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
A Beautiful Ripple From Our Kindness ... Posted by Anne Veh, Feb 12 2016 A beautiful ripple from our Kindness Day at Sunrise Middle School is the daily and weekly updates from Teresa, the school's Director, where a school-wide 21-Day Kindness Challenge is underway. Today, Audrey and I received this sweet note: "After meditation here someone always blows out the candle and makes a wish. Jeremy, an 8th grader, today wished that 'everyone continues to do acts of kindness during the winter break.'" :)!!
Hello Jobe ... Posted by Aqib , Feb 12 2016 hello jobe
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Feb 12 2016 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... AndiCas shares: "Left this bag of rainbow coloured embroidery threads with a local lady who has recently given up her business and now has lots of extra time on her hands. She was thrilled. " lolliswap shares: "I always feel better after making one of these cards. I'm excited for renewal during Lent as it starts tomorrow on the 10th. Spring is a time of renewal for all! Have a beautiful day y'all!" terre shares: "Wishing you a good night / morning / day And heading to bed with this thought in my mind and heart."
Maitri Tune By Daniel Nahmod Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Feb 12 2016 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Daniel Nahmod: Water.
Indiana Jones Meets Florence Nightingale Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 12 2016 "One night I was driving home from a sales conference and I went blind -- I later learned it was stress blindness. I managed to pull over to the hard shoulder of the motorway. All the while I was thinking, 'My life is over; I will never see my kids again'. I promised myself then that if my sight came back, I would find my purpose. I was very lucky, and my sight did return...And then I started to work out what I really wanted to do with my life." Meet Linda Cruse, the woman who has been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Florence Nightingale, and who is uplifting communities all across the globe. [Full Story]
Yesterday We Had A Talk By ... Posted by Anup Bagla, Feb 11 2016 Yesterday we had a talk by Seetha of Ananda Foundation at MLA Colony, Hyderabad on 'Eat to grow and grow to eat' about how to go about building our own kitchen garden @ home and taste the nectar of pure organic natural farming and feel the touch of inner feeling of bliss by eating our own home grown veggies - greens in nature's own uniquely unifying ways ! Am grateful to Seetha and Usha and others ...
Activism And Nonviolence Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 11 2016 In a workshop last year, I came across one wonderful piece by Rev. Thomas Merton from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Activism and Overwork "There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence. (And that is) Activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful." This piece was so profound that i made me realize how easy ... Read Full Story
The Power Of Presence Posted by Roshni Shah, Feb 11 2016 As a student nurse, it can feel frustrating on the floor. With limitations in how much we know and how much we are legally allowed to do, there are moments when the eagerness to "do" far outweighs the demand to just "be". I consider this to be an opportunity to practice presence whole-heartedly. After all, if we can't practice meditation and mindfulness in real life, then why bother with it at all? I have found, time and time again, that there is beauty in limitation (even if it takes me a while to see it) because in my lack of doing, I am able to pick up things others miss. Without the stress of juggling multiple patients, charting, or the weight of legal obligations over my head I am allowed to spend my day focusing on the 1-2 patients under my "charge". I am able (and often will) sit with these ... Read Full Story
Reflections After The 2016 Earth Activist Training Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Feb 11 2016 It’s been two weeks since I returned home from the 2016 Earth Activist Training (E.A.T.) in Black Mountain Preserve in Cazadero, CA, but some part of me still lingers there… It feels like a “hangover” from taking in too much the goodness from an overwhelmingly enriched collective experience. It was also my closest encounter with the land, physically and spiritually, and I found it hard to put down in words. What really happened there? Where should I start if I am to recount that experience? How can I piece together such a rich experience that’s impacted me from so many levels, known and unknown? Then everything began to boil down to one word--connection. Connection to Self “Xiaojuan, the only thing you need to worry about is studying. I would do anything to support you going to school, even if I had to climb the mountain that’s sharp as a knife or jump ... Read Full Story
What If Schools Taught Kindness? Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 11 2016 "The school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues they bring from home, many students struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, and we thought it could be impactful to teach empathy and compassion. When other kids are suffering-- like that boy who split his chin-- can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents. Learning to strengthen their attention and regulate their emotions are foundational skills that could benefit kids in school and throughout their whole lives." [Full Story]