Surviving the Abyss
Knowing what I know about the rocky path I’ve had to walk, I’ve had many dark nights of the soul that have burnt me to ashes only to see me rise like a phoenix and try again. When I look a some people I ask myself if I knew them could I walk a mile or even a yard in their foot steps.
While life has kicked my backside often, I realize I’ve earned part of it by my on transgressions. When I feel like I’m drowning in a bottomless pit I know to keep treading and I’ll eventually come to the edge of freedom. The freedom that gives new breath to life. The freedom fought for by so many ancestors and warriors I can never thank in this lifetime. I know being able to fight and survive those places so dark I’ve had to spit in death’s eye. Then I breathe, because I can again, and I am grateful for the hundreds of miles I’ve walked in the abyss and survived. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
What is an Existential Crisis? (Definition)
Put simply, an existential crisis is a period in life where a person is at a crossroads and is questioning their entire reality. They may wonder what the meaning of their life is and whether they have a higher purpose. They may wonder whether life itself has meaning or is just a random, chaotic product of chance. And as a result, they may suffer from tremendous anxiety, depression, isolation, and feelings of being lost. Also Know as “A Dark Night of The Soul.”
We go in an out of these crises in our life and usually emerge a better self. Do not fear they always pass. Some take longer than others but they always pass. The negative people in our lies vanish as we raise our vibration. Only when we get stuck in the “Bog of Eternal Stench” do we feel hopeless. The Karma Cops always have a way of working it out if we keep faith and believe in the power of the Universe to have our backs.
Look at a bad day as the new shift in light is on the way and you only need to meditate in peace and wait. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
Macaroni Salad Picnic Style
1 (16 Ounce) Package Macaroni
4 Eggs Boiled
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt, Or To Taste
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, Or To Taste
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
2 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Juice
2 Tablespoons Celery Seed
1 Cup Diced Celery
1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion
1/2 Cup Pimento- Green Salad Olives
1/4 Cup Chopped Sweet Pickle
1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain; rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan, and fill with enough cold water to cover eggs completely by about 1 inch. Bring water to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 20 minutes. Immediately remove from hot water and cool in an ice water bath. When cool enough to handle, peel and chop eggs.
In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, sweet pickle juice, and celery seed. Season with salt and black pepper.
In a large bowl, combine drained pasta, celery, onion, olives, sweet pickles, green pepper, and chopped eggs. Stir in dressing, and mix well. Refrigerate before serving.
Coffee Jello® Mold
3/4 Cup White Sugar
3 (.25 Ounce) Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin Powder
3 Cups Hot Brewed Instant Espresso
1 1/3 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Cup Sweetened Whipped Cream For Garnish
In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and gelatin. Mix in hot coffee and water. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the gelatin and sugar have completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Pour into a 4 1/2 cup mold. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve with whipped cream.
No Bake Eclairs in a Pan
2 Packages Short Bread Cookies Crushed
1 Packages Short Bread Cookies Uncrushed for top layer
2 (3 Ounce) Packages Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
3 Cups Cream
1 (8 Ounce) Container Creamy Whipped Topping, Thawed
1 (16 Ounce) Package Prepared Chocolate Frosting
Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan with crushed cookies.
In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and cream; stir well. Mix whipped topping into pudding mixture. Spread half of mixture over cookie layer. Top with another layer of cookie crumbs and the remaining pudding.
Top all with a final layer of uncrushed cookies and frost with chocolate frosting. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.
Piña Colada Cups
10 Short Bread Or Butter Cookies, Finely Crushed
1 Tub(8 Oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Can (8 Oz.) Crushed Pineapple In Juice, Undrained
1 Cup Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut, Toasted, Divided
2 Cups Thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
- Spoon cookie crumbs into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.
- Beat cream cheese spread and sugar in large bowl with whisk until blended. Add pineapple and 3/4 cup coconut; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Spoon into prepared cups; top with remaining coconut.
- Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature 10 min. before serving to soften slightly.
Strawberries N’ Pound Cake
1 (10 Inch) Pound Cake
2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Cup White Sugar
1 (8 Ounce) Container Frozen Whipped Topping, Thawed
1 Quart Fresh Strawberries, Sliced
1 (18 Ounce) Jar Strawberry Glaze or Pie Filling
Crumble the cake into a 9×13 inch dish
Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake.
In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer. Chill until serving.
I am hearing so many people tell me they are gloomy this summer. It always reminds me of the seasons of the Dark Night of the Soul. I offer you a perspective today to ponder and hopefully help with your journey.
7 Omens That Herald the Dark Night of the Soul
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest Souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran
Although we are all born with Souls, not all of us know how to fully embody them and integrate them into our human experience. The truth is that in our modern world, we live Ego-centrically rather than Soul-centrically.
Mystics, saints, and shamans throughout history have referred to our struggle as humans in different ways – but they all pointed to the need for us to consciously grow into our divine potential.
One of these people was Saint John of the Cross, a Spanish monk who coined the term “Dark Night of the Soul” (“Noche Oscura” the name of one of his poems) based on his own mystical experience.
What is the Dark Night of the Soul?
The Dark Night of the Soul is a period of utter spiritual desolation, disconnection, and emptiness in which one feels totally separated from the Divine. Those who experience the Dark Night feel completely lost, hopeless, and consumed with melancholy. The Dark Night of the Soul can be likened to severe spiritual depression.
7 Omens That Herald the Dark Night of the Soul
“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses. – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“What’s the difference between the dark night and depression?” you may still wonder.
Even back in the 16th century, Saint John of the Cross himself was at great pains to distinguish the Dark Night from mere melancholia (depression).
After all, the symptoms of the Dark Night of the Soul are not that different from depression. But while depression is psychological/neurological/biological, the Dark Night heralds a deeply occurring change within known as spiritual transformation.
Here are 7 “omens” that you might be going through a Dark Night of the Soul:
You feel a deep sense of sadness, which often verges on despair (this sadness is often triggered by the state of your life, humanity, and/or the world as a whole)
You feel an acute sense of unworthiness
You have the constant feeling of being lost or “condemned” to a life of suffering or emptiness
You possess a painful feeling of powerlessness and hopelessness
Your will and self-control is weakened, making it difficult for you to act
You lack interest and find no joy in things that once excited you
You crave for the loss of something intangible; a longing for a distant place or to “return home” again