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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Money Is A Lot Like Water Posted by Awakin, Jul 05 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Lynne Twist titled 'Money is a Lot Like Water': We’ve allowed this culture of money to shut down our heart, close off access to our soul, and drive us such that we behave in ways that undermine and erode the very center and core of our most human values. I believe it’s possible to transform our relationship with money and the culture of money that we’ve created in a way that resources continue to flow, that prosperity continues to be available, and that all of us can be served, nurtured and empowered to more fully express who we are as the human family. I learned a lot about money from a woman named Gertrude. I met her in a church basement in Harlem. I was doing a small fundraising event for The Hunger Project. I had come from Minneapolis where I had met with an executive of a large food company. The food company had an image problem and felt that ... [Read more]
Sent A Thank You Note To ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 05 2015 Sent a Thank you note to Lori Portka: Dear Lori, I just watched the video on you on KarmaTube. What a great message and story. I am so moved by your story and journey… If you were in the San Francisco Bay Area, I would come over and huuuggggg you… I too have had a interesting story where I was set to leave the world, but seems like I decided to come back. Thank you being in this world.. We need lovely people like you to help the rest of us remember gratitude more. I also attempt to practice that all day long. Your art is just so beautiful. I wish I was more artistic. I do have visions, but feel like a klutz when trying to draw anything… :-) Anyways… Just love you and your expression of love and gratitude. What a great inspiration you are. What a beautiful Light you are bringing through your self…. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have blessed us all through your art. Harpreet
Song For The Little One Posted by Micky O'Toole, Jul 05 2015 Wow emotional day. At noon I was on the Awakin call. It was meant to be that I listened. I cried for an hour afterwards. Because today's interview was with Gitanjali Babbar, a woman who volunteers with the sex-trafficked kidnapped and enslaved women and children in the brothels of Delhi. There are 4000 women and 1500 children living in 77 brothels. It is a hellish place of suffering, and she helps them. Every single act she has done is done with love. She started alone and now has over 100 volunteers. And it is changing things one woman, one child at a time. She said something that hit my heart so deeply: "Be with them, in your own imperfection. There is no need to wait." Suddenly all my fear seemed ludicrous, and all my paper tigers seemed to burst into flames when I thought of the daily degradation and terror these women ... Read Full Story
Jacob Needleman On Money And The Meaning Of Life Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 05 2015 How do we bridge the inner realm of spirit with the outer world of material? Writer and philosopher Jerry Needleman has been pondering this question (and many others) for years. Here in a fascinating dialogue he shares his perspectives on "Money and the Meaning of Life." [Full Story]
Came Across This. Make So Much ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 04 2015 Came across this. Make so much sense...
Have You Ever Wondered What Happened ... Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 04 2015 Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Really makes me think of gratitude for where we are and what we are able to do in this country!!
*inspired By Gitanjali, With Blessings And ... Posted by mindyjourney , Jul 04 2015 *inspired by Gitanjali, with blessings and appreciation for our entire Awakin call team. The mighty song of the tiny wren Echoed volumes of its freedom sung As the Awakin call with Gitanjali had barely begun. Through my open window this USA Independence Day, The sex workers lives of Calcutta were made more clear. Young girls and women trapped and captured Their songs starved for love, stifled from show. Learning the give and receive of a caring sharing heart, Gitanjali opened us all to the happiness that bubbles When we follow our life's passionate song most humble. Let loose our sense of home, wherever it may lead, Reverberating volumes of compassion's loving seed. Now, from the arbor as I write, the owls are hooting Their collective calls and I reflect on the feather found Just this morn from one of them, I'm sure. Surrounded by the orbs of Light Rounded and globed in a message transmuted If I could only understand each being's true plight. Meditating between the firework's boom It comes to me that we all breathe The songs of birds immeasurable; Large and small, the Universe's messengers Heard with an awakening of life's uncertain trill.
Kindness Is Like A First Love ... Posted by Devansh Bhatia, Jul 04 2015 kindness is like a first love it can change a life with a miracle and a promise to wipe away sorrows and strife.
Building A Reading Revolution Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 04 2015 As more and more people obsessively stare into their smart phones and tablets, the world seemingly grows a little more disconnected. But the folks at The Reader Organization, an award-winning charity and social enterprise, have gone about reversing that trend by offering to get people together to simply read aloud to each other. The benefits of this straightforward exercise are quite evident: improved self-confidence, a heightened sense of belonging, and a chance to interact with people you wouldn't otherwise meet in your normal day-to-day life. [Full Story]
Cubs: When You Want To Just Quit Being A Mom Posted by Trishna Shah, Jul 04 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on When You Want To Just Quit Being A Mom. Take a look."There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situtaion is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply." - Elder M. Russel Ballard.