Welcome to Your Journey

The concern is not where you are going because you have already arrived. Right here, right now. No matter how you got here; by God, via the Big Bang, by Om, your destiny has been to thrive on planet Earth and use it as your stomping ground, your playground and your planet for creation. We are all dwelling on this planet together as co-creators and have the beautiful opportunity to work together, share resources and help each other out as a human race.

Whatever you are going through right now is preparing you for what’s to come, for the bigger picture, for what you were meant to live out, for your higher purpose. Become aware and welcome the experience for it is yours! Whatever you need is at your fingertips, ask and you shall receive as we have been blessed with access. Access to education, information, resources, etc. Trust and let go of Ego and just ask for what you need and it shall be answered. Most importantly, ask from within for your abilities and power is what you were blessed with.

You are not alone on this journey, you have people that are here for you and tools at your fingertips, you just have to open your eyes to them and never underestimate the power of prayer and faith. The future is yours to create and what you do today will determine what your tomorrow will look like. Welcome to your home, welcome to your experience and live this illusion with an open mind and with unconscious competence. The reality is what you make of it and what you want it to be. You are a creator, you have a right to be free, you have a right to be happy; a right to be unique; unleash your inner wisdom because you were born to win. Enjoy this experience because YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED with the opportunity to be a free spirit.

Italian Kitchen, Glowbal Group: Review – Vancouver, BC

In the heart of Vancouver’s mini Rodeo Drive, sits one of my favorite restaurants owned by the Glowbal Group called Italian Kitchen. Sounds modest and cozy; cozy it is, modest it’s not. Surrounded by high end shopping such as Burberry, Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Escada, the restaurant offers Alberni Street patio seating where you can people watch and see who is adding to their closets. This is the best pre-shopping brunch spot. When you walk in, there are two levels, the decor is upscale and posh but because it is Vancouver, it’s never too formal so you get a variety of people with the touristy district of Robson Street just up the block.

I’ve been there for brunch, lunch and dinner and am always greeted with sincerity and smiles by my favorite managers Gurpreet Bains and Alenrry Inniguez. The place is constantly buzzing with high energy, amazing aromas and the staff are always on the go so you definitely have to make a reservation to beat out the rest of the young and beautiful people that frequent this kitchen. The music is always upbeat and loud enough that you don’t hear the conversation at the next table and you don’t have to scream at your date. If you like kicking it at the bar then it’s a guarantee that you will learn something new by watching the chefs in their open concept kitchen, making their lively creations from different regions of Italy, as well as Italy’s all time favorites such as the Spaghetti Bolognese, all made with classic imported and fresh local products. Their kitchen is run smoothly by Chef Craig Scherer who always has a huge hug and smile for me and either one of their popular acclaimed Kobe meatballs (classic, delish, must try with chili oil and chili flakes) to tease or something really magnificent prepared before I even look at the menu. The service and energy is always positive and very impressive. Their bartenders are some of Vancouver’s best creating ‘to-die-for and do not stop at just one’ craft drinks and are always so knowledgeable with their exquisite wine list; you can leave it up to either Joe Cheng, Scott Clifford, Isabelle MacMillan or Thomas Davidson-Park to keep you entertained and taken care of. Emad Yacoub, Proprietor of The GLOWBAL COLLECTION has been named Restaurateur of the Year at the 25th Annual Pinnacle Awards and you will see him back and forth at each restaurant making sure that his staff and clients are happy and his energy is quite contagious.

Upon my return from a month detox in Calgary, I gravitated back to Italian Kitchen, my second home, and even after 3 years I’ve noticed that they haven’t had much of a staff turnover so that says a lot about their work culture and it makes this restaurant the Cheers of my neighborhood. I’ve checked in so many times on Foursquare that people started to think I worked there. The food is always consistent and the portions are not to be mistaken for a chi-chi restaurant style quantity, so be prepared to take home leftovers. Tip: if it’s pasta your taking home then fry it up the next morning with some oil and an egg and voila, instant gourmet breakfast! There isn’t anything that I would not recommend on the menu (brunch, lunch or dinner and of course dessert) but my favorites are noted below and know that they are very catering to their clients and you always get what you want. The service is impeccable and the food is AMAZING and they’ve got it right – Old-world charm. New-world vibe.

Pasta Platter for deux but really this could feed 4 happy ladies!

