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
Gandhi: Food And Self-Realization Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Apr 17 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on Food And Self-Realization. Take a look.
Suffering Damage Posted by Ani Devlia, Apr 17 2015 “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” The truth and depth in these words, handed by my tutor in notes I’d missed at class last month, made me reflect on a few people that have touched my life and opened my heart recently. Last month, during time spent at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, I spent some time with a young girl named Jayshree. During an introductory circle of sharing on where happiness comes from, she spoke of how giving away her possessions made her feel happy.She went on to share that on her last birthday whem she turned 14, she made a commitment to give away anything that another person asked for or admired of her belongings. This touched me deeply, especially knowing that she came ... Read Full Story
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Apr 17 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... verityngnosis shares: "Just have to share. My granddaughter has been doing the graritude challenge with me. I found this on the counter this morning. " lewski711 shares: "Mowed my neighbor's lawn after I mowed my own. #AprilRAoK "
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Maitri Tune By Asmita Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Apr 17 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Asmita: Mera Khuda Bada Hain.
Old Skool Cafe Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 17 2015 As a juvenile corrections officer, it broke Teresa Goine's heart to see young offenders coming back through the California prison system time and again. Sending these youth back home without a support system to keep them on the right track seemed to be setting them up for systematic failure. Eventually, Goines came up with the idea of Old Skool Cafe, a 1940s-style supper club run entirely by at-risk youth. This film is a voluntary project by Still Motion -- the first film in their "Share" project to give back to society by doing what they do best -- tell stories. [Full Story]
Carry A Smile In Your Wallet? Posted by Jyoti , Apr 17 2015 The very first evening that I learned about Smile cards, I helped stuff some in envelops and then drove to a post office to mail some of these to people across the world whom I did not know. I also put a Smile card in my wallet. In the months since, I have given it away and then immediately replenished it too so that I always have one available. An old credit card commercial has been co-opted - that reminds me "Don't leave home without it". Here are a few of my experiences from carrying it in my wallet. I find that I smile more often, because every time I open my wallet, it is right there reminding me to smile, just because I can, and for no reason at all. I like that. The simple act of smiling releases positive chemicals in the brain that actually make us happier. The ... Read Full Story
Resume Virtues Versus Eulogy Virtues Posted by Guri Mehta, Apr 16 2015 Just read a nice article in NY Times, by David Brooks: Moral Bucket List: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character. A few years ago I realized that ... Read Full Story
Heart Of Decision Analysis Posted by Rahul Brown, Apr 16 2015 Every year, Somik has been creating some great ripples at the annual Decision Analysis (DA) conference. This year, one of his sessions was on "metrics of value", explaining and how the purpose of metrics is to drive action and NOT be a measure of value. Another session was called "Heart of DA", shifting DA away for increasing monetary gains towards its real power in delivering inner transformation. Here's a short clip on the contribution of DA in teaching equanimity by separating decision from outcomes:
Head, Hands And Heart Posted by Meet , Apr 16 2015 We all know the story of the caterpillar. We’d read it when we were kids. A caterpillar hatches from an egg and discovers a strange craving for food. One day, on eating too much, he nauseates himself and carves himself into a cocoon. And so it happened that on a bright sunny Friday morning, we gathered in Maitri looking for a safe place to rest and spin ourselves into a cocoon. We were hopeful and yet hesitant of the unknown. We gathered in a big circle and Sheetal Bhai opened the session with a beautiful question, “What has been the one gift, tangible or intangible that we have received in our lives that has created a shift or transformation within us ?” Shreshtha, with tears in her eyes shared how when she was leaving for the retreat, her little daughter put a piece of paper in her hands and when she read ... Read Full Story