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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Meditation Last Night I Practiced The ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 01 2015 Last night I practiced the full moon meditation with people from all parts of the world. What a wonderful way to collectively send out and count blessings. With each breath I imagined the entire planet being bathed in iridescent moon beams. I began by sending positive energy to family, pets, friends, co-workers, and loved ones who have passed. Then I felt the light being directed towards all of humanity, whether happy, sad, impoverished or at war. I imagined everyone seeing this light and suddenly feeling at peace. I then went on to imagine sprinkles of light showering the entire animal kingdom and all flora and fauna. And when I could feel the entire planet humming with this energy, my mind went outwards and traveled past the atmosphere and into the universe to help direct our light towards everything. A powerful and yet very peaceful feeling to feel so connected with everything. The feelings of rejuvenation still linger with me today.
Inspired, Awed, Encouraged & Totally ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Aug 01 2015 Inspired, awed, encouraged & totally blown away and GRATEFUL for today's Awakin Call with Jackie Ehlers. Thanks you all!!! Just wow.
When To Start Serving? Now Is Good. Posted by Jyoti , Aug 01 2015 I was at a temple when this little girl who was tiny of frame but large in her presence came by walking through the other devotees seated on the ground. She was no more than three years old, if that. Her nose had sandalwood paste and her forehead had a vermilion mark and there was a sacred necklace around her neck, all symbols that are commonly worn by the devotees of ISKCON. In one hand she carried a q-tip with a perfumed oil on it and in the other she carried a gardenia flower. She was offering her service to the devotees by spreading the good scent. She went from one person to the next, offering the flower by holding it close to their nose so they could enjoy it's fragrance and then rubbing the q-tip on their hand just where it meets the wrist (as you see the lady ... Read Full Story
Cubs: Seeing The World Through Our Children's Eyes Posted by Trishna Shah, Aug 01 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Seeing the World Through Our Children's Eyes. Take a look."Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for." -- Author Unknown
I Was Listening To NPR This ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jul 31 2015 I was listening to NPR this evening and joined a conversation between Phil Bronstein and Peter Coyote, whom has had a fascinating life. A statement that Peter made has stuck with me: We each need to be alert to the fact that we could be a Hitler or a Dali Lama. My understanding is that if we fail to recognize this, nothing good will come. He talked of his leaving Hollywood, but did not judge those that remain. And now, he's being priced out of Mill Valley and is moving to Sebastopol. Another line I read by him is, "Once you realize that it's not your responsibility to keep yourself alive -- the universe is doing that for you -- it takes a big weight off your shoulders," he says. "You settle down into your intuition, and life gets a lot simpler." Yes, in the end, everything is in the hands of the universe. Surrender to the Universe, I suppose, would be appropriate:). His second memoir just came out, but I suppose I should read his first one first.
Seeds: Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social Posted by Nisha Srinivasan, Jul 31 2015 This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social And Cutural Fencing. The ancients protected the environment by creating "social fencing" between themselves and some forest areas that they called the Sacred Groves. Some moderns have been protecting themselves by creating "cultural fencing" between their lifestyle and that of the capitalistic world and they call it Longo Mai, the Long Life. Which side of the fence do you want to be? Take a look.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving Posted by Jyoti , Jul 31 2015 I have been practicing yoga for many years. This morning, at the end of my yoga practice, as I lay in Shava-Asana (Corpse Pose), I was flooded with a deep sense of gratitude for all my yoga teachers over the years. After the class, I sat down under a tree to write a poem to celebrate each of them. It turns out that today is also Guru Poornima, a day set aside, in Indian tradition, to pay tribute to the lineage of teachers, gurus, in your chosen path. So, it is a good coincidence to celebrate my teachers. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers that ten thousand hours of practice are needed to become an expert in anything. The reality is that the practice can only turn you into an expert if there is a good mechanism in place to provide constructive feedback that improves the practice over time. A ... Read Full Story
Hospital Art Posted by Savraj Thind, Jul 31 2015 I met an artist in the park today. She was working on a piece of art she had co-created with local school children. The images of happy families with their pets was so uplifting! Her next project is to create a large mural that will cover an entire wall at the Children's hospital. Again, she plans to collaborate with children from the neighborhood. What a heartwarming idea. Children who are well will be creating art for children who are sick. I imagined the day the mural would be unveiled. The children who worked so hard and lovingly on it would be overjoyed with excitement to show what they had created. And the children waiting to see the mural would be equally excited to see what was behind the curtain. And finally voila! Cheers all around! Children helping children be happy. Children being happy like they always should be! The artist woke me up from my daydream and said, "I sure could use a lot of volunteers to help with this project! " I told her to count me in! I would be happy to help make this dream come true!
Maitri Tune By Michael Jackson Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jul 31 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Michael Jackson: We Are The World, We Are The Children!.
Positive Quote Of The Day: "You Are ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Jul 31 2015 Positive Quote of the Day: "You are nothing less than a miracle. The fact that you are here - alive and capable of breathing in and out - is ample proof that you are a miracle. One string bean contains the whole cosmos in it: sunshine, rain, the whole Earth, time, space, and consciousness. You also contain the whole cosmos."