Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpaceIn late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
Seven Emergent Questions From India TripMultiple events practically everyday, across diverse communities -- sharing stories in fronts of many thousands, sitting in dozens of Awakin Circles in living rooms of kindred friends, cultivating many-to-many networks in 10+ retreats across India, and nurturing umpteen transformation-driven projects. None of it was planned. Read More »
Casa de Paz: House of PeaceAn inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
SilenceExperiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
The Middle is the PathRagu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »
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Gandhi: Renounce And Enjoy! Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Aug 04 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on Renounce And Enjoy!. Take a look.
Rock Collection I Met A Woman Gardening ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 04 2015 Rock Collection I met a woman gardening in her front yard this morning. As I walked by, a piece of driftwood, standing tall amongst her collection of rocks, caught my eye. I glanced back to look at it and saw that the old woman was looking at me. So I went back to tell her how beautiful I thought her garden was. She seemed very happy to hear that I thought so and proceeded to explain the origins of pieces in her collection. Many she had collected during her travels with her late husband. She sighed, but also smiled, as she told me. I imagined the two of them walking on beaches collecting these things and sighed and smiled too. She told me that this collection is now a good reminder of their travels. I wanted to reach out and hug her but instead just commented on what a wonderful idea ... Read Full Story
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Love Joy And Sadness Too. Posted by Mia Tagano, Aug 03 2015 This evening as we entered the nursing facility, Shirley, sister to Virginia, stopped me to say hello. And, to get a hug. Virginia is on hospice now, she said, tears in her eyes. Tears came to mine as well. I have gotten to know quite a few families over the year and 1/2 that my grandmother has lived here. No one usually comes out alive. They come here to die. I'm so sorry, I said. And, hugged her hard. How is Tony doing? I ask. Tony is Virginia's husband who has been coming daily to see his wife. For 2 years now. He is doing the best he can, she says. Shirley introduces me to Virginia's friend from elementary school. We are all smiling through tears. Thank you for caring, Shirley says to me squeezing my hand. Next, we see Jenny sitting in the hall. Hello Jenny, I say. Hello, ... Read Full Story
Leaving Home -- Sacred Journey Of Chin Shien Posted by Guri Mehta, Aug 03 2015 Growing up in Poland, Marek Chodkiewicz heard about some Buddhist monks coming to town. When he volunteered to help with the event, he never imagined that few years later, he would become novice monk and that in summer of 2015, he would take the precepts and become Chin Shien Shr. Below is the beautiful video of his ordination ceremony (also attended by his parents visiting from Poland):
Precious Water I Love Being Near Water, ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 03 2015 Precious Water I love being near water, I love being in the water, and most of all, I love drinking water! It's benefits are countless! Today my act of kindness was to remind my daughters to drink more water. Although they are in their 20's and not living with me, I still text them and remind them to drink their eight glasses now and then! If it's been a while I'll remind them how water can improve our energy levels, mood, concentration, digestion, etc. etc. They may tire of me, but I won't stop. I remind them of how lucky we are to have clean water flowing through our taps, anytime we want. I remind them to think of those who do not, and never be wasteful with it. Finally I remind them to savour every sip, and as they do, to imagine all the cells in the body absorbing every life giving, life sustaining drop! I think, after all that, I've probably convinced them to have a glass!
"Wealthy Is Healthy", Is What I ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Aug 03 2015 "Wealthy is healthy", is what I overheard on NPR this afternoon. It was Tom (didn't catch his last name) and he's the president of some energy organization. He was arguing to why we should continue to burn coal and against curtailing our use of fossil fuels. His defense was basically, in parts of India women are burning cow patties as fuel, which is dirtier than our burning of coal, so why should we change? Really...that's what he has to offer? I cannot seem to wrap my head around this kind of reasoning. And, I am so bothered by his quote of "wealthy is healthy". Is that the prevailing attitude of our world, in general?
Staying Human In A Time Of Climate Change Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 03 2015 In scientist M Jackson's new book, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, she examines climate change by combining personal stories with scientific exploration. [Full Story]
Read First Top Down And Then ... Posted by Wendy Berk, Aug 02 2015 Read first top down and then bottom up. Written by an 11 year old girl. Amazing. “Worst Day Ever?” by Chanie Gorkin Today was the absolute worst day ever And don’t try to convince me that There’s something good in every day Because, when you take a closer look, This world is a pretty evil place. Even if Some goodness does shine through once in a while Satisfaction and happiness don’t last. And it’s not true that It’s all in the mind and heart Because True happiness can be attained Only if one’s surroundings are good It’s not true that good exists I’m sure you can agree that The reality Creates My attitude It’s all beyond my control And you’ll never in a million years hear me say Today was a very good day Now read it from bottom to top, the other way, And see what I really feel about my day.
Marty Krasney: Building A World That Works For All Posted by Bela Shah, Aug 02 2015 In 1962, two weeks before Christmas, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon at a church in Philadelphia about the birth of a baby. He was born in a stable, on the dirt floor and surrounded by livestock, but under a star that served as a guide for the Three Wise Men. Coincidentally, this sermon was attended by a 17 year-old named Marty Krasney, who listened intently to Rev. King’s sermon, taking away a powerful message that has served as a through line in his own life. Today, 53 years later, Marty is the founding, Executive Director of Dalai Lama Fellows, a global community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical social innovators. On our Global Awakin Call, Marty’s humble, honest, and compassionate way of showing up in the world was deeply felt by our callers. The following blog hopes to capture the wisdom and stories that Marty thoughtfully shared, including the deeper meaning ... Read Full Story