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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My Tears Dry As The Clouds Roll ... Posted by mindyjourney , Jun 30 2015 My tears dry As the clouds roll by. The moving masterpiece Of an evolving today, Divinely inspired And dramatically played. Raising my heart To more gratefully see, I fill myself full Of a fluffed billowed be. The choicest painting Of a measured drift Framed in window glass, I open this limitless gift. Ribbons untied Of cumulus and cirrus white, The wrappings azure Paint my winged delight. "Brushed and signed," Whispers the Divine, As I breathe all Into my soaring eyes.
Time For Breakfast! Posted by KindSpring.org, Jun 30 2015 Every morning at work, I get the best made to order omelette in our cafeteria. The best part is that the guy who makes them is always cheerful and happy. It is a great way to start my morning. I decided to let his manager know what a great job he was doing and he said he would give him movie passes as recognition. He deserves this as he gets my morning off to a great start! ... full story: Time For Breakfast!
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Can Altruism Make Children Posted by Audrey Lin, Jun 30 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Can Altruism Make Children Healthier?. "I discovered that the law of Love could be best understood and learned through little children," Gandhi says on a visit with Maria Montessori. From research that links altruism with health in 4-year-olds, the power of finding common ground in the classroom, and Gandhi's insights on the wisdom of children-- the stories below can't help but reaffirm the power of teaching with love at the center.
How To Transform Stress Into Courage And Connection Posted by DailyGood.org, Jun 30 2015 "Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people." In this article, McGonigal summarizes the social science research that explains how a certain response to stress changes the brain's biochemistry in surprising ways. [Full Story]
Insight-Riding On The Negative Nerve Posted by Sheetal Vaidya, Jun 29 2015 When you are 100% positive there are underlying patterns within you that do not allow this positivity to hold on. This is what I observed as throbbing of negative nerve. When everything is going well you are surrounded by doubt, fear or depression without reason. There’s nothing to explain this syndrome. But you surely know that from positivity you are slowly moving towards negative thought process. That’s when you ride on this negative nerve and go from “surreal” to “sadial”(feeling pulled down or depressed). Then the whole fault finding exercise with others and self begin, the underlying idea is to somehow prove that you are feeling upset because of a reason. Some days ago I was going through this phase and I felt too depressed for no reason or some reason whatsoever, that’s when I was reminded of two things: First one: We are so engaged in self cherishing and constantly wish ... Read Full Story
Gorgeous Portraits Of The World's Vanishing People Posted by DailyGood.org, Jun 29 2015 Many photos are able to capture what we see, but it's a rare photo that shows us who we are. Jimmy Nelson has traveled the globe seeking out opportunities to share a glimpse into some of the world's vanishing people. In this TED talk, he shares not just the photos he's taken, but the stories behind each astonishing portrait. [Full Story]
Man's Most Important Mistake Posted by Awakin, Jun 28 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by G. I. Gurdjieff titled 'Man's Most Important Mistake': One of man's most important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. Man such as we know him, the ‘man-machine,’ the man who cannot ‘do,’ and with whom and through whom everything ‘happens,’ cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago. Man has no permanent and unchangeable I. Every thought, every mood, every desire, every sensation, says ‘I.’ And in each case it seems to be taken for granted that this I belongs to the Whole, to the whole man, and that a thought, a desire, or an aversion is expressed by this Whole. In actual fact there is no foundation whatsoever for this ... [Read more]
Emergence Of Laddership Circles Posted by Nipun Mehta, Jun 28 2015 In January of this year, few of us met for a lunch where a friend offered us money to support the Generosity Entrepreneurs (GE) vision. Even though we haven't taken the money, his intent ended up catalyzing a great possibility within ServiceSpace. Traditional project incubators support their entrepreneurs in becoming sustainable through money, but the GE idea is to be sustainable through nature. More specifically, through generosity. When Lynne Twist asked Mother Teresa about her thoughts on fundraising, the response she got was: "Oh, I just pray. Whatever I get is what I need." And that was Mother Teresa's only strategy for sustaining 400 centers across 102 countries. From a distance, that seems like a mysterious anomaly, but perhaps finding security in money is actually what ought to be odd. Across time and wisdom traditions, sages have always repeated a principle of nature: "It is in giving that you receive," "Every seed ... Read Full Story
Nancy Mellon: Storytelling As A Healing Art Posted by DailyGood.org, Jun 28 2015 I opened the classroom door to hear a robust Irish voice shouting to the children: What are you doing in here? I never heard such a hullabaloo in me life! The children all sat down immediately and put their toes together under their desks. I heard the voice continuing, "I come from the country called Ireland, and I am visiting your country to find out whether American children learn anything at all!" [Full Story]
Wonderful Awakin Call Today With Marty ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Jun 27 2015 Wonderful Awakin Call today with Marty Krasney. Gratitudes to Marty, Bela & Kozo and all who make these calls possible.