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It’s already in you

August 23rd, 2018 | no comments

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Faced with a block of marble and a vision, Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor and painter of the High Renaissance said:

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

The first time I heard this statement it brought me to tears. Since then, every time I stop to reflect on it, I am moved to my core. I think about us. You, me, the woman I met after one of my speaking engagements— we are all such brilliant human beings, with power and potential far beyond our wildest imaginations. 

We all have a statue inside of us just busting at the seams to be revealed. What does yours look like? Come on, I know you see it. You can visualize it so clearly because it’s already in you. It is you. 

So what’s holding you back from chiseling away at the stone you’ve allowed to form over your magnificence?

  • Is it too difficult? Give it a little elbow grease! You can do it…because you’ve done it before. What was it that lit the fire under your ass last time?
  • Are you afraid? As author Susan Jeffers said (and the title of her internationally renowned book): Feel the fear and do it anyway! Once you take that first scary step, you realize the fear was totally unfounded; a phantom you created in your mind, perhaps to keep you small? 

On playing it small, Michelangelo offered these wise words: The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

It all begins with a choice. Just one single choice. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just higher than before. So you ate pizza for dinner last night. Who cares! What will you choose to eat today? For your very next meal?

Now get to chiseling, you magnificent creator…and set yourself free!

 

Mel’s weekly food pick:
Nutritional yeast

I promise it’s not gross. In fact, it’s quite the little flavor-enhancer, lending a savory, cheesy, nutty flavor to your favorite foods. Made by culturing yeast for several days in a nutrient growth medium (often glucose from beet molasses or sugarcane) and then deactivating it with heat, just like sauerkraut and other cultured foods, the final product contains no sugar.

Unlike baker’s yeast, which is a live active yeast used for helping baked goods rise, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is consumed for its nutritional content. Full of B-vitamins, minerals and complete protein (8 grams per 1 1/2 tablespoons), nutritional yeast is a wonderful addition to a vegan diet. 

How can you use it?

  • Sprinkle it on fresh popcorn and cooked veggies
  • Use as a base for dips and dressings
  • Add a tablespoon to your morning smoothie 
  • Add it to soups, sauces and baked foods. See this week’s recipe pick: Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf!

 

Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf (hubby’s favorite)

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