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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An Ode To A Mother’s Resolve Posted by Jyoti , Aug 28 2015 An Ode to A Mother’s Resolve I’ve seen a mother Grieve a still-born child And the loss of a future life She had nurtured With all her might I have seen a mother Send a well trained son To his first job as a doctor And just days after Hear of a road accident With him as a friendly passenger Who was killed on the spot I have been a mother Whose infant suffered an ailment Demanding multiple hospital stays Sleepless night and frantic search For any sort of cure Decades later When someone declares “Suffering is joy” I wonder in disbelief How can that ever be? Until I see the courage With which they face Their own adversity For their handsome son Is under expert medical care Facing an urgent situation With uncertain future And the courageous family Weaves a gossamer web Of kind and soft threads With each word and act Unconditionally for all Gossamer is tender to feel Yet its stronger than steel Like a mother’s resolve To create To nurture And embrace The most piercing pain Knowing instinctively That living through it Is what earns her The title of a Mother
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 28 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... gmahin shares: "Be positive in all you do....starting with the moment you wake" message-me shares: "So much gratitude for all of the firefighters working constantly to protect our homes from destruction. " alisamom shares: "These people are opening their home and land to human and non human evacuees from the BC fires...what a wonderful act of kindness! Spread the word if you know anyone affected by the fires"
Maitri Tune By Tanishka Sanghvi Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Aug 28 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Tanishka Sanghvi: Taari Maate.
My Bucket List Of Gratitude Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 28 2015 We typically think of a 'bucket list' as that special list of things we wish to do, see, or accomplish before we say our final farewells. But, what if there was another way to view it? That is, to create a list comprised of life's most special moments already lived? In this lovely story, a young woman recounts how much the kindness of neighbors helped to restore her faith -- inspiring a whole new kind of 'bucket list'. Curious? Read on... [Full Story]
I Deeply Enjoyed David Doane's Comment ... Posted by Somik Raha, Aug 27 2015 I deeply enjoyed David Doane's comment in this week's Awakin Passage: True Splendor of Science. David shared: The true splendor of science is to openly see and examine what is, beyond preconceived notions, expectations, and desires. It is to see what is, not see one's own thinking or the predominant thinking of the time. That's quite different than science corrupted by bias or by the highest bidder. I've had the experience of seeing that the emperor is wearing no clothes, saying what I see, being alone in what I am seeing, wondering if others think I'm crazy, wondering if I'm crazy, putting those concerns aside, trusting and sticking with what I'm seeing, and experiencing a positive outcome, all of which was the miracle of being in the present. What helps me avoid the comfort of the familiar and remain open to the miracles of the present moment is trusting my seeing, experiencing the ... Read Full Story
Radical Kindness At SF Waldorf HS Posted by Anne Veh, Aug 27 2015 "It really says something about our society if you give someone a flower and their first reaction is to think you want something from them," one student noted. On Tuesday, a group of local love warriors returned to SF Waldorf HS to explore radical kindness with the senior class, more than 40 students and their core teachers. For the past four years, Joan Calderera, a devoted Humanities teacher at the school, has invited our ever growing Kindness Team - an intergenerational family of love magicians of all ages - to come and co-create space with the students. At 8:30am, we circle up on the first of a 3-day senior class orientation designed to engage students in deeper thinking on how they live and learn. After a morning of inspiration - from Unsung Heroes to Free Hugs to college students gifting classmates cookies during finals, and ... Read Full Story
Meditative App Posted by Archana Bahuguna, Aug 27 2015 Here is a meditative app on getting an immediate reality check- something truly amazing and deeply insightful I came across online. Check it out here: http://www.pixelthoughts.co. Read more about it here- http://www.hackreactor.com/blog/students-meditation-site-goes-viral-receives-over-half-a-million-pageviews
Work + T: Work+T: Transformation Book Reviews Posted by Birju Pandya, Aug 26 2015 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Transformation Book Reviews. Welcome to Work + T! A newsletter where we highlight the latest in inner transformation practices applicable to a workplace setting. This months issue highlights a few recent books and programs on this topic for your review. From a monastics perspective on changing oneself to a design program for 'transition.' Enjoy!
Seeds: A Story Of Uncommon Change Posted by KarmaTube.org, Aug 26 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3757 views and 11 comments. "Discover the story of Aruna, who's journey speaks of the transformative power of love and service. Aruna grew up in a poor leprosy community in India and, like so many other kids growing up in the harsh reality of a slum, did not believe in her dreams or that much good would come from her life, other than a prescribed arranged marriage. That was, until, she met Jayesh Patel, co-founder of Manav Sadhna, an NGO based on the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, who recognized and nurtured her potential as a leader. His belief inspired Aruna to take her education and life more seriously, and to take a more active role in her community's affairs. As a result, she is now one of a handful of young women — the first in the community's history — who successfully enrolled in college, ... Read Full Story
Joshua's Share Last Wednesday Posted by Dinesh Mehta, Aug 26 2015 As we get ready for another Awakin Circle tonight, few of us were reflecting on a really powerful circle last week (with stories like Aryae singing his brother out) ... and this touching share from a gentleman who, after dinner, said, "Being here today has changed my life." Hello everyone, my name is Joshua. This is my first time here, also. And it's been a miraculous experience for me. When I was in meditation, this question came through, which was, basically: where am I not being as compassionate as I could be? The response that came was this: towards my stepmother. I realized that I'm civil towards her, but I don't think I've ever truly included her, in my heart or in our family. Then, another question arose which was something like: how positive am I towards her? Even just in my own mind. And more broadly, how much of my mental space is ... Read Full Story