What are the shadows in us? Have you heard of the, “Dark night of the soul?” Anyone who has had any level of awakening…has probably experienced the dark night of the soul. The feeling of emptiness, despair and detachment of ourself. According to the minds journal, Saint John of the Cross, a Spanish monk coined the 7 Omens that Herald the Dark Night of the Soul: 1. You feel a sense of sadness, leading to despair. This sadness is often triggered by the state of your life, humanity and/or the world as a whole. 2. Acute sense of unworthiness 3. You feel as sense of lost or “condemned” to a life of suffering or emptiness. 4. You possess a painful feeling of powerlessness and hopelessness. 5. Your will and self-control is weakened, making it difficult for you to act. 6. You lack interest and find no joy in things that once excited you. 7. You crave for the loss of something intangible; a longing for distant place or to “return home” again. According to. http://www.neuroscitificallychallenged.com, the Amygdala, which is a component of the limbic system, plays an important role in emotions and behavior; hence, when crying oxytocin and endogenous opioids (endorphins) are released. Once the body releases oxytocin it helps calm the mind and when endorphins is released, the body reaches physiological calmness; giving the person, as a whole a peaceful state of being takes over the body, sometimes falling into a deep restful sleep.
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My birth date is June 7th of 1975, Gemini. At 45 years of age, I am in the prime of my life. Single, enjoying my own company and enjoying all that I do! A 9th grade Jr. high school drop out, growing up in South Central L.A. I was determined to not attend Freemont High school. I had heard a girl was killed in that High school; I was terrified. Therefore, leaving me no choice other than leave home at the age 16. Now, I am so close in completing a counseling masters program. In addition, I am a license chemical dependency counselor intern. I remember when attending school began as an escape from my un filled marriage. I chose Mental Health due to experiencing depression through out my life. I wanted to understand the brain chemistry. The reasons why some individuals are smarter than others? In my mind I personally run psychometrics when I speak to an individuals...wondering what is the differences in brains? Is it the speed of neuronal synapses? Is there a variance in the amount glial cells individuals have? Questions are endless... I have experienced hardships, happiness and accomplished dreams while in school. I have learned that hardships keeps me humble; and I thank God, it does not change my loving personality. I see hardships as challenges I must master! I love animals!!! I live in a small ranch, which eventually will be part of an animal assisted emotional support substances use disorder counseling center. I keep busy!!! The animals I care for are as follows: Peacocks, peahens, chickens, an Arabian mare, a mountain welsh filly, a Holstein cow, Hereford calf & Holstein/ Jersey mix calf, an angus bull, and a Brangus steer. Oh and lots of Cats and a Mut dog; a Great White German Shepherd and the love of my life, Cutie, a Siamese bossy male cat!!! View all posts by Sonia Quijada