Making Messes.

Via R.R. Shakti
on Aug 31, 2011
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Sometimes life seems like nothing more than a series of making messes and cleaning them up.

Yesterday, I was shining things spotless. Today I spend the whole day shredding it up. I pack my bag for flight, then return hOMe to dump it all out again. A pile of dirty laundry lies waiting to be cleaned, then worn, then tossed on the pile again. Dishes get washed, then covered in slime, then soaked in suds for another go ’round. And why make the bed, when in a matter of hours I’m just gonna tear it apart?

I make messes of my life, too. I get attached to things—definitions, sensations, thoughts. Then, I might just let it all go. Like a teen-aged flip of the finger, walk over the broken glass. Ignore it. Leaking oil, bleeding ideas, I pretend I just don’t care.

Wild woman waging war on… oh well, nothing really.

I break my own heart, then I mend it.

With a twist of the broom, the dirt gets swept up. With radical authenticity, naked honesty and a brilliant sense of humor, I remember who I am. The other me. I am a Soul Artist and sometimes the only medium I have available is mud. Sometimes glitter. Sometimes mud.

Ode to Shiva, the Savage Destroyer who also creates through Love.
“When perfection ends, beauty begins,” says Gopala Ayer Sundaramoorthy.
And after the Radiant Blast of Kaivalya, the floor still needs to be mopped.

Yesterday, I was causing disaster. Today I spend making amends.
If its gonna be a cyclical relationship, we might as well be friends.
I mean, both can be exquisite: the demolition and the poetry.

Yoga is alchemy.


About R.R. Shakti

Yoga World Reach Director, and Certified Yoga Therapist, R.R. Shakti has been teaching "the blissipline" of Inner Power Yoga since 2000. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has studied holistic approaches to health and well being for over 15 years. She has traveled extensively throughout the world gaining insight, experience, and inspiration, bringing yoga and hope to people from all walks of life. Shakti is a firm believer in the power of yoga to awaken the body’s own healing process by aligning with Grace and empowering one’s unique expression of their True Nature. She holds an A.A. in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mountain College, a B.A. in Traditional Eastern Arts from Naropa University and is currently pursuing a M.A./Ph.D. in Mythology and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Visit Shakti at


3 Responses to “Making Messes.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Thank you RR! I love the quote you used in this. Beautiful!

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  2. Maddie says:

    This was amazing. I think like that all the time – why bother cleaning this up and letting it stress me out when its just going to be dirty in a matter of hours again? We're in the process of moving right now and I feel like I just cleaned the apartment spotless and now it is in total chaos with boxes upon boxes everywhere – it was stressing me out! I just needed to know that someone else has done it and that it's okay to be friends with it and move on with it.

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