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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Cleansing The Feet, Refreshing The Soul Posted by Bradley Stoll, Mar 29 2015 We arrive at Karma Kitchen and I can't help but be filled with gratitude for what I'm about to receive through giving. Makala comes up and says, "Bradley, can I wash your feet today?" Who am I to deny him this opportunity, so I oblige. 11 am rolls around and in come our our first "customers". Even though the kitchen doesn't open until 11:30, they all sit patiently, soaking up the experience. Then, the real gift comes.  So many beautiful people from all over. I'm gifted the experience of meeting Sujatha, the queen of Restorative Justice. To hug a person who knows forgiveness is a gift in itself. The last two young ladies I talk with were looking to interview someone in KK and do a little story. Nipun comes over and so eloquently explains the true gift that we offer -- ourselves.  They left elated, made a monetary contribution (although ... Read Full Story

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You Cannot Capture Silence, It Captures You Posted by Awakin, Mar 29 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Richard Rohr titled 'You cannot capture Silence, It captures You': For me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experiences. We may serve others and have many experiences, but without silence, nothing has the power to change us, to awaken us, to give us that joy that the world cannot give, as Jesus says. And without clear acts of free service (needing no payback of any sort, even “heaven”), a person’s spiritual authenticity can and should be called into question. Divine Love always needs to and must overflow! To live in this primordial, foundational being itself, which I am calling silence, creates a kind of sympathetic resonance with what is right in front of us. Without it, we just react instead of respond. Without some degree of silence, we are never living, never tasting, as there is not ... [Read more]

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Nothing Brings Such Joy To My ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Mar 29 2015 Nothing brings such joy to my heart as does being witness to the blooming of souls that I have shared encouragement with. A huge part of the magic, for me, is witnessing the transformation in people that goes on at the KindSpring website. We all share love, light, support, wisdom, encouragement within this kindness community &, during my three years there, I have been blessed to witness some amazing transformations. The power of kindness is alive & well at KindSpring. Grateful.

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Duane Elgin On Voluntary Simplicity Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 29 2015 Duane Elgin is an unusual social visionary, one with an MBA from Wharton and a master's degree in economic history. He is a passionate advocate for shifting away from the consumer mentality which has driven history for hundreds of years. According to Elgin we are now in a time of great transition, a time that can no longer sustain the materialism of a consumerist society, and that calls for new ways of living in the world. In this wide-ranging interview he discusses everything from the practice of inner simplicity, to the aliveness of the universe, and the importance of living one's true gifts. [Full Story]

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Be A Ladder - Not A Leader Posted by Jyoti , Mar 28 2015 I have nothing against leaders. I just don't have the inclination to be one, although I do take initiatives to do what I am moved to do. In ServiceSpace I have encountered the idea of being a ladder, instead of a leader. Here is sharing some instances of how being a ladder manifests in my professional life. One of my professional roles is as an editor for an academic double-blind peer-reviewed journal, where I get to read the peer reviews and convey a decision back to the author. I mentor the reviewers to be respectful and always find positives in the manuscript, since authors put a lot of effort into their writing. Harsh peer reviews can be devastating, and there is a prevailing culture of being critical without enough emphasis on being developmental. I had one author who submitted several manuscripts over a period of time but was repeatedly rejected. My best ... Read Full Story

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A Gang You'll Want Your Kid To Join Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 28 2015 The words 'gang' or 'posse' have negative connotations for most people. But not for Deborah Bial. After an aha-moment with a college drop-out, she would go on to form the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States. How successful is the program? The list of former Posse graduates is undeniably impressive: Harvard grads, doctors, a college dean, a filmmaker, and a CEO, just to name a few. [Full Story]

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Cubs: The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life Posted by Trishna Shah, Mar 28 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life. Take a look."Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves." - Gail Lumet Buckley

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On Vivekananda, Tracelessness, Work, And Purity Posted by Preeta Bansal, Mar 27 2015 In working to put together some bios for some beautiful upcoming Awakin call guests, I've been struck by how many of these beautiful souls live their lives without a digital trace, or little of one, and how privileged I feel to be able to work to try and assemble their stories into something so prosaic as a biographical narrative -- helping to bring forth some of their ideas and visions and ways of being to the world. This all has reminded me of a beautiful passage about work and impurity, tracelessness and purity from Vivekananda, in Karma Yoga: "The greatest men in the world have passed away unknown. The​ Buddhas and the Christs that we know are but second-rate heroes in comparison with the greatest men of whom the world knows nothing. Hundreds of these unknown heroes have lived in every country working silently. Silently they live and silently they pass away; and in time ... Read Full Story

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First Times. Posted by Rushabh Gandhi, Mar 27 2015 So finally Vipassana happened for the first time. I am grateful to this space and specially to Jignasha for making the magic happen. It was necessary to start with this because I haven't written anything after that. So much of over whelming gratitude is what I have been feeling that the "need" of "doing" anything just for the sake of it has disappeared. I feel like I am in space where I am trying to filter out the stuff which I used to do for satisfying my own ego or to show it off from what I really feel like doing and what I believe in.  Today, just a few hours something beautiful happened.  My sister, Isha cleared her exams which is going to be a major breakthrough in her life. After dinner, we were sitting and she wanted to celebrate with an ice cream or a cake. Mom and dad are out ... Read Full Story

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Call Me By My True Names Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 27 2015 At this week’s Awakin Circle, we discussed the power of stories. Soul brother Zilong said, “Hi, my name is Zilong. That’s a story. And it’s a story I continue to tell over and over again.” Zilong’s share immediately resonated with me because just last week my Hawaiian grandfather came to me and invited me to use my Hawaiian name, Makala. Something that I continually forget is that I’m not the same person I was when my parents named me almost 50 years ago. I’m not only different physically, but also psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. In fact, I’m not the same person I was a week ago. Before ServiceSpace came to me, I used to think that I was on my own. I had to struggle, compete, and even fight to survive. Entering this ecosphere made me realize that the world is more kind and loving than I ever imagined. Before my grandfather ... Read Full Story

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