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 Circle Deepening Our Collective Commitments Posted by Zilong Wang, Mar 26 2015 A circle, like a river, is ever-present, never twice the same, always nourishing. I felt very grateful to be in a circle of noble friends tonight, who were all participants in a Work That Reconnects training for people of color, led by Joanna Macy. As the conversation progress, the theme of "living into our commitments" emerged, inspired by people like Adelaja and Pancho who are walking the walk, living gently on Earth, honestly to themselves, kindly to others, and bravely in the world. (As we heard of Pancho's commitment to do without cars this year and thus have been biking to Santa Clara from Oakland, our circle marveled at the determination, and came up with many "practical ideas" to making the late-night bike ride safer, such as cutting holes in the Earth flag to reduce wind drag, or use the Earth flag as a sail -- kite-biking.) As the Spring Equinox brings renewal, we went ... Read Full Story
Karma Lekshe: Women In Spirituality Posted by Audrey Lin, Mar 26 2015 Listening to her speak is like sitting at high altitude, soaking in the clouds of compassion as they roll in with each breath. You can’t help but wonder how you got there or how the world could have looked anything less than the transcendent views that surround you now. What hits home about Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo is the sheer depth of her embodied humility, grace, and loving-kindness. And the colorfully human journey that brought her there. From a young age, she grew up surfing the waves of Malibu. At nineteen, she dropped out of college and, with surfboard in hand, stepped on a ship to Japan. From San Francisco to Honolulu to Yokohama, she rode the waves as a world-class surfer. When winter rolled around in Japan, she visited local monasteries and began to meditate. Questions of life, meaning, and the ambiguity of death propelled her to keep pushing that envelope. ... Read Full Story
24 Incredible Acts Of Kindness Posted by Vinod Eshwer, Mar 26 2015 Few minutes well spent ...
I Trust You. Do You Trust Me? Let’s Hug. Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Mar 26 2015 In this social experiment of hugging strangers, an indigenous teen from north of Broome puts her faith in humanity only to find this shocking response:
How To Retrain Your Brain With Three Words Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 26 2015 Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the best-selling book 'Freakonomics,' are back again in an effort to help retrain your brain when it comes to solving problems. From small issues to major crises, in fields ranging from business and philanthropy, to sports and politics, Levitt and Dubner offer up a self-help manual for how to think more productively, more creatively, and more rationally. Or as the book title provocatively puts it, "How To Think Like a Freak." This interview with the authors shares more...including the three words they believe we should all utter more often. [Full Story]
Just In Case Any Of You ... Posted by Richard Whittaker, Mar 25 2015 Just in case any of you are free tomorrow evening [Thurs. 3/26] I will be interviewing Camille Seaman at Diesel Books in Oakland at 6:30pm about her new book "Melting Away" which features her really remarkable photographs from the polar regions north and south. Here is an earlier interview with Camille, one of the most interesting ones on the website -- We All Belong to the Earth
Love Note Writer Posted by KarmaTube.org, Mar 25 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5364 views and 18 comments. "Shannon Weber is on a mission to change the world - one love note at a time. What started out as a love note to her kids became a passion for sharing love notes throughout her city. By herself, or with kids and friends in tow, Shannon "love bombs" wherever she can to "get love, give love." Her dream? To sprinkle the world with love notes." ... Watch: Love Note Writer
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Relevant To Real Life Posted by Audrey Lin, Mar 25 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Relevant To Real Life. What happens when the line between school and real life gets blurred? From an elder's stirring Street School to one nation's policy that makes education more relevant to life, these voices speak to the interdisciplinary nature of our times.
Can Connection Cure Addiction? Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 25 2015 "It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction...This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted: There are strong chemical hooks in these drugs, so if we stopped on day twenty-one, our bodies would need the chemical. We would have a ferocious craving. We would be addicted. That's what addiction means." The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues the author of this article, instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation. [Full Story]
Gandhi: The Unflinching Determination Of Vows Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Mar 24 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on The Unflinching Determination Of Vows. Take a look.