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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Comforting A Child Posted by KindSpring , Sep 01 2015 Yesterday I finished my second leg of backpacking. I was extremely tired but very thankful. After my train from Slovenia, I took what was supposed to be a 6 hour bus ride, which turned out to be 9 hours, down to Croatia's coast. In front of me on the bus was a little 4 year old girl and her grandmother. Hours passed by and eventually the child got fed up with being on the bus. The child wouldn't stop crying and I could tell everyone else was fed up as now they couldn't sleep, and everyone (including me) was tired. I realized I had downloaded a bunch of games on my tablet for my little cousins. I started talking to the child and her grandmother and offered the child my tablet to play a few games. Eventually the tears stopped, she played some games and even fell asleep a while after. Free and simple kindness is awesome. Check out some of Croatia's scenery driving along old roads :) ... full story: Comforting a Child
Our First Interfaith Wisdom Circle! Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Sep 01 2015 Last week, we piloted our first Interfaith Wisdom Circle with Rev. Charles Gibbs and friends from far away places including a woman in Palestine and a Church minister in Africa. You can find more videos from our conversation online, and RSVP for next month's call (with the head of Sufi order) here.
J. Krishnamurti On Laddership Posted by Parag Shah, Sep 01 2015 In his Saanen Talks of 1966, J. Krishnamurti offered a few thoughts, which seems to define our idea of Laddership ... How can you live in this world and yet be innocent? First, be innocent and then you will live in this world, not the other way round. Be vulnerable, be tremendously vulnerable. You do not even understand what it means to be innocent; if you are innocent, you can live in this world, in another world, in any world. But if you are not innocent you try to compromise with this world and then all hell is let loose. But learn about this sense of innocency. Don't try to get it. It is not the word. It is that state when you have no pretension's, no masks, no conflict. Be in that state and then you can live in this world. Then you can go to the office; you can do ... Read Full Story
Gabriela Mistral On Service Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 01 2015 Gabriela Mistral calls on us to serve as nature serves, suggesting each of us could be the one to remove the rock from the field or hate from the human heart. Read her lovely poem about service here... [Full Story]
"Let The Beauty Of What You ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Sep 01 2015 "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." - Rumi.
My Daughter Works For A Law ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 31 2015 My daughter works for a law firm that specializes in immigration law. Recently she helped a very destitute woman get her permit to work here. The woman was so thrilled to receive the permit, that she bought my daughter a drug store gift certificate and my daughter's boss some milk for her baby who is due to arrive next month. These were such beautiful and genuine gestures of kindness and appreciation given by a woman whose entire family was killed in war. She cried as she hugged and thanked my daughter and told her that God will follow and bless her whole family. My daughter later told me, "She loves you too Mom". And I told my daughter to tell this woman that I love her too. I wish her all the best in her new home. I wish that peace and harmony will eventually bloom and flourish in her heart. It will take a long time but I wish her love and happiness in her new life here.
Defeated, A Man Sat Down By Vinod Kumar Shukl Posted by Jyoti , Aug 31 2015 Vinod Kumar Shukl's Hindi Poem - Hatasha se ek vyakti beyth gaya tha, translated by me. Defeated, a man sat down A man, I did not know Defeat, I knew So I went to this man And offered my hand He took my hand to stand He did not know me He knew an offered hand We both walked together We did not know each other We did know walking together Discovered on YouTube through Manav Kaul's reading of it at 1:40m here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkU8N5ikBjs
"Anything Can Make Me Stop And ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Aug 31 2015 "Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn." - Kurt Vonnegut.
Learning To Not Know Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 31 2015 For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak--holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these 'circles' have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our interconnection brings. Please take a moment to be inspired by her brilliant introspection. [Full Story]
Delicious Dinner Today I Cooked A Vegetarian ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 30 2015 Delicious Dinner Today I cooked a vegetarian meal for my friend and I. I made Dahl (Indian style lentils) and rice and salad. It was a nutritious meal full of great vegetables like onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, potatoes and peas. I decided to make a cucumber and radish salad as well but didn't have a cucumber. My friend asked if I needed anything else for the feast and when I said I could use a cucumber, sour cream and more ginger he was right on it! He said he'd pick up those items while on his bike ride. He asked if I wanted an English or field cucumber and I said that a field cucumber would be nice since they are in season. He came back a couple of hours later with all three items in his backpack. He had to go to more than one store to find a field cucumber! I would have been happy with the English! He just had a total knee replacement a couple of months ago so it was so amazing of him to trek around on his bike to find exactly what I wanted. It made the meal extra tasty and special. I cooked this meal with three added ingredients....love, happiness and gratitude. Delicious!