Pasta Platter for deux, but really this could feed 4 happy ladies! We always let them choose what goes on there…with the lovely Irena De Marco

Burrata & Pancetta smoked pancetta, corn, leeks, sage, corn nuts, herb crostini || Beets & Arugula pistachio, pecorino, grapefruit, poppy seed vinaigrette || Crispy Fried Calamari spicy sicilian tomato sauce || Fusilli Lunghi wild mushrooms, pancetta, oregano cream || Lobster Capellini golden tomato coulis, orange & lemon zest, italian parsley, fresh chilles || Linguine Gamberi tiger prawns, capers, olives, oregano, roasted tomato aglio e olio || Grilled Lamb Chops eggplant caponata, olive jus || Roasted Pork Chop roasted brussels sprouts, grainy mustard jus || Halibut tomato coulis, kale, cherries, spiced walnuts, zucchini blossoms || Brussels Sprouts lemon, capers, parmigiano reggiano || Antipasto Rustico selection of imported cured meats, artisan cheese, mostarda, olives, truffle honey, grilled baguette || Pasta Platter truffled spaghetti & signature meatballs, penne pomodoro, linguine gamberi, lamb pappardelle

Classic Eggs Benny - This is the read deal!!

Classic Eggs Benny – This is the read deal!!

Did you call for a cab to rush you there yet? I may be biased because I have a seat with my name there and I get top notch service but when I take my friends there they are always thrilled to find out that it’s got a different vibe than the other Glowbal Group restaurants; it’s modern casual meets upscale, friendly, fun and fab!! This is a wonderful restaurant that works for so many occasions. I’ve celebrated my birthday upstairs, I’ve gone solo and sat at the bar, I’ve had business meetings there, dates, girls night out, family dinner, whatever you want, it’s a overall a great restaurant that has more than just pasta. I give Italian Kitchen a 5/5 forks! #RinaRatesIt 

Italian Kitchen‎

1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A1

604.687.2858

glowbalgroup.com‎

Heal with Yoga through Choice by Commitment

Things don ‘t change overnight; however, things can change with commitment to practice. Healing your body with yoga takes the same dedication. Commitment is the key to healing. In order for the body to heal and see results from yoga practice, you must commit to a program. Commercialized course that are taken sporadically that are nearly filled to the walls with everyone else’s energy may leave you feeling scattered. For you to fully understand the emotional dynamics and the results of your physical body that has manifested you must be able to be in an environment that allows you to free your mind from all the untamed and framed thoughts taught by society and religions in order for you to survive. Learn how to truly live your own life through love, and compassion and contentment to heal yourself and this planet. Once the mind is free and you give it the gift of practicing pain and stress management the body will be free from all the pain and stresses it thinks it has will create inner harmony and balance.

Inner Evolution Healing Center in Vancouver is offering a unique Chi Yoga and Active Meditation that consists of 15 classes in total. These 15 classes are 2 hour long commitments every Monday. Why 2 hours? Because it is about healing and manifesting your inner freedom. It’s about connecting to your emotional self, your Prana, which is the Sanskrit word for “life force”. It is also about creating mindfulness and setting your mind free from the conditions that it was brought up in as a unification of your inner being to bring balance and harmony. It is not about relaxing for an hour then rushing back to work. If all you do in a week is take these 2 hours for your Self your body will be rewarded with transformation through pain release by practice.

What is Chi Yoga?

Chi is the word used in Chinese for energy, the natural life force sustaining our lives. To keep our bodies healthy we need this essence or Chi flowing freely. Yoga means the union between mind, body and spirit. Chi Yoga is a blend of the wisdom and practices of yoga with other ancient practices from China and Japan. Chi Yoga is the vital energy that unites body, mind and spirit. A concept that has its origins in early Chinese philosophy. Chi has been linked to the yogic concept of Prana and can also be thought of as life force. Chi yoga is the creative union of the Chinese and Indian ancient practices with the western background of kinesiology and psychology patterns. It can improve flexibility, coordination, balance and energy while reducing stress. These gentle and graceful movements with deep breathing exercises provide benefits that can be experienced by people of any age.

Classes will be held every Monday during community clinic (prices of treatments are much less than the rest of the week and what other centers charge to give people that need healing an affordable way to get help) starting Monday Sept. 30 – Monday Oct. 28 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

First 5 sessions $50 next 10 sessions are $150 (2 hours sessions each)

Registration is done at the Center – cash or cheques accepted only as there are no radio waves that hinder in the center. Just bring your Self and comfortable clothes.

A Peaceful Shift Bringing Powerful Struggles

Notice how everyone has been off their ‘A’ game lately? Have you been feeling lethargic and/or achy too? Job losses, depression, illnesses, partnership battles, etc. There is a major shift happening right now, a new paradigm where the world is starting to feel the repercussions of financial and material loss. If you imagine earth as a single organism, then the reason for this frequency shift is simple but physically and mentally difficult to transition into as there are so many variables. This includes the struggles between those that dominate and that have been incarnated to create rules and beliefs for society such as bankers, politicians, pharmaceutical owners, etc.; professions that have been created to reinvent the reality to those that fight for their own truth and spiritual reality. This is the ultimate war on our planet: a war against a force that dominates through fear between a higher consciousness that creates with love.

