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
Waves Along A Peaceful Shore Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 15 2014 We released Conrad's book last week, and today, we received a beautiful note from Steven Taylor, one of Conrad's friends: Thank you to those at Awakin! Although I've been in correspondence with Conrad for years, and we've worked on projects over the phone and of course spoken during our internet meetings, I've never met Conrad in person. For that I am sorry; yet, I feel I have been close to him in the profoundest sense through his work, and by way of the thousand kindnesses he gave me. This book, his thoughts, the phone call and the video have brought me closer still. The sound of his voice—wavering between strength and frailty, sometimes passing into a whisper—put me in mind of the surge and pull of waves along a peaceful shore. Gentle, vulnerable, but breaking still with patient, inevitable momentum. Nothing could be more more enlightening. And that was Conrad. I recently read a Native American proverb that now means much more to me: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Thanks again for this.
Conrad's Messages Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 15 2014 We received a beautiful letter from Conrad's wife, in gratitude for all your efforts in honoring his life's work. We have archived all his work on this page: awakin.org/read/conrad/
Ripples Of Shift Posted by Jyoti , Sep 15 2014 I painted a dancer recently and posted a picture of it online so my friends and family could see it even if they are far away from me physically. I find that playing with colors is an uplifting activity for me, and shifts my mood. Sometimes I look at what I have painted and try to read into it what might have been on my mind. Painting the dancer made me realize I had missed dancing for sometime, and since the dancer had her hands up, I read that I had thrown my hands up about the situation I was in. A friend from other end of the world commented on that painting-picture online. She wrote, that it seemed as if the dancer was reaching up to grab all the colors of the world with both hands. I liked that reading of the painting better than my own. Her distant ... Read Full Story
Discipline With Dignity Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 15 2014 Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here. [Full Story]
Ninety Six Words For Love Posted by Awakin, Sep 14 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Robert Johnson titled 'Ninety Six Words for Love': The first difficulty we meet in discussing anything concerning our feelings is that we have no adequate vocabulary to use. Where there is no terminology, there is no consciousness. A poverty-stricken vocabulary is an immediate admission that the subject is inferior or depreciated in that society. Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; ancient Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have thirty words for snow, because it is a life-and death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of thirty words for love ... we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for ... [Read more]
Rethinking The Placebo Effect Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 14 2014 Maria Popova of BrainPickings draws on the latest research in health and social science for this powerful piece on "the startling psychological effects of loneliness, optimism, and meditation." Read on to learn about the powerful new findings on the placebo effect, and why the secret of happiness is to "find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it." [Full Story]
Hallo All From Awakin Dubai! :) After ... Posted by Neha Phukan, Sep 14 2014 Hallo all from Awakin Dubai! :) After returning from yesterday's Awakin, I asked myself, "what would our world look like if every place we went to was like an Awakin Circle?" A space to share stillness with strangers, deeply personal reflections, sometimes half-formed thoughts, without any fear of judgment and come together for one purpose only - to transform from within. Our circle began with some insightful and beautiful thoughts on the "tricky business" of happiness and ended with uncontrollable giggles and belly laughter. With our 5th gathering here in a very toasty Dubai, Awakins are beginning to feel a lot like home! Except it's a home without any doors and everyone is invited :)
Jason Padgett Was A Self-described Party ... Posted by Neil Patel, Sep 14 2014 Jason Padgett was a self-described party animal and goof-off before he was mugged and received severe brain trauma. After the injury he started perceiving the world in discrete geometry instead of continuous flow and led him to pursue study in math and is now considered a math genius. The story reminded me that genius is truly within all of us.
Awakin Call With Bob Sadler Posted by Chirag Medhora, Sep 13 2014 This is a transcript of the call with Bob Sadler which took place on August 16th, 2014. For more information on Bob or to listen to the conversation, click here: http://www.awakin.org/forest/index.php?pg=guest&cid=164. This call was moderated by Bela. Bela: Could you share a little bit about your first experiences with photography? It seems like you had carried your camera out there to Vietnam when you went to serve (in the war). What really prompted you to take that up and capture what was happening around you? Bob: Well, I was very young - just about 20 years old – and had not seen much of the world. Suddenly, I found myself halfway around the globe in very different place and I was just awestruck by the beauty of that country and very quickly I decided I would get a camera. So I went to the local exchange and talked to the guy behind ... Read Full Story
Creative Compulsive Disorder: Remembering Zina Nicole Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 13 2014 With goggles resting on her head and peacock feathers folded into hair, Zina Lahr viewed herself as a canvas. Self-diagnosed with "creative compulsive disorder", Zina filmed a video to share her passion for mechanics and animatronics. She reveals some of her jaw-dropping artwork: a giant puppet spider she helped create for a movie, and a wired paper crane for stop-motion animation. Zina's artwork reflects the power of her imagination brought to life. Her products were a tangible demonstration of the passion and creativity that flowed from her talent to create robotics. This video was an audition for a chance to compete on a reality show as a creature creator. Although she got a spot, Zina turned it down to return home and care for her grandmother, who was battling lung cancer. Several weeks after filming this video, Zina Lahr passed away in a hiking accident at the age of 23. [Full Story]