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
Reflections On Balloon Twisting Posted by Nivendra- Uduman, Sep 02 2014 Reflections on Balloon Twisting I began balloon twisting in January,2014, not so long ago after being inspired by a clown from Australia on Christmas eve. The first animal I created was a dog, and then the rest followed. A swan, a parrot, a giraffe, an elephant, sword, a flower, a honey bee, a butterfly, a cat and the list goes on. There were the occasional balloons that popped and there still are the random balloons that pop due to various reasons. However now,balloon twisting has become an art for me, to express my self, channel for my creative energy, and also provides me a great sense of well-being and self esteem. Balloons, whatever colour they maybe,they inspire me, they challenge me, they bring out the best in me,and of course above all, they make me happy. I was reflecting recently on what balloon twisting has taught me and how it has changed ... Read Full Story
What Dreams May Come Posted by Nicole Huguenin, Sep 02 2014 About a month ago I lost all access to my Gmail and Drive accounts. Many people told me to make a ruckus and get access back since it was my main tool in connecting to people near and far as well as my core tool in the work I do to pay my bills. Instead, I called in one favor of a friend who works on the Gmail team at Google who could not help. I took this as a sign to disconnect from the computer and walk the streets in my neighborhood - to really walk the talk of my own organization Wild Dream Walks. On a personal level, I've had so much more time to sit with myself and slowly get used to a new way of being in service and calm the fears that have popped up in realizing that I'm in uncharted waters. That, I'm unlearning ... Read Full Story
Love Is - Service With A Smile Posted by Ammi , Sep 02 2014 All through the past year and a quarter, on several Wednesdays, I have simply shown up at a simple serene house on an ordinary suburban street in the heart of Silicon Valley, to sit in silence with a group of 50-60 people, share a circle and end with a shared home made meal eaten in silence. The meal is always offered with a radiant smile. The open big heart of ServiceSpace Ma who has cooked and served these meals to thousands of people over the past seventeen plus years, every Wednesday without fail, touches something deep inside me. Growing up in India, it was an early lesson in life that food is the way you show love. When you cook something special, you send a plateful to the neighbors. When you visit someone, they offer you better food than they eat ordinarily. When I visit India now, family and friends will ... Read Full Story
Moving Tribute To Reb Zalman Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Sep 02 2014 On the weekend of August 15 – 17, 2014, family, friends, colleagues and students of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Reb Zalman, came together from around the world and gathered in Boulder, Colorado to celebrate his life. One of the highlights is an eight-minute prayer and reflection offered by Matthew Fox, a “brother, colleague and co-conspirator” (his words) to Reb Zalman. He coined the term, “deep ecumenism,” which became central to Reb Zalman’s thinking and practice toward the end of his life. This prayer and tribute, offered by a priest wearing a yarmulke at a gathering to honor one of the world’s influential contemporary Jewish leaders -- gives us a moving example of what deep ecumenism actually looks like.
Rethinking Money And Security Posted by Min Lee, Sep 01 2014 Big thanks to Birju and all the ServiceSpace collective reflections that helped me articulate these thoughts I wrote last month's reading for our Honesty Circle in Singapore - a space for young people to gather and explore truths to help build a positive relationship to money! Amazing pledges after the circle from folks wanting to smile more, to explore co-op models, and to start growing veggies.. the movement is seeding even in too-many-shopping-centres-singapore! ----- "It is easy for most of us to realize that money doesn't buy happiness. But I still worry about having enough money. I was taught that I need money to survive, and that money brings security. Security is the state of being free for danger and threat, it's about feeling safe, it's one of our basic needs, it's a biological instinct, and it's a big deal. But no matter how much I save, it never seems to be enough - ... Read Full Story
Humans Need Not Apply Posted by Neil Patel, Sep 01 2014 A powerful video that in some ways presents the tidal wave created by economic forces:
The Rainbow Is Not Complete Without ... Posted by Ammi , Sep 01 2014 The rainbow is not complete without blue in it. My blues are beautiful too.
Of Webs, Boxes And Boundaries Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 01 2014 Margaret Wheatley shares: "When my children were small, I had a slogan on my refrigerator that read: 'If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.' Perhaps that was my children's first lesson in systems thinking. We adults learn this, too. If others are struggling, we experience the consequences of their struggle. If others don't feel safe, we aren't safe. Great teachers have been trying to teach us this for thousands of years. Buddhism teaches that any one thing is here because of everything else. The great American naturalist John Muir said that if we tug on any one part of the web of life, we get the whole web. But we've been very slow to learn the lesson." Read on to learn how to see beyond the boxes and into the interconnected web of life, and how doing so can contribute to the well-being of all. [Full Story]
A Plastic Bag Posted by Colleen Choi, Aug 31 2014 Three weeks ago, I was on a small island in Belize called Caye Calker. At one end of the island is a popular swimming/hang out spot called "The Split". A hurricane once came through and split the island creating a little channel that's fun to swim in. Riding this current is like being on a Disneyland ride - put your feet up, float, and allow the water to take you out to sea. I was chatting with a group of new friends on the deck above the water when out of the corner of my eye I saw a black plastic bag floating by. It was covered in algae, so it looks like it's been there for a while. In the middle of conversation, I turned to the group and said "One second, I'll be back", and jumped into the water to grab the bag. Later, I see a beer bottle ... Read Full Story
Compassion As A Basic Global Ethic Posted by Nipun Mehta, Aug 31 2014 For the last five days, we found ourselves in rural Italy -- under the Tuscan sun. Before he passed away last year, Raimon Panikkar used to say: "The future is not in building a new tower of Babel, but in cultivating well trodden paths from house to house." Every year, he would host a "Sangama" -- a group of six to ten people, who spend five days together in a natureseque setting to hold roundtable dialogues on a particular topic. Meditating 3 times a day, having periods of silence and reflection, and doing chores around the property, all crafted a conducive environment for deepening. This year, the Sangama was anchored by Brother David Steindl Rast, an 88 year old Benedictine monk who is most known for his Buddhist-Christian dialogue and a remarkable presence that has been cultivated through decades of rigorous meditation. (Rev. Heng Sure was translating a dialogue between his teacher ... Read Full Story