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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Weaving Hearts Posted by Colleen Choi, Jul 30 2014 I've been traveling in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico for the last 2 months.  Here is a story I just posted on my blog. Maybe the SS community will enjoy it :)  Love!  *  *  * What is it with my love affair with handmade, indigenous art? I use to think that it was the vibrant colors, textures and fine artistry that drew me in. I’m finding now that the connection is about a quality much deeper than the aesthetics - these crafts are about families creating together, as a community. It’s not an expression of one person, like we find in cities. They represent thousands of years of culture and serve as a prayer for the whole. They represent a part of time that still stands still. In Chiapas, Mexico, the Mayan communities are fighting to hold on to their culture - the communion of language, prayers, art and land (earth). Over ... Read Full Story

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Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Grandmother Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 30 2014 Mia Tagano visits her 94 year old grandmother -- who now has dementia -- and discovers a whole new, less verbal, way of communicating her love through heart, hands and hugs. To her surprise, when she brings this approach to her grandmother's roommate who has suffered a stroke, it radically transforms their communication and opens up both women profoundly. This heart-warming story shares more... [Full Story]

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Paying-It-Foward In Taiwan, On My Birthday Posted by Gwhyneth Chen, Jul 29 2014 Yesterday in Taiwan, instead of celebrating my birthday in the usual way -- with my family at a fancy restaurant -- I tried a new experiment.  I went to a vegetarian buffet and bought dinner for the first seventy people!  Back when we spontaneously tagged bunch of people with shaved ice with Nipun's honararium, Robert Block also gifted his for similar purposes. So I used that money and added a bit more of my own. The guests were shockingly surprised -- but full of joy. :) The most amazing part was that one of the guests came to me and introduced herself as the founder of Filiality Association -- an organization dedicated to encouraging the connection of children to their parents, elders and ancestors. When she found out that I was the one who had paid it forward, and that I was a concert pianist who also tries to take care of ... Read Full Story

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Karma Kitchen Launches In Indonesia! Posted by Sima Sanghvi, Jul 29 2014 [Updated with some photos below.] We had a fantastic Karma Kitchen yesterday -- considering that seven teenagers had taken over the ship with their boundless energy, enthusiasm and hand-made tags. :)  Their generous wisdom belied their young years and they truly embodied the theme of the day which was Compassion! As everyone experienced how generosity effortlessly builds connections with strangers, we were particularly touched to see how the ripples of Karma Kitchen had reached Indonesia. Here are some photos from social media alone: And here is a video from their launch earlier this month, featuring the renowned chef William Wongso: Love really needs no language. :)

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Wrists To Remind Posted by Priyal Patel, Jul 29 2014 As most of you know Mira and I have been working our summer internship project called 'Wrists to Remind', taking a spark of inspiration from Joe's Peace Chains.   Last Sunday, we gifted out most from our initial batch of 95 at Karma Kitchen-- and to be honest, we didn't how strangers would respond but it felt *really* awesome to see people's reactions, encouragement and gratitude.  Various people even took photos of our color chart, as we shared our research behind each value and its corresponding color.  In the end, the "stuff" became an excuse to connect at a deeper level. Just a recap of the concept -- we have named them 'Wrists to Remind' as we hope the wristlet will act as a reminder to perform the respective action that goes with your word.  Unfortunately we do not have all the colors we started off with, but we do have generosity, balance, imagination, hope, peace, respect, unity and faith left.  If any of those speak to you, let us know and we'll be happy to mail you one. :(        

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Ganoba-ji Inspires, Even Through His Passing Posted by Harshida Mehta, Jul 29 2014 While meditating yesterday morning, I felt a strong urge to go meet with Ganoba-ji in the hospital. As many of you may know, he and his wife used to come to Awakin Circles throughout the last decade. After his wife's passing, Ganoba-ji spent more time in the bay-area and would come regularly. In fact, even during those times when he wasn't local, we would get his RSVP every single week -- because he wanted to listen to the audio recordings. He blessed many of us, in beautiful ways. So, after Dinesh and I finished our meditation, we left a message for both his daughters (Vandana and Sarita) to see if we could visit him. In just a span of couple weeks, Ganoba-ji's went from normal health to not being able to breath with a respirator. We didn't hear from the daughters, but we figured they must be occupied -- and went ... Read Full Story

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Knights Of Kindness At The Karma ... Posted by Ammi , Jul 28 2014 Knights of Kindness at the Karma Kitchen (earlier this summer)

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Conrad Pritscher: Lessons From A Student Of Life Posted by Bela Shah, Jul 28 2014 A couple of years back when the Awakin readings started its comments feature, Somik Raha noticed that they were receiving insightful and thought provoking comments every week from an individual named Conrad Pritscher. Many Awakin readers have remarked, “After I read the Awakin passage, the first thing I do is read Conrad’s reflection because it helps me to understand the passage.” As a quintessential example, in response to the reading “The Most Subversive Invitation” by John O’Donohue, Conrad had shared the following reflection: “I love the idea of not knowing. I’m almost attached to it. I love to know that I don’t know. That too is a knowing. Would I be better off if I didn’t know that?” After many years of cultivating this online connection in wisdom, inquiry, and love, we had the precious opportunity to host Conrad on a live Awakin Call on July 12. Sitting there with Conrad and his ... Read Full Story

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Speaking Up Versus Silence Posted by Ammi , Jul 28 2014 Practicing silence as a doorway to inner transformation has also led to other wonderful changes in my life, confirming my belief that our inner and outer worlds are linked in more ways than we can understand. I am a devoted fan and advocate of silence. For sometime now, I have gently supported and enabled silence in the lives of others who are a part of my life's journey, such as by starting my classes with a minute of silence or telling my friends about the silent yoga class I have enjoyed for several years now. This morning, I came across the following quote:  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are there times when silence is not the answer? When is it important to actually speak up? How do we know when to speak up? Last week's Awakin reading (www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=1015) offered ... Read Full Story

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So You're Not Up At 5am To Work? Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Jul 28 2014 So you're not up at 5am to work? What's wrong with you? Nothing.  This appeared on LinkedIn, which I think is a great sign! :)

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