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 »
Recent Blog Posts
Contagious, By Terron Brooks Posted by Bonnie Rose, Jul 27 2014 Terron is an amazing singer that sang at our service today. He asked us to take his song "Contagious" and spread it around. I immediately thought of Nipun and all of you, since it resonated so much with your message.
Last Friday, The 25th, Was A ... Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Jul 27 2014 Last Friday, the 25th, was a momentous day in Philadelphia: Awakin Philly started up at Nandita's place! Felt like the perfect start with 3 of us sharing a cozy evening of silence, reflection and amazing home-cooked food. For one of us, it was even the first time ever meditating -- and for half and hour straight no less. Conversation flowed effortlessly, starting with a brief reflection on how it was to sit in silence and stillness, then picking up on the rich 'story-teller' passage, as we communed and laughed (at ourselves) over our versions of our 'lanes' that can arouse our righteous story-tellers. With our bellies, hearts and minds quite satisfied by the end of the night, we noted the simple power of these circles: no agenda, no trying to change or fix or manipulate anything or anyone; just sharing truth as we see it, in kinship, with generous and embracing spirit. Beautiful thing. If you're around Philly, or know folks around, feel free to spread the word -- next circle (every other week to start) will be Friday, August 8 at 7pm. (There should be an event page with more details up soon)
Jake Harriman: Ending Extreme Poverty In Our Lifetime Posted by Zilong Wang, Jul 27 2014 Jake Harriman is one of a kind -- so is the nonprofit organization he founded in 2008, Nuru International, fighting to end extreme poverty within our generation. Listening to Jake’s “resume,” you’d find yourself in amazement and disbelief at first: “You did WHAT?” As the conversation brought us deeper into Jake’s discovery of his mission, the dots started to connect, from growing up on a small farm in West Virginia, to the US Naval Academy, to deployments as a Marine to some of the most volatile regions of the world, to Stanford Business School, and to Kenya and Ethiopia. What follows are some highlights from the Awakin call with Jake Harriman that took the audience across worlds, around the globe, and along for an inner transformation. Brutal Awakening Jake Harriman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over 7 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a platoon commander and led four operational deployments throughout ... Read Full Story
Every Sensation Comes To An End Posted by Awakin, Jul 27 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by J. Krishnamurti titled 'Every Sensation Comes to an End': I wonder if you know what it means to be aware of something? Most of us are not aware because we have become so accustomed to condemning, judging, evaluating, identifying, choosing. Choice obviously prevents awareness because choice is always made as a result of conflict. To be aware ... just to see it, to be aware of it all without any sense of judgment. Just be aware, that is all what you have to do, without condemning, without forcing, without trying to change what you are aware of. If you are aware choicelessly, the whole field of consciousness begins to unfold. So you begin with the outer and move inwardly. Then you will find, when you move inwardly that the inward and the outward are not two different things, that the outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness, and that they are both the same. Everything about us, within as ... [Read more]
USA TRIP Posted by Jose Ramon, Jul 27 2014 Just few days ago I arrived to the place in the world we call USA. From the very first moment people here have been unbelievable helpful. I arrived to the airport and my phone had no battery. I have no adapter for the American plug in so I had to go and look for internet connection to check the phone number of my dear Rachana who was picking me up in Los Angeles Airport. I went and ask to an airport worker in one of these information desks. She first directed me to a computer near by, but the computer was not working so I came back. Then she kindly offered me her personal computer to look for the number! I was already very happy so I decided to give her one of our heart pins. I was about to leave and then she tells me: “maybe you want to use the office ... Read Full Story
MEETING POINT Posted by Jose Ramon, Jul 27 2014 M. is a friend of mine who works for one of the biggest wheel producing companies in the world. He is the managing director of a factory with hundreds of people. For me it’s such a gift to be connected to him. I learn a lot from his stories. Most of my background is on Development studies, social movements and Non Profit management, but I always had an openness and willingness to listen to stories and connect to people from very different professional spaces. M. has come to confirm what I already sensed. Many corporate bosses also have a big heart!!!!!! For many years I have been practicing what we usually call activism, and thinking about what is the best way to change society for the better, for the common happiness… Many times I thought of the corporate world as the devil that we should demolish, the rival that is separating us from the ... Read Full Story
... Posted by Ammi , Jul 27 2014 This Man Asked the Homeless for Money. Here's What He Did With It - NDTV Have you ever stopped to wonder what it takes to make an overlooked and neglected person feel noticed? Here's someone who did.
A Mind That Is Spinning Wheels: A Car Or A Pinwheel? Posted by Ammi , Jul 27 2014 Sometimes, there is an issue or an event that decides to make it's home in my mind. Thoughts about it will spin around in my head in a manner that amazes me. The storyteller within me said: Why are you stuck on this? Spinning like the wheels of a car stuck in the sand, making no progress. Just move on. Let life's energy flow dynamically as it's meant to. Yet, the mind has a mind of it's own and my gentle admonishments did little to stop the spinning wheels of my mind. Then it dawned on me that maybe the storyteller has the wrong story. The mind is spinning and that is where the energy of the universe needs to be. The churn and the burn are a part of the divine purpose and process. Instead of seeing it as blocking my life's energy or feeling stuck, I knew that I ... Read Full Story
Letters To A Young Artist Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 27 2014 As artists and change makers, how can character be cultivated in such a way as to foster that prized form of personal dignity, along with its sibling qualities of confidence and self-esteem? Maria Popova gives us a quick overview of Letters to a Young Artist, a book by celebrated artist, actor, playwright, and educator Anna Deavere Smith, which aims to answer these questions and more. [Full Story]
What Family Does Posted by Mia Tagano, Jul 27 2014 Spent this evening with my grandmother. She is in a room with a new roommate, Ms. Owens, who barely speaks although I’ve gotten her to drink water and to smile. She says, Hello, Yes, No and Good-bye. When I came to their room today, my grandmother was sitting in her wheelchair, which she doesn’t need, but one she sits in because it is easier – for the staff. With dementia and as someone who has had multiple falls in the recent past, the chair keeps her contained, safe. I take a breath as I turn the corner, preparing myself for the vacant look that will greet me at first. Thankfully, it is brief. As soon as she recognizes me, she smiles. I say Hello to Ms. Owens as I come in and go to my grandmother for a hug. “Are you going to take me out?” she says. “Yes” I say. ... Read Full Story