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
A Beautiful Note We Received Today ... Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, Jul 23 2014 a beautiful note we received today after a lovely awakin gathering. "Thank you for welcoming me into your home where there is such wisdom and heart. As there was all around the circle tonight. That is the joy of the young whether they are your kin or not . Every generation is the miracle that will remake and reimagine he world. They take your breath away.There is a line from Sweet Honey in the Rock which always plays in my mind :Your are not your children: they are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself."
The Innovation Of Loneliness Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 23 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 6865 views and 19 comments. "While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely. They feel vulnerable opening up to others for warm, friendly, heart-to-heart conversations. Then, along comes social media… As people share and chat from islands of isolation, filtering and massaging information, they are undermining the genuine credibility of conversation. Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren’t allowing people either to open up or understand others. Are these online connections actually helping with loneliness, or they are making it worse? Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect? Learn more in this fast-pace, animated video based on the work of Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichal-Hamburger." ... Watch: The Innovation of Loneliness
The Ripples Of Smile Cards Are ... Posted by Ven. Zizhou, Jul 23 2014 The ripples of Smile Cards are continuing to extend further in Taiwan. One of our volunteers, Mr. Lai, gave NT$300 to the owner of a cafe shop named Hi, Brown and explained to her how to play the Smile Deck. To random customers, she would gift them coffee from Mr. Lai's contribution and tell them that someone before them has paid for the coffee and they can pick a card from the (Mandarin) Smile Deck for an action to pay-it-forward. The cafe shop owner is not only doing that with her customers but people like it so much that she has now put a sign in her shop that reads: "Smiling good deed is practiced here. Ask us to learn more."
Maya Angelou On Identity & The Meaning Of Life Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 23 2014 Through the sheer tenacity of her character and talent, despite being born into a tumultuous working-class family, abandoned by her father at the age of three, and abused in her childhood, the late Maya Angelou became a cultural phenomenon. This interview from 1977 brings us timeless wisdom from this phenomenal woman, as she explores issues of identity and the meaning of life. [Full Story]
... Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, Jul 23 2014 The Clever Approach This Man Takes to Brighten People's Day Had Me Smiling From Ear To Ear! [VIDEO] Blake Grigsby went out with a sign saying "Hugs For a Dollar." People thought they were paying for a hug, but instead they're the ones who got paid. $51 is a small price to pay for so many smiles! He got the idea from his awesome mom.
Schumacher On Buddhist Economics Posted by mark dubois, Jul 22 2014 I really enjoyed Maria Poppava's summary of Schumacher's vision on Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity What does it really mean to create wealth for people – for humanity – as opposed to money for governments and corporations? That's precisely what the influential German-born British economist, statistician, Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. F. Schumacher explores in his seminal 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (public library) – a magnificent collection of essays at the intersection of economics, ethics, and environmental awareness. One of the most compelling essays in the book, titled "Buddhist Economics,"applies spiritual principles and moral purpose to the question of wealth. "Right Livelihood" is one of the requirements of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path. It is clear, therefore, that there must be such a thing as Buddhist economics… Spiritual health and material well-being are not enemies: they ... Read Full Story
Is Solitude Hard? Posted by Birju Pandya, Jul 22 2014 Is solitude hard? Psychologists at Harvard and Virginia Universities ask young students to just sit in a chair without doing anything but think. So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium. Two-thirds of men pressed a button to deliver a painful jolt during a 15-minute spell of solitude. One man – an outlier – found thinking so disagreeable he opted for a shock 190 times. Under the same conditions, a quarter of women pressed the shock button. The difference, scientists suspect, is that men tend to be more sensation-seeking than women. The report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities is one of a surprising few to tackle the question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing. Source: Guardian: Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit
One Small Act At A Time :) Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, Jul 22 2014 We had a KindSpring team call yesterday, and one of our new editors wrote back with a really sweet note that ended with: "I'm so glad I found ServiceSpace and KindSpring. It's changing my life ... one random act of kindness at a time! :) Thank you all for doing what you do. It is extremely inspiring."
Sometimes ... Posted by Lahar Mehta, Jul 22 2014 I want to sometimes flow and Sometimes be still and Sometimes be quiet and Sometimes engage and Sometimes rain and Sometimes puddle and Sometimes breeze and Sometimes shine brightly and Sometimes grey cloud and Sometimes be an old deep root Banyan tree saint and Sometimes be a blade of grass which sways with the wind and bends to its will and Sometimes be a big beautiful flower sharing my beauty and Sometimes be fruitless and flowerless and Sometimes be fertile soil and Sometimes be arid desert sand which blows so easily with the wind and Sometimes be flowing river and Sometimes deep deep deep majestic ocean, harboring in me so much life form and Sometimes be just a raindrop and Sometimes be a human being with little doing and Sometimes a human doing with little being and Sometimes mother and Sometimes child and Sometimes wild free womanly woman and Sometimes light as spirit and Sometimes heavy as big rock and all the time through all of this, I want to LOVE.
A Quote With Unknown Author Posted by Nilay Shah, Jul 22 2014