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
Radical Amazement Posted by Awakin, May 03 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel titled 'Radical Amazement': The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin. Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man's attitude toward history and nature. One attitude is alien to his spirit: taking things for granted, regarding events as a natural course of things. To find an approximate cause of a phenomenon is no answer to his ultimate wonder. He knows that there are laws that regulate the course of natural processes; he is aware of the regularity and pattern of things. However, such knowledge fails to mitigate his sense of perpetual surprise at the fact that there are facts at all. [...] As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind ... [Read more]
Kids Making A Mark On The World Posted by DailyGood.org, May 03 2015 Riley De Graff, a resourceful student from Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael, CA, effected positive change for the earth by asking a parent to help her recycle used markers in her school. By creating a petition through Change.org, the school collected over 90,000 signatures and mobilized a used color markers recycling campaign which is now supported by the Crayola company and Dixon Ticonderoga. Both companies formed new recycling initiatives where they take back used color markers and convert them into clean-burning fuel. Hurray for kid power! [Full Story]
How Millenials Are Innovating Community Posted by Calvin Liu, May 02 2015 Just read an interesting report on non-religious communities by millenials who are focused on transformation: America is changing. Millennials are less religiously affiliated than ever before. Though many millennials are atheists or agnostics, the majority are less able to articulate their sense of spirituality, with many falling back on the label ‘spiritual-but-not-religious’. The lack of deep community is indeed keenly felt. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth. Rates of isolation, loneliness and depression continue to rise. As traditional religion struggles to attract young people, millennials are looking elsewhere with increasing urgency. And in some cases, they are creating what they don’t find. Among them we profile organizations that epitomizes a combination of six themes that we see again and again: Community, Personal transformation, Social transformation, Purpose finding, Creativity, Accountability.
A Secular Person's Search For Prayer Posted by DailyGood.org, May 02 2015 After years of trying to manage all of the variables in her life, busy Heather Havrilesky wanted to be in touch with something bigger than her own fluctuating moods and needs, but without a belief system that required her to suspend disbelief. Most of all, she wanted to find a prayer that reminded her to serve other people more. Read more about her quest for a prayer. [Full Story]
Cubs: Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Emotions Posted by Trishna Shah, May 02 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Emotions. Take a look."If you've told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner." - Walter Barbee
... Posted by Alissa Hauser, May 01 2015 This Foundation Is Using Meditation To Bring Baltimore Together Amid Riots For the past 13 years, the Holistic Life Foundation has focused on bringing mindfulness meditation and self-regulation techniques to their headquarters in Baltimore and beyond. As this week's riots hit extremely close to home, the team behind the org...
Maitri Tune By Noah Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, May 01 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Noah: If You Give A Little Love.
Mia Tagano: 96 Ways To Love Posted by Kozo Hattori, May 01 2015 Sanskrit has 96 words for love. English has one. Although Mia Tagano speaks English, she expands the boundaries of love in a myriad of ways. Listening to Ms. Tagano on our Global Awakin Call, one could feel the love oozing out of the words, the phone lines, and the connections. Two listeners who called in during the Q&A used the word “palpable” to describe how they felt about Mia’s sharing. A great example of how Mia expresses selfless love is simply agreeing to be on the call. Last year, a number of Service Space volunteers had begged Mia to be a guest on the weekly Awakin call. The always humble Tagano said, “Thank you, but no.” When this week’s guest had to cancel, however, Mia agreed to help out, but only under the condition that the call focus on her 95 year old grandmother. So Tagano’s very presence on this call ... Read Full Story
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, May 01 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... Jerryw shares: "I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you are feeling worry, despair, or loneliness, go out and serve someone, post it here, and you will never be lonely again! "
In Response To Day 11 Today ... Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, May 01 2015 In response to Day 11 today of the 21 Day Mindful Technology challenge, I got up from my desk and went out to our little vegetable garden. Here in this world for just a few weeks, the leaves of radiccio, kale, arugula are spreading themselves close to the ground in the sunlight. Such humble little plants, giving so much: colors, flavors, nutrition -- nature's gifts. Thank you, I say to them. My heart is open.