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
My Daughter Works For A Law ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 31 2015 My daughter works for a law firm that specializes in immigration law. Recently she helped a very destitute woman get her permit to work here. The woman was so thrilled to receive the permit, that she bought my daughter a drug store gift certificate and my daughter's boss some milk for her baby who is due to arrive next month. These were such beautiful and genuine gestures of kindness and appreciation given by a woman whose entire family was killed in war. She cried as she hugged and thanked my daughter and told her that God will follow and bless her whole family. My daughter later told me, "She loves you too Mom". And I told my daughter to tell this woman that I love her too. I wish her all the best in her new home. I wish that peace and harmony will eventually bloom and flourish in her heart. It will take a long time but I wish her love and happiness in her new life here.
Defeated, A Man Sat Down By Vinod Kumar Shukl Posted by Jyoti , Aug 31 2015 Vinod Kumar Shukl's Hindi Poem - Hatasha se ek vyakti beyth gaya tha, translated by me. Defeated, a man sat down A man, I did not know Defeat, I knew So I went to this man And offered my hand He took my hand to stand He did not know me He knew an offered hand We both walked together We did not know each other We did know walking together Discovered on YouTube through Manav Kaul's reading of it at 1:40m here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkU8N5ikBjs
"Anything Can Make Me Stop And ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Aug 31 2015 "Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn." - Kurt Vonnegut.
Learning To Not Know Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 31 2015 For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak--holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these 'circles' have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our interconnection brings. Please take a moment to be inspired by her brilliant introspection. [Full Story]
Delicious Dinner Today I Cooked A Vegetarian ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 30 2015 Delicious Dinner Today I cooked a vegetarian meal for my friend and I. I made Dahl (Indian style lentils) and rice and salad. It was a nutritious meal full of great vegetables like onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, potatoes and peas. I decided to make a cucumber and radish salad as well but didn't have a cucumber. My friend asked if I needed anything else for the feast and when I said I could use a cucumber, sour cream and more ginger he was right on it! He said he'd pick up those items while on his bike ride. He asked if I wanted an English or field cucumber and I said that a field cucumber would be nice since they are in season. He came back a couple of hours later with all three items in his backpack. He had to go to more than one store to find a field cucumber! I would have been happy with the English! He just had a total knee replacement a couple of months ago so it was so amazing of him to trek around on his bike to find exactly what I wanted. It made the meal extra tasty and special. I cooked this meal with three added ingredients....love, happiness and gratitude. Delicious!
The Power Of Art Posted by Awakin, Aug 30 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by John F. Kennedy titled 'The Power of Art': Strength takes many forms, and the most obvious forms are not always the most significant. The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. […] Robert Frost coupled poetry and power, for he saw poetry as the means of saving power from itself. When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and ... [Read more]
Whom Am I Serving? Posted by Prahallad Iyengar, Aug 30 2015 Yesterday morning, I visited three wards in a hospital to sing Beatles songs to the residents of the facility. It broke my heart. A colleague from work told me that she volunteers, by singing songs, once a month at the Laguna Honda hospital where a wide variety of indigent San Franciscans are in long term or hospice care. These are generally elderly people who lived through the 60s and 70s but also younger ones who cannot be cared for elsewhere . Seeing a beautiful opportunity to serve by combining my love for singing, the Beatles, I signed up and found myself there last Saturday. We were about a dozen volunteers, all strangers, ranging from three years of age to 60+ warming up our voices, lyrics book in hand and rehearsing basic choreography, should we be inspired. That was a lot of fun! I enjoyed practicing, full of energy ready to give a burst ... Read Full Story
What Is This Heart... Posted by Prahallad Iyengar, Aug 30 2015 What is this heart that cannot dare peek in to the darkness! What are you so afraid of? Not today, please. Tomorrow, twenty, no, fifty years from now. When its my time, I will face it then. Will you? No, I carry a child's heart... now. It is small, untested by misfortune. Please let it not be torn asunder by experience, just yet. Please let it. For this, is to be human.
Co-Working Spaces In Trees Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 30 2015 Coworking is all the rage these days - with innovative spaces cropping up all around, designed to help invoke our inner creative spirit. There are spaces which double as coffee shops and climbing gyms. And, now? There is a shared space within the trees. Dubbed TreeXOffice, the project brings together six to eight people at a time to work under the canopy of a tree. It is designed with the intention of giving back to the environment. With 'rentals' of these spaces garnering nearly $1,000 per month - the profits are used to improve the space surrounding. Read more to learn of this exciting and innovative new way of giving back to our environment. [Full Story]
Reflections From Recent Moved By Love Retreat Posted by khushmita sanghvi, Aug 30 2015 After Rev. Heng Sure's touching story was shared, we did three steps and a bow for peace within ourselves and peace in the world. In the closing circle as everyone poured their hearts out, we all felt a certain peace descend within our hearts as though we had been washed clean, and put out to dry in the sunshine :) As we hugged and danced to Nimo bhai's heartwarming songs and looked deeply into each others eyes, acknowledging the interconnections of our lives,we truly experienced Oneness together as a collective - Reflections from recent Moved By Love retreat