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 »
Recent Blog Posts
Small Acts At Mia's Play Posted by Vinya Sankaran Vasu, Jul 26 2015 Last Saturday, a crew of folks went to see Mia perform in her current play. Not only were we blown away by her beautiful acting, but the small acts of love throughout the entire evening left us spilling over with gratitude. From gifting each other tickets before the show, to creating a minor scene at dinner afterwards as we all attempted to treat each other to the meal, to even driving in circles on steep SF streets to drop us off safely at our parked car. This happened again in the parking garage, and then at the gas station, as small touches of care showered each interaction. It's amazing how much abundance surfaces when we multiply by each other's simple intentions to give. :)
“Never Tell Me The Odds.” – ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Jul 26 2015 “Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo.
Interview With Dr. Kshama Metre Posted by Ward Mailliard, Jul 26 2015 This past April, our senior students at Mount Madonna School went on a learning journey to India as part of their "Muditaa Project". Muditaa means joy at the happiness of others. We just posted up an interview between Dr. Kshama Metre the head of CORD (Chimayananda Outreach for Rural Development) and our students. She is an deeply dedicated woman doing great important and gorund breaking work. One of our seniors, Zoe Kelly, wrote about the experience: "Everything she said was rich with wisdom, but one quote in particular stood out to me. “Take the journey within and the one without won’t be so daunting.” This sentiment struck me very deeply. At this point in my life, there is a world of unknown ahead of my classmates and me. Soon we will be leaving behind the comfort of childhood to enter the mysterious world of adulthood. Such a transition is daunting and can be very ... Read Full Story
The Surrender Experiment Posted by Awakin, Jul 26 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Michael Singer titled 'The Surrender Experiment': Life rarely unfolds exactly as we want it to. And if we stop and think about it, that makes perfect sense. The scope of life is universal, and the fact that we are not actually in control of life’s events should be self-evident. The Universe has been around for 13.8 billion years, and the processes that determine the flow of life around us did not begin when we were born, nor will they end when we die. What manifests in front of us at any given moment is actually something truly extraordinary—it is the end-result of all the forces that have been interacting together for billions of years. We are not responsible for even the tiniest fraction of what is manifesting around us. Nonetheless, we walk around constantly trying to control and determine what will happen in our lives. No wonder there’s so much tension, anxiety, and fear. Each of ... [Read more]
Harshida As Annapoorna Posted by Jyoti , Jul 26 2015 Annapoorna is the name of a Hindu goddess who nourishes and feeds (anna is grain and poorna means full, in Sanskrit). Expressing love through food is a big part of Indian culture where mothers will painstakingly cook favorites for each member of the family, neighbors will exchange food gifts and no festival or celebration is complete without a feast. Yet, in my travels around the world and 52 rotations around the sun, I have never met anyone who channels Annapoorna as Harshida does. She has been cooking without a break for over eighteen years, for thousands of strangers who gather at her home every Wednesday for an Awakin Circle. She prepares a feast and offers it up with so much love that there are no words to describe the experience. If it was religious one might say it is a sacrament or prasad or communion but the only word I can think of ... Read Full Story
Everyone Has A Story The World Needs To Hear Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 26 2015 Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New Yorks Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. Isay is the 2015 TED Prize winner, with an award of $1 million to fulfill a wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Listen to Isay's vision to take StoryCorps global and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app. [Full Story]
Recently Dwarko Ji Had Visited Us ... Posted by Madhusudan Agrawal, Jul 25 2015 Recently Dwarko ji had visited us in Ahmedabad. He shared about his service journey, his time with Krishnamurthi, Goenka ji and Vinoba in these two beautiful videos in English and Hindi.
Emerging In ServiceSpace: Interfaith Wisdom Circle Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Jul 25 2015 I want to share my excitement with you about a dream that is manifesting in the ServiceSpace community. It started on a Wednesday, when Nipun invited me to suggest an Awakin Reading from my book "Holy Beggars". So I sent over a couple of passages to the Awakin team. While they felt the excerpts weren't quite a fit for that secular platform, they didn't respond with a flat no -- but instead, took it as an opportunity for creatively building a bigger pie. At the next Awakin Circle, I got one of those taps on the shoulder, accompanied by a very big smile, from Nipun. (Ever get one of those?) "Hey Aryae, here's something that you may like. And if you want to do it, I'll support you all the way!" Then he told me his idea. A few weeks later, on a conference call with a guy in Maryland, the three of us agreed ... Read Full Story
Music And The Developing Brain Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 25 2015 Can music make you smarter? Research demonstrates it most certainly can. In fact, a 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. But, what is the connection? And, more importantly -- why would acquiring musical skills influence language and other higher brain functions? Read this fascinating article to learn why. [Full Story]
Cubs: Should Student Success Include Happiness Posted by Trishna Shah, Jul 25 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Should Student Success Include Happiness. Take a look."Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child." - Charles Handy