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
Flowers For A Gardner Posted by KindSpring.org, Nov 24 2015 An elderly lady who lives near me keeps her garden so beautiful. It has an abundance of flowers and colours. The weather is not too good here at the moment, it's actually raining. I drove past this elderly lady's house and the garden is showing signs of winter with very little by way of flowers or colour. I knocked on her door and she came out. She doesn't know me and I told her I had flowers for her. Dear love, she said she couldn't imagine who would be giving her flowers. I told her it was me and I was giving them to her because she works so hard in her garden and we all get to enjoy the beauty of it. She was totally gobsmacked. All she could say was 'I don't know what to say.' Her name is Elizabeth. Tears ran down Elizabeth's face and you would truly think she'd just won a jackpot. Elizabeth told me she loves flowers, I laughed and told her I already knew that! I also gave her a little thank you card to let her know all her hard work in her garden brings joy to others. Elizabeth this moment was so precious ... full story: Flowers For a Gardner
Choosing Suffering Over Safety Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 24 2015 "Can you walk, sweetheart?" I say these words to our dog Stella who is dying. Its time for breakfast and if she walks from our bed to the kitchen, maybe that will be a sign. Maybe she will be alright. So I ask her again, Can you walk? As I ask, I remember eleven years of sleeping twisted like a pretzel so the dog could get a good nights sleep. I remember mornings, how she rose at dawn and stomped her Pointers feet on the mattress to get me up, to flush me out of the brush of sleep as she would a wild quail. Now its nine a.m. and she sighs at the foot of the bed, eyes alert and breathing rapidly." In this poignant piece the writer reflects on the relationship between joy, love and suffering. [Full Story]
THANK GOD,AM CONNECTED WITH SUCH GOOD ... Posted by SUNDARRAJ , Nov 23 2015 THANK GOD,AM CONNECTED WITH SUCH GOOD PEOPLE.PRAISE BE TO GOD.
Paths Are Made By Walking Posted by Jyoti , Nov 23 2015 Shall I be loyal Follow the dog's steps Or pick the stars On the bird's path Kauva challa hans ki chaal (Hindi proverb) A crow can't be a swan (translated) I'll walk to create My own path In harmony With all.
Work + T: Hospicing The Old, Midwifing The New... Posted by Birju Pandya, Nov 23 2015 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Hospicing The Old, Midwifing The New.... Happy Thanksgiving friends! Welcome to Work+T! This month we outline the two loops model of change, the 'small and simple' role mindfulness can play in the process, and a few more 'experimental' approaches. Enjoy! All good things, Birju
Videos - Swami Vedananda @ Interfaith Wisdom Circle Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Nov 23 2015 Swami Vedananda at Nov. 15 Interfaith Wisdom Circle, offering his reflections on passages from the Upanishads. You can see all the videos and discussions at Nov. 15 Interfaith Wisdom Circle.
I Awaken Before Dawn Posted by Awakin, Nov 22 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Helen Moore titled 'I Awaken Before Dawn': I awaken before dawn, go into the kitchen and fix a cup of tea. I light the candle and sit in its glow on the meditation cushion. Taking my cup in both hands, I lift it to my Lord and give thanks. The feel of the cup against my palms brings the potter to mind and I offer a blessing for his hands. I give thanks for the clay, the glaze and the kiln. I take a sip and follow the warmth into my body. I offer a blessing for those who brought electricity to my home, who dug the ditches for the lines, who built my home and put in the wires, who made my tea kettle and brought me water to fill it. I take a sip and bless the people in India or China who grew the tea, cultivated it, picked and dried the leaves, took it to market, handled it through the many transactions to bring it to my ... [Read more]
Carol And I Went To See ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Nov 22 2015 Carol and I went to see Greetings! last night, a play about a family contemplating the existence of God, or a god, among other things, as good ole' Catholic boy brings home his fiance, a Jewish Atheist. The message, conveyed through comedy and a some emotional scenes really struck me. Mickey, the other-abled brother, requests the aid of Lucius, to help heal is family. Lucius points to his heart and says, "reality is in here, not out there". (Maybe I shouldn't have put that in quotes, but it's close:)). In the wake of all the suffering that is happening in our world, this is something that I need to start owning. There was also the message that all we can change is ourselves; our own beliefs, actions, feelings. And now, it's off to serve Karma Kitchen, where I can continue to change and grow into whomever I am supposed to
The Power Of Not Knowing Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 22 2015 Every day, the world we live in and the vast universe around us, offer countless questions waiting to be answered. And despite all of our scientific advances and vast reservoirs of knowledge many times the answers remain elusively just out of our reach. In this thoughtful piece writer Wayne Muller explores the counter-intuitive power of not knowing. [Full Story]
Gratitude In The News Today ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Nov 22 2015 Gratitude in the news today :))