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
Kindness Circle Magic Posted by Joserra Gonzales, Aug 28 2014 I feel profoundly grateful to have had a powerful kindness circle yesterday. With Anne, as our invisible ladder!!!, teens in Nidia, Emily and Hannadi who led the way, Sam and Panchito who are giants in holding space, Lahar who moved us with powerful stories of Gopal Dada, Vishesh who is always so alive, and Audrey for her extra-Audrey-nariness ... it was a wonderful space with the Waldorf team and classroom. May the seeds of kindness be planted in these kids became a food forest of love!
Audrey At Love Bomb :) Posted by Birju Pandya, Aug 28 2014 Rhea, producer of the Love Bomb movie, invited us to share a bit about our work at her movie premiere. Here's what she wrote about our superstar: "Audrey you did amazing and it was so wonderful to meet you and connect more about ServiceSpace. I could feel the way it has touched you, and that inspired me for connecting others to ways to serve when they don't always feel they have a direct "thing" to give. Beautiful, you and the Smile Cards added a great dimension to the evening and I could see people were really engaged with you after!"
A Mind Making A Fuss Posted by Ammi , Aug 28 2014 This is my 7th year teaching at a local college that is recognized for its small class-sizes and individual attention to each one in the community. When I was new to the job, colleagues senior to me offered me the most choice in courses and schedules to welcome me into the community. Their generosity made it easy for me to be integrated graciously as I settled into my new role. I appreciated that and was grateful for their support in setting me up to be successful. Now that many of them have retired and we have several new colleagues, I am one of the senior colleagues who feels responsible to pass on this culture of being considerate. The newer faculty select their courses and schedules before I accept my teaching responsibilities for the year. Earlier this month, another colleague who had joined the college at the same time as me, assumed ... Read Full Story
Mindfulness In The Classroom Posted by Ammi , Aug 28 2014 If my memory serves me right, earlier this summer, I sat next to Meena and her husband while dining at Karma Kitchen. Now I find out that she is launching her book on mindfulness in the classroom.
Kindness In An Age Of Connected Disconnection Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 28 2014 Years ago, we didn't have to try so hard to stay connected. People lived in neighborhoods, and there weren't many strangers that didn't ultimately become friends. We watched over one another with relationships built upon a foundation of shared interdependence, ensuring plenty of kindness to go around. Sadly though, through our own scientific progress, we now live in an age of 'connected disconnection.' Even the most basic of needs are provided by faceless entities. But, at what cost? Read on to learn of the direct correlation between kindness and personal connection. [Full Story]
A Farewell Like Never Before… Posted by Neeti S W, Aug 28 2014 Farewell Like Never Before We all had gathered that day and were seated in a circle. Apart from the immediate family we all were a bunch of friends - each one with a different connection yet leading towards this one source - Papa and Ba. Sheetal and Khushmita also arrived unexpectedly that day or rather were just pulled. Papa was on the bed as if watching all of us and Ba sitting next to him holding his hand and caressing his forehead. Ba is 89 years of age and a long time attendee and a radiant soul at our Awakin gatherings on Tuesdays. From the time i have known them i have always seen them together. Laughing, chatting, exchanging those adorable looks, seeing deeply in each other’s eyes, eating and sharing together, watching the sunset and so much more. After all it was 64 years of partnership…as Ba says it was like growing ... Read Full Story
Reminder To Pay-it-Forward Posted by Harshida Mehta, Aug 27 2014 As I was getting ready to leave for work, mailman delivered a box. It was one of the unusual days when I was not running late. It was addressed to Service Space Mom and Service Space Dad. I opened carefully wrapped and nicely packed box from an anonymous sender. It had a beautiful spoon rest with hand crafted inscription "Made with love and Gratitude for SS Mom for all inspiration" on it. In a separate bag marked "for Service Space Dad" there were 3 hand crafted gifts -- Kindness, Gratitude and "Peace begins with Smile." It also happened to be the birthday of ServiceSpace Dad, and I found myself thanking the Universe for such a poignant reminder of receiving unexpected gifts, paying it forward, and raising awareness around our deep interconnected-ness. The gifts found home with four ServiceSpace family members who practice Kindness, Gratitude and Service all the time and came to help me chop vegetables for Awakin circle (even though two of them were flying out the next day). Thank you for the beautiful and anonymous gifts. We inspire each other.
Kindness "Bucket" Challenge Posted by Steve Chan, Aug 27 2014 I am often surprised by the examples and stories that my students bring into the classroom. That happened yesterday after I kicked off a new course in social media by discussing the much publicized ALS ice bucket challenge. I asked them a leading question, "Is this campaign as innovative and ground breaking as recent reports have suggested?" After some silence and thinking, one student raised his hand and mumbled, "No, it's sort of like the Feed the Deed challenge." Unable to hear him clearly I replied, "What was what? Can you explain?" "It's kind of like the ice bucket challenge except you don't raise money. For Feed the Deed you make a video of you doing something kind and then you tag your friends challenging them to do something else kind." Other students jumped in to help explain, with examples of what they did also. This campaign has been out for awhile now, which ... Read Full Story
After Much Thought, This Is How ... Posted by Mallika Thoppay, Aug 27 2014 After much thought, this is how I decided to celebrate an upcoming milestone birthday..wanted to share with the community! https://www.youcaring.com/mallika1000bday
Pay Attention To Nonviolence Posted by KarmaTube.org, Aug 27 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 7579 views and 12 comments. "Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Filmmaker Julia Bacha has spent the last 8 years documenting Israelis and Palestinians who are trying to end the conflict using peaceful means. There are many Palestinians who are using nonviolent resistance to defend their land and water resources, and Israelis who support them. Yet, most of us have never heard of them. This discrepancy between what is happening on the ground and perceptions abroad is one of the reasons that a massive, national, nonviolent movement does not exist in Palestine. In this TED talk, Ms. Bacha asks us, and the media, to focus our attention to these nonviolent movements." ... Watch: Pay Attention to Nonviolence