Dr. Eben Alexander proves Heaven’s existence

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All You Need Is Love.

The Beatles were definitely on to something when they wrote, “All You Need is Love.” It may sound cliché but whether you’re a skeptic or romantic I think we can all agree on the most powerful emotion in the world. Yep, that’s right. We’re talking about love. That four-letter word gives you all the super powers you need.

I recently met with best selling author, Eben Alexander. You may have heard of his book “Proof of Heaven” or perhaps his second, “Map to Heaven” where he revealed how he found some peace and healing through self- discovery in a tragic event. In his first book, “Proof of Heaven,” Alexander touched millions of hearts through his story of a near death experience and experience in heaven. But at the same time his story raised some serious questions and doubts held by many readers. They put him on what’s known as a “skeptical trial.” But with his own experiences validating life after death’s existence, Dr. Alexander fearlessly stood his ground and remained transparent to share his story of pure truth with the world.

Dr. Eben Alexander is one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, with a blossoming career of 25 years. He is a well-respected academic with the best credentials one can have, from both Harvard and Duke University. But he decided to risk it all by sharing his NDE that led him down the path to heaven. And as soon as “Proof of Heaven” hit the New York Times Best Selling List, skeptics and non-believers lined up in a rush to debate his story. Some questioned his sanity, saying it was all just a hallucination. Some called him delirious and accused him of fabricating the whole experience, demanding more proofs. But one thing Dr. Alexander never backed down. He was telling his own truth.

Dr. Alexander is brain expert, performing thousands of brain surgeries and maintaining a firm stance on what makes up consciousness. So it seemed surprising a man of his stature would risk his reputation to tell a tale beyond this world resembling that of a fantasy. Nonetheless, he told his story with confidence and explained his belief that the mind can exist separately from the brain. And because we do not yet have a full explanation for mind and consciousness, skeptics avoid the turn to supernatural explanations, believing it is all just an attempt to fill a void.

Dr. Alexander’s does not stand alone. Millions of people all over the world have had similar occurrences and the common dominator of most of these stories has been the feeling of unconditional love. Yes, we’re back to love. To get the most out of NDEs you must keep an open mind and open heart and let love into your life. Life and death is an unavoidable journey for each and every one of us. There are moments that we will never forget, events that change our lives forever in a split second. The steep turns that we take, challenges we face, always bring us to the same place. We are crafting the legacy we will leave behind. Everything has a price.

The questions and doubts remain of the realms of heaven. It is a concept many struggle with as we are on the path to discovery. But the overall meaning is simple; we can create love manually because it is found in our hearts manuals.

When I asked Dr. Eben Alexander for directions on how to get to heaven he said I’ll never find it if I search for it with my mind in a mechanical sense. Throughout my interview, his passionate words swept me up in intrigue and all of my questions for him drifted away. To me, his story is unlike any other. I was left in awe and filled with wonder. Unfortunately, we know finding heaven won’t be as easy as entering an access code. Open sesame? I wish! But our world is filled with many mysteries that are not easily explainable. We may never know, was Dr. Alexander’s NDE a real trip to heaven or a product of neural activity?

Science and spirituality may not be a match made in heaven, but who can determine the truth for anyone today? We need to look deeper and continue our search. We must dig, observe and keep our eyes open for any sign that leads us to truth and understanding. We have a chance to open our mind and hearts to transform our lives by accepting the most powerful feeling in the world, love. It is there we will find ourselves in heaven. Doesn’t it sound perfectly sublime?

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P.S. As always i would like to hear from you. Do you believe in Haven’s existence? How do you find unconditional Love? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

 

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After Thanksgiving gilt-free thoughts

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As much as I would like to pretend we still have months until the holiday cooking and shopping commences, the fact of the matter is Thanksgiving just passed few days ago. With the boutique perpetually busy (by no means is this a complaint) and the preparation of my new clothing line, amongst multiple other business ventures, time seems to have escaped me. And I am sure it has escaped many of you. So if you are hosting this year’s holiday (or just in charge of bringing your favorite dishes to someone else’s party) but feeling pressed for time, remain calm. I have gathered some healthy and delicious (and fairly simple) recipes that are sure to amaze all of your guests!

I have spent it in Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida with Turkey-less dishes and must say it was pretty delicious, creative and light weight.

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If you are less strict then me then you may enjoy a classic side, mashed potatoes. Because what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? Not Thanksgiving! However, this absolutely delicious recipe alternative is actually potato free. And no one ever has to know. Check out this low carb, cauliflower puree holiday alternative from ibreathimhungry.com. It will be our little secret.

