Sometimes I Have to Take a Break from Being Spiritual.

Via on Oct 21, 2013

Throw Your Hands Up In Surrender!

Teotihuacan – photo: Viva My Yoga

“I still have to learn the lessons of the music that comes to me.” ~ Nahko Bear

Sometimes I have to take a break from being spiritual.

I watch New Girl on my borrowed Netflix

and eat whatever I want.

tune out instead of always tuning in.

a chance to relax and actually be still.


not trying to fix anything

or look for deeper meaning,

but just enjoy being totally tranquil,

a lighthearted laugh.


soaking in hot tubs

speaking utter nonsense

allowing myself to smile

… just because.


it feels good to not be so intense about life sometimes.

to do my yoga poses wobbly

to forget to meditate

to eat cereal straight from the box.


to take a look at an elephant’s ass

and feel better about my own.

sometimes it’s nice to look at life in the face

and just laugh.


a deep hearted chuckle at the feeling of innocence.

not looking for meaning, but feeling it instead.

Why not throw your hands up in surrender

and do a little jig while you’re there.


who knows? surely others will join in.

Don't Take Life Too Seriously


This poem was inspired by my dear and always present friend Cheyenne. She encourages me in every way.

She reminded me tonight to realize that we’re just as good and capable as anyone else.

As one of my favorite yoga quotes goes: “Don’t worry you don’t know [practice, juice, cleanse, reflect, worship] enough. No one ever does.”

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Jessica Cartwright

Jessica Cartwright’s life work is to bring out the spiritual warrior within us all, and to help others recognize and achieve their Personal Legends through the teachings of yoga, travel, guided meditation journeys, energy healing, and all forms of personal exploration. Through her organization, Viva My Yoga, Jessica offers bilingual (spanish/english) yoga, works with many non-profits, and helps organize yoga retreats in her hometown of Bozeman, Montana as well as internationally. Connect with Jessica in nature or on Facebook and Instagram. Let your light shine bright & enjoy!



6 Responses to “Sometimes I Have to Take a Break from Being Spiritual.”

  1. MayaDanaidae says:

    Love this! We all need to lighten up and just get silly and relax sometimes. Your wonderful poem put a big smile on my face! Great photos too.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    looove the photos. 😉

  3. Row says:

    This is fantastic. Mindful fun is THE best spiritual practice

  4. Ben says:

    Thank you for this. It has helped monumentally.

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