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
How Do We Increase Empathy? Posted by Birju Pandya, Jan 30 2015 From Kristof's article in NYT this morning ... Some research suggests that wealth may impede empathy. One study at UCB finds that drivers of luxury cars are more likely to cut off other motorists and ignore pedestrians at a crosswalk. Likewise, heart rates of wealthier research subjects are less affected when they watch a video of children with cancer. Likewise, the wealthiest 20% of Americans give 1.4% of their income to charity, versus the poorest 20 percent who give 3.5%. So how do we increase empathy? Having people think about suffering activates the vagus nerve, which is linked to compassion. Uplifting stories about sacrifice, as well as prayer, meditaiton and yoga. Feelings of awe, like seeing incredible images from space. Going out in nature. Spread of affordable fiction in 18th century expanded empathy by making it easier for people to imagine themselves in the shoes of others.
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Jan 30 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... wavingatyou shares: "Made my sick papoose some soba miso. And I like it, too :)" mindyjourney shares: "The breath of being Birds freeing Trees bare Quieting prayer Eternal Om Word's poem Gray sky Joyous cry Musical hum Heart's drum Drum drum... This moment's gratitude, my kind friends. " eckyssister shares: "With snowshoes strapped on I will be heading out with my wags to visit with my sister and nieces in a bit. Love winter in New England."
9 Inspiring Quotes About The Sacredness Of Seeds Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 30 2015 "Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. In our current supermarket lifestyle of pre-packaged products, far removed from the cycles of planting, we have nearly forgotten this mystery. Now as the integrity of the seed is threatened, so is its primal meaning." These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays. Enjoy these gorgeous excerpted photos and quotes from a book that celebrates the miraculous seeds of life. [Full Story]
From The Equator Posted by Katie Teague, Jan 29 2015 I've been in Ecuador recently, allowing a deeper emergence to take root. My calling this year has been to jump "both feet in", and I feel very grateful for the Laddership Circle that has serendipitously entered my constellations. Below is a photo from the only clear night we've had out here, near the equator:
Introducing DailyGood Audio! Posted by Pavi Mehta, Jan 29 2015 We are thrilled to share that more than 17 years after its humble beginnings as a service called Quote-a-Day, DailyGood has just released a new audio feature on its website! Yes, you heard right --- DailyGood Audio! :) Select stories that DailyGood features will now be available online as high quality recordings offered up by one of our newest volunteers. About a week ago Nick O'Kelly wrote in the following to DailyGood: "I am a professional voiceover artist and Daily Good fan. Your email has been the first thing I read for many, many years. Frequently, I read the story to my wife over coffee in the morning. It starts the day off right. I'd like to produce an audio version of your stories...on a daily basis. What do you think?" Short answer: We thought it was a GREAT idea :) Within the week Nick was a profiled, oriented and newly-minted ServiceSpace ... Read Full Story
The Difference Between Education & Training Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 29 2015 "The root word of education -- educare -- means to lead forth a hidden wholeness in another person." These are the words of Rachel Naomi Remen, whose course, the "Healer's Art," is now taught in half of American medical schools and seven countries around the world. Her words remind us that competence and completeness are each held within the other, and that we are already enough. [Full Story]
Lynne Twist Was Suggested To Me ... Posted by Somik Raha, Jan 28 2015 Lynne Twist was suggested to me by a teacher and so I was looking up her writings and philosophy. Came across this gem of a video with her and Deepak Chopra and was just thinking of sharing it here, when, she mentioned Nipun toward the end! :) Very deep vibes here - goes to show that sacredness is not in the rule but in the being and can even be in fundraising.
Education Is GNH: LearninG To Nurture Our Hearts Posted by Tim Huang, Jan 28 2015 In 1972, the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan adopted the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a holistic approach to development that moves beyond GDP and takes into account shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, cultural preservation, and other factors that are essential to human well-being. And while I cannot speak to the manifestation of Gross National Happiness as the complex policy tool or index that it is in the government’s eyes today, I can speak about my lessons on GNH at a more simple, human level – in the heart-felt and empowering education of young people in Bhutan. Last month, I volunteered as a facilitator for Camp Rural-Urban Friendship (RUF), a 10-day camp that brought together over 100 youth from rural Dagana in southern Bhutan and Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu in cooperation, co-learning, and co-creation, all aligned with the motto “where we educate our hearts.” When I first met Tenzin Dorji, a ... Read Full Story
Marie's Dictionary Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jan 28 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4006 views and 12 comments. "There are only about 200 remaining members of the Wukchumni of central California, and Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of her tribal language. Like most Native Americans, the Wukchumni did not write their language. The 80-year-old Ms. Wilcox has spent the last 7 years writing a dictionary of Wukchumni and giving weekly lessons to her daughter and other tribal members, but few seem dedicated enough to learn to speak the language fluently. With the help of her grandson, Ms. Wilcox is now recording the dictionary, as well as traditional stories like the "How We Got Our Hands" parable featured in this film." ... Watch: Marie's Dictionary
Love Thy Enemy Posted by Kozo Hattori, Jan 28 2015 Hearing Harshida's story at last Wednesday's Awakin Circle inspired me to write an article that just got published on The Good Men Project. Thank you, Harshida! When 7 year old Jett tells me that he is no longer friends with someone because they were mean to him, I ask him if he has ever been mean to someone else. I then ask him how he would feel if everyone that he was ever mean to decided to not be friends with him. Hopefully, this will help Jett to see that his enemies are just like him -- a child doing the best s/he can to make their way in the world. I believe that if children can learn this lesson at an early age, then it won’t be a huge step for them to see someone of a different race, religion, or nationality as just like them. If they begin to see the world in this way, then when someone really hurts them or their family, they might be able to forgive their enemies. Forgiveness can lead to understanding. Understanding plants the seeds for love. We can raise a whole generation of children who have the capacity to embody what all the great sages have instructed us: Love thy enemy.