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/better-than-potatoes-cheesy-cauliflower.html

Another Thanksgiving favorite is the stuffing dish. But lets turn this yummy holiday staple into something even more delicious. Anytime Fitness offers a gluten free quinoa-stuffing recipe that is not only to die for, but a colorful addition to your table spread.

http://blog.anytimefitness.com/395012-healthified-thanksgiving-menu-sides-part-one/

Other not so common options, you ask? This year I am excited to try a new side consisting of pan-seared Brussel sprouts with cranberries and pecans. Yum! I will be sure to let you know how it turns out.

Lastly, let’s move on to the ultimate holiday calorie killer. Desserts. I have two options to offer you this year that I am sure you will not regret! Option one? Mini raw pumpkin pies. With a crust made of buttery pecans and chewy dates and a filing that includes pumpkin puree, coconut butter, maple syrup and spices your mouth will be watering just readying the recipe. Check it out from Cara’s Cravings here.

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And option two, you wonder? Pumpkin Protein Bars from PopSugar. At only 144 calories, not only will you eat without shame, but if you have any leftover they will make the perfect quick and nutritious breakfast to kickstart your Black Friday Shopping Spree. What else could you possible ask for?

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Pumpkin-Protein-Bar-Recipe-35747097

I hope one of these recipes makes your holiday merry and bright (oh wait, that’s Christmas). Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned for a holiday leftover recipe post next week!

Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy!

 

 

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Matthew Kenney Raw Food Vegan Culinary Academy

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More Than An Education, Nothing Less Than An Inspiration

When I made the decision to pursue an education in the culinary arts, I knew I wanted to join a program that emphasized a raw, organic approach. I researched different options and wasn’t sure if I would find the right fit amongst the numerous unoriginal programs that existed. I was beginning to lose hope until one morning when I stumbled upon a comprehensive curriculum that embraced the true “art” of raw cooking. I was intrigued as I learned it attracted inspiring chefs from all across the globe and was founded in response to the increased demand for raw cooking in this industry. Like love at first sight, I knew I had found my perfect fit. So I took a leap of faith and flew to Santa Monica, California where I began learning from some of the very best at Matthew Kenney Culinary.

The Matthew Kenney mission is to advance cutting edge living cuisine and caters to those desiring “professional-style” techniques. Their programs “emphasize the use of whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful cuisine.” But it was more than just frequent flyer miles and an attractive website that led me all the way to the west coast. What I loved most about Matthew Kenney Culinary was the intimate atmosphere in which you learn.

Upon arrival to Matthew Kenney Culinary I found myself admiring and pulling inspiration from their unique ambiance. I was encouraged to embrace my creativity and learn the true “art” of cooking and the preparation of raw, vegan cuisine. Classes were personalized and customized to my needs and I can honestly say I truly gained a hands-on experience. I couldn’t help but love every minute of my time in Santa Monica, learning much more than I had imagined. And to my surprise, I had the chance to learn from Matthew Kenney himself.

Not only did Matthew Kenney’s delicious cooking resemble that of a Picasso painting (yes, Picasso) but his superior approach to teaching was complimented by his encouraging, amiable demeanor. I am so gracious for his motivating and nurturing spirit and I am more than happy with my decision to fly across the country to learn from the best in raw cooking. With such a positive atmosphere, I couldn’t help but take my craft to the next level and I hope you all have the chance to taste my delicious raw chocolate and see for yourself just what I learned!

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you how do you boost your energy up? Share your commends, tips and suggestions with the rest of us. 

 

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Looking for Heroes with John Quinones

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I will admit I can be a sucker for the extraordinary. More importantly, I appreciate the broader message of what this word stands for: unbridled, openhearted expression. Seven-time Emmy Award winner John Quinones, the extraordinary host of the very popular ABC show “What would you do?” graciously joined me for a candid conversation with cameras rolling, and in just one conversation this brilliant man quickly became my hero.

With the tables turned it was my chance to pick his mind. We discussed the show, his humble upbringing, life in general and formula for success while I teased him with my delicious, self-made, raw organic chocolates. It was clear from the moment we began, his insistence and compelling attitude doesn’t just draw viewers in to his program but quickly leads them to develop an integral connection with him. His program provokes a true representation of our world today by creatively providing us with heart warming stories that push limits, exposing our pitfalls and careless behaviors. And while some of us fall victim to destructive and addictive behaviors that can harm others and ourselves, “What would you do?” portrays these scenarios with hired actors on screen that direct us to see the work we must do on ourselves in order to make a difference.

Through an ever-changing environment and new circumstances, the show creates necessary conditions to evoke an intervention in even the most conscientious people. The unraveling of these situations on screen creates a turning point that allows us to open our eyes and praise the true heroes in each story. We are then provided with a better understanding of human nature and can see a glimpse of hope for change in the future.

