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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Something Remembers ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Dec 18 2014 I was thinking that perhaps I am wrong when I say my grandmother with dementia or the residents in the memory unit/nursing facility I visit, do not remember anything of our time together - something remembers some thing … One youngish lady who must've had a stroke of some sort, who sits in her wheel chair just staring, always just staring no matter what I say, yesterday responded to me for the first time in 5 months - we actually had a mini-conversation! Mrs. Owens who used to say nothing, who was in the middle of a bed bath, no pants being cleaned like a baby, eyes glazed over, forgot all that and brightened up when she saw me and said HELLO so fully, her eyes shining brightly then; Another woman I always stop to say hello to, whose hand I hold even if she doesn't seem to see me, who yells all the ... Read Full Story

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Mothers Trust Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community, ... Posted by Mataji Gauribrata, Dec 18 2014 Mothers Trust Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple was founded on the firm conviction that truth and holiness are not the exclusive property of any race, culture, or faith tradition, and that women and men of the most exalted character are to be found in every spiritual tradition and culture. Impelled by this ideal, the Founders were determined to create a welcoming forum, where every spiritual tradition might share its treasures. Such sharing we have learned, has the effect of enhancing and enriching one's own belief's, rather than supplanting them. Interfaith study and dialogue embraces differences and the common ground of human dignity and spirit. Each one of us have a special responsibility. It is not enough to believe in our own traditions. We must educate ourselves of the beliefs of others, for the healing and nurturing of ourselves, our families and our communities, as a way to ... Read Full Story

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A Simple Act Of Kindness Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 18 2014 As children, we're taught to be wary of strangers. To walk away, even when we know someone might need our help. Sadly, the world today seems to elicit this type of fear. And, as parents, we continuously struggle to help our children find the balance between staying safe and helping others. Read this inspiring story to learn how one mother's day of errands quickly became a teaching moment for her and her sons. [Full Story]

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Delighted To See An "Eternal Gandhi" ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Dec 17 2014 Delighted to see an "Eternal Gandhi" store at the Mumbai Domestic Airport - with Vaishnav Jan playing in the background, lots of Gandhi-related material around....maybe Gramshree and MBL products will also pop up there soon :)

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Don't Be Color Blind, Be Color Brave Posted by KarmaTube.org, Dec 17 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3434 views and 9 comments. "Now more than ever, people need to have productive conversations about race, stereotyping, crime, and social justice. In this TED talk, financial executive Mellody Hobson urges us to have these hard, awkward, and uncomfortable conversations about race. Let's not be "color blind" and ignore race. Be "color brave" in all aspects of your life. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do because our businesses, education, science, research, and life in general, will be better with greater diversity. "Be color brave so that every child knows that their future matters and that their dreams are possible."" ... Watch: Don't Be Color Blind, Be Color Brave

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Poems To Color In: Beloved Poems Turned Interactive Art Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 17 2014 Gifted artist and filmmaker Ellie Cross shares her story of an unusual "Stone Soup" gathering in Mumbai that she attended, and of the inspiration that led her to create charming, illustrated versions of poems by Rilke, Rumi, Mary Oliver and others. Titled "Poems To Color In", Ellie's series invites readers to print out and shade in the depicted verses. Her work gives people an opportunity to add a touch of the personal to these beloved poems. Read the backstory in Ellie's own words and see samples of her captivating work here. [Full Story]

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Wanted To Share A Beautiful Thank ... Posted by Bela Shah, Dec 16 2014 Wanted to share a beautiful thank you card that a recent Kindness Contest winner shared with Service Space:) Her idea: I've had this idea for 35 years, ever since I worked in Highland Park IL for the Volunteer Pool as a young woman. I love stories, especially the stories old folks tell. I would love to gather a team of people who are good listeners and decent writers to visit and listen the folks in nursing homes. I did a lot of volunteer work in those homes, bringing my kids' choir back in the 80's and then as a young mom bringing my own kids to visit. I did an "adopt a grandma/pa that went really well.These folks have had long full lives. They look out every day for someone to listen but most days are the same. If someone wrote down their wonderful stories, it would be an amazing gift for the family. If they are alone, they could share it with their friends -- their own life story in print. The expense would be only the cost of printing and making copies and perhaps a nice graphic designed print on the cover. If folks would want to do this we could even make buttons "Volunteer Biographer."

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Coffee And Smiles Posted by KindSpring.org, Dec 16 2014 Today I have been tagged! I have spread kindness and given things away and bought lunches and dinners for families. Today I was the receiver of an unexpected kindness. I have a sick dog and I woke up today to find a mess that I had to clean. Not feeling the energy to even make coffee this morning. I got into my car and drove to Dunkin Donuts. While trying to turn into the drive thru, more and more cars got ahead of me. Not that I was in a hurry mind you but I just thought "I'm going to sit in this line! ARG!" When I reached the drive thru window a smiling lady handed me my coffee and said "The car ahead paid for your order." Really?!! Of course at that moment I paid for the car behind me! I left feeling GREAT and SMILING. The car that was behind me in line pulled behind me in traffic. I saw through the rear view mirror that she had a big smile on her face. It is truly amazing how one simple act of kindness can change the entire day. ... full story: Coffee And Smiles

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What It Really Means To Live Our Mission Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 16 2014 "How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet do trip, and then get up and say OK?" Maira Kalman asked in pondering happiness and existence. What is it that propels us to get up after loss, after heartbreak, after failure? That's precisely what the Reverend Victoria Safford explores in her essay "The Small Work in the Great Work." [Full Story]

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... Posted by Angela Bergmann, Dec 16 2014

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