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
Suffering Leads To Grace Posted by Awakin, Sep 21 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Ram Dass titled 'Suffering Leads to Grace': For most people, when you say that suffering is Grace it seems off the wall to them. And we’ve got to deal now with our own suffering and other people’s suffering. That is a distinction that is very real, because we may see our suffering as Grace but it’s quite a different thing to look at somebody else’s suffering and say it’s Grace. Grace is something that an individual can see about their own suffering and then use it to their advantage. It is not something that can be a rationalization for allowing another human being to suffer. You have to listen to the level at which another person is suffering. When somebody is hungry, you give them food. As my guru used to say, God comes to the hungry person in the form of food. You give them food and then when they’ve had their belly filled then they may ... [Read more]
Look Up, A Poem (and A Video) Posted by Pratyush Rajvanshi, Sep 21 2014 "Look Up" by Gary Turk I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them really know me. The problem I have sits in the spaces between Looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen. I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realised, That this media we call social is anything but When we open our computers and it's our doors we shut All this technology we have, it's just an illusion Community companionship, a sense of inclusion But when you step away from this device of delusion You awaken to see a world of confusion. A world where we're slaves to the technology we mastered Where information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard A world of self interest, self image and self promotion Where we all share our best bits but, leave out the emotion. We're at our most happy with an experience we share, But is ... Read Full Story
Margaret Wheatley: On Working With Human Goodness Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 21 2014 "There is nothing equal to human creativity, caring and will. We can be incredibly generous, imaginative and open-hearted. We can do the impossible, learn and change quickly, and extend instant compassion to those in distress. And these are not behaviors we keep hidden. We exhibit them daily." When faced with everyday struggles, and more broadly, the weight of wars and human suffering, Margaret Wheatley reminds us that a belief in human goodness is crucial to seeing us through the "dark times" of our lives. [Full Story]
I Met A Scientist/doctor From Switzerland ... Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 20 2014 I met a scientist/doctor from Switzerland the other day who works with biophotons. He has this machine that scans our body, then sends information/light that neutralizes things like vaccines and bacteria so that our bodies can flush it out. He's been traveling with his kids through Guatemala, offering his healing services to the Mayan communities. I told him that I met another traveler who warned me of swimming in this lake because her friend caught typhoid in it. I asked "Should I really by concerned because I've been swimming in it everyday". His answer: "If you have a fever, even typhoid fever, it means you have a lack of love. Our brains always want to find a cause for everything. To blame something external. There really is no way to find 1 cause because it's usually a network of things which you'll have to trace back to the time of creation. But if you have enough love in you, then you will not get sick."
Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal The World Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 20 2014 What do you do with a broken heart? Imagine if a ninety year-old man asked you that question. How would you answer him? When Thuy Nguyen was asked this question she immediately understood the depths of its origin and took a pause. After scrambling for a response, she looked into this man’s eyes and said, “I let it break. I allow it to be broken and I rebuild it by focusing on the positive.” Thuy wondered throughout the day if she could have done or said more. At the end of the day she received an email from this man, thanking her for helping him. Thuy remembers reading this email and thinking, “Wow, what do you do with a broken heart? You share it.” This was earth shattering for Thuy to realize. We are always so protected and here was this ninety year-old man with a broken heart and that very act ... Read Full Story
Poem By Hafiz: Mastery In Servitude Posted by Guri Mehta, Sep 20 2014 I was "tagged" with a book of Hafiz poems today, after I gifted my copy away last week. It had become a morning ritual to read each day's poem over morning tea, and I have to admit I missed it quite a bit. Today's poem is probably one of my favorites and beautifully describes service: Mastery in Servitude There is really no place for I can’t in Love. A thought like that goes against the grain of light’s astounding ability. Once I saw Caring’s beauty in action; there was a splendor there I needed to imbibe But such a force, it tears you from your moorings, it brings you into an arena where a gladiator you will need to become, but one that may never get cheered. Heroic deeds you will do in silence, for that is Greatness’s preference – no fame. But if the world should come to know you, be a good host to the attention you get. Use it as a tool to build a shelter for your mind and others in need. -Hafiz
The Servant Designer's Process Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Sep 20 2014 One of the newest, hottest things at Stanford these days is the d.school, who are injecting their process of "doing things the design way" into every aspect of Stanford's curriculum, from engineering to business to even social science. The promise of the d.school certainly is great, but the focus of their 5-step process tends to be a "something" at the end of the road - a product, a service, something new that will change the world, with the emphasis being on *new*. There's also this inherent sense of superiority associated with the design thinking way - that somehow you are privy to the end all be all of doing things and that your position at the d.school entitles you to some higher status above all other people you could ever mean to help. Basically, lots of ego. This mentality seems to work for pure design theory and commercial applications the d.school ... Read Full Story
How We Think: John Dewey On The Art Of Reflection Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 20 2014 More than one hundred years ago, psychologist John Dewey wrote "How We Think," a book examining "what separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well..." This article summarizes Dewey's findings, more salient than ever in our age of "snap judgments and instant opinions." [Full Story]
A Day Long Experiment In Generosity Posted by Bela Shah, Sep 20 2014 The following blog was a co-created by a group of noble friends. :-) “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” ~Hafiz Sometimes, miraculous incidents make us believe that there has to be a generous and conscious universe. On a beautiful sunny day in Berkeley, CA, Zilong stood at a crossroad with a big sign asking: "What's Your Smile-Age?" (Smile + Mileage). It was intended to remind drivers and their passengers to pause and smile. After 40 minutes of holding up the sign, an old gentleman, Alfred, came up, and asked what he was doing. As Zilong explained the intention, and the community that inspired this activity, Alfred was thrilled, and said, "This is exactly what our world needs, desperately, desperately." He then opened his wallet, which contained nothing but decks of ... Read Full Story
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Sep 19 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... Dhruv shares: "" Dhruv shares: "True to yourself. .:-)" Jolly shares: "Quote of the day"