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
Gratitude! Posted by Birju Pandya, Nov 26 2014 A wonderful song I came across and wanted to share - Happy Thanksgiving!!!
No Quid-Pro-Quo: Protecting Trade Free Zones Posted by Jyoti , Nov 26 2014 A video call by spiritual leaders Dada Vaswani, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and others, advocated to Stop All Killing (http://www.sak.org.in/) and pledge to be veg(etarian) on Nov 25th. It resonated with me and I shared it on social media. An old friend promptly commented on it, writing: "I promise to go meatless on the 25th, provided 11 vegetarians pledge to go Meat Only for one day in a year. You respect my choice, I'll respect yours. Simple." I was very surprised by this comment. It was similar to the conversations I have with my teenage son, except this person is 53 years old, CEO of the largest media company in the second most populous nation on the planet (India) with education from prestigious institutions of higher learning, who (I thinkn) should know better than a teen. I have vegetarian preferences that I do not impose on my son, who loves to ... Read Full Story
Origins - Exclusive KarmaTube Premiere Of Film On Posted by KarmaTube.org, Nov 26 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 6409 views and 10 comments. "Wonder why people are getting sicker and the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide? Pedram Shojai used to run a large medical practice, treating the same ailments over and over again. Four years ago, he embarked on a mission to help people understand the connections between our lifestyles and health, and the vitality of our planet. "Origins" takes us on a journey through the biological roots of where humans came from and where we’ve gone – looking at the advances of our civilization and how the sometimes reckless use of technology has choked our environment and is poisoning our bodies. Available to KarmaTube viewers for one week only, this full-length documentary features interviews with some of the biggest names in the health and sustainability field and makes a compelling case for how we can better coexist with nature." ... Watch: Origins - Exclusive KarmaTube Premiere of Film on Health for 1 Week Only
Blessings As Sheaves Of Wheat Grind ... Posted by mindyjourney , Nov 26 2014 Blessings as sheaves of wheat grind our daily bread Nourishing our souls and spirits anxious to be fed. Wonders stir the pot simmering with varied hues Of all sorts of delicious imaginings that we choose. Set the table with random acts most kind, Bountiful compassion so dearly combined. Pour positive, clean and fresh into a mug Call all guests gathered with a smile and hug. Hands held in circle, we pray dearly grateful For each and every moment heaped on plateful. Inhaling aromas of this sweetly pungent meal We taste the budding emergence of a visionary ideal. Blessings of the feast, my friends.
Sources Of Light Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 26 2014 When Kobun Otogawa was asked in the wake of 9/11, "How can I deal with the enormous fear and anger that I feel about what happened?" He replied simply, "Do one kind thing for someone every day." And though the advice might seem overly simplistic, it does cause us to realize - that it is through our own light that this world can be made a little brighter. [Full Story]
Spare A Hug? Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Nov 25 2014 He was a big man, maybe 6'3" or so. At the corner of a busy intersection, outside a convenience store, he was asking passers-by, "Hey buddy, have a buck to spare?" His physical stature alone could have been perceived as intimidating, but his tone wasn't. I was on my bike, stopped at a red light, a few yards away. Our eyes met, so I decided to wave hello to him. Just a few minutes earlier, about 8 blocks away, I had passed a man balancing a large wooden piece of furniture on the seat and handle bar of a small bike, which he used as a makeshift dolly, slowly--and precariously, but successfully--rolling it up the street. I hesitated then, finally deciding that approaching with an open heart was worthwhile in an of itself, even if any offer to assist was unnecessary. It became apparent there was a language barrier, as "S'okay," ... Read Full Story
A Daily Reminder Posted by KindSpring.org, Nov 25 2014 I was stopped at a red light when I noticed a homeless guy walking towards me. This man had a sign that read "not much needed just hungry". I didn't have any cash, all I had was my own lunch I had packed for myself. I rolled my window and said I have a banana, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bottled water- it's yours if you want it. He smiled and said Thank You. I was scared at first that maybe he was looking for something different than what I had to offer, but he walked over to his crate, sat down and ate the food. I pass him every day and everyday he smiles and mimes "Thank You". ... full story: A Daily Reminder
Lessons From Kindness... A Walk With Nimo Posted by Ani Devlia, Nov 25 2014 There were so many lessons from being kind that were learned whilst walking alongside Nimo on the Empty Hands Pilgrimage in London recently. Each step during the two weeks was infused with so much kindness and love. If it were possible to trace every act of kindness taken in each step, there would be a clear trail running through the streets, trains, homes and hearts of London. Whether it was for a human being, an animal or Mother Earth, each small act was carried out with a selfless intention and with great love. Lessons in Self-consciousness... We had arranged to meet at our home the day before the one day retreat, to set up, run through logistics and most importantly, for the three of us, Trishna, Nimo and myself to reconnect. Within a few minutes after arriving, before we sat together in silence for a while, Nimo asked if we had brooms we ... Read Full Story
How To Realize True Wealth Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 25 2014 The world is filled with abundance, but because we stay tuned into what we do not have, we can spend our lives grasping for more, never really arriving. In this heart-felt piece, Americ Azevedo at the University of California, Berkeley, asks us to awaken to the true and profound wealth we have all been blessed with. "To awaken to this very moment is truth wealth. This moment is in truth all we really have and own. Everything else is just on loan; we must give it all back in the end." [Full Story]
I've Been Trying To Explore What ... Posted by Somik Raha, Nov 24 2014 I've been trying to explore what it is about service that makes it sacred - it started with the thoughts on this topic that i had the privilege to share during the ServiceSpace retreat this year. During my travels in India, I have been getting some more time to reflect, and have finally had a chance to share these more publicly on the huffpo blog. Wanted to share it with our community here. Sacred Service | Somik Raha Some people call sacred service selfless service, referring to the practice of emptying oneself of ego, but selfless service seems like hard work. On the contrary, those who serve selflessly have a great lightness of being and seem to have a practice...