Embrace your dusty, mixed-up soul

dusty soul quote on crumpled paper

“Imagine meeting someone who understood even the dustiest corners of your mixed-up soul”

I love this quote from Tumblr blog, Yeah, That Needs to Go, and not because I love poetry (especially dark poetry), but because of the phrase, ‘your mixed up soul.’ I’ve talked in previous posts about how when I really began to dedicate my time and focus to my yoga practice, I thought it would automagically turn me into a blissfully sane, ‘right-acting’ person with pristine karmic record. In fact, I thought that if I practiced yoga and meditated enough, I could bury or walk away from anything within myself that was less than pure love and light.

The reality is, if you walk steadfast on your spiritual path (whatever that is for you) you will likely run smack dab into your Vader-like “Dark Side”; the ‘un-enlightened’, selfish part of yourself.  And that’s the time to face it, acknowledge it, learn from it and grow from it.

If you catch yourself being irritated by someone easily, snapping at a loved one, reacting in a way that is more ego than love, face it.  Don’t turn away or justify your actions with self-talk, truly look into your darkness.  The deeper you look into that abyss, the sooner you will see that there truly is the light and love that you seek.

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” -August Wilson, American playwright


– Your Charmed Yogi

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