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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Kindness Includes Everything Posted by Awakin, Dec 21 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by George Saunders titled 'Kindness Includes Everything': What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded ... sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?  Those who were kindest to you, I bet. It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder. Now, the million-dollar question: What’s our problem? Why aren’t we kinder? Here’s what I think: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably somehow Darwinian. These are: (1) we’re central to the universe (that is, our personal story is the main and most interesting story, the only story, really); (2) we’re separate from the universe (there’s US ... [Read more]

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A 19-Year-Old Artist's Book Of Untranslatable Words Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 21 2014 When you start with a heartfelt offering, you never know where life may take you next. Read on for the tale of Ella Sanders, whose creative illustrations about untranslatable words grew from a blog post into a published book now out from Random House. You'll also get a sampling of some marvelous, untranslatable words from around the world. Like Mangata -- Swedish for "the road-like reflection of the moon in water." [Full Story]

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When I Started Positive News, I ... Posted by Ilonka Wloch, Dec 20 2014 When I started Positive News, I was moved to do so because of the imbalance of information presented in the media. So much negativity and so few positive gems. Years down the road, when our funds were getting slimmer, I became aware of a new phenomena - the imbalance of asking vs. offering. I just wanted to offer, and offer freely! After I told my team that I would not fundraise anymore, they put together their own campaign to save Positive News. Check out their cute video.

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Dissent And Friendship Posted by Somik Raha, Dec 20 2014 In my recent trip to India, I received the gift of meeting a man who hung out with Gandhi on my last day in New Delhi. I recorded several video interviews, and finally finished translating one of them, which can be watched below. I picked this one in particular due to its relevance to our present times. It reminded me of Scott Fitzgerald's quote, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." In the interview, I saw Nrityendranath Sarkar remarkably at ease talking about two totally opposed ideas, without a trace of favor for one over the other, and yet without indifference either. In fact, I would even use the term "reverence" toward each of the opposing ideas.    There is another reason for picking this interview. There has been no prior historical document of an interaction ... Read Full Story

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Holding Space Like An Awakin Circle Posted by Nipun Mehta, Dec 20 2014 "From where you're seated, you can't see what I'm seeing. What a blessed sight," Rev. Heng Sure opened his talk last Wednesday, after an hour of collective meditation. Nearly a hundred folks crammed into our "family" room for our Awakin Circle gathering. Many were in the house for the first time, some were regulars, more than a dozen had come the night before to help with veggie chopping, and all of them felt like family. It was quiet, in a vey still sort of way. And festive. The Christmas tree was lit up on the side, the scent of warm Apple cider was in the air, and after dinner, everyone was gifted hand-made 'wisdom scrolls' with a quotation. As one describes it, there's no sound-byte that can carry its magic. Everything was ordinary. Yet something about the space held a higher possibility. Against the side wall were 7 chairs from our dining ... Read Full Story

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The 21-Day Challenge: A New Way To Practice Our Values Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 20 2014 Many of us seem to recognize the importance of making personal changes in our lives, and yet we struggle to put them into practice. Forbes Magazine points out that less than 10 percent of us actually stick to our New Years resolutions. Habits are hard to break and it turns out that as much as 40 percent of all our actions are habitual. We don't consciously do them. It's hard to change what we aren't conscious of. But thankfully, it's not impossible. So, how do we go about trading in old, unwholesome habits for new, positive ones, in a sustainable way? A special kind of three-week challenge just might hold the answer! [Full Story]

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Quote By Pancho Posted by Tapan Parikh, Dec 19 2014 Loved this quote that Pancho tweeted:   

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Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Dec 19 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... mindyjourney shares: "A surprise gift arrived in mail today :)))), bagels!!!! Enough for many breakfasts and enough to share as well. Blessings of yummy receiving and giving, my kind friends." oldrose shares: "Today I had the privilege of donating to the local backpack program that provides food to eligible schoolchildren who need a little extra. No child should be hungry." deepee shares: "Your own life experience is the greatest teacher you will ever have. As with any teacher , however, you must be willing to pay attention -- with all your senses."

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A Joy Ride Posted by Amit Dungarani, Dec 19 2014 We recently had a death in the family, and so we had to make a sudden trip from New York to London. After landing at my grandma's, the car driver I had was the same person (Ajay) I had this past summer, with whom I ended up having deep conversation about Gandhi and Vinoba. This time, the conversations were about Vivekananda and how he was blown away by all the ServiceSpace links I had sent him -- and in fact, he now frequently passed DG, KT, etc. links onto his friends and family. His sister, she said, was a non-vegetarian and read a DG article on respecting all life around us, and for the festival of Raksha Bandhan, she gave her brother (Ajay) the gift of giving up meat altogether! Even in his life, little changes have cropped up. For instance, he now signs his name as "Ajoy" instead of "Ajay", and I was joking with him that his cab ride should be called "A Joy Ride". :) At the end, when I asked him for the fare, he said, "Amitbhai, how can I tell you such things? Your grandma and your wife's aunt have both fed me. You and your wife are like family. Whatever you offer from your heart will be just right!"

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An Incredible Story Of A Young Woman's Courage Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 19 2014 Malvika Iyer is the essence of courage and optimism. At 13, a freak accident caused her to lose both her hands and severely damaged her legs, raising serious doubts about whether she would ever walk again. But young Malvika braved the odds and emerged victorious. Today she is a dedicated social worker, a motivational speaker, a model for accessible clothing in India, and part of the "Global Shakers" initiative of the World Economic Forum. In this interview, Malvika gives a first-person account of her ordeal and how she overcame it to become the incredible young woman she is today. [Full Story]

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