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
"You Can Count The Number Of ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Apr 18 2014 "You can count the number of seeds in an orange, but not the number of oranges in a seed" When Siddharth came to share his story with our group, this was one of the many things he shared. After the talk, the 19-20 year olds were a cocktail of interesting emotions - surprised, touched, confused (can kindness really work??) and inspired. And yesterday, almost 3 months later as we were closing our program, we asked them to recap some of their most inspiring moments through the fellowship - and a girl mentioned this quote that he had shared. Something in her shifted when she heard those words. We have had a whole range of powerful speakers and amazing sessions - and in all of that, the beauty and simplicity of kindness continues to shine! :)
Saw This Beautiful Tree Bedecked With ... Posted by Sima Sanghvi, Apr 18 2014 Saw this beautiful tree bedecked with notes of gratitude in San Francisco today. Wonderful notes of people being grateful for their family, their dog, their hands, music, love and health. Nice to see such heartfelt displays being "Grateful for it all..." :)
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Apr 18 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... Forgive shares: "" mindyjourney shares: ""For mandymoo, send her some love," I whisper into the redbud tree, As I hug." cherrap shares: "Honor your own uniqueness, love and light. Do what your soul requests!! Caption " whatever is good for your soul..DO THAT! Have a blessed day my friends !!!! "
The Empathy Library Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 18 2014 Imagine a library filled with only the very best examples of human empathy. A treasure trove of inspiring books and films to 'spark a global empathy revolution.' This was the goal of author Roman Krznaric, who worked to capture the world's most memorable examples of empathy under one digital roof. His project, dubbed The Empathy Library, is swiftly being recognized as one of the best online community resources for activists, teachers and empathic thinkers worldwide. "Think of it as Goodreads for the empathy revolution," offers Roman. [Full Story]
10 DAY VIPASSANA NON STOP Posted by Jose Ramon, Apr 18 2014 10 DAY VIPASSANA NON STOP What a 10 day retreat!!!!!!!! People ask me: how was it??? I say: “terrible”, but I am so happy and fresh now, like a kid. I cannot say it was nice, but I did a lot of work. A lot of pain came to awareness. Pain which I don’t know where it came from, but which I know now passes away. It was easy for my mind to react to the pain emerging by telling me, leave the room, stop meditating, or “it’s so painful, I will die”. But I trusted and trusted and trusted, moment by moment, that all that pain would pass. And a lot did. I don’t know if it’s the whole lot of pain, but I can say I am much more equanimous right now, much more in peace than few days ago. For the last year, I have been feeling a constant headache, which cause ... Read Full Story
I Was Giving Aurelie, A Volunteer ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Apr 17 2014 I was giving Aurelie, a volunteer with Mentor Me India a ride back home. She thanked me profusely - and I shared her gratitude, thanking her for an opportunity to drop her. Serving someone who is serving the world is a privilege in itself - it took me back to a recent Awakin passage which reflects on 'who is serving whom'? - it is the posse that we are passing on our labour of gratitude :)
Helpful Tips For Your Inner Critic Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 17 2014 Many believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people. However, research does not support this belief. Self-criticism has been shown to reduce motivation, increase procastination, and increase rumination. This article from the Greater Good Science Center summarizes some of the scientifically-proven healthier ways to take an honest look at yourself and learn from your mistakes. From criticizing behaviors rather than traits to practicing self-compassion, learn how to be your own friendly critic and best friend. [Full Story]
... Posted by Rushabh Gandhi, Apr 16 2014 The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium, Long — Medium This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — mon…
Poetry Of Acceptance Posted by Guri Mehta, Apr 16 2014 In an email thread, found an old poem by Pavi: "The poetry of acceptance is the poetry of the monk's bowl. Space of principled giving and receiving. A muscular discipline that means honoring all that comes - and goes. Gray dawn and a handful of rice. The stray compliment, toothache, joy, a sunlit relationship. An old regret, a restless night, hope, a bright cloud of butterflies. To accept is to cup this moment in present palms, to stand on shifting sands, steadying the nameless within."
Tap Into Your Journey – Discover Answers Posted by Deven P-Shah, Apr 16 2014 How enlightening to listen to the recording of last week’s Awakin call with Cluadia Horwitz on the topic of spiritual activism. Claudia’s candor and transparency in sharing her journey was priceless. While listening to her, I felt peace, stillness inside me; I saw how it can help me solve problems and overcome challenges. For example, I have grappled with questions like these at some point or another in my life: How do I handle stress in my life? Or, better yet, what can I do not to get stressed in the first place? How can I grow? How can I expand my capabilities? How can I cultivate healthier relationships? How do I get more comfortable in a specific group situation? I sometimes feel a void, as if something is missing or lacking. How do I understand and fill that? Early in her career, Claudia was working with a group of college students to organize community projects centered on ... Read Full Story