This week I invited my divine spiritual running buddy, Tara Stiles to guest blog! Check out Tara’s tips and one of her favorite recipes!
Hi Hi Hi Spirit Junkies!
I’m super proud to chat with you all today and share in the Spirit Junkie community of Miracles. So much positive vibes and positive action swarming about. When you’re ever feeling off balance, just jump right in this community and the energy will lift you up and set you right back on your highest path.
I’m happy to share with you a bit of my story of falling off and getting back on. You know, the whole reason we do this work is to be on our highest path, but it’s important to reconcile and understand how we fell so we can learn from our past and also pass along a great example for all those who are in contact with us.
My next book, Make Your Own Rules Diet, launches 11.11, a sacred number in Spirit Junkie land and for me, a powerful delivery of my highest self, a closure of darkness into the light, and a celebration of devoting our lives to a purpose of connection and love.
I spent a good chunk of my late teens and super early twenties feeling disconnected. I ate gummy bears, diet soda, and ran to escape how I felt about myself. These habits developed slowly from a desire to disappear from shame of a sexual assault. I was unaware of my destructive habits at first, and then they morphed into strange things I adjusted my day around with tight control. A wake up call was knocked into me by my ballet teacher and mentor at the time he told me I needed to take care of myself. I was wasting away. Having a usually thin frame from being active and eating well, my body shrunk until bones protruded everywhere and concave hollows were presented.
I began to crave to reconnect with myself and regain the confidence I had my whole life up until that point. My teacher encouraged me with yoga and mediation and this was the point in my life I dove in with my whole self. Slowly I began to really care for myself, follow how I felt, and become sensitive again. It was a process that was not super fast or easy, but completely worth the journey.
Make Your Own Rules Diet is about the process of practicing being good to yourself so you desire continuing to be good to yourself. These are your rules that will sustain you into radiance. Getting on your mat, on your meditation cushion, and in your kitchen is the “what to do” while you focus on you. Get ready to enjoy taking good care of you, so we can stay on that Spirit Junkie path, catch ourselves when we teeter off balance, be kind to ourselves as we pull ourselves back on, and if we are strong enough in sustaining self care, have the joy and gift of helping others.
Here is my Energy Bowl to sustain you on your path.
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 handful spinach, chopped
1/2 cup whole cashews
1 cup mung beans, cooked
Juice of 1 line
Saute onion in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the celery, mushrooms, and pepper, and continue to stir for 5 more minutes.
Add the spinach and cashews and stir for 5 more minutes.
Add the mung beans and stir for 2 more minutes.
Remove from the heat, transfer to serving bowls, and drizzle with the lime juice.
If you enjoy this recipe and want more from Tara, check out the Make Your Own Rules Diet. In addition, I plan to share more guest blog posts and recipes on the site. If you’re into healthy cooking I welcome you to submit your recipes in the comments below. I will test-drive your suggestions and the recipe that I dig the most will be featured on my blog! Share your recipes in the comments below:)