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
When Visiting My Friend Blair, We ... Posted by Ilonka Wloch, Sep 17 2014 When visiting my friend Blair, we sometimes move a table outside on a sidewalk and enjoy a meal together. This often attracts passer-byes to stop to chat, drivers to wave, and smiles all-around in this San Francisco neighborhood. Last Sunday, blessed by all such attention, we conjured an idea for an ongoing 'free bistro'. Here's the invite we send out to a neighborhood list: EL BISTRO LA CASA ROJA INVITES YOU TO OUTDOOR BRUNCH An Experiment in Community Fun and Gift Economy Sunday, 21 September, 11:00 A.M. Organic, vegetarian, local, homemade food. La Casa Roja, Virginia Ave., Bernal Heights Limited space. For reservations contact Adults only (this time). Smiles accepted. No credit cards. No cash. No checks. CAN'T WAIT TILL SUNDAY!
The Mosaic Man Posted by KarmaTube.org, Sep 17 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5399 views and 10 comments. ""I am homeless for 25 years, at the mercy of my talent,” says Jim Power. Jim found a creative outlet in creating hand-crafted mosaic artwork that he started posting on lampposts in Lower Manhattan’s Eastside. Jim's creativity transformed the streets into the “Mosaic Trail." The art, a passion close to his heart, connected Jim to his inner voice. The “Mosaic Trail” became his purpose, his expression of self. The stories in Jim’s mosaics provided an identity for people in the Eastside. When the city threatened to destroy his work, the community rallied around Jim to protect the “mosaic trail," now a legacy for the residents. Listen to Jim Power's story as the Mosaic Man..." ... Watch: The Mosaic Man
Before Becoming A Monk, Rev. Heng ... Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 17 2014 Before becoming a monk, Rev. Heng Sure was a four-season high school athlete and later lived in an experimental commune while studying at UC Berkeley. After becoming a monk, he took a vow of silence for almost three years. As a creative and compassionate Buddhist, Rev. Heng Sure speaks out against government policies and programs that commit violence in hidden forms. In his lectures, you might find him conveying the meaning of Buddhist Sutras with the aid of a guitar and a band of puppets. Read more in this beautiful interview with Rev. Heng Sure:)
Elizabeth Gilbert On Big Magic Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 17 2014 "Have you ever felt shivers on the back of your neck and goose bumps on your arms when you hear an idea that makes you want to follow it? Or felt as though something is laying a path for you? The sense that I have is that we live in a world that's constantly being swirled and encircled with ideas. Ideas are these non-embodied spirits that want nothing more than to be made manifest. And the only way they can be made manifest is in collaboration with a human being's labor." Far from being the tortured artist, novelist Elizabeth Gilbert writes stories stories in joyful partnership with the inspiration that enters her. In this interview, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" speaks about Big Magic, dealing with fear, and living a life of passion. [Full Story]
Vocational Training Through Education And Recreation ... Posted by Peter Payton, Sep 16 2014 Vocational training through education and recreation is the key. combining the talents and ideas and sheer brawn of our youth will create healthy urban green spaces with clean water! contact groundworkdallas.org to learn how we do it, and to volunteer come play in what is possibly the largest urban green belt in North America. The Trinity River in DFW !!
Photos From Team Leaders Retreat Posted by Audrey Lin, Sep 16 2014 ServiceSpace ecosystem is a vibrant space of service. :) Every second, 2 inspiring emails are sent out. Every hour, 14 thousand people interact with our content. Every day, 400 smile cards are shipped out globally. Every week, hundreds will meet Awakin Circles around the world. Every month, 5 thousand people will join ServiceSpace. Every year, we’ll be invited to speak to fifty thousand people. Collectively, it is building up an engagement spectrum and last week, we held our annual Team Leaders retreat (alongside a few guests of honor and couple of Service Fellows) -- and as always, it was a powerful time together. Legendary activist Mark Dubois called it "one of the most powerful experiences of my life." In between John's opening ceremony that evoked our place in the cosmos and Priscilla's graceful closing bows that dissolved us into deep interconnection, we spoke about "seven circles" of the engagement spectrum, thought ... Read Full Story
Kindness Challenge Conversions Posted by Jyoti , Sep 16 2014 Last year at this time, I signed up for the 21 day kindness challenge on Kindspring.org. I received daily email reminders to practice kindness and notice it, sometimes prompted by a reflective question. My teenage son and I end our day with quick prayers together as part of saying goodnight. I would occasionally have one last conversation of the day with him as part of this nightly ritual, by asking him the kindness challenge reflection question. He often had a prompt response or would ask a question back. This year, he is applying to colleges. His school counselor needed a parent statement so she could write his letter of recommendation. As I wrote this parent statement, it was about the surprising answer he had given me one of these questions from last year as it was more telling of him as a person than anything else I could come up with. ... Read Full Story
Cosmic Poetry From Susan Schaller Posted by Richard Whittaker, Sep 16 2014 Just have to share a beautful email that came in this morning from Susan Schaller, who many of you know. She is traveling all over the country doing her own empty hands journey, just letting the unknown guide her. It's great hearing from her. If you haven't read the interview already, I'll just say it's an amazing story. A little background: my [younger] brother founded the religious studies department at LSU and is now professor emeritus there. Dear Richard, I had the pleasure of meeting your brother a few days ago. I loved the cosmic poetry. You and I meet at an Indian restaurant; you interview and write about me; that issue is lying on John's coffee table when a former student was visiting; he picks it up, sees the article (his mother told me he called her and was crying he was so moved); he writes and asks if he could make ... Read Full Story
Marina Keegan & The Opposite Of Loneliness Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 16 2014 Marina Keegan's posthumous writings are moving, sensible and funny. Her parents, with the help of her college professor, put them together to honor Keegan's loving, compassionate spirit after her tragic death. By doing so, they transformed their anger, sadness and grief into a force for positivity and forgiveness that will inspire you. [Full Story]
Waves Along A Peaceful Shore Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 15 2014 We released Conrad's book last week, and today, we received a beautiful note from Steven Taylor, one of Conrad's friends: Thank you to those at Awakin! Although I've been in correspondence with Conrad for years, and we've worked on projects over the phone and of course spoken during our internet meetings, I've never met Conrad in person. For that I am sorry; yet, I feel I have been close to him in the profoundest sense through his work, and by way of the thousand kindnesses he gave me. This book, his thoughts, the phone call and the video have brought me closer still. The sound of his voice—wavering between strength and frailty, sometimes passing into a whisper—put me in mind of the surge and pull of waves along a peaceful shore. Gentle, vulnerable, but breaking still with patient, inevitable momentum. Nothing could be more more enlightening. And that was Conrad. I recently read a Native American proverb that now means much more to me: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Thanks again for this.