As the featured Specialist in the May chapter of Miraval's new book Mindful Living Miraval, we asked Junelle to share more about her passions outside of nutrition. We hope you enjoy!
Miraval: Where are you from?
JL: A small iron mining town outside of Lake Placid. I've been at Miraval for 6 years!
Miraval: What is your favorite food?
JL: Raw chocolate
Miraval: Where is your favorite place to travel? Why?
JL: The beach. I don't idle very well, except at the beach. The beach reminds me of how valuable doing absolutely nothing is for my head, body, and spirit.
Miraval: What is your favorite activity/hobby to do in your free time?
JL: Cooking food. Or eating food. I am having a hard time choosing a favorite between the two.
MIraval: How has Miraval influenced your life?
JL: I love my job. Love it. I love the physical landscape, my colleagues, and the guests who make Miraval what it is. Never before did I know that work and love could exist together. Guest often comment to me on how happy the staff at Miraval seems to be and I say simply…we seem happy because we are happy.
Miraval: What does Miraval mean to you?
JL: Healthy Living
Miraval: What is the best advice you were given?
JL: David Foster Wallace ended his commencement speech at Kenyon College with this “The capital-T Truth is about life before death…. It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out.” This is good advice. The whole speech and his message on awareness is. I didn’t graduate from Kenyon so I didn’t get the advice first hand. But it is meaningful to me regardless.
Miraval: What is the biggest piece of advice you want to give our guests?
JL: To have a good relationship with food. Listen, you have to have a relationship, either good or otherwise, with food until the day you die, so why not make it a good one. Having a relationship with food is a must – but it is your choice whether or not it is going to be a healthy one. I hear and see a lot of people eating food and giving themselves a guilt trip about it. Hey, mindfulness is about paying more attention, and doing so non-judgmentally. Apply this concept to your eating everyday. Think about it…deliberately think about it…and you will improve not only your relationship with food, but most likely also with yourself, your family, your community, your planet.
Mindful Living Miraval is officially released by Hay House on May 23, 2013. Order your copy online today!
Learn more about Junelle's lectures and private sessions at Miraval.