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
Knights Of Kindness At The Karma ... Posted by Ammi , Jul 28 2014 Knights of Kindness at the Karma Kitchen (earlier this summer)
Conrad Pritscher: Lessons From A Student Of Life Posted by Bela Shah, Jul 28 2014 A couple of years back when the Awakin readings started its comments feature, Somik Raha noticed that they were receiving insightful and thought provoking comments every week from an individual named Conrad Pritscher. Many Awakin readers have remarked, “After I read the Awakin passage, the first thing I do is read Conrad’s reflection because it helps me to understand the passage.” As a quintessential example, in response to the reading “The Most Subversive Invitation” by John O’Donohue, Conrad had shared the following reflection: “I love the idea of not knowing. I’m almost attached to it. I love to know that I don’t know. That too is a knowing. Would I be better off if I didn’t know that?” After many years of cultivating this online connection in wisdom, inquiry, and love, we had the precious opportunity to host Conrad on a live Awakin Call on July 12. Sitting there with Conrad and his ... Read Full Story
Karma Kitchen Launches In Indonesia! Posted by Sima Sanghvi, Jul 28 2014 We had a fantastic Karma Kitchen yesterday -- considering that seven teenagers had taken over the ship with their boundless energy, enthusiasm and hand-made tags. :) Their generous wisdom belied their young years and they truly embodied the theme of the day which was Compassion! As everyone experienced how generosity effortlessly builds connections with strangers, we were particularly touched to see how the ripples of Karma Kitchen had reached Indonesia. Below is a video from their launch earlier this month:
Speaking Up Versus Silence Posted by Ammi , Jul 28 2014 Practicing silence as a doorway to inner transformation has also led to other wonderful changes in my life, confirming my belief that our inner and outer worlds are linked in more ways than we can understand. I am a devoted fan and advocate of silence. For sometime now, I have gently supported and enabled silence in the lives of others who are a part of my life's journey, such as by starting my classes with a minute of silence or telling my friends about the silent yoga class I have enjoyed for several years now. This morning, I came across the following quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are there times when silence is not the answer? When is it important to actually speak up? How do we know when to speak up? Last week's Awakin reading (www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=1015) offered ... Read Full Story
So You're Not Up At 5am To Work? Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Jul 28 2014 So you're not up at 5am to work? What's wrong with you? Nothing. This appeared on LinkedIn, which I think is a great sign! :)
Karma Highway :) Posted by Priya Shah, Jul 28 2014 After yesterday's Karma Kitchen, I was telling my Dad some stories and was excited when he forwarded me a pay-it-forward story in the paper this morning that included anecdotes like this: We were driving home from L.A. on Interstate 5 and stopped at the Starbucks off Laval Road just after the Grapevine. Going through the long drive through queue we get to the window and the cashier says, "The car in front paid for your order. Would you like to pay it forward to the next car?" Thinking that was such a great gesture, we did. Driving home, I wondered how many cars ahead of us that pay-it-forward string started and how many cars behind us did it last. It made the drive on I-5 bearable knowing a good deed was done to you and that you're doing one as well.
Calling Out The Delusions Of A Techno-Industrial Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 28 2014 Stories about the human colonization of other worlds were popular in the 1950s, with a promise of material abundance, and much of the population of the Western world excited about the possibilities offered by new technologies and a beneficial, authoritative science. That humans could extend their reach to other worlds seemed inevitable progress. Today, the popular faith in science and technology has drained away, to be replaced by a widespread, if often unspoken, fear. We have opened the box and seen where our ambition leads, and though we might quickly close it again and look away, it is too late in the day for any kind of innocence. This thoughtful essay urges us to move past the delusions of our society. [Full Story]
Contagious, By Terron Brooks Posted by Bonnie Rose, Jul 27 2014 Terron is an amazing singer that sang at our service today. He asked us to take his song "Contagious" and spread it around. I immediately thought of Nipun and all of you, since it resonated so much with your message.
Last Friday, The 25th, Was A ... Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Jul 27 2014 Last Friday, the 25th, was a momentous day in Philadelphia: Awakin Philly started up at Nandita's place! Felt like the perfect start with 3 of us sharing a cozy evening of silence, reflection and amazing home-cooked food. For one of us, it was even the first time ever meditating -- and for half and hour straight no less. Conversation flowed effortlessly, starting with a brief reflection on how it was to sit in silence and stillness, then picking up on the rich 'story-teller' passage, as we communed and laughed (at ourselves) over our versions of our 'lanes' that can arouse our righteous story-tellers. With our bellies, hearts and minds quite satisfied by the end of the night, we noted the simple power of these circles: no agenda, no trying to change or fix or manipulate anything or anyone; just sharing truth as we see it, in kinship, with generous and embracing spirit. Beautiful thing. If you're around Philly, or know folks around, feel free to spread the word -- next circle (every other week to start) will be Friday, August 8 at 7pm. (There should be an event page with more details up soon)
Jake Harriman: Ending Extreme Poverty In Our Lifetime Posted by Zilong Wang, Jul 27 2014 Jake Harriman is one of a kind -- so is the nonprofit organization he founded in 2008, Nuru International, fighting to end extreme poverty within our generation. Listening to Jake’s “resume,” you’d find yourself in amazement and disbelief at first: “You did WHAT?” As the conversation brought us deeper into Jake’s discovery of his mission, the dots started to connect, from growing up on a small farm in West Virginia, to the US Naval Academy, to deployments as a Marine to some of the most volatile regions of the world, to Stanford Business School, and to Kenya and Ethiopia. What follows are some highlights from the Awakin call with Jake Harriman that took the audience across worlds, around the globe, and along for an inner transformation. Brutal Awakening Jake Harriman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over 7 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a platoon commander and led four operational deployments throughout ... Read Full Story