Receiving your own beautiful life…

I read the following poem out at a yoga class recently, and had requests across the board for a copy… so here it is – a brilliant reminder of the best place to be at all times – right here and now.



by Tama J. Keives

I have often had a restless spirit. I  have often thought I should have scored higher, weighed less, bought nicer furniture, and did something with my hair. But I am working with myself to let go of this impoverished way of being. I hope you will join me in this crusade for true peace and abundance.

I do not want to be anywhere else.

These are words of luxury. These are words of mystery. These are words of quantum healing. Sit down on the pillow of your own good life and be still. Stop searching, demanding, aching, casting about.

I do not want to be anywhere else.

This is what it means to live all the days of your life. This is what it means to stop and receive. You are like a hungry bird and you cannot receive because you have rejected the source of nutrition. The only source of nutrition is your present life. It’s not over there or under that. It doesn’t come later and it doesn’t get better. You get better. You get better by believing in the remarkable perfection and wholeness of your own life.

I do not want to be anywhere else.

Let go of striving. Let go of hatred. Don’t push away your bowl. Instead notice the crack and let its jagged line stroke your heart with its innocence and determination. It has something to teach you. That’s why it’s there. Everything has something to give you.

I do not want to be anywhere else.

These are words like open sesame. Dimensions reveal their secret light, their guarded precious language. Everything has always awaited you like a bowl of fresh fruit. Only you wanted to sit at someone else’s table. You wanted another moment. You wanted another life. That desire costs more than you know. Don’t pay the price. Seize the only existence you have. Seize your blemished moment, your exhausting day, your confusion and your elation.

Everything in the media trains us to crave and hunger. Commercials starve us with the promise that satisfaction is over there. It’s impossible. Satisfaction cannot be where I am not.

I do not want to be anywhere else.

This does not mean I will not walk out of the rain into a dry place. It means I will not belittle the rain. I will not regret the moisture on my skin. I will move forward. I will go where I am called and where I belong. But not with irritation or deprivation in my heart. I don’t want to miss a moment of my life. I don’t want to be anywhere else.


And as a reminder of the fantastic beauty we are privileged to experience each day, take a couple of minutes to watch the utube link below – the very heart of gratitude:

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