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
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
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)
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).
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]
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]
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
Today I Read A Great Article ... Posted by Gillian White, Sep 28 2014 Today I read a great article in Psychology Today on 6 reasons not to forgive (unless the time is right). It was a great relief to get a different perspective on a behaviour (forgive) that, if forced on us through guilt, actually leads to depression and unhappiness (without quite knowing why). If you have been deeply hurt, abused, traumatised, victimised, tortured etc. it is important to be allowed to feel those feelings (anger, resentment, thoughts of retaliation etc) and integrate the experience before you can move on. This may take hours, days, weeks, even years. The pressure to forgive before you are ready is a further trauma. Well meaning people can sometimes extend the hurt. The easily forgiven person often goes on to abuse again.
From Darkness To Light! Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Sep 28 2014 Recently, Khushmita and I found ourselves in a 4 hour interaction with Bhavesh Bhatia, who has had an truly inspiring journey. He lost his complete eye sight early in life, and decided that he wanted to live as independently as possible. What started out as an small step in early 90's with Bhavesh selling his hand made candles on a push cart on the streets of a small town named Mahabaleshwar, today is an inspired small scale social enterprise called "Sunrise candles" where over 90 visually impaired folks work together to help create a shift from darkness to light. When one of India's top industrialist heard of this work, he promptly sent in a donation of Rs 25 lakhs as his support. Bhavesh humbly sent back the check with a note that he would rather have a corporate order for the same amount to engage his friends with rather than free money. He feels ... Read Full Story
I Just Finished Reading Vishesh's Free ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Sep 28 2014 I just finished reading Vishesh's Free Hugs post...how inspiring:). Then I began to think about two things: First, how awesome of a day this is going to be!!! I will soon be making yogurt pancakes for my daughter and her three girl friends who are sleeping peacefully in the room next to me; then I will drive to Berkeley, listening to Empty Hands probably twice; following this up with serving others, while bringing some sunshine into their lives. Secondly, I recall a couple of days ago a friend asked me about my legacy and what I want it to be. I've never thought much about that and, after some thought, I don't want to worry about it. Maybe I don't really care much. My legacy? The world was surviving before my Earthly presence and it will survive (for several billion years, anyway) after I leave. I don't want a legacy. I want to affect, or rather, infect, people right here, right now, with kindness, compassion, and love
Bridges To Prosperity Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 28 2014 Here's a simple yet thought-provoking question: Can you imagine your life without bridges and roads? A unique nonprofit organization called Bridges to Prosperity is looking to make a positive difference in the lives of people who live in isolated communities around the world. Using state of the art technologies, fused with local construction techniques, Bridges to Prosperity's mission is to bridge the gap to essential health care, education and economic opportunities. [Full Story]