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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Unsung Hero Posted by KarmaTube.org, Apr 23 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5801 views and 15 comments. "“Unsung Hero” is a tearjerker that will leave you astonished that this level of emotion is elicited by a Thai Life Insurance commercial. It depicts a story of a man who helps people, animals, plants and the world simply because it makes him feel better when he gives to others. “What does he get in return?” a narrator asks. “He gets nothing. He won’t be richer. He won’t appear on TV. Still anonymous. And not a bit more famous.” "What he does receive are emotions," the narrator continues. "He witnesses happiness. Reaches a deeper understanding. Feels the love. Receives what money can't buy. A world made more beautiful." This commercial will take you on a journey of recognizing it’s not about being well known that matters, it’s about being someone worth knowing." ... Watch: Unsung Hero
After A Dinner Outside Today, I ... Posted by Somik Raha, Apr 23 2014 After a dinner outside today, I asked for the food to be packed, and have been practicing using the opportunity of eating out to also find someone to share with. Walking up and down Castro St, it was almost like a deep prayer to have someone accept an offering, and then finding someone sitting with his head down, with a soft voice ask, "Do you have some change?" It feels like a prayer has been answered and I have been blessed. Each time. And yet, there are so many layers. Handing over the food, nodding and leaving. This time, I felt moved to ask the restaurant for napkins and a fork, so it would be easier to eat. After handing over the food, explaining that the food was hot and that he should eat soon, I left. And then realized, I didn't explain what was in it. For someone who doesn't have familiarity with Indian food, it would have been nice to know what was being offered. Life offers such great invitations to slow down and savor the connections, however short they may be.
Overcoming The Creative Block: Advice From Artists Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 23 2014 ""Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us just show up and get to work," Chuck Close scoffed. "A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood," Tchaikovsky admonished. "Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too," Isabel Allende urged. But true as this general sentiment may be, it isn't always an easy or a livable truth -- most creative people do get stuck every once in a while, or at the very least hit the OK plateau. What then?" [Full Story]
Karma Dosa Posted by Deven Shah, Apr 22 2014 Our friend, Divyanshu from 21Fools, wrote this beautiful reflection on the goodness that prevails ... While I was served the hot Dosa, a Broom Seller who was carrying all the brooms on his cycle was passing by with his small daughter who was sitting on the cycle while he was walking with it. The Dosa guy asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ – Idli khayega? The guy stopped and said yes. The wife took almost 6-10 idlis from the container and started frying it with Masala and asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ to give her a carry bag or some container in which he can carry the food to home. The broom seller unfortunately didn’t have any. I opened up my bag, took a carry bag out and handed over to the women making the Dosa. After the broom seller left with his dinner, I asked the man who was making Dosa for his wife – Why didn’t you ask for at least half the money? The guy replied, "Sir, If he would have something to give back he would have given it to me himself."
What Do You Want Your Credibility Based On? Posted by Birju Pandya, Apr 22 2014 I was recently speaking with a young woman who spoke about one of her turning points in life. Graduating from Harvard, she asked her professor about various options in front of her. The professor said: "It comes down to this. What do you want your credibility to be based on? Your bank balance? Your Ivy League background? Your social network?" She thought about it for a second and countered, "What did you base your credibility on?" And he replied, "The moment. When you base your credibility on what's in front of you, in the here and now, generosity and kindness become the most important lever. And what you create is a very different web of relationship and a deep kind of resilience.
19 Lessons Learned From A Friend Posted by KindSpring.org, Apr 22 2014 1. Give money you can spare to someone who needs it and then pretend you never had it. 2. Let someone tell a story without feeling the need to one-up them or tell your own. 3. Let someone vent, even if you can’t offer a solution, just to be an ear—without considering how well they listened to you last week. 4. Help someone who is struggling with difficult feelings by admitting you’ve felt the same thing—without considering whether they’d be as open with you. 5. Ask, “What can I do to help you today?” Then let it go after following through. 6. Tell someone how you feel about them, even if it makes you feel vulnerable, just to let them know they’re loved and not alone. 7. Apologize when you’ve acted selfishly, even if you don’t like feeling wrong, because it will remind the other person they deserve to be treated with respect. 8. Let someone else ... Read Full Story
Awakin Meditation - Ohio Posted by Priyanka Shruti, Apr 22 2014 We hosted an Awakin meditation last week, and the reading was the piece by Scott Morrison titled 'Nothing Else Matters'. We had some new people join us, after a few weeks of no one showing up. Their reflections on the peice were refreshing and eye opening. It's been hit or miss with people coming for Awaken meditations. there are often many RSVPs and then the weather is good (which is a big deal for Ohioans) and no one shows up. What I learned from the people who did show up, and the reading was that it doesn't matter if people show up or not, what does matter is that I am ready to meditate and share space and time with others! :-)
Today, I Gifted...my Children's Bikes And ... Posted by Suzanne Toro, Apr 22 2014 Today, I gifted...my children's bikes and a basketball hoop to the family that takes care of the landscape where I am renting my home. They are very sweet and have joyful children. A neighbor called the police on them. The neighbor did not recognize them and was concerned they were stealing the items I had gifted them. I am so thankful I stayed home and was able to explain to the police. Fortunately, the officer asked if I spoke enough Spanish to explain the misunderstanding to the couple. So, in my broken Spanish, I explained to these dear people...why the neighbors were concerned. I apologized again after the police left. How I dream of a day when we no longer have to even think someone is "stealing" anything. How I dream of day when "we" no longer need or want to steal. How I dream of a day that police arrive only to help them load the bikes into the truck. Until then, I am grateful for the opportunity to give more than just bikes and a hoop today!
Life Shrinks Or Expands In Proportion ... Posted by Carol Kane, Apr 22 2014 Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Learning From Leonardo: Decoding The Notebooks Of A Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 22 2014 "As we recognize that our sciences and technologies have become increasingly narrow in their focus, unable to understand our multi-faceted problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, we urgently need a science and technology that honor and respect the unity of all life, recognize the fundamental interdependence of all natural phenomena, and reconnect us with the living Earth. What we need today is exactly the kind of synthesis Leonardo outlined 500 years ago." Read on to hear more from Fritjof Capra, as he shares his findings from ten years of research examining Leonardo da Vinci's personal notebooks. [Full Story]