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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From Consumption To Creation Posted by Jyoti , Nov 27 2015 On Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, some of us chose to come together to create a colorful Friday instead. We made art in silence in community. In an hour, we each had created something beautiful (samples below). In the circle that followed, there were heartfelt words spoken and heard. The circle ended with an offering of songs sung with guitar music, by Aryae and Wendy. A very special and memorable evening. Feeling very grateful and blessed.
Does It Pay To Be Kind To Strangers? Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Nov 27 2015 Sandi Mann, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire, had just embarked on a new project to explore the phenomenon of “paying it forward” – a popular philosophy of being generous to a stranger, in the hope they will pass on the kindness to someone else. “The idea is to create a chain – a domino effect,” Mann explains.Mann’s idea was to try it herself for a couple of weeks and observe the way people react. After all, most people might have the intention of being a little bit kinder, yet we feel that we are unable to muster up the willpower. So why is it so difficult to both give, and accept, kindness? Sandi Mann in BBC: Does it Pay to be Kind to Strangers?
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Nov 27 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... ritagnes shares: "Thank you all for your posts. Wow! First time in being a part of online community! This is amazing! " mgargarian shares: "I spent time with my elderly mother in rehab; encouraging her to walk and eat; keeping her company, and reassuring her she's getting better." Mish shares: "Just stepped outside & was awed by the night sky...sunset reflected off the clouds."
Maitri Tune By S N Goenka Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Nov 27 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by S N Goenka: Buddha's Chant As Sung.
Shangrilla Gilgit Baltistan. My Home Town ... Posted by hassan yashkun, Nov 27 2015 Shangrilla gilgit baltistan. my home town
The Way We Think About Work Is Broken Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 27 2015 What makes work satisfying? In this TED talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz argues that there are intangible values that our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. He describes how the ideas human beings create shape human nature and that it is time to revisit our ideas about the way we work. [Full Story]
A Friend: Dost Posted by Jyoti , Nov 26 2015 The Sun makes the day bright The Moon offers moonlight’s delight The Stars help navigate at night Winds shift as the Earth rotates Floods are held at bay on Lands By Snow-pack on the Mountains Even the Oceans replenish Clouds with gentle Rain-drops Hope thrives in the Soil With this natural moisture Just as the right Friend might Save us from wasting our life. My translation of Buddhilal Pal’s Hindi poem Friend As presented by Rohit Rusia’s artwork below, Offered to express gratitude to nature and my friends, on Thanksgiving Day.
Hurricane Nipun Hits Chennai Posted by Nisha Srinivasan, Nov 26 2015 Had the privilege of being present with Nipun as he engaged hundreds of people at the International Womens' Association and Rotaract Club in the flooded city of Chennai. He touched upon the values that he was brought up with that have shaped him to look deeper beyond fleeting moments of joy and fear. He told stories about how in India, even 20 years ago, when people traveled on train, they carried food for fellow passengers also and how that culture has disappeared but we have not taken note. And he talked about how in today's sharing economy even walking a neighbor's dog has been taken over by commercialized apps. Many in the crowd could resonate with that and some got teary eyed. And in turn, they started sharing stories of kindness from their life. One lady was moved when her son came home after sharing a meal with a homeless person and spoke ... Read Full Story
Desert Solitaire: A Love Letter To Solitude Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 26 2015 In the late 1950s, Edward Abbey became a seasonal park ranger at Arches National Monument in Utah's Moab desert. Between April and September, between the canyons and the pages of his journal, he found a great many of the things we spend our lives looking for. His book maps the maze of the interior landscape as he wanders the expanse of the exterior. [Full Story]
Be Authentic As You Are Co ... Posted by jayashreesanghani , Nov 26 2015 be authentic as you are co creating what you give you get back