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
Conscious Simplicity Posted by Awakin, Oct 19 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Duane Elgin titled 'Conscious Simplicity': Here are three major ways that I see the idea of simplicity presented in today’s popular media: 1) Crude or Regressive Simplicity: The mainstream media often shows simplicity as a path of regress instead of progress. Simplicity is frequently presented as anti-‐technology and anti-‐innovation, a backward-‐looking way of life that seeks a romantic return to a bygone era. A regressive simplicity is often portrayed as a utopian, back-‐to-‐nature movement with families leaving the stresses of an urban life in favor of living in the woods, or on a farm, or in a recreational vehicle, or on a boat. This is a stereotypical view of a crudely simple lifestyle -- a throwback to an earlier time and more primitive condition -- with no indoor toilet, no phone, no computer, no television, and no car. No thanks! Seen in this way, simplicity is a cartoon lifestyle that seems naive, disconnected, and irrelevant -- an approach to living that can be easily dismissed as impractical ... [Read more]
This Is Your Brain On Scarcity Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 19 2014 Scientists have long recognized that poverty can aggravate health problems. Now they're also beginning to understand that the stress of too little income actually changes the way people think. Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir says that's normal for someone who's not making ends meet. He studies the brain on scarcity. He says it doesn't matter what kind of scarcity you're dealing with. When humans don't have enough of something, that fact dominates our consciousness. [Full Story]
The Extinction Of Quiet Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 18 2014 Noise pollution is linked to health problems and some argue it interferes with our natural connection to the earth. As the world's quiet places disappear, are we forgetting how to listen? In 1989, "acoustic ecologist" Gordon Hempton received a grant to document and record the natural sounds of Washington state. He identified 21 wilderness places to record -- sites unsullied by the sounds of traffic, aviation, construction, and other man-made noise. Twenty-five years later, only three of those sites remain muted. This poignant article shares more. [Full Story]
Just Saw What I Thought Was ... Posted by Birju Pandya, Oct 17 2014 Just saw what I thought was a beautiful video called 'Awakening the Wisdom of the Heart' - sharing the importance of developing a worldview based on unconditional love and interconnectedness while doing our work in the world. Awakening the Wisdom of the Heart - The Contemplative Alliance from Global Peace Initiative of Women on Vimeo.
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Oct 17 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... kvpsummer shares: "I made a zen tangling card today and wrote "Have a great day" on it. I addressed it to dear stranger and will leave it on a bench at the bus stop. " gildeasl shares: "I made a handmade card for my wife. " monkies25 shares: "A little off topic, but I donated school supplies to an elementary school in need. "
Thank You "Smile Friends" For The ... Posted by Geoff Nedry, Oct 17 2014 Thank you "Smile Friends" for the lovely card and gifts you sent my family! Big hugs to all the kindness doers out there! :)
Tomorrow Is My Niece's Baby Shower. ... Posted by Cheryl Rouleau, Oct 17 2014 Tomorrow is my niece's baby shower. There will be 14 years between her eldest child and the baby. My niece was 15 when she had her daughter so wasn't mature enough to be what most would term a "good parent". We all hope and pray that maturity will bring dedication to the most important job a person can have - parenthood. To make sure my great niece doesn't feel left out tomorrow I bought her an "I love you and you are wonderful!" gift. I have every faith that she will be the best older sister ever.
6 Principles For Changing The World -- Seriously. Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 17 2014 "The solution revolution -- the convergence of money and meaning, problem solvers and 'patient' capital, governments and citizen (and commercial) changemakers -- is underway. But while it flourishes in some parts of the world, other regions are still sitting on the sidelines." Want to know what you can do to accelerate the solution economy? Read on for six world changing strategies from William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan. [Full Story]
Sarah Van Gelder: Unity In Diversity Posted by Bela Shah, Oct 17 2014 As an eight year-old foreigner living in India, Sarah Van Gelder was keenly aware of a heart breaking paradox - the privileged life that she was born into and the unjust levels of poverty that surrounded her. She didn’t understand why she would be taken care of and other children her age would suffer. None of it made sense. Her experience in India planted the seeds for a life-long journey to answer one question: What creates poverty and suffering and what could she do about it? An evolving and earnest exploration of this question eventually inspired Sarah to reframe the world’s biggest challenges in terms of their solutions through a thought provoking publication called YES! Magazine. “I looked for answers to questions in many different places and I come back to the notion that our whole society is in a period of transformation. The injustices that create this suffering are unnecessary and we ... Read Full Story
Gratitude And Human Connection Posted by Mia Tagano, Oct 16 2014 This evening I took my grandmother to a Japanese Restaurant. When her tea came, she exclaimed gleefully, “Oh Wow, Tea!” . When her soup came she cried, “Soup! I Love Soup!” The cucumber salad that came next got the “Yummy! Award” and the rice was “Perfect”. Later, as I was taking her to her room, she squeezed my hand and said, “Thank you so much for being with me.” After she was changed and in bed, we hugged a happy hug and she reminded me to “come back soon!”. After I left her, a woman was crying from her bed, “Please help me”. She wanted water and her hair combed. It took less than 10 minutes to do this for her. When I left she said, “Please visit again” and “Thank you.” Next, I saw a man alone on the couch in the front lobby, lying with his head on the ... Read Full Story