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
Quote By Pancho Posted by Tapan Parikh, Dec 19 2014 Loved this quote that Pancho tweeted:
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Dec 19 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... mindyjourney shares: "A surprise gift arrived in mail today :)))), bagels!!!! Enough for many breakfasts and enough to share as well. Blessings of yummy receiving and giving, my kind friends." oldrose shares: "Today I had the privilege of donating to the local backpack program that provides food to eligible schoolchildren who need a little extra. No child should be hungry." deepee shares: "Your own life experience is the greatest teacher you will ever have. As with any teacher , however, you must be willing to pay attention -- with all your senses."
A Joy Ride Posted by Amit Dungarani, Dec 19 2014 We recently had a death in the family, and so we had to make a sudden trip from New York to London. After landing at my grandma's, the car driver I had was the same person (Ajay) I had this past summer, with whom I ended up having deep conversation about Gandhi and Vinoba. This time, the conversations were about Vivekananda and how he was blown away by all the ServiceSpace links I had sent him -- and in fact, he now frequently passed DG, KT, etc. links onto his friends and family. His sister, she said, was a non-vegetarian and read a DG article on respecting all life around us, and for the festival of Raksha Bandhan, she gave her brother (Ajay) the gift of giving up meat altogether! Even in his life, little changes have cropped up. For instance, he now signs his name as "Ajoy" instead of "Ajay", and I was joking with him that his cab ride should be called "A Joy Ride". :) At the end, when I asked him for the fare, he said, "Amitbhai, how can I tell you such things? Your grandma and your wife's aunt have both fed me. You and your wife are like family. Whatever you offer from your heart will be just right!"
An Incredible Story Of A Young Woman's Courage Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 19 2014 Malvika Iyer is the essence of courage and optimism. At 13, a freak accident caused her to lose both her hands and severely damaged her legs, raising serious doubts about whether she would ever walk again. But young Malvika braved the odds and emerged victorious. Today she is a dedicated social worker, a motivational speaker, a model for accessible clothing in India, and part of the "Global Shakers" initiative of the World Economic Forum. In this interview, Malvika gives a first-person account of her ordeal and how she overcame it to become the incredible young woman she is today. [Full Story]
Colors Of Love At Kat Katha, Delhi Posted by Lahar Mehta, Dec 19 2014 Bunch of us recently held an "Art Week" at Geetanjali's Kat-Katha project in Delhi -- with a loving family and community of sex workers and their children. This experience has opened my mind and heart in ways I could never imagine. I feel immense gratitude for all the factors that aligned to make it possible.. I hope my understanding of Art and Healing continues deepening as this path is illuminated with possibilities… Stories and photos
Nature As A Teacher Posted by Jyoti , Dec 19 2014 The break in the rain offered the opportunity to resume my favorite walk. Here are some thoughts offered up as I immersed myself in the beauty of nature around me. A snap-shot of the sun is not enough to tell whether the sun is setting or rising. They look pretty much the same. Only with context, such as passing of time, we may be able to say whether we are seeing a sunrise or a sun set. So, in life, a snap shot is not enough to make a discerning judgment. The water reflecting the beautiful sun-light filtered through the clouds was shimmering like silver and gold. Don't take my word for it. Pause a moment to see it in the phone-picture I captured above. The very next thought was why do I describe something so magically beautiful by comparing it to silver and gold? Who told me that these are precious ... Read Full Story
Something Remembers ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Dec 18 2014 I was thinking that perhaps I am wrong when I say my grandmother with dementia or the residents in the memory unit/nursing facility I visit, do not remember anything of our time together - something remembers some thing … One youngish lady who must've had a stroke of some sort, who sits in her wheel chair just staring, always just staring no matter what I say, yesterday responded to me for the first time in 5 months - we actually had a mini-conversation! Mrs. Owens who used to say nothing, who was in the middle of a bed bath, no pants being cleaned like a baby, eyes glazed over, forgot all that and brightened up when she saw me and said HELLO so fully, her eyes shining brightly then; Another woman I always stop to say hello to, whose hand I hold even if she doesn't seem to see me, who yells all the ... Read Full Story
Mothers Trust Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community, ... Posted by Mataji Gauribrata, Dec 18 2014 Mothers Trust Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple was founded on the firm conviction that truth and holiness are not the exclusive property of any race, culture, or faith tradition, and that women and men of the most exalted character are to be found in every spiritual tradition and culture. Impelled by this ideal, the Founders were determined to create a welcoming forum, where every spiritual tradition might share its treasures. Such sharing we have learned, has the effect of enhancing and enriching one's own belief's, rather than supplanting them. Interfaith study and dialogue embraces differences and the common ground of human dignity and spirit. Each one of us have a special responsibility. It is not enough to believe in our own traditions. We must educate ourselves of the beliefs of others, for the healing and nurturing of ourselves, our families and our communities, as a way to ... Read Full Story
A Simple Act Of Kindness Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 18 2014 As children, we're taught to be wary of strangers. To walk away, even when we know someone might need our help. Sadly, the world today seems to elicit this type of fear. And, as parents, we continuously struggle to help our children find the balance between staying safe and helping others. Read this inspiring story to learn how one mother's day of errands quickly became a teaching moment for her and her sons. [Full Story]
Delighted To See An "Eternal Gandhi" ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Dec 17 2014 Delighted to see an "Eternal Gandhi" store at the Mumbai Domestic Airport - with Vaishnav Jan playing in the background, lots of Gandhi-related material around....maybe Gramshree and MBL products will also pop up there soon :)