There is a new awakening that is being forced upon us, whereby each individual is becoming to know Self and learning to let go of all forms of external control, not all by choice but by self destruction from former intentions that are now catching up including Mother Nature. It’s a rapidly approaching consciousness that I’ve been sensing for a while now. Keeping faith and truly feeling that the energy and collaborative awareness is so much stronger than the latter will increase the light that is powering up to shine through in a time where darkness is at its strongest. We shall not live in a ‘free’ country that is controlled by social order. Mother nature has been devalued to the greed of raw commodity resources where she is being stripped and raped of her precious resources and sold to the highest bidder that is now purchasing concrete penthouse jungles. She is being depleted.

This is the ultimate time where you must be fully conscious of your feelings and intentions and to be able to tread above water during this very important shift where the moon is strong and the stars are aligning in dynamic patterns never seen before and the Earth is in new motion and the energy of it flowing in a new direction. We must connect as a collective conscious and leave behind our individual egoic ways of thinking. Take time to spend with family and friends, to really stop and smell the roses, to be thankful for your health and to know that you still have freedom, the freedom to research and educate yourself on what’s really going on out there. Peace.

Peace of Quotes – Top 10 Quotes on Peace

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has officially proclaimed September 21st as “Kindness Day” and as the world celebrates International Peace Day, Vancouver held the 2nd Annual ‘LARGEST HUMAN PEACE SIGN‘ concert benefiting Mercy Ships Charity Hospital and the Vancouver Food Bank. I’m so proud to have been part of this amazing day and continued kindness and love for the rest of the days to come!! Thanks to everyone that participated and special thanks to the one and only Brock Tully for emceeing and whom I had the pleasure to have a lovely conversation and tea with last week. He is also launching his latest book and Kindness Sings Concert on Monday, October 28 @ Unity Theatre on Oak St. at 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing spirits. I wanted to share with you my top 10 most favorite quotes on peace by some pretty amazing people that share a space in my heart:

1

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

2

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy

4

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” ~ John Lennon

5

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

6

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

7

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

8

“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.” ~ Bob Marley

9

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~ Albert Einstein

10

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” ~ Gautama Buddha

Step up to your Ego

Many people suffer when they allow their Egos to guide them and take control over the necessities through false external material and power. Then when sh!t hits the fan and they no longer have what they thought defined them, their soul becomes lost and their hearts empty. When you find abundance in love within your Self there is an awareness that wakes up from its slumber and the light shines so bright and that’s when you fall in love…with your SELF. It is a simple choice through self teachings and practicing that you can recondition your mind to a deeper understanding manifesting a deeper meaning of the human experience.

The centre of the evolutionary process is through choice and is the sole (and soul’s) engine of our evolution. Choice is an intention; it may be though the intent of love, compassion, pain or revenge; whatever the case is it will open doors to what you intend it to be. An action or thought is an aspect of intention which serves its own values and goals and the intention will create the reality of the karmic path that opens up based on the thought choice. Being aware of the choices you have through the experiences or the foundational responsibilities that are offered through cause, brings you one step closer to conscious evaluation. When you move from the external space of Ego and move forward, becoming aware of the peace within that is guiding you to a place of abundant love then nothing else matters…

Ego is a choice. When confronted, you have to allow yourself to be the higher being and come from a place of love and abundance and know your worth as is. YOU are absolutely special and you have every right to be happy IF you allow yourself to be and know that you are worth it, that you are worth every tough decision in the right direction even though it may not feel right at that moment. I’m not here to say that I’m right and that you should listen to me, I am merely sharing my experiences with you and what I’ve seen with others. Listen to yourself. Ask yourself from a place of love if what is being presented to you is what will define you. You have teachers all around you and you are teacher for others as well. We share, learn and grow with each other and above all we love ourselves so much that we cannot fathom hurting another person. The time to leave the barbaric and Neanderthal games is now as we awaken to the light path that we all walk connectedly to. Many blessings for a peaceful world.

Positive Thoughts Manifest Positive Results

Whatever you think it is it will be. Thoughts are things and manifestations are what comes to fruition by the energy that you focus the intention on. If everyone spoke with love, let go of judgement and made ego disappear the world would vibrate on a much higher frequency creating harmony and peace.

We all have a truth based upon our experiences so listen to your Self. Hear others out. Speak with compassion. Be positive. No one likes to be around people that are negative and I certainly don’t like negative people in any of my social networks online or offline. Like we were taught as children, I will reiterate: if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.

When you become aware your level of respect for others goes up because you have the utmost respect for your Self. Once you love yourself then you could never fathom hurting somebody else. If at times you feel that your life and soul’s purpose is made for more than what you are currently doing then you must listen to your heart and allow the Universe to guide you positively to your higher purpose. If it’s not positive then you aren’t meant to be there. Love and Light = Eternal Abundance