I must confess Mr. Quinones hypnotized me with his impressive, eloquent story telling of his journey and life experiences. It was obvious he is a passionate man filled with wisdom to share and my veneration for him had me hanging on to every word he spoke.

Covering every corner of visionary journalism for the past 30 years with ABC, John Quinones has influenced millions of people from all over the world. His impactful messages have led us to react and rush to rescue those in need. In the face of obstacle, Mr. Quinones does not give up. Some tasks test limits and go beyond the strength of an ordinary man, but John Quinones is no such thing. When confronted with issues of racism, domestic violence or injustice, we quickly learn how divided and ignorant we can be but the origins of the most fantastic, educational and courageous stories captured by hidden cameras come from his dedication to accomplishing everything he sets out to do. By displaying every angle of these adventurous tales, we have seen the touching messages each one holds and the new ways we can confront life.

While I’m all for celebrating wins and focusing on the positive, my talk with Mr. Quinones taught me how vital it is that we don’t feel shame about our mistakes or missteps either. We must learn not what people around us consider good or bad, but to act in life as our conscience bids us. From the mouth of John Quinones, “Do not do to others what you would not wish them to do to you.” I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn more about John Quinones and his life and intriguing work, and I must admit it was one of the best interviews I have had to date.

I salute you, Mr. Quinones. And I look forward to watching more of your inspiring and uplifting  “What would you do?” episodes in the near future.

KASIA

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what and who inspires you? Do you have or know a hero? Share your comments, stories and suggestions with the rest of us.

 

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Why men like to please women

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The best way to every woman’s heart is to always agree with her. The myth about princess that likes to hang on their prince’s shoulder has been so cliche.

I think men seek women who are truly happy and confident. Even though they want to take all the credit for making them ecstatic. That’s why often they prefer to take a short cut indulging in dumb sweethearts who are always joyful versus some real women who are successful, and have their own opinion. They rarely feel like being their life guards called to the rescue mission.

Scatterbrained pushovers score better quality men especially when they bruise easily, loose their bags, belongings, or enter wrong bus. They are great hunt opportunity for joy givers men. Some “really nice girls” will never marry. Those who make a perfect cheesecake, love their mommy, and have a neat tidy apartment qualify to move into *American Doll Stepford wives quarters*. They are ideal to make tea pretties for their dolls. Nutty girls are alone because they are rebellious, have bad temper and scare men away. Women willingly take care of problems, hoping they will change men. On contrary men prefer uncomplicated, young, happy women. Beautiful intelligent women intimidate men with their eloquence, accomplishments, and intelligence. Often there is a competition between opposite sex on life success.

Many men think that buying the most expensive handbag in the world is the best way to win a women’s heart, or by buying thousands of flower bouquets, or even by buying a complete chocolate factory. But what they don’t know is that less is more, the little things are what matters the most. It really isn’t that difficult or expensive to please

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a woman. (Wink) Furthermore, men are there to make you happy, make you feel wanted, and make you feel protected.

But as I said previously, what really makes a woman happy are the small things, the details. Things that are thoughtful, romantic, kind, funny, and yes guys, SENSITIVE! There is more happiness in giving than receiving, and by giving you become an even better person in the world.

Both men and women want the same, they want to feel connected and attracted just like two pairs of magnets. For starters, a man is looking for a woman with a smile, a woman that he can make happy, a woman he can live with for the rest of his life. But in order to find that happiness, a woman needs to find happiness in her inner core. If you want to make others happy, then you should start on making yourself happy first. Secondly, a man should not only be charmed by her smile, but also by the rest of the package, whether it is her personality, her brain, her body, her loyalty, affection, or her mysterious charm.

Men have alter egos, and when they are around the woman they love and the person who they want to spend the rest of their lives with, they alter to their superhero ego. Superheroes are known to be saviors possessing extraordinary talents or superhuman powers, and when they are around you, they are not afraid to use them; they will protect you and cherish you through thick and thin.

In the end, men and women, we are all equals, equals who share feelings, equals who don’t want to end up alone, and equals who need that special someone to share the love with, apart from keeping some for yourself. So treat others the way you want to be treated, love others the way you want to be loved, and respect others the way you want to be respected.

Outfits:

Blumarine raspberry dress

Donna Karan NY black & white stripe dress

Giafranco Ferre red satchel bag

Gucci white silk camisole top

Roberto Cavalli red dress with long sleeves

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you on what do you value in men? What’s the best way to your heart? Share your comments, suggestions and tips with the rest of us.KASIA

 

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