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
Spare A Hug? Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Nov 25 2014 He was a big man, maybe 6'3" or so. At the corner of a busy intersection, outside a convenience store, he was asking passers-by, "Hey buddy, have a buck to spare?" His physical stature alone could have been perceived as intimidating, but his tone wasn't. I was on my bike, stopped at a red light, a few yards away. Our eyes met, so I decided to wave hello to him. Just a few minutes earlier, about 8 blocks away, I had passed a man balancing a large wooden piece of furniture on the seat and handle bar of a small bike, which he used as a makeshift dolly, slowly--and precariously, but successfully--rolling it up the street. I hesitated then, finally deciding that approaching with an open heart was worthwhile in an of itself, even if any offer to assist was unnecessary. It became apparent there was a language barrier, as "S'okay," ... Read Full Story
A Daily Reminder Posted by KindSpring.org, Nov 25 2014 I was stopped at a red light when I noticed a homeless guy walking towards me. This man had a sign that read "not much needed just hungry". I didn't have any cash, all I had was my own lunch I had packed for myself. I rolled my window and said I have a banana, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bottled water- it's yours if you want it. He smiled and said Thank You. I was scared at first that maybe he was looking for something different than what I had to offer, but he walked over to his crate, sat down and ate the food. I pass him every day and everyday he smiles and mimes "Thank You". ... full story: A Daily Reminder
Lessons From Kindness... A Walk With Nimo Posted by Ani Devlia, Nov 25 2014 There were so many lessons from being kind that were learned whilst walking alongside Nimo on the Empty Hands Pilgrimage in London recently. Each step during the two weeks was infused with so much kindness and love. If it were possible to trace every act of kindness taken in each step, there would be a clear trail running through the streets, trains, homes and hearts of London. Whether it was for a human being, an animal or Mother Earth, each small act was carried out with a selfless intention and with great love. Lessons in Self-consciousness... We had arranged to meet at our home the day before the one day retreat, to set up, run through logistics and most importantly, for the three of us, Trishna, Nimo and myself to reconnect. Within a few minutes after arriving, before we sat together in silence for a while, Nimo asked if we had brooms we ... Read Full Story
How To Realize True Wealth Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 25 2014 The world is filled with abundance, but because we stay tuned into what we do not have, we can spend our lives grasping for more, never really arriving. In this heart-felt piece, Americ Azevedo at the University of California, Berkeley, asks us to awaken to the true and profound wealth we have all been blessed with. "To awaken to this very moment is truth wealth. This moment is in truth all we really have and own. Everything else is just on loan; we must give it all back in the end." [Full Story]
I've Been Trying To Explore What ... Posted by Somik Raha, Nov 24 2014 I've been trying to explore what it is about service that makes it sacred - it started with the thoughts on this topic that i had the privilege to share during the ServiceSpace retreat this year. During my travels in India, I have been getting some more time to reflect, and have finally had a chance to share these more publicly on the huffpo blog. Wanted to share it with our community here. Sacred Service | Somik Raha Some people call sacred service selfless service, referring to the practice of emptying oneself of ego, but selfless service seems like hard work. On the contrary, those who serve selflessly have a great lightness of being and seem to have a practice...
The Selfless Gene It’s Easy To ... Posted by Ilonka Wloch, Nov 24 2014 The Selfless Gene It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism? More
From Despair To Hope: Thank You Posted by Sara O'Toole, Nov 24 2014 Hello Dear Friends! Happy Monday to you (or Tuesday morning). I hope you are well. I am so grateful that I was able to hear the Awakin Call on Saturday November 22nd. It was wonderful. My entire family and I listened to the call with Gwynthe, and we have talked about it often since then. She is so inspirational. Music really is healing. I am looking forward very much to being part of your Awakin Calls transcription and live Twitter feed. I'm very grateful for this opportunity to work with you. Until recently I have felt very cut off from the world. You see, I have agoraphobia and panic disorder. It is a condition of the mind much like cancer of the body. There are periods of health and the reversal of the disease. There are also periods of remission. It is something that I believe will be healed fully some day. In ... Read Full Story
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Anferney's Challenge Intention Posted by Birju Pandya, Nov 24 2014 Behind each of KindSpring's 290+ challenges lies a beautiful intention. Like 'Advocates of Anferney' that was just created today: "My precious baby boy was born premature at 25 weeks gestation on November 30, 2013 and although he was strong, he lost his fight for his life on December 19, 2013. My son taught me so much and was such an inspiration to so many people. His memory will live on and you can all be a part of that by participating in this kindness challenge. When you complete your challenge for the day be sure to let the person know to be an Advocate of Anferney and pay it forward. Thank you so much for honoring my sweet baby boy with me."
I'm A Very Active Member Of ... Posted by sandyremillard , Nov 24 2014 I'm a very active member of Kindspring.org and enjoy sharing life's anecdotes and kind acts openly!