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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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Today We Saw The Most Beautiful ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Sep 30 2014 Today we saw the most beautiful roses - each one seemed more beautiful then the next but it is a fleeting beauty meant for the moment. I am grateful for the moments. After we said good-bye to John who was off to lead his support group (now in its 39th year!!), I got my grandmother ready for dinner. She needed to be washed which has become part of our life. Then once in front of her meal I was forgotten for that moment while she focused on what in her earlier years would have been more bland then she would have wished. Now, it is a highlight. We hugged and kissed and as I was leaving, another woman, who doesn't speak much english, began crying, pointing at her food showing me her shaky hand - there wasn't enough staff to feed all that needed to be fed so I stopped ... Read Full Story

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Had The Honor Of Spending A ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Sep 30 2014 Had the honor of spending a day of reflection with Rajaji (Rajagopal PV) of Ekta Parishad. Over the last 45-odd years, Rajaji has organized the most marginalized people of India in a non-violent, Gandhian Way. Some touching stories included how he went about reconciling with the bandits and dacoits of the Chambal Valley (in the 70s) and did it successfully with patience. From there on, his has been a journey of constant service and including - Ekta Parishad's last action was a padyatra from Gwalior to Delhi with over 60,000 people! The demand was for land reforms and it was met - at one time, 3 people were killed. Yet not a single person from the crowd retaliated - instead, they meditated. The police came to control and protect them in the day, and then approached them in the night saying they want to learn from them! Such magical stories of soul ... Read Full Story

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30 Days; 30 Acts Of Kindness Posted by KindSpring.org, Sep 30 2014 I am currently participating in a "30 acts of kindness in 30 days" challenge which I set for myself. Let me explain. A dear friend of mine recently celebrated her 30th birthday. Rather than doing what most women of her age would might do -- drinking, hiring a stripper, or even buying a fabulous new dress and having a swanky dinner out at an expensive restaurant -- she decided to host a "random acts of kindness" party, inviting her friends to participate in spreading some kindness in the world, and to spend money they'd have spent on a gift instead on gestures of kindness. At the restaurant, she had a drawing so that everyone received instructions for an act of kindness they had to carry out anonymously. She'd also prepared cards for all those present, where she'd written to each guest personally, saying what they meant to her as a friend, and then passed them around the table for everyone else to add nice comments about each other. She explained to me that she was in the process of entering a new phase in her life, one of being more in service to others, and she wanted a birthday celebration ... full story: 30 Days; 30 Acts of Kindness

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Picasso On Intuition Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 30 2014 Brassai asks Picasso whether his ideas come to him "by chance or by design." Picasso responds: "I don't have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points...What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas." Read more on how artists create and what they think about as they work. [Full Story]

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From Anti-war Organising To Building A Sustainable Food Posted by Fernando Grajeda, Sep 29 2014 Fighting against mega issues for humanity Haleh Zandhi is an inspiration figure who transitioned from feeling disempowered and frustrated as a result of her anti-war organising struggle to feeling fulfilled by instead channelling a creative solution to an issue close to her heart: food injustice. Her journey started whilst doing a lot of door to door organising and talking to people about increasing militarisation of the Middle East during the Bush years as her family came from Iran. Her tactic and strategy was to lobby people in Congress to make sure that the US didn’t go to war with Iran, to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and to decrease its military presence in countries around the world. With that work, Haleh felt very disempowered and very depressed. In her own words: “I felt like my spirit influence was not effective and so I started to look at the food ... Read Full Story

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Trash Boating Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 29 2014 I want to share some photos from yesterday's community lake clean up even here in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. An organization, Fincas Buenas, built a boat out of trash! We had two groups of people picking up trash from the shoreline, and more groups up in the hills. At one point, I was waist deep in water and trash, scooping up bits of styrofoam, plastic, clothing, etc. I got so dizzy I needed to sit down, but couldn't. I could feel the earth and all of the energy that was in that spot. I took a moment to be with the earth, send gratitude and love and let her know that we see her. On one hand, we're just moving trash from one part of the earth to another. Hopefully, our collective intention and love will be felt through the town and by our Earth. :) (Photo by Lucy Grin) (Photo by Lucy Grin)  

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More Than 5 Thousand Join For Kindness Challenge Posted by Birju Pandya, Sep 29 2014 Excited to see so many join our Oct 2nd Kindness Challenge (although our focus has been on encouraging the 130+ parallel challenges that are currently being hosted on our platform).  

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Turning Inspiration Into Action Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 29 2014 We've all experienced fleeting moments of divine inspiration. Perhaps, you've always wanted to write a book, run a marathon, or create an exciting new blog -- only to find that the spark of inspiration is too easily extinguished. It can be frustrating, to say the least. Zen Habits author, Leo Babauta offers some tips on how to translate inspiration into sustainable action. [Full Story]

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Get A Life Posted by Awakin, Sep 28 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Anna Quindlen titled 'Get a Life': There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul. People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or ... [Read more]

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Gandhi, Science & Religion And Bakersfield Posted by Somik Raha, Sep 28 2014 Yesterday, I had the privilege of representing ServiceSpace at Cal State University Bakersfield, on a panel titled "Science and Religion: Are they Compatible?"  The story behind the story is always interesting to me. Bakersfield is where our own Trishna Shah grew up, and over conversations on ServiceSpace that she and her father had with family friends, the seeds were planted, and we got an invite. How is it that such an event even came to be? The story here is even more humbling - seventeen years back, a group of women decided that they wanted to celebrate what Gandhi stood for. In a very humble way, they would gather and invite community members to join them in celebrating Gandhi's life by engaging with his key ideas. In the initial years, they would meet in small rooms in libraries. Over the years, this has now received the love and support of the community, and CSUB now ... Read Full Story

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