I really enjoy a good dip. I define that as one containing protein, veggies and is substantial enough (for me) to sustain me like a meal with the addition of raw veggies and/or rice crackers. I tend to forget to eat, under eat or eat the wrong foods for my body when things get hectic. As I’ve shared in some recent posts, my life has become crazy hectic. I have been coping with plenty of chaos these days as I adjust to my surprising life changes.
I do admit some of that chaos happens in my head. However, I do not want to minimize the difficulties and stress I’m experiencing and I want to acknowledge that sometimes, well….I just need to breath because it will be okay. I am up against some huge challenges and frenzied thoughts zoom through my mind when I think about the senseless cruelty of it all. I am working to calm the crazies in my mind by staying connected to people and keeping focused in the present.
I have debated how much I want to share about what is going on to cause me so much stress these days. I realize that I have already shared such a deep part of my life in telling the story of my mom’s illness and death. I decided this is no different. What I am currently experiencing is much like a sudden death. It came as such a shock and complete surprise. I am grieving plenty right now. Just a few days after Christmas my sweetie, who I will now refer to as M, told me to move out then refused to have any conversation about what caused such an extreme action for no apparent reason. There had been nothing negative between us of any significance that would result in this bizarre behavior. I have been completely ignored since that day with the exception of one robotic, unemotional email that honestly just felt like an additional “slap”. There have been just a few texts about practical things and that is it. It is truly surreal. My
sweetie has abruptly become a complete stranger.
I left what could have been a career job just a few months ago to stay home and explore some creative endeavors while seeking work in my degree field. This was a difficult and serious decision for me that involved many weeks of discussion with M. Never did it include anything about unhappiness in our relationship or suggestions of any trouble; only complete support and encouragement for my decision. This, adding to the bizarre behavior that was yet to come. I am currently employed very part time at a local kitchen store at just above minimum wage. I have little savings since I had just contributed most of it toward our household. I don’t use credit cards. You can imagine why I have chaos in my mind, I’m sure. It’s enough to cause anyone some depression.
As I chopped the veggies and whipped up this dip in my food processor, depression was the very topic I was processing in my mind. I had such an incredible realization the other morning so significant it has created a lot of churning thoughts. The feeling is so profound I cannot ignore it. I have spent months thinking that the death of my mom had triggered a depression in me so deep I was considering seeing a doctor to discuss prescription anti-depressants; something I never have considered at any point in my life regardless of the circumstances I faced. I take a holistic and natural approach to everything I do. I know there are plenty of options that are just as effective and much healthier for me than anti-depressant drugs. Yet, I was feeling stuck in a depression I had never experienced before and all my usual “go-to’s” for feeling better rarely worked their usual magic. I just felt so heavy and engulfed in angst. What I have to say about that now is, I am so glad I was having issues with my new health coverage, keeping me from finding a new doctor to make an appointment with. Because that profound feeling I woke up to just recently was the feeling of enlightenment that I am not depressed. It was such an incredible feeling so penetrating I laid in bed, relishing it for a while. I felt so light. I felt like me again. I am sad and I am struggling with the loss of my relationship and my home. I am devastated that the person who said they loved me and wanted to share in life with me could treat me so horribly. I am still sad about the loss of my mom, but I am not depressed.
I am very sensitive to peoples’ energies and I know that statement raises a questioning eyebrow for some, but to those who know what I mean, you understand what this feels like. There is a general apathy about my
sweetie, who is prone to inertia. By M’s own admission, it is more comfortable to sit in misery than to work on moving out of it to a better feeling place. I have lived under the roof of a home filled with darkness and I did not realize it until I was forced out. For me, it is like a dark cloud that has been hanging over me suddenly dissipated and I see the light. I find it interesting that the house had so many avenues for light with great windows, including skylights yet the house always felt so dark to me. My physical and emotional energy was being consumed by M’s general despondency toward life. I realize now that most of my time spent living under the same roof has been while my mom was sick and dying. In my own grief I did not grasp the severity of what M was experiencing.
I had no idea how much this was bringing me down. To date, this is my most significant realization. I am deeply grateful for this and if it took this tragedy to come to my realization I will (eventually) accept it. Even in the midst of all this mess, one would think I am depressed. I am struggling with circumstances beyond my control and that creates a lot of feelings, but I am not depressed. It feels really great to say that. I move through each day now with a feeling of hope that I thought was lost in me.
I am grateful that I am able to find the strength and resilience I need to take care of my physical and emotional health. I actively work on my thoughts and emotions every day. I use the tools I have to create joy daily. I am gaining a deeper understanding of enjoying each moment. I definitely get stuck and I sometimes make unhealthy choices. I can somehow find the courage I need to pull myself from my own dark places. Part of doing that is taking the time to make food that nourishes me and helps me feel my best. When my body feels good, my mind feels good. This bean dip will help keep me on my path to the healthiest me I can be, in all ways. I hope you will find it delicious and satisfying, too. Enjoy with your favorite vegetables or crackers.
Cumin Lime Black Bean Dip
1 15 oz can black beans
1/2 diced yellow onion
1 Tblsp cumin
1 tsp garlic/salt
juice of one lime
1/4 c cilantro
1 large carrot
process all in food processor. serve with veggies or crackers