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 Late Autumn Experiment In Giftivism Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Aug 29 2014 Karma Kitchen was in full swing again this Sunday. Of course, the story begins far before any of us get there, with the inspirations and messages that inspire us to go. Also, the night before, my sister made rakhis and pipe cleaner animals and Mr. Stoll's daughter Emma made friendship bracelets. Also, Mr. Stoll gave me, Pallavi, Sonali, and Neha a carpool from Fremont to Berkeley. It was so that the circle of sharing began bright and early at 8:30 :) Here are some of the stories through my eyes: 1. Mango Bob (or Rainbow Light, if you please) Our first customer arrived at 10:30, not 11, and was the first in the door. His name was Mango Bob (one of his several names.). He said I could also call him Rainbow Light if I wanted as that was his internal state of mind. He was a former Berkeley Spanish professor who had also traveled ... Read Full Story
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 29 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... brindlegirl shares: "Lets never be prejudice with our kindness xox" seasoul12 shares: "breathe be still and bend with the wind..." seasoul12 shares: "miracles now ~ day 17 releasing anger from the past sets me free in the present..."
From Hero To Host Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 29 2014 For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it's our desire to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. But perhaps it's time for us to face the truth of our situation -- that we're all in this together, that we all have a voice -- and figure out how to mobilize the hearts and minds of everyone in our workplaces and communities. [Full Story]
Kindness Circle Magic Posted by Joserra Gonzales, Aug 28 2014 I feel profoundly grateful to have had a powerful kindness circle yesterday. With Anne, as our invisible ladder!!!, teens in Nidia, Emily and Hannadi who led the way, Sam and Panchito who are giants in holding space, Lahar who moved us with powerful stories of Gopal Dada, Vishesh who is always so alive, and Audrey for her extra-Audrey-nariness ... it was a wonderful space with the Waldorf team and classroom. May the seeds of kindness be planted in these kids became a food forest of love!
Audrey At Love Bomb :) Posted by Birju Pandya, Aug 28 2014 Rhea, producer of the Love Bomb movie, invited us to share a bit about our work at her movie premiere. Here's what she wrote about our superstar: "Audrey you did amazing and it was so wonderful to meet you and connect more about ServiceSpace. I could feel the way it has touched you, and that inspired me for connecting others to ways to serve when they don't always feel they have a direct "thing" to give. Beautiful, you and the Smile Cards added a great dimension to the evening and I could see people were really engaged with you after!"
A Mind Making A Fuss Posted by Ammi , Aug 28 2014 This is my 7th year teaching at a local college that is recognized for its small class-sizes and individual attention to each one in the community. When I was new to the job, colleagues senior to me offered me the most choice in courses and schedules to welcome me into the community. Their generosity made it easy for me to be integrated graciously as I settled into my new role. I appreciated that and was grateful for their support in setting me up to be successful. Now that many of them have retired and we have several new colleagues, I am one of the senior colleagues who feels responsible to pass on this culture of being considerate. The newer faculty select their courses and schedules before I accept my teaching responsibilities for the year. Earlier this month, another colleague who had joined the college at the same time as me, assumed ... Read Full Story
Mindfulness In The Classroom Posted by Ammi , Aug 28 2014 If my memory serves me right, earlier this summer, I sat next to Meena and her husband while dining at Karma Kitchen. Now I find out that she is launching her book on mindfulness in the classroom.
Kindness In An Age Of Connected Disconnection Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 28 2014 Years ago, we didn't have to try so hard to stay connected. People lived in neighborhoods, and there weren't many strangers that didn't ultimately become friends. We watched over one another with relationships built upon a foundation of shared interdependence, ensuring plenty of kindness to go around. Sadly though, through our own scientific progress, we now live in an age of 'connected disconnection.' Even the most basic of needs are provided by faceless entities. But, at what cost? Read on to learn of the direct correlation between kindness and personal connection. [Full Story]
A Farewell Like Never Before… Posted by Neeti S W, Aug 28 2014 Farewell Like Never Before We all had gathered that day and were seated in a circle. Apart from the immediate family we all were a bunch of friends - each one with a different connection yet leading towards this one source - Papa and Ba. Sheetal and Khushmita also arrived unexpectedly that day or rather were just pulled. Papa was on the bed as if watching all of us and Ba sitting next to him holding his hand and caressing his forehead. Ba is 89 years of age and a long time attendee and a radiant soul at our Awakin gatherings on Tuesdays. From the time i have known them i have always seen them together. Laughing, chatting, exchanging those adorable looks, seeing deeply in each other’s eyes, eating and sharing together, watching the sunset and so much more. After all it was 64 years of partnership…as Ba says it was like growing ... Read Full Story
Reminder To Pay-it-Forward Posted by Harshida Mehta, Aug 27 2014 As I was getting ready to leave for work, mailman delivered a box. It was one of the unusual days when I was not running late. It was addressed to Service Space Mom and Service Space Dad. I opened carefully wrapped and nicely packed box from an anonymous sender. It had a beautiful spoon rest with hand crafted inscription "Made with love and Gratitude for SS Mom for all inspiration" on it. In a separate bag marked "for Service Space Dad" there were 3 hand crafted gifts -- Kindness, Gratitude and "Peace begins with Smile." It also happened to be the birthday of ServiceSpace Dad, and I found myself thanking the Universe for such a poignant reminder of receiving unexpected gifts, paying it forward, and raising awareness around our deep interconnected-ness. The gifts found home with four ServiceSpace family members who practice Kindness, Gratitude and Service all the time and came to help me chop vegetables for Awakin circle (even though two of them were flying out the next day). Thank you for the beautiful and anonymous gifts. We inspire each other.