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
A Call To Walk: Wild Dream Walks Posted by Nicole Huguenin, Jul 24 2014 Walking has always had its place in my life. At times, providing the quietest place to reﬂect and get lost in my own fantasies, at others a means to bring awareness to a cause I support. Mostly, the act of walking has been my most trusted friend, providing the space to wonder and play when for one reason or another I am feeling disconnected, stuck, or frustrated. You could say that since age ten, walking has unknowingly been my daily practice of inner transformation, much like yoga and meditation are for others. More recently, walking has assumed a much bigger role in my life. A little over a year ago, after thirteen years as a teacher and educator, I abruptly took a month off. Disappearing from my hometown of San Francisco, I traveled to a city where I knew no one and had no other means of transportation beyond my own ... Read Full Story
A Dog Practicing Giftivism :) Posted by Anish Parikh, Jul 24 2014 It's no secret that I have a soft spot for animals, especially dogs. This story really stood out to me not just because it is about a dog, but mainly because my mind went immediately to Karma Kitchen, specifically one of the core components of it: Celebrating abundance and cherishing what we have. The dog in this video selflessly goes out of its way to help so many other animals. Although many things differentiate humans from animals, perhaps this story demonstrates that animals are involved in their own version of Giftivism.
Hello Everyone, I Need Some Altruistic ... Posted by Mallika Thoppay, Jul 24 2014 Hello everyone, I need some altruistic ideas for celebrating a milestone birthday. It is for an adult. Thanks in advance!
Best Way To Spend A Birthday Posted by Sunaina Chugani, Jul 24 2014 It's my mom's birthday, so I called her this morning and asked her how she was planning on spending her special day. She said, "What better way to spend your birthday than in service?" She will be serving at one of the shelters that are caring for the huge influx of immigrants crossing the border (McAllen has been in the news lately for that!). Her intention is to learn more about the situation so she can get Infinite Love more involved. :) Afterward she was planning on inviting three or four of her closest spiritual friends to her house to meditate and then have dinner and talk about spirituality. Word got out and now over twenty ladies are joining the meditation and dinner party! Talk about a great way to spend a birthday: service, meditation, spirituality, and community. :)
Words From Ganoba Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 24 2014 Yesterday, many of were by the bedside of a beloved friend from Awakin Circles in Santa Clara -- brother Ganoba. Many years back, he and his wife would come visit their daughter in the bay-area and they would join the circle on Wednesdays. As his wife passed away, he started to spend more time in the bay-area and engaged with the community in beautiful ways. One time with brother John Malloy, in a native ceremony with former convicts on a mountain, he moved himself and everyone to tears. Although his lungs are now failing him, he is glowing with radiance, smiles and constantly speaking of love -- with his visitors, nurses, hospital staff, and even to himself. Yesterday, as herman@s Viral and Pavi --who was her birthday! :-)-- were holding one of his hands, and hermano Nipun holding the other, and his biological daughter and I by his feet, he shared some deep messages. "Life ... Read Full Story
Premanator At Awakin Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jul 24 2014 Last night, we had Maya (aka Premanator) offer up a spontaneous rap in the after hours of the Awakin Circle: Sublime -- it's all Sublime. If what you want is liberation, then take one look at the situation: Everything is a dream, it’s all in your mind, but still it’s all sublime. Listen and open your eyes. What you seek has no disguise. It’s not in the background and then in the fore, it’s the all-around ground and much, much more. It’s in every teacup, every ray of the sun. It’s the inside and outside of everyone. It’s the way that you laugh and the way that you cry. It’s the breath you take before you say, “I.” It’s the big window through which you can see anything at all. It is reality. Wherever you go you are here already. You are the one that is rock-solid steady. So give up your looking, my friend, it’s clear. The treasure you are seeking couldn’t be more near. It’s you -- you ... Read Full Story
A Beautiful Note We Received Today ... Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, Jul 23 2014 a beautiful note we received today after a lovely awakin gathering. "Thank you for welcoming me into your home where there is such wisdom and heart. As there was all around the circle tonight. That is the joy of the young whether they are your kin or not . Every generation is the miracle that will remake and reimagine he world. They take your breath away.There is a line from Sweet Honey in the Rock which always plays in my mind :Your are not your children: they are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself."
The Innovation Of Loneliness Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 23 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 6865 views and 19 comments. "While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely. They feel vulnerable opening up to others for warm, friendly, heart-to-heart conversations. Then, along comes social media… As people share and chat from islands of isolation, filtering and massaging information, they are undermining the genuine credibility of conversation. Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren’t allowing people either to open up or understand others. Are these online connections actually helping with loneliness, or they are making it worse? Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect? Learn more in this fast-pace, animated video based on the work of Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichal-Hamburger." ... Watch: The Innovation of Loneliness
The Ripples Of Smile Cards Are ... Posted by Ven. Zizhou, Jul 23 2014 The ripples of Smile Cards are continuing to extend further in Taiwan. One of our volunteers, Mr. Lai, gave NT$300 to the owner of a cafe shop named Hi, Brown and explained to her how to play the Smile Deck. To random customers, she would gift them coffee from Mr. Lai's contribution and tell them that someone before them has paid for the coffee and they can pick a card from the (Mandarin) Smile Deck for an action to pay-it-forward. The cafe shop owner is not only doing that with her customers but people like it so much that she has now put a sign in her shop that reads: "Smiling good deed is practiced here. Ask us to learn more."
Maya Angelou On Identity & The Meaning Of Life Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 23 2014 Through the sheer tenacity of her character and talent, despite being born into a tumultuous working-class family, abandoned by her father at the age of three, and abused in her childhood, the late Maya Angelou became a cultural phenomenon. This interview from 1977 brings us timeless wisdom from this phenomenal woman, as she explores issues of identity and the meaning of life. [Full Story]