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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Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Dec 06 2016 Mish: Surprised By Kindness"People Just Aren't That Nice" So funny...gal from park I had posted about just came over for the baby blanket I crocheted for her. I always gift in nice baby gift bag with tissue paper, nice baby card she can use & a little baby poem, washing instructions & smile card ...Abisinias: Oh Baby!One afternoon I'd been driving down the freeway when I spotted what looked like a stalled car. I noticed that other cars had slowed in order to briefly gawk at the stalled car, rudely holding up traffic in the process. I took it upon myself to pull up behind the ...beckyjo: The Power Of A Thank You NoteMy Mom, who will soon be 90, was recovering from surgery at The Manor, but she had a rough time of it. Her primary nurse, Debbie, was so dear and kind and my Mom wrote her a very heartfelt and grateful thank you note when she was finally able to ...
ServiceSpace Update: Becoming A Full-Time Volunteer Posted by Liam Chai, Dec 06 2016 Dear friends, It has been a few months since volunteering on the June Laddership Circle and over a year now since my first encounter with ServiceSpace. Several things have unfolded but my intention remains the same. I’d like to share some stories and learnings over the past few months. Becoming a Full-Time Volunteer In the Laddership Circles I mentioned wanting to become a full-time volunteer. I wanted to live within a gift ecology because this way of living felt more in alignment with how reality actually is. And the more in aligned with reality I felt, the greater the harmony I felt with everything. The more serendipity and magic seemed to flow through my life. Walking with my friend David around London one day, we spoke about impermanence and reality. We were in Canary Wharf where the big banks have their headquarters. He gestured to the skyscrapers surrounding us and said, “Even these buildings ... Read Full Story
Wisdom From The Women At Standing Rock Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 06 2016 "For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota has become ground for resistance against the construction of a crude-oil pipeline that desecrated sacred burial and prayer sites and threatens the water supply of the surrounding Native American community. The growing encampment of water protectors at Standing Rock has drawn supporters from across the United States amid escalating tensions with authorities." On Sunday, December 4th the federal administration announced it would block the permit for the pipeline, signaling a victory for the countless people who stood together in solidarity on behalf of the Earth. Earlier this year Filmmaker Shannon Kring headed to Standing Rock with an idea for a documentary -- and left with a powerful vision of female strength. [Full Story]
Inclusion Retreat: Dreams Take Flight Posted by Suchitra Shenoy, Dec 06 2016 It is the little things. The little things that catch your eye and insist that you pause. “Welcome Home” said a beautifully hand-drawn card on each of our beds at the retreat centre. Inspiring quotes decked all walls, including those of the bathrooms. We wrote in notebooks with hand-drawn covers. And were tagged with anonymous messages and gifts. All the rooms had names, as did the buildings. We met in Maitri hall, my room was called Karuna. Inside the hall was more beauty. The little touches once again. A circle of chairs and cushions and in the middle a beautiful white-chalk rangoli of a tree with flowers and diyas. On the inner edge of the circle, right by the floor mats are words: “Pilgrim”, “Planting seeds”, “Serve”, “Kindness”… What does your tree look like? It is easy when one meets a person with disabilities to notice what is “different”. The dark glasses, the ... Read Full Story
Beach Clean Posted by Patjos , Dec 06 2016 I know just how much you are all interested in extending Kindness to our wonderful Mother Earth, so I thought I’d share some great news with you which I was reminded of during a conversation with a Kindspring member.In the UK, CityToSea.org along with Surfers against Sewage have been leading a campaign to stop plastic from ending up on our beaches, and just last week they achieved a great result with many of our major Supermarkets agreeing to change from selling cotton buds with plastic sticks to selling only ones with paper sticks by the end of 2017. Up until the beginning of the month, only of these major retailers had planned to #switchthestick, (the campaigns hashtag), but through letter writing and a petition on 38Degrees, they have managed to convince a further 6 to come on board. This still leaves Lidl and Superdrug, who may well be ... Read Full Story
Do Nothing Circles :) Posted by Ani Devlia, Dec 05 2016 A few weeks ago, about 20 young people aged between 16 - 25 years old came to-gather in a Circle of Sharing with Nipun, engaging in conversation, sharing inspiring stories of how small acts of generosity and kindness can plant seeds of goodness in ourselves and the world around us. The intention behind holding the circle, was no other than to simply allow young people an opportunity to share Nipun's presence. Nonetheless, as the day approached, I wondered how it would all unfold, especially since Nipun's initial idea had been to simply swing by our home, on that Sunday morning, before we went to a gathering where he would be speaking at later that afternoon. And, when I'd suggested holding a circle with youth, without skipping a heartbeat, he'd said yes. :) Deep in my heart, I'd felt a tinge of something, something like guilt, for filling up 3 precious empty ... Read Full Story
Rabbit Finds His Kind Mind Posted by Jon Madian, Dec 05 2016 I have recently found myself writing some values-based educational pieces, featuring the wisdom of Tortoise after winning the race with Rabbit, who is much in need of wisdom. Wanted to share this one below. It could lead to introspective activities about "opposites" in awareness, and including nice art activities. I also am eager to share a series of "episodes" in which Tortoise Teaches Rabbit to Read. Thsi is idea for pre-readers/emergent literacy. RABBIT FINDS HIS KIND MIND "Good morning, Rabbit," said Tortoise, slowly walking toward Rabbit. "I have no time to say Good Morning! Hello!or Goodbye!" declared Rabbit. "I see you are very busy," said Tortoise. "Busier than bees in flowers full of pollen" said Rabbit. "I love being busy! What are you busy doing?" asked Tortoise. "Making art to show how hard it is for me to find my kind mind." "Oh, that sounds very difficult," said Tortoise. "I am a good artist, so its not too difficult," said Rabbit. Tortoise took one more step. "Stop!" yelled ... Read Full Story
Social Permaculture Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 05 2016 We need the power of creative and compassionate groups and communities working together to move us toward a more kind and sustainable world. However, maneuvering relationships within communities and keeping them united can be very challenging. In this piece, a life-long permaculturist shares the wisdom she's gathered from four decades of work with intentional communities and groups of changemakers. She shares, "My practice of permaculture informs my approach to social design and conflict, and my understanding of group dynamics informs my practice of permaculture." [Full Story]
For The Traveler Posted by Awakin, Dec 04 2016 This week's Awakin reading is by John O'Donohue titled 'For the Traveler': Every time you leave home, Another road takes you Into a world you were never in. New strangers on other paths await. New places that have never seen you Will startle a little at your entry. Old places that know you well Will pretend nothing Changed since your last visit. When you travel, you find yourself Alone in a different way, More attentive now To the self you bring along, Your more subtle eye watching You abroad; and how what meets you Touches that part of the heart That lies low at home: How you unexpectedly attune To the timbre in some voice, Opening in conversation You want to take in To where your longing Has pressed hard enough Inward, on some unsaid dark, To create a crystal of insight You could not have known You needed To illuminate Your way. When you travel, A new silence Goes with you, And if you listen, You will hear What your heart would Love to say. A journey can become a sacred thing: Make sure, before you go, To take the time To bless your going forth, To free your heart of ... [Read more]
"I Can Give You Good News ... Posted by Guri Mehta, Dec 04 2016 "I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better on the planet, but what we tend to concentrate on is the bad news that is immediate." -Danny Dorling Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) | TED Talk | TED.com What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map t...