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
Schumacher On Buddhist Economics Posted by mark dubois, Jul 22 2014 I really enjoyed Maria Poppava's summary of Schumacher's vision on Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity What does it really mean to create wealth for people – for humanity – as opposed to money for governments and corporations? That's precisely what the influential German-born British economist, statistician, Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. F. Schumacher explores in his seminal 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (public library) – a magnificent collection of essays at the intersection of economics, ethics, and environmental awareness. One of the most compelling essays in the book, titled "Buddhist Economics,"applies spiritual principles and moral purpose to the question of wealth. "Right Livelihood" is one of the requirements of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path. It is clear, therefore, that there must be such a thing as Buddhist economics… Spiritual health and material well-being are not enemies: they ... Read Full Story
Is Solitude Hard? Posted by Birju Pandya, Jul 22 2014 Is solitude hard? Psychologists at Harvard and Virginia Universities ask young students to just sit in a chair without doing anything but think. So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium. Two-thirds of men pressed a button to deliver a painful jolt during a 15-minute spell of solitude. One man – an outlier – found thinking so disagreeable he opted for a shock 190 times. Under the same conditions, a quarter of women pressed the shock button. The difference, scientists suspect, is that men tend to be more sensation-seeking than women. The report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities is one of a surprising few to tackle the question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing. Source: Guardian: Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit
One Small Act At A Time :) Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, Jul 22 2014 We had a KindSpring team call yesterday, and one of our new editors wrote back with a really sweet note that ended with: "I'm so glad I found ServiceSpace and KindSpring. It's changing my life ... one random act of kindness at a time! :) Thank you all for doing what you do. It is extremely inspiring."
Sometimes ... Posted by Lahar Mehta, Jul 22 2014 I want to sometimes flow and Sometimes be still and Sometimes be quiet and Sometimes engage and Sometimes rain and Sometimes puddle and Sometimes breeze and Sometimes shine brightly and Sometimes grey cloud and Sometimes be an old deep root Banyan tree saint and Sometimes be a blade of grass which sways with the wind and bends to its will and Sometimes be a big beautiful flower sharing my beauty and Sometimes be fruitless and flowerless and Sometimes be fertile soil and Sometimes be arid desert sand which blows so easily with the wind and Sometimes be flowing river and Sometimes deep deep deep majestic ocean, harboring in me so much life form and Sometimes be just a raindrop and Sometimes be a human being with little doing and Sometimes a human doing with little being and Sometimes mother and Sometimes child and Sometimes wild free womanly woman and Sometimes light as spirit and Sometimes heavy as big rock and all the time through all of this, I want to LOVE.
A Quote With Unknown Author Posted by Nilay Shah, Jul 22 2014
"Give. Receive. Dance" Smiles Abound As Friends ... Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jul 22 2014 "Give. Receive. Dance" Smiles abound as friends from around India came together to celebrate and share our gifts with the world at the recent Back to the Land (un)Conference this weekend. "Gift= Giving In Full Trust"
Powerful Excerpt From Martin Luther King, Jr. Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 21 2014 Excerpt from a speech in 1967, by Martin Luther King Jr.: "You see, what happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. It was this misinterpretation that caused the philosopher Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject Nietzsche's philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love. Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best ... power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. And this is what we must see as we move on."
Ten Things Creative People Know Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 21 2014 Do you consider yourself creative? If you answer, "no," you are in the majority; most people don't think they are creative. It turns out, though, that you don't have to be a great artist to be creative. Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen. Cooking breakfast, planting a garden, even developing a business plan are all creative acts. Creative expression boosts serotonin levels, decreases anxiety, and opens the door to the inner world of our imaginations. It is here that we make meaning of our lives and that motivation takes root. The more creative we are, the more capacity we have to imagine what's possible and make those visions real. Read on to learn ten things that creative people know that may help you unleash your own creative impulse. [Full Story]
The Blue Marble And The 45th Anniversary Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 20 2014 "I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world." - Rainer Maria Rilke Last Thursday, Joanna Macy, Natalie Batalha, Zilong, America, Linda, and I met at Joanna's. As some of you might remember, the awesome DailyGood team recently featured sister Natalie: Exoplanets and Love, so as Joanna: A Wild Love for the World. Since then, a vision came to put these two incredible powerful women together to share some insights and wisdom. The two of them have facilitated so much shift in consciousness --the 3rd dimension of The Great Turning-- that only more magic can come from their encounter, like when hydrogen and oxygen molecules come together to create water. As you might remember, Natalie's team --she is NASA's Kepler Mission Scientist-- announced a powerful discovery: one out of two stars you see in the sky, might have earth-like planets. What about that shift for the next time you look up and be kissed ... Read Full Story
Awakin Irvine Posted by Aman Lal, Jul 20 2014 Since earlier in the summer, we've been hosting Awakin Irvine circles -- and today, we hosted our fourth circle. With friends of Yuka, local change makers and subscribers to DailyGood, folks who have heard Nipun share ServiceSpace stories, and more ... the community continue to build. Following the circle, we also took Nilay (our intern) and few other teens for a 'hear the homeless' drive to offer sandwiches to those on Skidrow. Inspiring day!