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 »
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Stories From A Heart Filled Adventure Posted by Chandni Sawlani, May 26 2017 A dear friend Varunya, had ordered heart pins to celebrate the lead up to her birthday. I was super inspired by how consciously she had chosen to celebrate herself and others around her and decided I'd do the same. So I reached out to the extraordinary people at Wisdom Crafts and placed my order for 100 hearts. (The folks there, hand make the hearts with heaps of love and ship them across the world at no price tag! You can choose how much you wish to pay.) The night before my birthday celebrations I was a bit disappointed as they hadn't arrived yet. And then first thing the next morning, they arrived! I was ecstatic, such a fun gift to open. And of course the generous people at Wisdom Crafts had sent me more than just hearts, there was a beautiful handmade birthday card along with other little treasures. It's been ... Read Full Story
Annie Dillard: Living Like Weasels Posted by DailyGood.org, May 26 2017 Annie Dillard tells us we could learn from weasels "something of the purity of living in the physical sense and the dignity of living without bias or motive...open to time and death painlessly, noticing everything, remembering nothing, choosing the given with a fierce and pointed will...yielding, not fighting. A weasel doesn't "attack" anything; a weasel lives as he's meant to, yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity." [Full Story]
Work + T: Buen Vivir Posted by Birju Pandya, May 24 2017 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Buen Vivir. Welcome to Work+T! This month we push boundaries of what an investment fund could look like through Buen Vivir; we see the cutting edge approaches to naming and addressing unconscious bias; review one woman's vulnerable journey living in the spectrum of gift ecology; and see a live example of how leadership can concretely change through inner work. Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer!
Ken Cloke: From Conflict To Transformation Posted by Preeta Bansal, May 24 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ken Cloke: From Conflict To TransformationReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we often "delude ourselves" into thinking we are handling conflict well when we are "only withdrawing from our opponents, remaining silent, and avoiding engagement or controversy." Instead, we need to engage with the conflicted parts of ourselves. Can you recall a time when you might have pacified a conflict situation rather than getting to a stable peace by working through it?
Paper Or Plastic? How To Rethink Environmental Folklore Posted by KarmaTube.org, May 24 2017 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 1839 views and 2 comments. "Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. Acaroglu's TED talk is a bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet. Designing products with a holistic view is the need of the hour and Acaroglu explains why and how they have been doing it." ... Watch: Paper or Plastic? How To Rethink Environmental Folklore
HeArt Circle On Forgiveness Posted by Trupti Pandya, May 23 2017 Last Sunday, we had beautiful HeArt circle themed on forgiveness. After some silence and a reading, we chose different mediums of art like clay, colors, wool. Some chose to continue with silence while some chose to journal a letter to self or someone else. Forty five minutes of hands activity later, we closed with a circle of reflection -- and people shared some really deep stories. A girl with a disability made these beautiful things from clay: Someone drew a beautiful painting and expressed the story behind it, of how she hasn't forgiven herself after losing her child. A mother whose son is going through a difficult illness shared how she enjoyed playing with colors today. A heartfelt hug from a downs syndrome kid simply melted us all. As I sat with myself during the HeArt circle, the only prayer that was coming was, 'May peace prevail in the world', 'May peace prevail inside me'. I had ... Read Full Story
Kindness Around Manchester Yesterday Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, May 23 2017 Kindness around Manchester ... within 20 minutes of the bomb going off, tweets from locals offered strangers a place to say. Soon, countless more offered up their homes, coushes and kettles. Merchants outside the venue were giving out shirts that can used as towel for those who were bleeding. Taxis offered free rides to everyone and strangers gave long rides to out-of-town folks. Local hotels have been taking in children who attended the concert alone or who couldn't find their parents and helping them reconnect with their loved ones. There are long lines for blood donations, and hospitals said they're good for now. :) Cafes are offering free coffee to emergency services. Social media is acting as a tool for strangers to help loved ones find each other.
Thomas Ponce: On Behalf Of All Living Beings Posted by DailyGood.org, May 23 2017 Thomas Ponce is a 16-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida. He is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley's Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. A vegetarian at age of 4, he began writing about animal rights at the age of 5. Soon after, Thomas's parents realized that his advocacy for animals was not a phase, but a way of life. "I feel that it is our responsibility as both citizens and human beings to use our minds, hearts and voices to speak up against the injustices we see in the world," explains Thomas. More in this in-depth interview with this teen activist. [Full Story]
Awakening The Heart Of Kindness: Filial Piety In China Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, May 22 2017 About six months ago, I landed in Shanghai on my way to live with my parents for five months in Yancheng, four hours northwest of Shanghai. I arrived with a strong intention--letting go of my old perceptions about China, where I was born and raised and had lived until after college, seeing everything with new eyes, integrating different parts of myself that have lived on either side of the Pacific, and giving sincere thanks to my family, especially my parents, who made my human life possible. Also, for the first time, I began to consciously look for kindness wherever I went. In Shanghai, as I walked in narrow alleys, crossed busy streets, or interacted with breakfast vendors, I wanted to see beyond the masks of indifference, distrust, or even rudeness; I wanted to connect with the human hearts beneath those masks that might be lonely, wounded, and longing to connect. ... Read Full Story
Maitri Tune By Dragon School Choir Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, May 22 2017 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Dragon School Choir: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.