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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I Arrived In This World A Bit Late: Kunwar Narayan Posted by Jyoti , Jul 28 2016 I Arrived In This World A Bit Late By then the entire world had been civilized All forests had been razed All animals had been killed Rain had stopped And burning like a ball of fire was this Earth …. In all four directions iron and concrete Jungles of immense size had emerged In which anyone could see Several evolved ways by which Humans were being hunted by humans. Poet: Kunwar Narayan Translator: Jyoti B
Barbara Crooker: A Poet's Chronicles Of Life, Love & Posted by Amit Dungarani, Jul 28 2016 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Barbara Crooker: A Poet's Chronicles Of Life, Love & LosReflection questions: Our guest this week writes poems on difficult themes including maternal loss and bereavement. In describing her creative process, she says "I never try and write about anything. In other words, I’m not steering the sled. I try and let the poem itself choose its path." When confronting painful issues, have you found a role for art or creative writing to help process the experience?
I Read A Very Inspiring Article ... Posted by Nikhil Jain, Jul 28 2016 I read a very inspiring article about the Pope's recent visit to Poland. In his homily, the pope reflected on the coming of God into human history not by a “triumphal entrance or striking epiphany” but rather in “the simplest of ways.” “Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then, ‘does not come in a way that attracts attention,’ but rather in littleness, in humility,” the pope said. Recalling the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, the pope said that Christ’s humility is again exemplified in “a simple miracle” that “brings joy to the wedding of a young and completely anonymous couple.”
At The End Of A Beautiful ... Posted by min Lee, Jul 27 2016 At the end of a beautiful circle on nature's blessings, the meal seemed extra tasty tonight. Then our mother healer Aunty Harshida revealed the garden harvest that went into our nourishing meal, almost as tall as us!! Also Pancho's giant pen ;)
Travel Is An Exchange Posted by Meiyi Cheng, Jul 27 2016 Earlier this year I did my first bike tour. Over the course of 11 weeks, I biked from the US-Mexican border to San Francisco, covering 600+ miles in distance and gaining 20000+ feet in elevation. It was the most rewarding trip I have ever done, so much so that even two months later I can still feel the purifying sensation it brought me. This first tour also sparked many other first times, to name a few: first time solo camping, first time setting up a campfire, first time dumpster diving, first time knocking on strangers’ doors asking to camp in their backyard. From all these experiences, my biggest lesson is that traveling is an exchange, an interaction of giving and receiving. Our society has unfortunately narrowed the scope of this interaction down to money, service and goods. We tend to think of traveling as a financial expense. Whether it’s fifty dollars ... Read Full Story
Interns Dialogue With Vinny! Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 27 2016 Dialing in from band camps and boardrooms and regular old living rooms, six of us circled up for our Week 8 “determination”-themed summer interns call on Tuesday! :) A few weeks back, we were blown away by How Vinny Changed His High School Culture. To our delight, Vinny delightfully joined our interns call for an illuminating Q&A. After a round of check-ins (in which we swapped stories of determination from our weeks, and serendipitously learned that all three teenagers play the clarinet!), our interns, Saheli and Jacob, rolled into an energized Q&A to dive deeper into Vinny’s experiences. As context, this past spring, in the aftermath of a student suicide and shooting in his school community, Vinny wanted to spread kindness at his school. To that end, he organized a week of showing his school community that they matter. From him personally writing letters to all 670 classmates in his senior class ... Read Full Story
Why I Left Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 27 2016 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5360 views and 10 comments. "Michael Fukumura went to law school almost by default, and became a lawyer for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington, DC, conforming to his parents' and society's expectations of who he should be. Realizing he was not fulfilled by this work, Fukumura and his wife sold everything they had and drove across the United States. This is the story of why Fukumura left and how he found a sense of well-being and a deep calling to be of greater service to others - a way of giving back with passion." ... Watch: Why I Left
Paying Attention, Discovering Joy Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 27 2016 When asked whether the poems she wrote helped connect her to the joy they expressed, poet Barbara Crooker had this to say, "I write from personal experience. If you look at the facts of my life, you might not think that there would be much reason for rejoicing. My first child was stillborn and my first marriage fell apart partly because of this, my third daughter had a traumatic brain injury when she was 18, my son has autism. So I write in spite of, or in face of, the darkness, the suffering, that is part of the human condition, and if joy is the tone that comes through the most, I'm happy to hear this." In a powerful interview Crooker shares more about grief, the art of paying attention, and her writing process. [Full Story]
KindSpring Shout-Out To KarmaTube :) Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Jul 26 2016 I thought Yoo-mi would get a kick out of this KarmaTube shout-out from KindSpring (posted by mnc_91) ... Blown away by karma tube videos. Out of curiosity, I went to karma tube site. The video on the power of a cup of tea captured my attention first, then that of Big Draws giving to givers and finally ... I can't get over the beauty of the video, Designing for Generosity... Oh man I love the word... Giftivism!
Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Jul 26 2016 xenahugs: WilliamThe other day, I was getting ready to go volunteer teach my English class and I was pondering the current climate in my country, the United States. And I think I'm not the only one overwhelmed by all the disconnection and Fear and by how to try to bridge that with ...catherinefenske: A Day With The Faces Of GodI volunteered with a small group of people in Boulder to make sandwiches and go out onto the streets to connect with the homeless people and offer them food, toiletries, water and a compassionate ear to listen to their stories and make them feel seen. It was very rewarding and ...Pattu: spreading warmthTwo days before christmas I was out in town finishing all the last minute shopping and I had not noticed it was pretty late and was closing time for all the shops. I hailed a taxi and piled in all the bags of shopping and presents and was on my ...