Peace is something we all want more of in our lives yet the way in which we experience peace is unique and individual. “What is Peace? Messages From the Heart” is a powerful compilation of quotes and inspirational thoughts that reveals how people of all traditions, backgrounds, and walks of life experience the presence of peace in their lives. Some of the public figures included in these pages are: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, actor Steve Guttenberg, Nobel Prize winner Stanley Prusiner, Vice Admiral U.S. Navy,Diego Hernandez, Forbes 400 Neil Bluhm…and many more! This book is a labor of love that human rights activist/Former MissWorld USA Lexie Brockway Potamkin has been working on for several years. The inspirational quotes and personal thoughts come alive with vibrant, peaceful artwork by world-renowned artist, Anatoly Ivanov.
Lexie has a very interesting history. She was a former Miss World USA, and lived and worked in New York where she was connected with many influential people, including Donald Trump. She ran a highly successful marketing firm in New York before she married her husband, and eventually sold it so she could raise her children. Lexie is a human rights activist, and has been instrumental in helping Tibetan monks, whom she hosts in her home ever year. She has met His Holiness the Dalai Lama on numerous occasions. He shared with her that the philosophy of his religion is very simple: kindness. Lexie had her own challenge with peace, as she had accumulated some fairly significant wealth from building up a very successful marketing firm. In December of 2008, she lost virtually all of her personal wealth, and her life circumstances changed as a result. As she eloquently states: Loss of loved ones, loss of material possessions these events can be an opportunity for rebirth. We have to die and let go of our old selves in order o truly live and find peace. Mahatma Gandhi said, Power is of two kinds: on obtained by fear of punishment, and the other by acts of love. He said power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than power derived from fear of punishment. Lexie s father died when she was 19 which served as a major catalyst for her own spiritual journey. From that she studied intensely about death and dying, and now serves as a death counselor for family and friends as an ordained minister. She is currently completing a masters course in inter-spiritual studies at the Spiritual Paths Institute in Santa Barbara. What is Peace is a delightful and inspirational book that will lift your spirit as it is a compilation of hundreds of people whom she interviewed by asking the simple question What is Peace? It is a follow up of her earlier book, What is Spirit, which followed a similar format. That book is illustrated by Peter Max, who is one of her friends. What is Peace was written following the death of her mother who taught her many important life lessons. The book is illustrated with original paintings from one of her close friends who is a Russian artist, Anatoly Ivanov. The illustrations provide a wonderful compliment to the book. Dr. Joseph Mercola –Dr. Joseph Mercola mercola.com
About the Author
Lexie Brockway Potamkin brings a diverse career and extensive world travel to her work as author of What is Spirit? . A human rights activist, counselor and minister, she spent many years working in the worlds of business, entertainment and media. A former Miss World USA, she hosted her own talk show and eventually became a public relations professional working for Golin Harris Public Relations, Gold Mills Inc. and Rogers and Cowan Public Relations. At the height of her business success, having founded and sold her own PR firm, she returned to school for her Master s Degree, in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Her ensuing counseling work inspired her to the next spiritual step, becoming an ordained minister. She has traveled the world and over the past decade has been a guiding force and inspiration for many charitable organizations. In Philadelphia, she was President of Resources for Children s Health and a trustee for the International House. Her passion for human rights has led her to speak before the United Nations as Vice President of the International League for Human Rights, and work with Tibetan Buddhist monks including the Dalai Lama. Lexie and her husband founded an elementary school in Fisher Island Florida called the Fisher Island Day School. Lexie is studying at The Spiritual Paths Institute, a course of study with respected teachers and contemplative wisdom and applied spirituality that combines intellect, heart, and spiritual practice. She lives in Colorado with her devoted husband, three loving children, four dogs, two cats, and a few hamsters.