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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Using The Sing Song Voice Posted by Jyoti , Oct 20 2014 Don't whine, Says the mother Picking up her Five year old daughter To comfort and Give her what she Whines for. An attentive mother To the wise princess Who knows what works To get her way! I observe as their host And loving the young mother Like a little sister, I say: "Don't respond to the whining" Even as the mother explains How she can now read the whine that says I am hungry or I am bored or I am tired or I am in pain. Mother knows best Even though not mindful Of her behavior that creates the world That tires the princess Who trains her. The princess brings out The little girl in me Who loves play And off we go to Splash in the pool. At the first contact with water She screams "Its cold" But continues to immerse Herself in the promise of fun. Soon she is singing And then dancing for joy. The music of life is aloud In her sing-song voice. We both rejoice Celebrating it together. Hours later, I hear her whine again, And remind her of her Beautiful sing song voice And gently say, "So wonderful to hear your sweet ... Read Full Story
Words With A Nonviolence Practioner Posted by Nupur Amin, Oct 20 2014 On Tuesday, October 14th, our South San Francisco Awakin gathering presented the opportunity to be in conversation with Kazu Haga, a nonviolence activist and peace worker of the East Point Peace Academy. He shared with us some wonderful insights that have come up in his work with prison inmates and the idea that there lies a great difference between 'non-violence' and 'nonviolence'. The former signifies a state where there is an absence of violence, but that is not how nonviolence should be defined. 'Non-violence' can be compared to the bystander effect where one does not engage in acts of violence but also refrains from actively resolving conflicts of violence. Kazu explained that this is the easy non-violence, but not the true one. We were shown photos of a Vietnamese monk who lit himself on fire during the Vietnam war, a sit-in by activists during the Civil Rights movement and prisoners meditating in a ... Read Full Story
A Recent AW Reading Was On ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Oct 20 2014 A recent AW reading was on the idea of education vs. training. As a teacher, I found myself reflecting on my own practice; do I train or educate my students? I hope it's the latter, but sometimes I feel like I'm doing the former. As I was browsing for some feel good stories, I happened upon a young man who converted a school bus into a traveling home. That brought me to this site, http://lt.umn.edu/earthducation/index.php, which I think most in this space will find interesting. I like the Earthducation! How can humankind continue to exist and advance in this world, while still protecting our home; the home for our entire planet, not just one continent, one country, or one state. Surely it can be done
Dr. Bob's Clinic Of Compassion Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 20 2014 Doctor Bob Paeglow could be just another physician working in Albany, New York, but his patients will tell you otherwise. Although he could be making a comfortable living, Dr. Paeglow chooses to operate his clinic, Koinonia Primary Care, free of charge. The clinic runs mainly by the generous donations of others. Patients receive free medical care, or pay whatever they can afford. When patients cannot afford their medication, the clinic will even buy it for them! According to Dr. Paeglow, it is simply the right thing to do. His generous spirit embodies the true meaning of charity. His compassion heals not just the body, but the soul. [Full Story]
I'm New Here, I Will Like ... Posted by Thompson Ashiope, Oct 20 2014 I'm new here, i will like someone to put me through on this,.. my name is Thompson
Conscious Simplicity Posted by Awakin, Oct 19 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Duane Elgin titled 'Conscious Simplicity': Here are three major ways that I see the idea of simplicity presented in today’s popular media: 1) Crude or Regressive Simplicity: The mainstream media often shows simplicity as a path of regress instead of progress. Simplicity is frequently presented as anti-‐technology and anti-‐innovation, a backward-‐looking way of life that seeks a romantic return to a bygone era. A regressive simplicity is often portrayed as a utopian, back-‐to-‐nature movement with families leaving the stresses of an urban life in favor of living in the woods, or on a farm, or in a recreational vehicle, or on a boat. This is a stereotypical view of a crudely simple lifestyle -- a throwback to an earlier time and more primitive condition -- with no indoor toilet, no phone, no computer, no television, and no car. No thanks! Seen in this way, simplicity is a cartoon lifestyle that seems naive, disconnected, and irrelevant -- an approach to living that can be easily dismissed as impractical ... [Read more]
This Is Your Brain On Scarcity Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 19 2014 Scientists have long recognized that poverty can aggravate health problems. Now they're also beginning to understand that the stress of too little income actually changes the way people think. Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir says that's normal for someone who's not making ends meet. He studies the brain on scarcity. He says it doesn't matter what kind of scarcity you're dealing with. When humans don't have enough of something, that fact dominates our consciousness. [Full Story]
The Extinction Of Quiet Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 18 2014 Noise pollution is linked to health problems and some argue it interferes with our natural connection to the earth. As the world's quiet places disappear, are we forgetting how to listen? In 1989, "acoustic ecologist" Gordon Hempton received a grant to document and record the natural sounds of Washington state. He identified 21 wilderness places to record -- sites unsullied by the sounds of traffic, aviation, construction, and other man-made noise. Twenty-five years later, only three of those sites remain muted. This poignant article shares more. [Full Story]
Just Saw What I Thought Was ... Posted by Birju Pandya, Oct 17 2014 Just saw what I thought was a beautiful video called 'Awakening the Wisdom of the Heart' - sharing the importance of developing a worldview based on unconditional love and interconnectedness while doing our work in the world. Awakening the Wisdom of the Heart - The Contemplative Alliance from Global Peace Initiative of Women on Vimeo.
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Oct 17 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... kvpsummer shares: "I made a zen tangling card today and wrote "Have a great day" on it. I addressed it to dear stranger and will leave it on a bench at the bus stop. " gildeasl shares: "I made a handmade card for my wife. " monkies25 shares: "A little off topic, but I donated school supplies to an elementary school in need. "