me, prayer is talking to my God of love.

The love which is God requires of you to sleep, meditate and pray. Do this with consistency and you may just be in the right groove 90% of the time.

Comments

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 13, 2021:

Wisdom in your words, a great sermon. Meditation can be a form of prayer, when I meditate I feel closer to the divine spirit. Meditation is easy when surrounded by the beauty of nature.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

Eric, when I read your articles I am always reminded of similar sermons which are in the Geeta. Great article written by you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 12, 2021:

Devika, I sure hope I am. A least the effect seems to show that I am.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 12, 2021:

Alicia a good day is when things fall into place. For me, a great day is that combination with nature. Thank you for leaving a nice note.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 12, 2021:

Eric sounds like you are going in the right direction. Nature is beautiful and gives a peaceful moment at anytime.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 11, 2021:

I’m so glad to find one of your articles in my feed. I love the fact that you’ve included the importance of nature in the article. For me, nature is an important part of spirituality.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 11, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada it is always a blessing to hear from you. I am so happy that God is in my life. Things that would baffle me before my connection now are so easy.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 10, 2021:

I am sleeping so much these days I wonder if I’m hibernating. I have this app on the Apple Watch and it tells me that it’s extraordinarily restful sleep. As long as I have my cats with me, I can be sure it is. We meditate a bit, listen to Audible then nod off for a good long time uninterrupted with heating pads on cold winter nights.

Ajodo Endurance Uneojo from Lokoja, Nigeria. on February 10, 2021:

Eric, I love this one like all others. Sleep is such a refreshing stuff that it could pass for me as the best form of meditation, but meditation is all encompassing. How about we sleep and sing praises? I found myself doing this a lot.

And, I mean to say that loving mean a lot. It's the only religion there is in the world. With love, all else is safe.

Great piece!

Blessings!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 10, 2021:

Eric, may our lives be a meditation, a life-long "thank you God" for the countless blessings of which I am not worthy. Our meditation comes from is made of and reflects love.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Another wonderful sermon, about sleep, meditation and prayers.

I do believe in God, therefore prayers and meditation come naturally to me.

Sleep is more or less okay.

I always learn from your sermons, and find them peaceful to read.

Thank you for sharing.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 10, 2021:

Pamela I slacked in such regards and had to come back to the love factor more intently. God welcomes me back. More on that later. Thank you for your encouraging words and great perspective.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 10, 2021:

Peggy can you even imagine at five I would sit there and day dream, sans shirt or shoes most the time. That is unless I got hand me down shoes. Even then. Before sunrise and after sunset just playing in woods and meadows.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 10, 2021:

Bill isn't it just grand when it just falls in step with our lives seemingly without thought or energy.

Hey we got snow here -- I think in 1970.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 10, 2021:

This is another good sermon, Eric. Meditating is not so hard to do, nor is pray without ceasing when you are grateful. You spoke of your gratitude, and I think it is vital to a happy existence. Good sleep is a wonderful gift as well. Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Meditating and praying while gazing at Oak Creek is a blessing! I can't think of a more beautiful place to do it. Of course, prayer can happen at any time of the day or night, with or without such a beautiful view. Sleep is a gift. It is not only necessary for good health but can rejuvenate a spirit also.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2021:

Good morning buddy! We are awaiting the arrival of our first snow of the winter. Very cool, literally and figuratively.

I sleep like a baby, thank you very much. I meditate while walking the dogs, or taking a walk in the woods. I pray silently at night. All is good in my world, and I know it is in yours as well.

Peace, bro!

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