Raffaele Ruggeri is the director of the Bice Restaurant Group, which has 35 restaurants around the globe, including the recently opened Bice Mare in the Souk al Bahar in Dubai
It is about truly connecting with your spirit, about getting closer to God. When I was 17 I went to Bali and I realised there was more to life than the way I was brought up. I started a search for this greater meaning of life and in 20 years I have grown a lot; today I experience God from within. Human beings are more than just a body; we are energy and light and when you connect with this part of yourself something new opens up. The spiritual has been the greatest part of my life.
You have to be honest and say I am going to take this chance now no matter what, because this is the way I feel right now.
I have taken the blame out of everything that happens to me. Instead of throwing around blame and, for example, cursing someone who has run into my car, I see it as an opportunity to experience something new and then move on. Even if something is uncomfortable or annoying, I use it as a way to better myself. Anger might be an emotion I feel, but I accept it and move on. The anger then passes very quickly.
Try to live in your heart. I am a very passionate man and am more connected to my heart than to my mind. Be sensitive to your heart, it is a very powerful centre in your being and playing with it comes with a lot of responsibility. I think we will all become more heart-orientated over the coming years. The new revolutions will be revolutions of the heart. You can knock me down but you cannot break my heart; through unity and love we can achieve so much. Emotions are energy in motion.
It is a foundation built on many things like trust and friendship. Together all these elements make a relationship work, along with harmony. And for harmony to exist there has to be a good balance. I believe when two people come together they should not be opposites but rather two sides of the same coin expressing themselves in different ways and supporting each other through everything and growing together. Then you have true love and harmony.
As told to Helena Frith Powell