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
"We Can Think Of Our Awareness ... Posted by Gayathri Ramachandran, Jul 26 2017 "We can think of our awareness of needs as a foothold for compassion. As we develop our awareness, the foothold grows to a perch, to a resting place, to a field" from Thom Bond's 2017 Compassion Course. Just love this image of living in the field of compassion; instead of the field of anger (or hurt or the million small indignities one can populate life with)
Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations In The Edge Of Self Posted by Alyssa Martin, Jul 26 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations In The Edge Of SelfReflection questions: Our guest this week is an award-winning science writer who uses neuroscience to examine the nature of the self. How do you think about the content and boundaries of your "self" -- is it physical, or social, or narrative (based on a story of your sense of self)?
Karma Kitchen Burgos! Magic! Posted by Joserra Gonzales, Jul 26 2017 Original link: here! Another magical evening at Karma Kitchen Burgos! Unbelievable! 10 volunteers, more than 40 meals offered, but more than that, the intangible great feeling of offering and receiving so much kindness and magic in many forms :) The Kindness Table was full of various gifts from the community, from personalized candles, to special books, to plants with quotes or chocolates! The invisible previous labor of love from volunteers filled the space with beauty and good intentions! Few people said they couldn't believe how much care they saw in every detail, and yet, not to be asked for anything! It was a very powerful experience for them! Now they want to come and volunteer, and who knows where that goes! :) Few kids came to have dinner with us, and some of them ended up washing dishes at the end! The parents were astonished...They were like: “we have been trying this for years, ... Read Full Story
"Like The Mother Of The World, ... Posted by Khari La, Jul 26 2017 "Like the mother of the world, touch each being as your beloved child." -- Buddha
Hi, I Recently Visited Sughad ESI Institute ... Posted by Janak Parekh, Jul 25 2017 Hi, I recently visited sughad ESI institute where I learn so many things and inspire me a lot. I share some group pic here.
Raaok Tribe Secrets Posted by Jyoti , Jul 24 2017 There is a large fridge in the office lunch room that bears this sign on its door. Several people use the fridge to store their lunch and snacks and always label it with their name. A member of the Raaok (random anonymous acts of kindness) exists within us. I know because their package in the fridge bore the following sign, seeing which made me happy. This is a pretty good secret sign to reveal that they are a member of the Raaok tribe. I'm glad they thrive amongst us where ever we go.
Photos From Our Interns' Kindness Drive :) Posted by Priya Shah, Jul 23 2017 Yesterday, our summer interns, along with siblings and friends, gathered at a local park to gift lemonade and smiles. :) Inspired by stories of similar experiments that came before, we all jumped at this opportunity to practice giving unconditionally. :) And on this balmy Saturday afternoon, Shyama streamlined our lemonade-serving process with her Jamba Juice expertise, :) Maya and Isabel created bright, beautiful posters, Sophie and her dad cooked up 60(!) hearty boxes of fried rice to gift to the homeless, Shyama's siblings folded peace cranes, Kozo connected with strangers with his receptive presence, Vishesh orchestrated all the logistics with an enthused heart, and many of our siblings and friends joined in the fun! More reflections coming soon, and in the meantime, here's some photos from the day!
Poetry Oracle Call Posted by Jyoti , Jul 22 2017 A mosaic of colorful envelops, each with a simple title on it, spread on the footpath like a carpet, a stack of more envelops on the side, a small basket upfront with a sign 'Poetry Oracle: by donation' and a man dressed in a coat of many colors sitting on a folding chair beside it - was what I stumbled upon as I walked by the river one evening. I stopped to read the titles and stood silently, when we came around to stand beside me and asked if a particular color appealed to me. I picked the pistacio green that said "Song of the Sky Loom". He recited the poem from memory and told me it was from the Navajo Indians of North America. We chatted a bit more. I learned that he has been on the streets for 25 years. His memory contains all the poems spread out before him and more. He was generous with his care and concern and excellent at reading the poems. A man one who honors his calling is a happy man, spreading happiness.