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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Gwen Austin: Deepening Our Understanding Of The Posted by Bindi Dave, Jul 06 2015 What does homeless mean? One without a home? In our present culture, do we tend to reach out to these people to help them, or do we stay out of their path in our un-centered response of flight, fight or freeze? In a recent Awakin Call with Gwen Austin, these issues were brought to the foreground. Gwen Austin is a community builder and social justice advocate with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), an organization in Berkeley, California that helps homeless and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, as well as fights the root causes of poverty and homelessness. One example, Gwen spent thirty minutes speaking with a group of homeless people, forfeiting the negative impulses to take flight (or run away) from them, to fight them, or to freeze and not know what to do, she was able to look deeply into each persons eyes, losing the adjective of “homeless” or “homefull”, ... Read Full Story
Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring Posted by Anne-Marie Bauer, Jul 06 2015 As part of a new job I've recently started, I have been brushing up on a form of nursing care pioneered by Jean Watson (who is a modern-day sort of Florence Nightingale). Her foresight in developing a 'Caring Science' is used in hospitals throughout the country. Unique in this approach is how important it is to embody an approach to caring, and the specificity that defines that embodiment. For anyone interested in how to physically manifest compassion through action, I thought you might enjoy this overview of the Theory of Human Caring.
I've Been Watching Several Documentaries On ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jul 06 2015 I've been watching several documentaries on Netflix as of late. Carol said to me, "you might enjoy this one"; Monk with a Camera. What an amazing story about Nicholas Vreeland's journey from a young man to the Abbot of Rato Dratsang. Nicky's reflection on his own photography, about it being virtuous or non-virtuous hit home. In the end, it was fitting and beautiful that Nicky's photography helped to get the Rato Monestary built. There was a point in the film where I wasn't sure if what I heard the Dali Lama say right or not, but I did hear correctly. Nicky, Rinpoche, and His Holiness were having a private conversation (well, aside from the film crew); His Holiness, as he giggles and affectionately strokes Rinpoche's hand says, "this stupid lama." My guess is that he is playfully jabbing Rinpoche for leaving the Monkhood many years earlier. Or, was there something else behind it? Anyway, I highly recommend the film
Stories Of Humility In Atlanta Posted by Nipun Mehta, Jul 06 2015 Day before yesterday, at the International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Jain Convention. Thousands had gathered, civil rights heroes John Lewis and Andrew Young spoke before me, and I then delivered a talk on a first-time topic for me: The Radical Power of Humility All of you know what kind of energy humility evokes, and then to multiply that in a collective setting -- it was electric, to say the least. :)
Money Is A Lot Like Water Posted by Awakin, Jul 05 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Lynne Twist titled 'Money is a Lot Like Water': We’ve allowed this culture of money to shut down our heart, close off access to our soul, and drive us such that we behave in ways that undermine and erode the very center and core of our most human values. I believe it’s possible to transform our relationship with money and the culture of money that we’ve created in a way that resources continue to flow, that prosperity continues to be available, and that all of us can be served, nurtured and empowered to more fully express who we are as the human family. I learned a lot about money from a woman named Gertrude. I met her in a church basement in Harlem. I was doing a small fundraising event for The Hunger Project. I had come from Minneapolis where I had met with an executive of a large food company. The food company had an image problem and felt that ... [Read more]
Sent A Thank You Note To ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 05 2015 Sent a Thank you note to Lori Portka, creator of "100 Thank You's": <br> http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6606 <br> Dear Lori, I just watched the video on you on KarmaTube. What a great message and story. I am so moved by your story and journey… If you were in the San Francisco Bay Area, I would come over and huuuggggg you… I too have had a interesting story where I was set to leave the world, but seems like I decided to come back. Thank you being in this world.. We need lovely people like you to help the rest of us remember gratitude more. I also attempt to practice that all day long. Your art is just so beautiful. I wish I was more artistic. I do have visions, but feel like a klutz when trying to draw anything… :-) Anyways… Just love you and your expression of love and gratitude. What a great inspiration you are. What a beautiful Light you are bringing through your self…. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have blessed us all through your art and your heart. Harpreet
Song For The Little One Posted by Micky O'Toole, Jul 05 2015 Wow emotional day. At noon I was on the Awakin call. It was meant to be that I listened. I cried for an hour afterwards. Because today's interview was with Gitanjali Babbar, a woman who volunteers with the sex-trafficked kidnapped and enslaved women and children in the brothels of Delhi. There are 4000 women and 1500 children living in 77 brothels. It is a hellish place of suffering, and she helps them. Every single act she has done is done with love. She started alone and now has over 100 volunteers. And it is changing things one woman, one child at a time. She said something that hit my heart so deeply: "Be with them, in your own imperfection. There is no need to wait." Suddenly all my fear seemed ludicrous, and all my paper tigers seemed to burst into flames when I thought of the daily degradation and terror these women ... Read Full Story
Jacob Needleman On Money And The Meaning Of Life Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 05 2015 How do we bridge the inner realm of spirit with the outer world of material? Writer and philosopher Jerry Needleman has been pondering this question (and many others) for years. Here in a fascinating dialogue he shares his perspectives on "Money and the Meaning of Life." [Full Story]
Came Across This. Make So Much ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 04 2015 Came across this. Make so much sense...
Have You Ever Wondered What Happened ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 04 2015 Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Really makes me think of gratitude for where we are and what we are able to do in this country!!