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
Mind Bending Posted by Micky O'Toole, Jan 31 2015 I was watching the video posted on Service Space recently by Somik with Lynne Twist and Deepak Chopra. The ideas in the vid were a little mind bending and completely awesome so I decided to watch it again and take notes this time. So as I did I thought I would post the notes with time stamps under each vid in case they are helpful to others. So then I thought, Well perhaps this would be useful as a blog. So I added the links to each video in Parts 1-4. I hope you find the notes useful and the vids as enlightening and amazing as I did. As I listened, I thought of us here on ServiceSpace, and on KindSpring and all these beautiful endeavors that take us far beyond ourselves and into this place of collaboration, this place of sufficiency. Lynne speaks about this in detail and says that it ... Read Full Story
Today's Awakin Call With Beautiful Energy ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Jan 31 2015 Today's Awakin Call with beautiful energy speaker Anne-Marie held many inspirations, but one phrase Anne-Marie shared stood out for me..."stepping in to what is needed". That's what service is, isn't it? Her phrase is reverberating in my mind. Grateful.
Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy? Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 31 2015 When somebody says they "need a hug," it's possible that they are not just being overly dramatic or merely frivolous. According to research from Carnegie Mellon University, it turns out that people might actually need hugs to help ward off illness. Psychologist Dr. Sheldon Cohen, who headed the research, came to this conclusion, "those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection." [Full Story]
The Earth – Our Heart Posted by Micky O'Toole, Jan 31 2015 I had the pleasure last year of meeting through a Service Space connection Owusu-Fordjour Alexander, better known by his artist name “Ita Bobo.” I learned that Mr. Alexander is a musician in Ghana who started an NGO called Earth Replenishers Foundation. The more I learned about Mr. Alexander, or “Ita Bobo,” the more inspired I became by the work he is doing in Ghana. Over the next few months through a series of letters, I asked him many questions about this work which to my delight he patiently answered. I would like to share his answers and his beautiful vision with you. Owusu-Fordjour Alexander (“Ita Bobo”) Micky: Bobo what led you to contact me at Service Space? Ita Bobo I came across Service Space over the internet and, having read about its activities, I said to myself, this is the right place to be. I quickly joined and started reading about some of the members. ... Read Full Story
How Do We Increase Empathy? Posted by Birju Pandya, Jan 30 2015 From Kristof's article in NYT this morning ... Some research suggests that wealth may impede empathy. One study at UCB finds that drivers of luxury cars are more likely to cut off other motorists and ignore pedestrians at a crosswalk. Likewise, heart rates of wealthier research subjects are less affected when they watch a video of children with cancer. Likewise, the wealthiest 20% of Americans give 1.4% of their income to charity, versus the poorest 20 percent who give 3.5%. So how do we increase empathy? Having people think about suffering activates the vagus nerve, which is linked to compassion. Uplifting stories about sacrifice, as well as prayer, meditaiton and yoga. Feelings of awe, like seeing incredible images from space. Going out in nature. Spread of affordable fiction in 18th century expanded empathy by making it easier for people to imagine themselves in the shoes of others.
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Jan 30 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week .... eckyssister shares: "With snowshoes strapped on I will be heading out with my wags to visit with my sister and nieces in a bit. Love winter in New England. "
From The Equator Posted by Katie Teague, Jan 29 2015 I've been in Ecuador recently, allowing a deeper emergence to take root. My calling this year has been to jump "both feet in", and I feel very grateful for the Laddership Circle that has serendipitously entered my constellations. Below is a photo from the only clear night we've had out here, near the equator:
Introducing DailyGood Audio! Posted by Pavi Mehta, Jan 29 2015 We are thrilled to share that more than 17 years after its humble beginnings as a service called Quote-a-Day, DailyGood has just released a new audio feature on its website! Yes, you heard right --- DailyGood Audio! :) Select stories that DailyGood features will now be available online as high quality recordings offered up by one of our newest volunteers. About a week ago Nick O'Kelly wrote in the following to DailyGood: "I am a professional voiceover artist and Daily Good fan. Your email has been the first thing I read for many, many years. Frequently, I read the story to my wife over coffee in the morning. It starts the day off right. I'd like to produce an audio version of your stories...on a daily basis. What do you think?" Short answer: We thought it was a GREAT idea :) Within the week Nick was a profiled, oriented and newly-minted ServiceSpace ... Read Full Story
The Difference Between Education & Training Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 29 2015 "The root word of education -- educare -- means to lead forth a hidden wholeness in another person." These are the words of Rachel Naomi Remen, whose course, the "Healer's Art," is now taught in half of American medical schools and seven countries around the world. Her words remind us that competence and completeness are each held within the other, and that we are already enough. [Full Story]
Lynne Twist Was Suggested To Me ... Posted by Somik Raha, Jan 28 2015 Lynne Twist was suggested to me by a teacher and so I was looking up her writings and philosophy. Came across this gem of a video with her and Deepak Chopra and was just thinking of sharing it here, when, she mentioned Nipun toward the end! :) Very deep vibes here - goes to show that sacredness is not in the rule but in the being and can even be in fundraising.