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
Vocational Training Through Education And Recreation ... Posted by Peter Payton, Sep 16 2014 Vocational training through education and recreation is the key. combining the talents and ideas and sheer brawn of our youth will create healthy urban green spaces with clean water! contact groundworkdallas.org to learn how we do it, and to volunteer come play in what is possibly the largest urban green belt in North America. The Trinity River in DFW !!
Photos From Team Leaders Retreat Posted by Audrey Lin, Sep 16 2014 ServiceSpace ecosystem is a vibrant space of service. :) Every second, 2 inspiring emails are sent out. Every hour, 14 thousand people interact with our content. Every day, 400 smile cards are shipped out globally. Every week, hundreds will meet Awakin Circles around the world. Every month, 5 thousand people will join ServiceSpace. Every year, we’ll be invited to speak to fifty thousand people. Collectively, it is building up an engagement spectrum and last week, we held our annual Team Leaders retreat (alongside a few guests of honor and couple of Service Fellows) -- and as always, it was a powerful time together. Legendary activist Mark Dubois called it "one of the most powerful experiences of my life." In between John's opening ceremony that evoked our place in the cosmos and Priscilla's graceful closing bows that dissolved us into deep interconnection, we spoke about "seven circles" of the engagement spectrum, thought ... Read Full Story
Kindness Challenge Conversions Posted by Jyoti , Sep 16 2014 Last year at this time, I signed up for the 21 day kindness challenge on Kindspring.org. I received daily email reminders to practice kindness and notice it, sometimes prompted by a reflective question. My teenage son and I end our day with quick prayers together as part of saying goodnight. I would occasionally have one last conversation of the day with him as part of this nightly ritual, by asking him the kindness challenge reflection question. He often had a prompt response or would ask a question back. This year, he is applying to colleges. His school counselor needed a parent statement so she could write his letter of recommendation. As I wrote this parent statement, it was about the surprising answer he had given me one of these questions from last year as it was more telling of him as a person than anything else I could come up with. ... Read Full Story
Cosmic Poetry From Susan Schaller Posted by Richard Whittaker, Sep 16 2014 Just have to share a beautful email that came in this morning from Susan Schaller, who many of you know. She is traveling all over the country doing her own empty hands journey, just letting the unknown guide her. It's great hearing from her. If you haven't read the interview already, I'll just say it's an amazing story. A little background: my [younger] brother founded the religious studies department at LSU and is now professor emeritus there. Dear Richard, I had the pleasure of meeting your brother a few days ago. I loved the cosmic poetry. You and I meet at an Indian restaurant; you interview and write about me; that issue is lying on John's coffee table when a former student was visiting; he picks it up, sees the article (his mother told me he called her and was crying he was so moved); he writes and asks if he could make ... Read Full Story
Marina Keegan & The Opposite Of Loneliness Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 16 2014 Marina Keegan's posthumous writings are moving, sensible and funny. Her parents, with the help of her college professor, put them together to honor Keegan's loving, compassionate spirit after her tragic death. By doing so, they transformed their anger, sadness and grief into a force for positivity and forgiveness that will inspire you. [Full Story]
Waves Along A Peaceful Shore Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 15 2014 We released Conrad's book last week, and today, we received a beautiful note from Steven Taylor, one of Conrad's friends: Thank you to those at Awakin! Although I've been in correspondence with Conrad for years, and we've worked on projects over the phone and of course spoken during our internet meetings, I've never met Conrad in person. For that I am sorry; yet, I feel I have been close to him in the profoundest sense through his work, and by way of the thousand kindnesses he gave me. This book, his thoughts, the phone call and the video have brought me closer still. The sound of his voice—wavering between strength and frailty, sometimes passing into a whisper—put me in mind of the surge and pull of waves along a peaceful shore. Gentle, vulnerable, but breaking still with patient, inevitable momentum. Nothing could be more more enlightening. And that was Conrad. I recently read a Native American proverb that now means much more to me: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Thanks again for this.
Conrad's Messages Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 15 2014 We received a beautiful letter from Conrad's wife, in gratitude for all your efforts in honoring his life's work. We have archived all his work on this page: awakin.org/read/conrad/
Ripples Of Shift Posted by Jyoti , Sep 15 2014 I painted a dancer recently and posted a picture of it online so my friends and family could see it even if they are far away from me physically. I find that playing with colors is an uplifting activity for me, and shifts my mood. Sometimes I look at what I have painted and try to read into it what might have been on my mind. Painting the dancer made me realize I had missed dancing for sometime, and since the dancer had her hands up, I read that I had thrown my hands up about the situation I was in. A friend from other end of the world commented on that painting-picture online. She wrote, that it seemed as if the dancer was reaching up to grab all the colors of the world with both hands. I liked that reading of the painting better than my own. Her distant ... Read Full Story
Discipline With Dignity Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 15 2014 Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here. [Full Story]
Ninety Six Words For Love Posted by Awakin, Sep 14 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Robert Johnson titled 'Ninety Six Words for Love': The first difficulty we meet in discussing anything concerning our feelings is that we have no adequate vocabulary to use. Where there is no terminology, there is no consciousness. A poverty-stricken vocabulary is an immediate admission that the subject is inferior or depreciated in that society. Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; ancient Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have thirty words for snow, because it is a life-and death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of thirty words for love ... we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for ... [Read more]