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
Hearing The Homeless, And Seeing Ourselves Posted by Afreen Malim, Oct 07 2015 It all started a few weeks back with a simple rekindling of an idea: "We invite you to join us for an opportunity to engage in deep listening and sharing presence with our brothers and sisters without a home. "From the early days of Hear the Homeless, to the insightful reflections of our young interns a couple summers ago who interviewed the homeless -- what stands out clearly is that when we come together with an intention to connect and share, there is a shift that happens in our own being -- and the giving and receiving becomes hard to measure : ) "To add an even more personal energy to this event we will be making sandwiches ourselves and sharing them with the homeless in the Berkeley area with all our love and presence." Various folks answered the call, and this past Saturday, all 20 of us packed into Vinya’s apartment in ... Read Full Story
7,200 Kites Fly For Peace And Dignity Posted by KarmaTube.org, Oct 07 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5656 views and 13 comments. "This short excerpt from the feature documentary film, Flying Paper, is an uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the age-old tradition of kite making and flying. The driving narrative of the film centers on a remarkable quest, but showcases the determination and artistic expression of the youth that come together to achieve a shared goal. This quest is a beautiful form of creative resistance and resilience in the face of the daily difficulties endured by the children of Gaza." ... Watch: 7,200 Kites Fly for Peace and Dignity
A Century In The World Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 07 2015 Grace Lee Boggs, Chinese-American philosopher and civil rights legend, talks here on her 100th birthday about her extraordinary life of helping others and how her studies in philosophy led to “a whole new way of thinking about change and how it develops...how the positive has to be achieved through the labor-patient suffering of the negative.” [Full Story]
Lending An Ear Posted by KindSpring.org, Oct 06 2015 On Saturdays we are able to go and help serve breakfast at the soup kitchen. My two boys go with me to help. They see what it's like to have nothing & to be thankful for a warm meal. We started to make muffins to take with us when we go. When everyone is leaving they can take the muffins for later. I have one boy who serves everyone with a smile. My other boy takes the time to sit & talk to the people there. To make them feel like they have a worth. Homeless... Dirty... What ever their story may be... He listens. To me- that is the biggest heart of all that we do. ... full story: Lending An Ear
Teaching + T: How To Learn From Spontaneity Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 06 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: How To Learn From Spontaneity. As we become more educated, do we really lead more fulfilling lives? As our schedules become more saturated, what is the value of spontaneity? From a comparative look at kindergarten on 2 different continents to lessons from tiny teachers, and a re-evaluation of 10 techniques to improve learning, each article below offers a unique spin on how we structure our learning.
The Science Of Why We Sleep Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 06 2015 Scientists know that sleep obeys our complex internal clocks, affects our every waking moment, and even tames our negative emotions. But what happens while we sleep and why have we evolved to sleep in the first place? In this fascinating short video, PBS's Joe Hanson explores the mysteries of sleep... [Full Story]
Gandhi: Welfare Of All (Sarvodaya) Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Oct 05 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on Welfare Of All (Sarvodaya). Take a look.
Walking One Step At A Time With Sahil Posted by Tim Huang, Oct 05 2015 I just arrived home to Bhutan after my first trip to India. I spent almost a month volunteering at Manav Sadhna, a true family of servant ladders and children who live and love from their hearts. To “soak in the ecosystem” as Madhu-bhai so nicely put it, I also sat Awakin circles at Neil-bhai’s apartment in Ahmedabad and the Urban Ashram in Pune, attended a Moved By Love “Head, Heart, and Hands” retreat at ESI Sughad, and visited a dear friend’s village 2 hours from Pune. “Doing” all of these things in no way captures the subtle shifts that I felt throughout my time though. As I reflect back on the month, the phrase “small is beautiful,” the theme of our MBL retreat, resonates deeply with me and seems to embody my experience. Although there are countless stories of kindness that touched me, I want to share a few small ... Read Full Story
Reading This Story And Watching The ... Posted by Nageswary Sieslack, Oct 05 2015 Reading this story and watching the accompanying video made me feel all tingly and warm inside. In a responsible and caring society, such independence is made possible. Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone - The Atlantic Even in big cities like Tokyo, small children take the subway and run errands by themselves. The reason has a lot to do with group dynamics.
Children Who Shine From Within Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 05 2015 In this moving tribute to her daughter, Rachel Macy Stafford reminds us to look for the light within all children. "And it's that time -- time for back-to-school outfits, team tryouts, classroom assessments, and after school clubs. The Butterflies will be noticed. So brilliant. So colorful. Their talents so obvious. But let us not forget the Fireflies. Their triumphs are quiet and unsuspecting. Their gifts might even go completely unnoticed...Don't wait for someone to hand him an award or a give her a certificate to make their talents and gifts 'official.' That day may never come. So say it now. Say this: I see your light." [Full Story]