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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I Was Listening To NPR This ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jul 31 2015 I was listening to NPR this evening and joined a conversation between Phil Bronstein and Peter Coyote, whom has had a fascinating life. A statement that Peter made has stuck with me: We each need to be alert to the fact that we could be a Hitler or a Dali Lama. My understanding is that if we fail to recognize this, nothing good will come. He talked of his leaving Hollywood, but did not judge those that remain. And now, he's being priced out of Mill Valley and is moving to Sebastopol. Another line I read by him is, "Once you realize that it's not your responsibility to keep yourself alive -- the universe is doing that for you -- it takes a big weight off your shoulders," he says. "You settle down into your intuition, and life gets a lot simpler." Yes, in the end, everything is in the hands of the universe. Surrender to the Universe, I suppose, would be appropriate:). His second memoir just came out, but I suppose I should read his first one first.
Seeds: Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social Posted by Nisha Srinivasan, Jul 31 2015 This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social And Cutural Fencing. The ancients protected the environment by creating "social fencing" between themselves and some forest areas that they called the Sacred Groves. Some moderns have been protecting themselves by creating "cultural fencing" between their lifestyle and that of the capitalistic world and they call it Longo Mai, the Long Life. Which side of the fence do you want to be? Take a look.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving Posted by Jyoti , Jul 31 2015 I have been practicing yoga for many years. This morning, at the end of my yoga practice, as I lay in Shava-Asana (Corpse Pose), I was flooded with a deep sense of gratitude for all my yoga teachers over the years. After the class, I sat down under a tree to write a poem to celebrate each of them. It turns out that today is also Guru Poornima, a day set aside, in Indian tradition, to pay tribute to the lineage of teachers, gurus, in your chosen path. So, it is a good coincidence to celebrate my teachers. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers that ten thousand hours of practice are needed to become an expert in anything. The reality is that the practice can only turn you into an expert if there is a good mechanism in place to provide constructive feedback that improves the practice over time. A ... Read Full Story
Hospital Art Posted by Savraj Thind, Jul 31 2015 I met an artist in the park today. She was working on a piece of art she had co-created with local school children. The images of happy families with their pets was so uplifting! Her next project is to create a large mural that will cover an entire wall at the Children's hospital. Again, she plans to collaborate with children from the neighborhood. What a heartwarming idea. Children who are well will be creating art for children who are sick. I imagined the day the mural would be unveiled. The children who worked so hard and lovingly on it would be overjoyed with excitement to show what they had created. And the children waiting to see the mural would be equally excited to see what was behind the curtain. And finally voila! Cheers all around! Children helping children be happy. Children being happy like they always should be! The artist woke me up from my daydream and said, "I sure could use a lot of volunteers to help with this project! " I told her to count me in! I would be happy to help make this dream come true!
Maitri Tune By Michael Jackson Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jul 31 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Michael Jackson: We Are The World, We Are The Children!.
Positive Quote Of The Day: "You Are ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Jul 31 2015 Positive Quote of the Day: "You are nothing less than a miracle. The fact that you are here - alive and capable of breathing in and out - is ample proof that you are a miracle. One string bean contains the whole cosmos in it: sunshine, rain, the whole Earth, time, space, and consciousness. You also contain the whole cosmos."
Connecting #OccupyTheFarm And #BlackLivesMatter Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 31 2015 How are we going to connect #DisobeyingWithGreatLove, #OccupyTheFarm and #BlackLivesMatter? Anchoring us in stillness, fearlessness, compassion and radical love. That is, merging the outer (r)evolution with the inner (r)evolution. Another way to put it is trying to fully integrate Constructive Programme and Obstructive Program. So how does all of it apply for this time of dramatic climate change, rampant racism and insatiable-profit-driven corporations, here, in the Bay Area? One doesn't need to dig deep to find that healthy, organic local food is the foundation of social justice. It doesn't take much to see that our dignity and our effort to become holistic love warriors are fully connected with the land. Take a look at what the Gill Tract community/Occupy The Farm has been working on for the last few years. Here's a bit of background from the sing-up invitation to keep this public farmland to farm: For over 15 years, faculty, students, and local community have protested the ... Read Full Story
Just Eat It: Eating Trash For A Cause Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 31 2015 "After learning that nearly 50 percent of the food grown in North America each year is thrown out, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer decided to stop buying groceries and only eat food that would otherwise be thrown away." Read further to see a trailer of "Just Eat It," a film documenting their exploration into the wastefulness of the industrial food system -- and their experience with life-sustaining dumpster diving. [Full Story]
Lightness In My Step Posted by Savraj Thind, Jul 30 2015 This morning during my walk I had the good fortune of meeting someone I have been wanting to cross paths with for sometime. I had seen this elderly gentleman before. A few months ago he was collecting cans and bottles from the recycle bins behind my house. I was shocked to see this and saddened by the fact that he had to do this to survive. I thought about putting bottles in a bag for him with a note attached saying that the bag was for him to take, but then thought it may not be the best idea from a safety standpoint. So I let it go. One rainy day in the spring I saw him again riding his bike with bags of bottles attached to his backpack and handle bars. My heart sank. I felt powerless thinking I could never connect with him. So you can imagine my ... Read Full Story
Buen Vivre ... The Good Life Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Jul 30 2015 On well-being ...