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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First Awakin Circle In Berkeley Posted by Thuy Nguyen, Sep 22 2014 This past Friday, we hosted our first Awakin meditation at BCA. It was, in a word, love. I attended my first circle last year in Santa Clara, at the home that began these meditations eighteen years ago. It was a deeply healing experience to sit in silence with 70 others, engage in deep discussion and reflection and then to receive a warm home-cooked meal. My heart expanded tenfold. Aside from all the generosity and love, I was struck by how smoothly everything transpired. 70 people and everything’s like clockwork. How, I wondered, does that happen? How is it that with very little direction, 70 people reflected and shared in the allotted time of an hour? How do 70 people get fed, plates washed and moved through without a sound in another hour? Even with the helpers that I saw involved, the seamlessness of the evening was remarkable. Well, last Friday, I ... Read Full Story
Nimo And Jose Were In Portland ... Posted by Kanchan Gokhale, Sep 22 2014 Nimo and Jose were in Portland and I was fortunate enough to attend a couple of events and enjoy Nimo's lovely songs - straight from his genuine heart!! The audience was touched and there were hugs being exchanged. It was wonderful to meet Jose Ramon who is making a living by giving!! After the second event, there was a impromptu lunch gathering at one of Portland's many vegan restaurants. We all felt like we have know each other for a loooong time :) God bless noble friendships!!
The Importance Of Mindfulness In Children Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 22 2014 While meditation practices are usually associated with adults, there is a growing movement focused on implementing mindfulness practices to optimize the health, well-being and happiness of children. From helping kids thrive in school, to being an effective intervention with autism, to even serving kids suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions, meditation is showing that it can have a significant long-term positive affect on child development. [Full Story]
Lend A Hand Without Expecting Anything ... Posted by Pralyn Soodyall, Sep 22 2014 Lend a hand without expecting anything in return, that is true serva!
Suffering Leads To Grace Posted by Awakin, Sep 21 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Ram Dass titled 'Suffering Leads to Grace': For most people, when you say that suffering is Grace it seems off the wall to them. And we’ve got to deal now with our own suffering and other people’s suffering. That is a distinction that is very real, because we may see our suffering as Grace but it’s quite a different thing to look at somebody else’s suffering and say it’s Grace. Grace is something that an individual can see about their own suffering and then use it to their advantage. It is not something that can be a rationalization for allowing another human being to suffer. You have to listen to the level at which another person is suffering. When somebody is hungry, you give them food. As my guru used to say, God comes to the hungry person in the form of food. You give them food and then when they’ve had their belly filled then they may ... [Read more]
Look Up, A Poem (and A Video) Posted by Pratyush Rajvanshi, Sep 21 2014 "Look Up" by Gary Turk I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them really know me. The problem I have sits in the spaces between Looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen. I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realised, That this media we call social is anything but When we open our computers and it's our doors we shut All this technology we have, it's just an illusion Community companionship, a sense of inclusion But when you step away from this device of delusion You awaken to see a world of confusion. A world where we're slaves to the technology we mastered Where information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard A world of self interest, self image and self promotion Where we all share our best bits but, leave out the emotion. We're at our most happy with an experience we share, But is ... Read Full Story
Margaret Wheatley: On Working With Human Goodness Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 21 2014 "There is nothing equal to human creativity, caring and will. We can be incredibly generous, imaginative and open-hearted. We can do the impossible, learn and change quickly, and extend instant compassion to those in distress. And these are not behaviors we keep hidden. We exhibit them daily." When faced with everyday struggles, and more broadly, the weight of wars and human suffering, Margaret Wheatley reminds us that a belief in human goodness is crucial to seeing us through the "dark times" of our lives. [Full Story]
I Met A Scientist/doctor From Switzerland ... Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 20 2014 I met a scientist/doctor from Switzerland the other day who works with biophotons. He has this machine that scans our body, then sends information/light that neutralizes things like vaccines and bacteria so that our bodies can flush it out. He's been traveling with his kids through Guatemala, offering his healing services to the Mayan communities. I told him that I met another traveler who warned me of swimming in this lake because her friend caught typhoid in it. I asked "Should I really by concerned because I've been swimming in it everyday". His answer: "If you have a fever, even typhoid fever, it means you have a lack of love. Our brains always want to find a cause for everything. To blame something external. There really is no way to find 1 cause because it's usually a network of things which you'll have to trace back to the time of creation. But if you have enough love in you, then you will not get sick."
Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal The World Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 20 2014 What do you do with a broken heart? Imagine if a ninety year-old man asked you that question. How would you answer him? When Thuy Nguyen was asked this question she immediately understood the depths of its origin and took a pause. After scrambling for a response, she looked into this man’s eyes and said, “I let it break. I allow it to be broken and I rebuild it by focusing on the positive.” Thuy wondered throughout the day if she could have done or said more. At the end of the day she received an email from this man, thanking her for helping him. Thuy remembers reading this email and thinking, “Wow, what do you do with a broken heart? You share it.” This was earth shattering for Thuy to realize. We are always so protected and here was this ninety year-old man with a broken heart and that very act ... Read Full Story
Poem By Hafiz: Mastery In Servitude Posted by Guri Mehta, Sep 20 2014 I was "tagged" with a book of Hafiz poems today, after I gifted my copy away last week. It had become a morning ritual to read each day's poem over morning tea, and I have to admit I missed it quite a bit. Today's poem is probably one of my favorites and beautifully describes service: Mastery in Servitude There is really no place for I can’t in Love. A thought like that goes against the grain of light’s astounding ability. Once I saw Caring’s beauty in action; there was a splendor there I needed to imbibe But such a force, it tears you from your moorings, it brings you into an arena where a gladiator you will need to become, but one that may never get cheered. Heroic deeds you will do in silence, for that is Greatness’s preference – no fame. But if the world should come to know you, be a good host to the attention you get. Use it as a tool to build a shelter for your mind and others in need. -Hafiz