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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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Kevin's "Trade" At Karma Kitchen Today Posted by Audrey Lin, Nov 23 2014 Today at Karma Kitchen, several of us were disarmed by the power of assuming value everywhere. :) The morning rolled off to a quiet start-- where, within the first hour of opening, our crew of 15 spirited volunteers were serving 3 guests. With an empty restaurant filled with eager hands to serve, we scratched our heads at what to do. An experienced volunteer suggested we take the spirit of Karma Kitchen beyond the walls, and make the slow day an excuse to practice generosity in other ways. A few folks got busy crafting up cards with inspiring quotes. Two others picked up some flowers and went around the neighborhood leaving them on people's windshields. After a half hour of distributing flowers and cards to people and car windshields in the area, four of the five folks came back just as the crowd started to pick up. One volunteer, Kevin, was gone for ... Read Full Story

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A Pledge For Grateful Living Posted by Awakin, Nov 23 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Brother David Steindl-Rast titled 'A Pledge For Grateful Living': In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of ENTITLEMENT by reminding myself that everything is gift and, thus, to live GRATEFULLY. In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome my GREED,  that confuses wants with needs, by trusting that enough for all our needs is given to us and to share GENEROUSLY  what i so generously receive. In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome APATHY by waking up to the opportunities  that a given moment offers me and so to respond CREATIVELY to every situation. In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome VIOLENCE by observing that fighting violence by violence  leads to more violence and death and, thus, to foster life by acting NON-VIOLENTLY. In thanksgiving to life, i pledge to overcome FEAR which is the root of all violence by looking at whatever i fear as an opportunity and, thus, COURAGEOUSLY to lay the foundation  for a peaceful future. ... [Read more]

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Ripples From Spain Posted by Joserra Gonzales, Nov 23 2014 Thank you all for sharing so much love in California, and for the continuous inspiration you give to this world in so many ways! It was amazing to be there every Wednesday for almost 2 months!! While I was gone, Awakin Burgos continued on here in Spain. And more recently, we had some beautiful inspiration and friendship gatherings like this: And another gathering was with family and friends where organically we co-created a circle of appreciation. It was so beautiful and special! A very powerful thing was that my mother opened it up ... For her it has always been challenging to say good things to other people, so it was such a wonderful surprise when she started the circle and offered all of us words of love and appreciation. One lady present there said that in 25 years of relationship, she hadn't seen her husband talking like that -- straight from the heart. :) Over the next months, I have decided to focus on meditation as I try to pay forward all your love.  I will be sitting in a 10-day as you reading this, so I will see you on the cushion! :)

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Humble Bundle And Pay What You Can Posted by Tapan Parikh, Nov 23 2014 Cory Doctrow talking about an example of Pay-What-You-Can ...   The Humble Indie Bundle is a wildly successful “pay-what-you-like” distributor of video games. Several times a year, the Humble Bundle people announce a new “bundle”—five to seven video games, all sold together. The games are shipped without any digital locks, and will play on Macs, PCs, and GNU/Linux computers. Customers are invited to name a fair price for the bundle, and are shown how much other customers are giving on average. To spur their competitive natures, buyers are given stats broken down by operating system: “You’re on a Windows PC, and Windows users are giving an average of $40. Mac users are giving an average of $43, and Linux users are giving $48.” Customers are also allowed to go back later and donate more money, if they feel like they underpaid. And even though people can pay anything, from zero dollars to ... Read Full Story

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Vancouver's Pop-Up Shelters Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 23 2014 A Vancouver-based advertising company teamed up with a grassroots advocacy group to extend kindness to the city's homeless population in a beautifully creative way. "During the day, the [bus] benches serve as seating for those waiting for the bus to arrive. At night, the front lifts up and out to create an overhang." Acts of kindness like these stand out against the backdrop of many cities making it harder for the homeless population to survive. Read on to learn more about this innovation that merges kindness and creativity! [Full Story]

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Chance Encounter With 96-Year-Old Dada Vaswani Posted by Nipun Mehta, Nov 21 2014 I had met him once before. Also by chance. Last November, I was sick and my body was weak, but Sheetal felt deeply called to have me accept Dada Vaswani's invitation to attend a public program. It meant that I would have to cancel my flight and instead, spend the entire night sleeping sideways on a moving bus. Sheetal, however, is a long-time partner in service, so I went with his intuition. Our gang of 6 was cordially seated in the front row, with more than a thousand folks behind us. The plan was to attend the gathering, give a short talk, and take the bus by night. Right before the event starts, Dada Vaswani walks in and a devotional fervor grips the room. Someone informs him of the day’s program, and points to me as a guest. He immediately motions organizers to bring another chair and have me sit next to ... Read Full Story

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My Friend Terry And I Are ... Posted by , Nov 21 2014 My friend Terry and I are in the process of getting a Labyrinth in Mesquite knowing that it will serve many purposes for our community. Maybe even put us on the map:)

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7 Ideas For Compassionate Communities Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 21 2014 Are you looking for inspiring ideas to take action on some of society's broadest and most challenging issues? From addressing homelessness to providing medical care (in exchange for a song), look no further than this list of 7 revolutionary ideas from Yes Magazine. [Full Story]

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The Girl With A Brave Smile Posted by Jyoti , Nov 20 2014 At the heart of the beautiful campus where I work, is a beautiful 80 year old chapel. Whenever I can steal a few moments from my work, I go there to enjoy the quiet sanctuary. Studying at a Catholic school from K-12 may have started this habit when I was growing up, as the school chapel was a place to find some serene beauty and offer up my prayers even when I was growing up. Recently, as I was entering the campus chapel, a girl in a pink jacket was leaving it. She was most likely an undergraduate student who lives on campus. We crossed each other at the threshold. As we made passing eye contact, I beamed a smile at her. She half-returned my smile. It was the kind of smile that comes with a lot of effort, the lips quivering in resistance, wanting to be pursed instead, and eyes ... Read Full Story

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Smile Card Shippers -- And Four Apples Posted by Sujatha Babu, Nov 20 2014 We have a team of about 30 shippers worldwide, who have fulfilled incoming Smile Card orders every week for the last 5+ years. Our typical process is to send them supplies in bulk, and then they ship out the orders that are assigned to them (while kindly covering the cost of postage). Some of them are new shippers, some have done over a thousand orders, and many are in between. It's a joy to be connected to each of them, as we try to embed acts of kindness through the small parts of our process. One of our shippers -- Marilyn -- ended up living close to one of the suppliers. So instead of mailing her the supplies, he dropped it off to her doorstep. On top, he included four apples and affixed a Smile Card on it. After returning home, he wrote her an email asking if she got it, and here's how Marilyn responded:   Yes, I got the smile cards -- and the apples and the lovely card!! You made my day and I've been smiling and energized all night. Now I know what it feels like to be tagged with kindness and it's a wonderful, wonderful feeling. From my heart to yours, thank you so very much.

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