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
I Met A Scientist/doctor From Switzerland ... Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 20 2014 I met a scientist/doctor from Switzerland the other day who works with biophotons. He has this machine that scans our body, then sends information/light that neutralizes things like vaccines and bacteria so that our bodies can flush it out. He's been traveling with his kids through Guatemala, offering his healing services to the Mayan communities. I told him that I met another traveler who warned me of swimming in this lake because her friend caught typhoid in it. I asked "Should I really by concerned because I've been swimming in it everyday". His answer: "If you have a fever, even typhoid fever, it means you have a lack of love. Our brains always want to find a cause for everything. To blame something external. There really is no way to find 1 cause because it's usually a network of things which you'll have to trace back to the time of creation. But if you have enough love in you, then you will not get sick."
Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal The World Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 20 2014 What do you do with a broken heart? Imagine if a ninety year-old man asked you that question. How would you answer him? When Thuy Nguyen was asked this question she immediately understood the depths of its origin and took a pause. After scrambling for a response, she looked into this man’s eyes and said, “I let it break. I allow it to be broken and I rebuild it by focusing on the positive.” Thuy wondered throughout the day if she could have done or said more. At the end of the day she received an email from this man, thanking her for helping him. Thuy remembers reading this email and thinking, “Wow, what do you do with a broken heart? You share it.” This was earth shattering for Thuy to realize. We are always so protected and here was this ninety year-old man with a broken heart and that very act ... Read Full Story
Poem By Hafiz: Mastery In Servitude Posted by Guri Mehta, Sep 20 2014 I was "tagged" with a book of Hafiz poems today, after I gifted my copy away last week. It had become a morning ritual to read each day's poem over morning tea, and I have to admit I missed it quite a bit. Today's poem is probably one of my favorites and beautifully describes service: Mastery in Servitude There is really no place for I can’t in Love. A thought like that goes against the grain of light’s astounding ability. Once I saw Caring’s beauty in action; there was a splendor there I needed to imbibe But such a force, it tears you from your moorings, it brings you into an arena where a gladiator you will need to become, but one that may never get cheered. Heroic deeds you will do in silence, for that is Greatness’s preference – no fame. But if the world should come to know you, be a good host to the attention you get. Use it as a tool to build a shelter for your mind and others in need. -Hafiz
The Servant Designer's Process Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Sep 20 2014 One of the newest, hottest things at Stanford these days is the d.school, who are injecting their process of "doing things the design way" into every aspect of Stanford's curriculum, from engineering to business to even social science. The promise of the d.school certainly is great, but the focus of their 5-step process tends to be a "something" at the end of the road - a product, a service, something new that will change the world, with the emphasis being on *new*. There's also this inherent sense of superiority associated with the design thinking way - that somehow you are privy to the end all be all of doing things and that your position at the d.school entitles you to some higher status above all other people you could ever mean to help. Basically, lots of ego. This mentality seems to work for pure design theory and commercial applications the d.school ... Read Full Story
How We Think: John Dewey On The Art Of Reflection Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 20 2014 More than one hundred years ago, psychologist John Dewey wrote "How We Think," a book examining "what separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well..." This article summarizes Dewey's findings, more salient than ever in our age of "snap judgments and instant opinions." [Full Story]
A Day Long Experiment In Generosity Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 20 2014 The following blog was a co-created by a group of noble friends. :-) “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” ~Hafiz Sometimes, miraculous incidents make us believe that there has to be a generous and conscious universe. On a beautiful sunny day in Berkeley, CA, Zilong stood at a crossroad with a big sign asking: "What's Your Smile-Age?" (Smile + Mileage). It was intended to remind drivers and their passengers to pause and smile. After 40 minutes of holding up the sign, an old gentleman, Alfred, came up, and asked what he was doing. As Zilong explained the intention, and the community that inspired this activity, Alfred was thrilled, and said, "This is exactly what our world needs, desperately, desperately." He then opened his wallet, which contained nothing but decks of ... Read Full Story
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Sep 19 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... Dhruv shares: "" Dhruv shares: "True to yourself. .:-)" Jolly shares: "Quote of the day"
Universal List Of Virtues Posted by Birju Pandya, Sep 19 2014 I recently came across a universal list of 52 virtues (with the help of Min!), derived an independent group that studied belief systems. In context of our 21-Day Challenges, it seems that we have some meta categories but it could be worth correlating with this list. Assertiveness Being assertive means being positive and confident. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. You think for yourself and express your own ideas. You know what you stand for and what you won't stand for. You expect respect. Caring Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring makes the world a safer place. Cleanliness Cleanliness means washing often, keeping your body clean, and wearing clean clothes. It is putting into ... Read Full Story
Tom Carter's Epic Journey Through China Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 19 2014 Tom Carter's wanderlust had taken him through the entire length of Mexico, Cuba, and Central America. To continue seeing the world, he decided to teach English in China. Working in this role for a few years non-stop allowed him to save up just enough to traverse the country. Equipped with a digital camera, listening ear, and no agenda, Carter unwittingly ended up creating the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. This epic journey taught him much about the people of China, and the unscripted photos have much to show the world about this global superpower of a nation. [Full Story]
... Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 18 2014 What Jim Carrey Explains In 1 Minute Will Change Your Life Forever. Seriously. | Mobiledia Jim Carrey is funny, but he’s also deeply profound — a side he revealed to graduates at Maharishi University. While his entire speech is great, we jumped to 10:18, where he punches you in...