think peace

Just a Thought

Posted in Inspiration Station by Leza Raley-Labrador on September 9, 2009

lennon1Imagine peace. Imagine a world where religion did not exist, or it did not matter if you were a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, or Atheist? One God, his God, my God, no God – which is it? How about the religion of kindness? A world where we do not see the color of a man’s skin, the gender of a person or country they were born in, but saw the face of a friend. Can you imagine a world where we coexisted together in harmony? How about a world where no one was wrong or right, but we agreed to disagree and the right to our own opinion? A world where we lived that when a person has a difference of opinion, they were not persecuted for your beliefs? Where what mattered is that you were a good person. How about a life where we did not view people as straight, gay, lesbian but one where we were just happy that love existed all around us? John Lennon once said, “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 live as one.”


Embrace The Idea That Peace Is Possible

Posted in Inspiration Station by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 9, 2009

IMG_0276Open your mind and view the future with unlimited possibilities. Embrace the idea that all things are possible. Understand the power of intention.

There have been countless books written on the power of the mind; The Secret, Creative Visualization, The Law of Attraction, Ask and it Shall be Given and countless others. The most powerful tool for manifesting what we desire is our mind. What we yearn for, what we crave, what we see in our minds eye, we have the power to manifest. Understanding the power that lies within each of us and using that power for good can change the future.

Imagine today a world where families are not living in poverty, murder, violence and war are part of our history, we are no longer fighting for equality because we understand that we are all equal, religion is not used as a weapon for destruction and we have achieved world peace. The more expansive our base of knowledge of intent, the greater our understanding that humanity as a whole has the power to change the future. We may never see the realization of the world we imagine, but we can take comfort in the fact that we have contributed to it in some small way, by sharing our thoughts with the universe and by those who have witnessed the power of intent and have chosen to emulate it. To make a lasting mark on humanity and create a world that is not out of control but a world that embraces peace and understanding we need to focus our intentions on world peace.

Open your mind to infinite possibilities. The power of one, who has an open mind, imagination, passion and drive, can create a lifetime of achievements. Imagine the power of the universe, the immeasurable possibilities we can manifest when we utilize the power of thought and the power of intent in the name of peace. World peace is possible, if we think and believe it is.

Unity Through Art

Posted in Inspiration Station by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 5, 2009

It’s been awhile since I have had the time to catch up on my personal enjoyments, such as reading. For the past few months, I have been working long hours, seven days a week, filming an independent movie.

Taking this stolen moment of alone time, I decided to chill out and park myself in the corner of my comfy blood read couch, with a glass of wine, candlelight and the February issue of National Geographic. After finishing a very interesting article, “Voices from the Crypt”, written by A. A. Gill, about Sicily’s macabre mummies that offer lessons about life, I flipped through the pages to see what would capture my attention and came across, not another story, but a photographic image that captured my attention. This beautiful imagery of Muslim women taken in Indonesia during Ramadan; Muslims seeking spiritual purification fast from dawn to dusk captured the essence of something very mystical for me. The image was that of a mosque filled with white-robed woman but off center stands a lone child.

A lover of photography and an amateur photographer myself, I was inspired to hunt for more images, that evoked emotion, were artistic and inspired a story. For me art is love, friendship, life, death and peace. Art tells us where our journey began and what the future may hold. Art inspires unity, because through art, you bring people together and through art, we forget our difference and concentrate on the beauty that is unfolding before our eyes.

Below are images that inspire me in so many ways and speak to my soul. I have also included the names of the photographers who captured these beautiful and sometimes disturbing  images. I would like to hear how these images inspire you.

Sigit Pamungkas Reuters


Steve McCurry


Kevin Carter

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Warriors Of Peace

Posted in Inspiration Station by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 1, 2009

peacePower comes in many forms. For some, power is control, control of people, land, material items, money and status. Power is also used to harm and to instill hate and fear. However, there are those who use their power to help others in need, to aid those less fortunate or those whose voices are not heard, and to instill love, hope, dignity, respect and peace.

Masters who ignited the world through words of peace instead of hate and war; Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Rosa Parks, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizelan, Princess Diana, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Dalai Lama, Jane Adams, Albert Einstein, Cesar Chavez, Eleanor Roosevelt and Nelson Mandela. These are just a few of the infamous warriors of peace who have stood in the heat of hate and rose above its flames, as the world took notice and celebrated them for their crusades. These individuals were the voice and the face of freedom.

Who of us has the right to judge, to spit on the face of peace and instill hate and fear into another.  It is time to stop discrimination and hate and to react to it by organizing peaceful marches, campaigns, start a movement on one or more of the many social networking sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Ning or My Space, community meetings and  get informed and get involved. “I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Chinese Parents Dream for their Deaf Children

Posted in Inspiration Station by Leza Raley-Labrador on June 19, 2009

A 45 second video of Chinese parents expressing their dreams for their deaf children. This is a touching video!  I hope that it inspires you, to understand that anything is possible.  What will you do today to make your dream come true?