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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Powerful Excerpt From Martin Luther King, Jr. Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 21 2014 Excerpt from a speech in 1967, by Martin Luther King Jr.: "You see, what happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. It was this misinterpretation that caused the philosopher Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject Nietzsche's philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love. Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best ... power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. And this is what we must see as we move on."
Ten Things Creative People Know Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 21 2014 Do you consider yourself creative? If you answer, "no," you are in the majority; most people don't think they are creative. It turns out, though, that you don't have to be a great artist to be creative. Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen. Cooking breakfast, planting a garden, even developing a business plan are all creative acts. Creative expression boosts serotonin levels, decreases anxiety, and opens the door to the inner world of our imaginations. It is here that we make meaning of our lives and that motivation takes root. The more creative we are, the more capacity we have to imagine what's possible and make those visions real. Read on to learn ten things that creative people know that may help you unleash your own creative impulse. [Full Story]
The Blue Marble And The 45th Anniversary Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 20 2014 "I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world." - Rainer Maria Rilke Last Thursday, Joanna Macy, Natalie Batalha, Zilong, America, Linda, and I met at Joanna's. As some of you might remember, the awesome DailyGood team recently featured sister Natalie: Exoplanets and Love, so as Joanna: A Wild Love for the World. Since then, a vision came to put these two incredible powerful women together to share some insights and wisdom. The two of them have facilitated so much shift in consciousness --the 3rd dimension of The Great Turning-- that only more magic can come from their encounter, like when hydrogen and oxygen molecules come together to create water. As you might remember, Natalie's team --she is NASA's Kepler Mission Scientist-- announced a powerful discovery: one out of two stars you see in the sky, might have earth-like planets. What about that shift for the next time you look up and be kissed ... Read Full Story
Awakin Irvine Posted by Aman Lal, Jul 20 2014 Since earlier in the summer, we've been hosting Awakin Irvine circles -- and today, we hosted our fourth circle. With friends of Yuka, local change makers and subscribers to DailyGood, folks who have heard Nipun share ServiceSpace stories, and more ... the community continue to build. Following the circle, we also took Nilay (our intern) and few other teens for a 'hear the homeless' drive to offer sandwiches to those on Skidrow. Inspiring day!
Our Friend Conrad Pritscher Just Passed ... Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 20 2014 Our friend Conrad Pritscher just passed away peacefully at home. This is the note I received: I wanted to let all of you know that the world lost a great spirit this afternoon. Conrad passed away peacefully at home with his family. I was able to see him Friday afternoon and conveyed the love we all had for him. He squeezed my hand, so I know he heard me although he couldn't speak. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts as he makes his journey. ---Leigh It was only last Saturday that we had our amazing call with Conrad. I was even planning to visit next month. Right now, my heart is filled with gratitude for his life, and the beautiful acceptance he has shown. It is an unforgettable teaching to see the great teachings lived in this way.
What Is Your Storyteller Doing? Posted by Awakin, Jul 20 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Mary O'Malley titled 'What Is Your Storyteller Doing?': At 8:28 AM I slipped into the pool at my gym for my half hour swim. There was a water aerobics class that began at 9:00, which left just enough time for me to complete my swim. At around 8:55 a number of people had jumped into the first lane and were chatting before the class. I was in the second lane and a man was in the third. At 8:56 I started my last lap which takes a little over a minute. After I had made the final turn, just a few strokes before I ran into her, I noticed a woman who had come under the floating lane barriers and was standing right in the middle of my lane. These lanes are big enough for two people to do laps, so she could easily have stood at the side of the lane to let me pass. But because ... [Read more]
A Faceless Presence To Showing Up Fully Posted by Ammi , Jul 20 2014 Kindness was a value instilled early in my life, along with a belief that it is only a virtuous thing if it remains anonymous. In Hindi the saying was 'Neki karo, kuan main dalo', translated as 'be kind, throw it in the well'. Laying claims to acts of kindness has the potential to be corrosive as one might end up craving glory, gratitude or heaven-forbid, reciprocation. It is a choice to make for oneself alone, privately. Last year, taking the 21 day kindness challenge from KindSpring was my initial experience with selecting something from my day and reporting it as an act of kindness. The reporting was a challenge, so I found a way around by picking something really minor and innocuous that I knew had no risk of being worthy of any glory. Online activities give one the illusion that it is still anonymous, since we don't really know the ... Read Full Story
America's Most Tenacious Gardeners Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 20 2014 Camden, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has about the worst of any city in America. It's been ranked at various times as both the poorest and the most dangerous. As so many flee the violence and crime, it may seem strange that others are literally putting down roots. A recent study revealed that Camden's gardens may be the fastest growing in the country. The city needs fresh food, and residents are doing what it takes to grow it. It's part of the untold story of Camden: a story in which the residents of this blighted city are the protagonists, quietly working to make Camden a place where, one day, you might want to live. This inspiring article shares more. [Full Story]
We Received A Lovely Note From ... Posted by Geoff Nedry, Jul 19 2014 We received a lovely note from a KindSpring user who wrote: "Hi, I gave out one of my happiness cards today and I guess I forgot what happens when I go to help others.org so I went there. I wanted to contact you guys and say thank you. If this kindness revolution started with your cards as an experiment in 2003 I am so grateful to you guys for starting the experiment!!. Those of us who have cared about people but felt lost in a world typically filled with greed have found a place/places to be free to care. Thx again :)peace" It is wonderful to read about the ripples Smile Cards continue to spread out in the world!
Few Life Lessons From Raghu Makwana Posted by Varsha Mathrani, Jul 18 2014 Since returning from India, and actually, even before, I've been wondering what life is trying to tell me. Just sharing a few life lessons from observing Raghubhai, a love warrior who passed away a few months ago and showed us that kindness, inspiration and love are really all we can leave behind. Greet Everyone Pleasantly …with shining eyes and a bright smile, regardless of who, and the response received. He put positive out there. Work Locally serving the most in need He was a local superhero to the rescue of the majis and kakas (elders) he served-- even paying for, from his funds, electric bills for those who couldn’t afford to pay, or to perform their last rites-- and his friends and family in time of need. A friend in need is a friend in deed. He did, without expectations of anything in return…a true brother in service of humanity. Create a network of interdependence Through his ability to ... Read Full Story