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
I'm Deeply Grateful To Have Connected ... Posted by Becky Jaine, Sep 02 2015 I'm deeply grateful to have connected with Audrey Lin and now have joined Service Space to learn from you all here. I hope I can find a way to contribute to the radiant light ya'll are shining! It's blindingly spectacular! _/\_ deep bows and love
How Kindness Can Change A Life Posted by Bindi Dave, Sep 02 2015 We recently have heard so much publicity around someone paying for an anonymous persons coffee at Starbucks, or even the one-minute circles where 2 people just look into each others eyes for 1 minute, without speaking. What do these acts do for our minds and our bodies: building connections with strangers, paying for someone’s coffee or receiving a coffee? Summit Shah possibly wondered a similar thing, is it possible to pay forward a smile? In 2007 or 2008, while Summit was still in college, he came across the concept of Smile Cards at a conference in Los Angeles, CA where he heard Nipun Mehta speak on his journey with kindness and the development of smile cards.” Summit reflects, “he talked about how kindness had impacted his life”, which left Shah “completely inspired”. He took those Smile Cards back to his hometown of Columbus, OH; they were itching to cause a stir. The ... Read Full Story
Sixth Graders On Mindfulness Posted by KarmaTube.org, Sep 02 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5015 views and 4 comments. ""It really calms me down 'cause I get really stressed about homework a lot and when I breathe and just take a moment it really helps me focus more and I can get a lot more done" says one student. "If you get angry, you can just breathe in and out a couple of times..." says another. Listen to the children of Meena Srinivasan's 6th. grade class at Park Day School in Oakland, California, talk about what they like about mindfulness and how it benefits them. " ... Watch: Sixth Graders on Mindfulness
Returning The Service Posted by Kozo Hattori, Sep 02 2015 Suffering from withdrawals from our first ServiceSpace retreat, Min and I met for food, hugs, and shared space yesterday—less than 24 hours after leaving the Bolinas retreat center. During a conversation with Min and Alem, I realized how I can serve with my recent diagnosis. Turns out that Alem works for a nonprofit foundation that guides cancer patients to individualized care and treatment while gathering information to share with other patients. I love how Alem’s foundations serves the individual while simultaneously serving the collective. Min and I were reflecting what a shame it would be if I healed this dis-ease with non-conventional treatments and someone in a similar circumstance asked me how I did it, but I couldn’t remember or articulate what I did. So I’ve decided to start blogging about this journey. Recently, Zilong gifted me a book by Fred Ho called Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior. Fred Ho was ... Read Full Story
The WE-economy: Value Creation In The Age Of Networks Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 02 2015 "Underlying the collaborative economy are a handful of very strong and general trends that are challenging the conventional business models in just about every sector of the economy --not just in the types of transactions that we usually think of as the sharing economy. Focus is shifting from selling stand-alone, physical products to creating services that enable users to make the most of the resources around them." [Full Story]
Comforting A Child Posted by KindSpring , Sep 01 2015 Yesterday I finished my second leg of backpacking. I was extremely tired but very thankful. After my train from Slovenia, I took what was supposed to be a 6 hour bus ride, which turned out to be 9 hours, down to Croatia's coast. In front of me on the bus was a little 4 year old girl and her grandmother. Hours passed by and eventually the child got fed up with being on the bus. The child wouldn't stop crying and I could tell everyone else was fed up as now they couldn't sleep, and everyone (including me) was tired. I realized I had downloaded a bunch of games on my tablet for my little cousins. I started talking to the child and her grandmother and offered the child my tablet to play a few games. Eventually the tears stopped, she played some games and even fell asleep a while after. Free and simple kindness is awesome. Check out some of Croatia's scenery driving along old roads :) ... full story: Comforting a Child
Our First Interfaith Wisdom Circle! Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Sep 01 2015 Last week, we piloted our first Interfaith Wisdom Circle with Rev. Charles Gibbs and friends from far away places including a Palestinian woman in Gaza and two peace activists -- one Christian and one Muslim -- in Africa. You can find more videos from our conversation online, and RSVP for next month's videoconference (with Dr. Nahid Angha, co-founder and co-director of the International Association of Sufism) here.
J. Krishnamurti On Laddership Posted by Parag Shah, Sep 01 2015 In his Saanen Talks of 1966, J. Krishnamurti offered a few thoughts, which seems to define our idea of Laddership ... How can you live in this world and yet be innocent? First, be innocent and then you will live in this world, not the other way round. Be vulnerable, be tremendously vulnerable. You do not even understand what it means to be innocent; if you are innocent, you can live in this world, in another world, in any world. But if you are not innocent you try to compromise with this world and then all hell is let loose. But learn about this sense of innocency. Don't try to get it. It is not the word. It is that state when you have no pretension's, no masks, no conflict. Be in that state and then you can live in this world. Then you can go to the office; you can do ... Read Full Story
Gabriela Mistral On Service Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 01 2015 Gabriela Mistral calls on us to serve as nature serves, suggesting each of us could be the one to remove the rock from the field or hate from the human heart. Read her lovely poem about service here... [Full Story]
"Let The Beauty Of What You ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Sep 01 2015 "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." - Rumi.