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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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Freely Vs Free Posted by Awakin, Jan 25 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Thuy Nguyen titled 'Freely vs Free': Today, after receiving acupuncture during my donation based shift, a patient asked me why I was “giving away” such amazing treatments for free. Don’t you value your skills? She asked. Don’t you want to demand that others value your skills too? Don’t you want them to show you respect by paying you what you are worth? Then she saw my perplexed expression and then added, oh, I see you are trying to fix the world. You are trying to help people in need because they are lacking. That is good of you. She waited for a response but I was speechless. There was so much off in what she said to me that I didn’t know where to start, so instead, I tipped my head slightly as to nod. She smiled, deposited $5 into our money box and left. I’ve been thinking about what she said ever since. I do what ... [Read more]

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What The People Of The Amazon Know That You Don't Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 25 2015 "Many human afflictions are diseases of the heart, the mind and the spirit. Western medicine can't touch those. I cure them." Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there are a small number of indigenous tribes who maintain a healing tradition that far pre-dates the development of modern medicine. In this powerful TED talk, ethnobiologist Mark Plotkin outlines the many challenges and perils that are endangering the tribes of the Amazon rainforest, and the urgent need to protect their irreplaceable wisdom. [Full Story]

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Power Of Hugs :) Posted by mark dubois, Jan 25 2015 Those of you who know me, know that I love to hug. :)  I think all of us in ServiceSpace love to hug and spread love!  Well, a study from Carnegie Mellon University now suggests that hugs may help protect against infection. The researchers surveyed 400 healthy adults about the number of hugs they received over a two-week period, and then intentionally exposed them to the common cold virus. The study subjects were quarantined and monitored for illness. Those who reported having the strongest social support shown through hugs were less likely than others to catch the cold. Those who did get sick appeared to have less severe illness. 

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Karma Kitchen In 17 Cities! Posted by Sima Sanghvi, Jan 24 2015 [For those of you in Berkeley, Karma Kitchen is on tomorrow from 11AM to 2:30PM. Do come by, and flex your generosity muscles!] In the last year, we were thrilled to pilot Karma Kitchen in many new countries like Singapore and France and Malaysia. In April, another KK is set to start in Bali, with Mexico and China on the dock as well. On our website, with some new features like an interactive map, you can see all the 17 locations with photos and stories -- like how the volunteers at KK Indonesia all ended up being CEOs who took on a challenge to serve at restaurant (which they had never done before). Let alone the 200+ guests that were served that day, the transformations in the volunteers themselves continues to ripple to this day. It's very inspiring to see the global -- and universal -- appeal of generosity. Some of you ... Read Full Story

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Blooming Of A Garden Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Jan 24 2015 At this week's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, Jamie shared a beautiful story about her friend in Alabama -- Sara. When Sara's mother passed away, she was devastated. After the cremation ceremony, she was left with the ashes and a heavy heart. Then, she decided to spread the ashes in the small garden in her backyard -- a backyard that her mother loved. Every morning, she would wake up and greet the whole garden as if it was her mother. It ended up being a profoundly healing experience, and as flowers bloomed and fruits grew, she shared it with others in the memory of her mother. That generosity filled her life with so many profound friendships, and filled her life with gratitude.   At one point, as her cup started to overflow, she thought of helping others with their gardens -- and then few others, and now she's working across her whole city! (Rumor is that she is soon going to be on an Awakin Call too.)

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Knitting Behind Bars Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 24 2015 You wouldn't expect to find a knitting class 'behind bars', so to speak. But, for roughly two hours out of every week that's exactly where you'll find some of the male inmates incarcerated at the minimum security prison in Jessup, Maryland. The program is called, Knitting Behind Bars and it is the brainchild of co-founder, Lynn Zwerling. "It teaches you how to focus.It teaches you how to make a task and meet that goal. It teaches you how to control your anger," offers Zwerling. "These are skills that, quite possibly, many people in our society are lacking." Read more to discover how one grass roots program is helping to provide life skills to those in need. [Full Story]

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Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Jan 23 2015 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... kindtouch shares: "Today, I left a note of appreciation on my restaurant receipt to my server. She was friendly, efficient, and anticipated our needs, so I let her know how her efforts were greatly appreciated." angelwingsincto shares: "Made cupcakes to take to my kiddos new school for her introduction to the school. " insanestar shares: ""

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An Article Featuring Sister Helen Prejean ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jan 23 2015 An article featuring Sister Helen Prejean was recently shared with me. She is an advocate for those on death row and has worked tirelessly to have the death penalty abolished once and for all. What resonated so truthfully in the article was her reflection of how easy it is to forgive the innocent and how the guilty are the ones that test our morality. How we treat our "enemies" does shed more light on our character than how we treat our friends. 

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Reading This Gave Me Perspective On ... Posted by Kanchan Gokhale, Jan 23 2015 Reading this gave me perspective on how small I am in the grand scheme of things!! http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-universe-is-scary#.uo7AN6zQK  

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From Sharing Economy To Gift Ecology Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 23 2015 Technology advances and a consumer-based world have created a 'sharing economy', where it becomes easy to commoditize things that were typically offered as gifts. Consider the difference between offering your neighbor a lift to the airport, and using Uber to find a stranger who will pay you for a ride. When society focuses all its energy on monetary pursuits, what happens to the spirit of volunteerism in our local communities? When we forget what it means to gift our time and kindness to others, we lose our sense of interconnectedness. We begin to live in a space of fear and scarcity, rather than joy and abundance. What's the antidote? By practicing unconditional generosity, and nurturing the pay-it-forward spirit, we can transform our world from one of 'sharing economies' to one full of 'gift ecologies.' This thoughtful piece by Nipun Mehta shares more. [Full Story]

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