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 Request For A Smile Deck Posted by Sujatha Babu, May 02 2016 When people request a Smile Deck, we ask for their inspiration -- and below is something that we just got in today: From India to Spain to now the United States, I've become inspired by the magic of 'the' deck -- the Smile Deck :) On the surface, it's a concept that has random acts of kindness for people to "offer" to the world. However, the ripples of these decks are sometimes beyond our imagination. I have seen how it has trigger a different sense of service within me and I am enthusiastic to see how it does for those around me.
Paw It Forward Read Today In Best ... Posted by Wendy Berk, May 02 2016 Paw it Forward Read today in Best Friend's Magazine: " Random acts of kindness are encouraged at Bangor Humane Society in Maine. Their Paw it Forward program allows people or businesses to prepay an animal's adoption fee. Then, when lucky adopters discover the fee is waived, they are encouraged to continue the trend and Paw it Forward for another animal."
Post-Laddership Glow! Posted by Liam Chai, May 02 2016 It’s now a month since Week 6 of Laddership ended. We had our final Week 7 call two days ago and here’s a short write up about my journey since. If there is one word to use as I continue my ServiceSpace journey, it’s possibility. My eyes are opening up to tons of possibilities - no longer just in the theoretical sense, but an experiential sense of it. Coupled with support from all the other ladders in the circle and learning a new language to articulate these things I feel more and more armed to explore territory I've not been to before. I had to miss two calls due to meditation retreat I had planned few months back, but I caught up by sending in my reflection questionnaires early, and joined the other group's week 6 call. On my first day back from retreat, Laddership seeds started to sprout. My younger brother, Lewis, was watching YouTube ... Read Full Story
Slow Down To Get Ahead Posted by DailyGood.org, May 02 2016 Chronic rushing through a never ending to-do list feeds anxiety and heightens stress levels. Due to the epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, released in the brain during stressful periods, our brains get hooked on the stimulation of activity. Our bodies become addicted to rushing and our minds switch into autopilot with everything of high importance and needing to get accomplished quickly. We start rushing when rushing is not necessary, or multitasking ourselves into ineffectiveness. This is particularly true for type A executives and leaders who tend to get caught in the cost of time ideal, making everything time-sensitive and urgent, when in fact, only a few matters at hand take true priority. [Full Story]
A Letter Of Gratitude Posted by kishan Gopal, May 02 2016 Recently 60 selected primary school teachers from Ahemdabad Municipal Corporation were hosted at Safai Vidyalaya for a training to nurture and strengthen the value system facilitates by internal and external cleanliness. One of them was Mr Devendra Anand. On completion of the training, Devendra reached out to Jayesh bhai and thanked him. As usual and as he would do with every person, Jayesh bhai wished him best for the wonderful work he was doing with all his love, moved with tears of compassion Devendra shared a letter with him telling, you might not remember me but I remember you almost every single day. In the letter, he mentioned that in 2003, when he was struggling with financial issues, Jayesh bhai made arrangement for finances and also connected him with a friend who assisted Devendra in completing his dessertation on library science, with help of that he could complete his education. He wrote further, because of ... Read Full Story
Pronounce A Silent Blessing Posted by Awakin, May 01 2016 This week's Awakin reading is by Barbara Brown Taylor titled 'Pronounce a Silent Blessing': "It is forbidden to taste of the pleasures of this world without a blessing." --The Talmud I think that the best way to discover what pronouncing blessings is all about is to pronounce a few. The practice itself will teach you what you need to know. Start with anything you like. Even a stick lying on the ground will do. The first thing to do is to pay attention to it. [...] The more aware you become, the more blessings you will find. If you look at the stick long enough, you are bound to begin making it a character in your own story. It will begin to remind you of someone you know, or a piece of furniture you once saw in a craft co-op. There is nothing wrong with these associations, except that they take you away from the stick and back to yourself. To pronounce a blessing on something, it is ... [Read more]
Art & Science Fusion Posted by DailyGood.org, May 01 2016 "Diane and I feel like the students need to break across what E.O. Wilson calls "the borderland." We have an entomologist, a botanist, a horticulturist; artists, musicians and photographers come in and talk to the students. We have a photography class and the professor, Terry Nathan, is an atmospheric scientist. He came to us and said, "I've been a bit of a photographer all my life, but there was never room for it." I said, "There's room here! You're from the borderland. Come on in! He teaches every spring quarter, and its packed. Every one of the instructors has a different approach. Our Art/Science Fusion program is committed to environmental literacy, creativity, collaboration and art making." [Full Story]
Kinder And Gentler World :) Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Apr 30 2016 Thought all of you enjoy seeing this post by a new member ... Thank you so very much to the founders and members of KindSpring. I have been barely a week in this site but I guess my being part of this group has been making good impact in my 'kindness journey.' There were moments when I was already about to do unkind act or say unkind words but just the mere thought of being a part of this kind community made me rethink my options. With KS, the world becomes kinder and people become more gentle :-)
5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 30 2016 Happy people are healthier; they get sick less often and live longer. They have more friends, make more money and are more productive at work. Decades of research show that happiness is not just a personal issue, but a matter of public health, global economics, and national well-being. Although it isn't easy, there are some proven methods... [Full Story]
Horn OK Please! Posted by Mihir Kaji, Apr 30 2016 During a 21 Day Kindness Challenge that my wife Anar and I were a part of, she shared one day that she drove that whole day without honking her car’s horn. Her office is in an area which tends to be congested with a lot of traffic during peak hours, and honking is very much prevalent. In general, there tends to be a lot of honking on the streets of the city we live in. Being part of and having contributed to that conditioning consciously as well as unconsciously, it truly calls for a lot of mindfulness to be able to drive without honking the horn! Anar went on to do that for some more days, and reflected it was a profound experience. As she found stillness inside, it seemed that the external circumstances also calmed down and facilitated a deeper stillness inside – a virtuous cycle :) As simple as ... Read Full Story