Allow Your Soul Freedom

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'a golden moment' © Christy Hydeck

Much to the dismay of my Roman Catholic background, I’m not a particularly religious person. I have never been fond of the politics, backstabbing, hypocrisies, violence, orders and harsh  judgements that are done in the name of religion. Many of these aspects have never quite made sense to me, and most likely – never will. I respect other peoples right to believe what they hold in their hearts, and ask that they extend that  same courtesy to me. Freedom to believe. Love that.

Though religion baffles me a bit, I can easily say I am a woman of unfaltering faith and spirituality.

Some folks seem taken aback when they learn my personal views on organized religion, but they are just that – my own, personal views.  They ring true to me, they ring true within me, and they are mine. I believe in a creator – label it however you like  -whether it is God, Buddha, Jesus … the list goes on –  I don’t have a name for it, I just know that deep within me it resonates that there is something out there. I soak in what surrounds me… I im in awe of beautiful skies, painfully vibrant flowers, landscapes that are so breathtakingly beautiful they couldn’t possibly come from something that didn’t encompass … well, love. I believe in a creator, a God… just not religion.

I mentioned I was raised Roman Catholic, private schools – the whole shebang. My Gramma grew up in a convent during a period of her childhood, and religion was something she held onto dearly. The rituals, the prayers, the devout faith she held were always something I admired. Those same things that meant alot to her are still very precious to me. I thought today, I’d share a variation on one of my favorite prayers… hoping that it touches a few of you too.

St. Theresa’s Prayer

May today there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are
born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself
just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

-Chrysti

A lil’ Dose of Inspiration – Words to Live By

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.

Measuring Up

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.

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Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let not this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
– Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann

Have your own favorite words of wisdom? Please share them in the comments!

Hoping you find your own happiness, streangth, and peace today …
– Chrysti