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
Control Of The Palate Posted by Zilong Wang, May 21 2015 At this week’s Awakin circle, as I was shoving my mouth full with deliciousness cooked with so much love, Guri shared her practice -- and other stories -- of eating the minimum effective dose to keep the body healthy, of eating in moderation as a cultivation to control the palate. “Eating beyond certain point actually taxes the body, as the digestion consumes much energy, and the over-abundance dulls the mind.” The conversation reminded me of a recent decision I made regarding diet, thanks to inspirations from ServiceSpace friends and ripples. Blushing a little here, in light of my having over-eaten again on Wednesday night, but nonetheless, would like to share the original decision here :) ----- Last night, I had a dream. A pure-black calf walked to me, smiled and snuggled, so innocent and trusting, and licked my hand. I half-awoke from the dream, and cried with tears of joy, gratitude, and repentance. The context was: ... Read Full Story
Home-made Self-care: Alchemy Of Cooking With Love Posted by Jyoti , May 21 2015 Thanking my friend who had volunteered to take care of my son while I was away, I happened to mention that I was nervous about taking the long flight for my travels with my allergy ravaged sinuses. His advice, "if you are a coffee drinker, treat yourself to some nice coffee at the airport". It turns out I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I do know what is my idea of a treat. It is home made food, cooked with some care. I modified his advice and added 'cook a treat' to my list of things to do before leaving home. I cooked myself a nourishing and yummy snack that I packed in a lunch box to carry with me. There was plenty of time at the airport to sit and enjoy my home made treat after I had checked in. Instead of feeling trapped in the commercial industrial ... Read Full Story
"Miracles Of Life" Posted by Padmaja Murtinty , May 21 2015 Miracles of life "Just wanted to share an interesting article where forces beyond our understanding come into play and save this young teen." “Hand of God” Helps Brain-Dead Teen Wake up after Being Taken off Life Support Taylor Hale, 18, probably shouldn't be alive today. She was declared brain dead, taken off life support, and her family started making funeral arrangements. But then the "Hand of God" intervened. On September 11, 2011, Taylor was messing around with friends and fell off the hood of a car, hitting her head. She had suffered a severe brain injury and was placed in a medically induced coma, in hopes her brain would heal. A week into her hospital stay, an unresponsive Taylor had a brain hemorrhage. Her already poor prognosis got even more dismal. Despite attempts to save her life, a part of Taylor's brain dipped into her spinal canal, basically ending the road for the ... Read Full Story
Grow A Key Inner Strength Posted by DailyGood.org, May 21 2015 As the complications of life start to build -- whether it is health issues, financial concerns, or relationship problems -- it's important to find resources that enable you to skilfully navigate these challenges. And some of the best resources -- like mindfulness, compassion and determination -- are ones that already lie within you. Psychologist Rick Hanson, Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, gives a vital road map to help aid in the discovery of what he calls your "inner strengths." [Full Story]
Street Cuts Posted by KarmaTube.org, May 20 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3368 views and 5 comments. "Mark Bustos cuts hair in an upscale salon in New York City. But on Sundays, his only day off, he roams the streets looking for anyone in need who would appreciate a haircut. What started as a response to the poverty he saw in the Philippines while on vacation, has become a weekly habit of giving back to the people that need it the most. This video is the first in a series that follows Bustos as he interacts with some of the homeless people in South Beach, Florida." ... Watch: Street Cuts
I Had Just Wrapped Up A ... Posted by Somik Raha, May 19 2015 I had just wrapped up a session today at Stanford representing Ssp, at an interfaith class (thanks to Nipun), and as I was walking out, lo and behold, the Stanford Police Chief walked by. She is a dear friend and a great hero of mine for her commitment to values in her work. She reminded me how moved she was reading Infinite Vision on a cruise last year. The update on that is that she made it part of the police officer exam at her department - 20 of them took it, and the exercise was to come up with five things the police department would do that were inspired by Infinite Vision! It seems like Pavi week, considering that this week's Awakin Reading is a poem by her as well. :)
Special Delivery Posted by KindSpring.org, May 19 2015 I left a package of sunflower seeds in the mailbox this morning with a note to the mail carrier and a "Smile Card". I remember when I was delivering mail and one customer always left a cold drink in the mailbox for me. When I returned today, with my mail was a thank you note. :) #AprilRAoK ... full story: Special Delivery
Reflections From The 21 Day Mindful Tech Challenge! Posted by Arathi Ravichandran, May 19 2015 The Mindful Technology Challenge just finished last week with just under 4000 participants! There were so many beautiful reflections from folks all over the world who participated in the challenge. Here are a few that stood out! Enjoy! “I no longer feel nervous about not having my phone with me all the time. I spent many days away from it for hours on end. Thank you for this idea.” “I am not a true techy person. I only use my cell phone for calling and I limit my time on Facebook or e-mail. Soooo I loved this. I saved every one and I sent the invitation to everyone I had friended on Facebook so I hope more people took the challenge. Your challenge was amazing and I loved every day of it. Thank you--I hated to see it end.” “As a small, subsistence level farmer, I felt the computer a bigger influence on ... Read Full Story
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Kindergarten 2.0 Posted by Audrey Lin, May 19 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Kindergarten 2.0. How do our daily designs impact learning? In the stories below, a circular school redefines kindergarten, a tech company re-designs school, and research reiterates the ripple effect of trust in schools. Special gratitude to Stephanie Hermawan, for the first two story recommendations!
Gandhi: No Slow Freedom Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, May 19 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on No Slow Freedom. Take a look.