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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Get Your PJs On! Posted by Deven P-Shah, Feb 26 2015 Pacha, is inside a bubble floating in the air, dancing and singing… thrilled that she is connected to trees, the sky, clouds, flowers and everyone around her. Suddenly the bubble drops, and she finds herself in her bed. It was a dream. “Mama, I had a dream that we are all connected, the whole world!” Pacha beamed to her mom. “Why don’t you create a video about it sweetheart?” her mom replied. Pacha acted on her dream. She created the video. The video reached to youth all over the world. Pretty soon, young kids in Johannesburg, South Africa and Los Angeles and Chimichagua, Columbia and Mexico City and Oakland, California and Atlanta and Republic of Togo are dancing … they are frolicking to Pacha’s tune … in classrooms, in parks, in streets. Here is the fascinating video of Pacha’s dream and her story… I saw the video on website of our Awakin Call speaker Aaron Ableman – Pacha’s ... Read Full Story
The Same Root Posted by Zilong Wang, Feb 26 2015 Recently, I watched two powerful documentaries within the span of two days, each delving into a heart-wrenching and enraging theme (plastic waste and its global trade; state surveillance and liberty). The back-to-back exposure to just two of the various facets of our mega-crises prompted me to wonder: Are these problems related? What’s the root cause? The first one, Plastic China, by filmmaker Wang Jiuliang (of Beijing Besieged by Waste fame), traces the global plastic waste trade, and documents the shocking impact on the Chinese regions/people that receive and process these garbage. Below are some images from the film, which will be released this summer. While watching the film (a preview), I alternated between wanting to cry, to vomit, and to release the indignation — not knowing how. The second film, is the Oscar-winning Citizenfour. The movie is shocking and inspiring. The painful hangover soon arrived from watching these powerful documentaries. On one hand, I want to ... Read Full Story
We've Had Some Remarkable Awakin Circle ... Posted by Nipun Mehta, Feb 26 2015 We've had some remarkable Awakin Circle openings in the past month. About a month back, Thuy opened in a very heartfelt way -- which was particularly poignant since the Freely vs. Free reading was by written by her! The week after, Zilong shared an incredibly thoughtful opening for a somewhat deep reading, that led to a very powerful circle. Last week, Shiv opened with his vintage humor, enthusiasm and depth around his grandmother's personality of cherish small things -- on a reading on sincere enthusiasm. :) And this week, Kozo opened with his experience of washing feet of a homeless man, that moved many. Beyond each week's brilliance, there's a subtle kind of diversity that continues to be cultivated over a longer period of time. It goes well beyond the diversity of physical traits, and seems to generate a kind of vibrational resilience through an ecology of thoughts. Pancho is in a meditation retreat, but someone made an offering of two poetic oranges yesterday, that had a phrase he frequently uses: Kindness Temple. Any place where someone can offer anonymous oranges with such love has no choice but to be sacred.
I'm More Than Grateful To Be ... Posted by Hitch Boukhari, Feb 26 2015 I'm more than grateful to be here!
The Art Of Stillness Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 26 2015 Giving up what seemed like an exhilarating life and a dream job in the heart of New York City, Pico Iyer made a pivotal decision by moving half way around the world and into the foothills of Kyoto, Japan. Gone was the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, and found was a place that he felt afforded him a chance to find what he was looking for... stillness. For as Pico Iyer believes, it is in 'stillness' that we can find what truly sustains us. [Full Story]
Amar - All Great Achievements Require Time Posted by KarmaTube.org, Feb 25 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4336 views and 16 comments. "14-year-old Amar Pratap Chowdhary works 2 jobs and still manages to go to school, where he ranks first in his class. Amar rises before dawn each morning to deliver newspapers to the still-sleeping residents of Jamshedpur in eastern India before going to his second job at an electrical appliances shop by 9am. Then school, and back to work again until 10pm. Amar's earnings from his 20-hour workday provide the primary support for his family. Take a journey with Amar and watch the triumph of the human spirit over difficult circumstances." ... Watch: Amar - All Great Achievements Require Time
The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 25 2015 The story of Emilie Gossiaux, a native of New Orleans who now lives and works in New York City, is nothing short of extraordinary. At the age of 5, Gossiaux began to suffer from an untreatable disorder that caused her to start losing her hearing. Years later, in yet another cruel twist of fate, Gossiaux was in an accident that left her blind. Remarkably, she continued to follow her love of art and sculpting. Today she is a proud recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence. Read more about her perseverance and courage in this enlightening Q&A. [Full Story]
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: A Tool To Transform Ed? Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 24 2015 This week's 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: A Tool To Transform Ed?. From classrooms convening in virtual spheres to those governed in real time in person, and everywhere in-between, the use of tech in education runs a wide spectrum. These stories explore the possibility and bounds of technology as a tool to transform learning.
Remembering My Father's Vest Posted by KindSpring.org, Feb 24 2015 As a child, I had a lot of pent-up anger and was not good at communicating constructively. Once, as I was getting ready for school, my mother accidentally handed me my father's vest instead of mine. This was around the time that I was getting to be larger in size than my father, and so as I put the vest, I felt like I was being choked in it! I realized that it was a small oversight on my mother's part, but somehow the feeling of being choked overwhelmed me and filled me with anger. Without thinking much, I took out my anger on my mother. I was so upset that she had handed me the wrong vest, that I responded by violently ripping it apart from my chest! Later, my mother shared her own frustration with my father: "See what your son has done." Instead of scolding or abusing me, my father calmly responded by asking my mother to stitch up the vest. He then wore it to work the next day. When mother told me about my father's response -- much later, when I had recovered from my fit -- I immediately felt a great sense of shame for my violent behavior, just ... full story: Remembering My Father's Vest
Before I Go: Neurosurgeon's Reflections Posted by Sriram Shamasunder, Feb 24 2015 Friend of mine's husband, Paul Kalanithi, is a neurosurgeon with a terminal illness. Here's some beautiful writing and his take on time: Before I go Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.