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
A Powerful Video ... ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, May 05 2015 A powerful video ...
Karma Kitchen Waves :) Posted by Stephanie Hermawan, May 05 2015 Karma Kitchen continue to create not just ripples, but waves! In a global EO gathering in San Diego, with over 1000 EO member leaders/ incoming presidents and board members around the globe, our KK Indonesia got the Best Learning Award for Community Impact across more than 170 EO chapters from more than 40 countries around the world. It underscores how important such ideas are, for our present-day culture. Cindy Gozali received the award yesterday and we were all very excited to share the news with all of you! Thank you for the ongoing inspiration. Notice the phrase "Growing in Generosity" on the plaque:
Highlights From Seva Cafe Grasse! Posted by Audrey Lin, May 05 2015 As we pull up the driveway and into the parking lot, we glimpse their silhouettes through the window. Folks busy at work, sprucing up tables and walls and all corners of Le Café du Palais, a restaurant in Grasse, France where a labor-of-love team is setting up for a local Seva Café. Sheetal, Madhu and I had arrived just a few hours earlier, and were welcomed by Lilian, who immediately greeted us as family though we had never met before. As we step up onto the damp, just-rained-on outdoor patio of the restaurant, the air is alive with enthusiasm. One volunteer is wiping rainwater from the tables. A chalkboard welcomes us by the entrance, etched with words of welcome: “Bienvenue au Seva Café Grasse”. Inside, people flutter around and the building is a-glow with folks arranging tables with homemade menus, bookmarks and heart pins, colored napkins, and centerpieces of flowers and floating candles. Catherine ... Read Full Story
Strangers In The Airport Posted by KindSpring.org, May 05 2015 I was in a large US airport and being taken by one of those passenger/luggage transports to a Waiting Room. On my cart was a very anxious woman about my age from somewhere in Africa who didn't speak English. She was obviously frightened. She couldn't get her cell phone to work. I loaned her mine to make her call. When we got to the waiting room I went out to get some lunch - a pizza and two plates. I took it back and cut it in half putting half on each plate. As we ate, she calmed down and we managed to understand each other.. . . and I managed to find out where she was going. So I went out to the airline counter and found her gate and plane number and departure time. It was amazing with a little kindness how she calmed down and we communicated without a common language. We departed in different directions with a big hug! ... full story: Strangers In The Airport
One Earth, One Sky, Entirely At Peace Posted by Guri Mehta, May 05 2015 [I had posted this earlier on my blog, but am reposting it here since Nipun thought some of you may enjoy it as well.] When our friends John and Mia invited me to join them on a Peace Walk for a nuclear-free future, led by a nun, I immediately thought, yes. It’s not ordinarily something I would be inclined to do by myself. Especially since I know very little about this topic, aside from what has been in the mainstream media about nuclear energy, and the devastating Fukushima tragedy recently. As I was reading about the walk, a friend who knew I had a busy week ahead, wondered if these types of walks actually make an impact? I wasn't sure, but somehow I was certain that I needed to join them while they’re in the Bay Area. Aside from sorting out my schedule for the next day, I tried to mentally prepare ... Read Full Story
Maid In Kolkatta Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, May 05 2015 An truly inspiring story of a "Maid in Kolkatta" ... Unbelievable where Life has Taken her Baby Halder, a school dropout who works as a domestic helper, is an accomplished author whose work has been translated into 24 languages. SNM Abdi meets the unassuming literary star. It’s 11pm and Baby Halder’s day is just winding down. Dressed in a blue-and-white salwar kameez, the 39-year-old domestic helper finishes washing a pile of dishes, then mops the floor and turns off the kitchen lights before retiring to her small one-room flat on the terrace of her employer’s palatial, well-appointed house in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of India’s capital, Delhi. But she is not yet ready for bed. Even though it’s late and she has to start work at 6am, Baby fishes out a notebook from the desk and begins to write. “It’s become a habit now,” she smiles. “I’ve got to write at least a few pages ... Read Full Story
Silken Strands I Can Only See When ... Posted by mindyjourney , May 05 2015 Silken strands I can only see When the sun catches and reflects The Light back into me. Each morn, lilies-of-the-valley play In the shadows of dewy drops Happy for delicate bloom of May.
Are You Cultivating Knowledge Or Consuming Information? Posted by DailyGood.org, May 05 2015 The internet represents an unprecedented opportunity to share and access information. But how do we mindfully engage with this tool, and with other emerging technologies, without getting lost in a maelstrom of distractions? Gregory Ciotti suggests that, with a specific set goals for personal growth in mind, we can find a healthier balance between engagement and immersion. [Full Story]
Fair And Effective? Posted by Bradley Stoll, May 04 2015 I just completed my second (and last) day of jury duty for 12 months. This is the first time I made it to the the point of actually being questioned by the attorneys and judge. Of the first 12, 3 had been dismissed and then my number was called. The young lady before me voiced her concern with finding the man guilty. She viewed any sort of imprisonment as cruel and unusual punishment (who can deny that?). When the judge pushed her on it and asked what she thought should be done if the man were found guilty, the juror replied with rehabilitation through therapy...you know, real help, rather than a punishment that really does nothing to help anyone. I think she has found her calling. And yes, this juror was dismissed. Then came my turn. I was asked to expand on my answer to, "Is our Criminal Justice system ... Read Full Story
Today's 21-Day Mindful Technology Challenge: Replace ... Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, May 04 2015 Today's 21-Day Mindful Technology Challenge: replace some screen time with a walk in the open air. Notice how the change of scenery impacts you. My response: While Walking, A New Friend When I leave my house and you leave yours, maybe we will find each other.