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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Million Bucks By Throwing Money Out A Window Posted by Rahul Brown, Mar 03 2015 Prior to our Business and Values circle last weekend, we asked participants to share a bit about their journeys. To the question of "What is your greatest inspiration?", Magic. My job in this lifetime is to create magic in a broken world. I am always looking for the places where magic can make a difference- faith in someone, laughter, a kind act at the right moment- it is all fairy dust to me. Yes, I said broken world, deliberately. The world is perfect, whole and complete. And so many of us experience the brokenness of it. The difference between that sense of faith that it is all ok, and the sense of profound brokenness- is magic. And to the question of, "What has been your greatest triumph?", she wrote: I raised $1M by throwing money out a window. As a nonprofit leader, there is always a large part of my job that requires raising ... Read Full Story
Silent And Listen Posted by Jyoti , Mar 03 2015 Listen Silent Notice One within The other Same letters Coexist Words Make sense Because of Spaces In-between Silent rearranged to Listen
The Invisible Woman Posted by KindSpring.org, Mar 03 2015 When I had breast cancer I had to have a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation (the works). The hardest part of that entire experience was losing my hair. I have strawberry blonde wavy hair down to the middle of my back which I have always considered one of my most attractive features. What was hard about losing my hair, though, was that I lost my anonymity with it. After I lost my hair it was like having a tattoo across my forehead that said "chemo patient." I am a very active, athletic person so to have people looking at me with pity as if I was an invalid or a leper was very hard to take. Of course they never said anything, but if I got in an elevator everyone looked away because they didn't know what to say. I didn't blame them, God knows I've done the same thing myself, but it did add insult to the injury I was already dealing with. The best compliment I ever received was when I was at work one day, wearing my scarf over my bald head, and the UPS guy came in to deliver a package. He looked me right in the eyes and ... full story: The Invisible Woman
Inspiration From Vinoba Posted by Guri Mehta, Mar 03 2015 Found this passage deeply inspiring from Vinoba Bhave's Memoirs. A contemporary of Gandhi, Vinoba was a man who walked all across India over a span of 13 years, to help provide land for the poorest of the country: "My travels have given me rich experiences, but they may be summed up very briefly. When I considered what words I might use to describe them, the only phrase which suggested itself was 'sakshatkar', direct vision -- they had given me a kind of direct experience of God. I had done my work in the faith that the human heart has goodness in it, goodness ready to be called out; God let me see that goodness in accordance with my faith. If, on the other hand, I had expected to find human hearts full of back-biting, malice and greed, God would have given me that kind of experience. God, it would seem, is a Kalpataru (the tree that is said to give us what we desire); he appears to us in the form we expect."
Staying Optimistic Posted by Terry Koch, Mar 03 2015 Elisabet Sahtouris, Feb. 28's Awakin Call speaker, had some pretty tough and challenging words to say about our future as a result of global warming,. Yet she retains her optimism in spite of that, which is inspiring. During the course of her talk, she said this, which is something I should print out and put up on my refrigerator: "You have so much more fun as an optimist than as a pessimist. You just debilitate yourself if you're a pessimist, and if you're an optimist you'll do something"
Empathy With The Enemy Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 03 2015 "If empathy is truly to take its place as a central value in contemporary culture," says author Roman Krznaric, "we need to put it to the test in the most difficult situations...We must extend our empathetic imaginations not just to the dispossesed or disadvantaged, but also to those whose views and actions we might oppose or disdain...That is how empathy can become both a moral guide and a basis for a philosophy of living." Roman Krznaric challenged the limits of his own empathy by visiting and opening his heart to people who he felt were responsible for immense injustices and the suffering of entire communities. What he learned about the humanity in all surprised and challenged him. Read on to learn about his courageous journey. [Full Story]
Judgment Rubs The Wrongness Way For Who ... Posted by mindyjourney , Mar 03 2015 Judgment rubs the wrongness way For who can really know what isn’t say? Walk in my shoes, sleep in my bed What really goes on in another’s head? Read the same book but not the same words Hear the singing in the trees but refuse the birds? All different it might somehow seem Under our skin, we all human team. Walk the willowed woods or ocean sand Stay next to me and I will hold your hand. Rest your head on my shoulder strong Cry or laugh, there is no irrefutable wrong. Balanced on the beam of future hour We live for now, relaxed in love’s power. A school this life might be, classes taught Our challenges the best lesson brought. Let’s fling the dance till next we born Simply sung we hum…never never forlorn! Blessings of this life’s dance, my friends.
When Business Meets Values For Tea :) Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 02 2015 If we added up the individual billable hours, the net value might've been in the 7 digits. One woman's family ran a grocery store that employed 50 thousand people, another participant had sold more than a million books, another had given away millions of dollars, another had implemented national policy in the country. In this circle, though, no one referenced that kind of doing. The GDP counter didn't go up at all -- and still, the evening landed into an elated and energized space that felt undoubtedly priceless. As one of the participants noted, "I'm feeling deeply grateful not just to listen to the individual notes, but to the silence in between the notes that is creating this remarkable, collective melody." Rahul and Birju were holding space for a circle on conscious leadership at the intersection of business and values, with about 40 people cozily circled up in a loft of ... Read Full Story
Feeling Thankful :) Posted Via Dharmagram ... Posted by Katie Teague, Mar 02 2015 Feeling thankful :) Posted via Dharmagram app: http://bit.ly/1qFBSOq
"The Smallest Act Of Kindness Is ... Posted by Hitch Boukhari, Mar 02 2015 "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention." said Oscar Wilde. It can be a smile, some beautiful words, a little gift or a hug.