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
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
Dear Beloved SS Community, Two And ... Posted by Sarika Jain, Aug 27 2014 Dear beloved SS community, two and a half years ago, my heart was broken. Luckily, at that time, my sister, Smita, introduced me to ServiceSpace, and since then, my life has been remarkably different. I went through a profound healing and heart-opening through hosting Awakin sits, and received so much support and unconditional love. I even met my beloved, and husband-to-be, Krishan, through this special community. As an offering from my heart, tomorrow I'm holding my first-ever webinar - How To Heal Your Heartbreak (mindfully!). It will be at 3pm EST. Please join me, if you, or a loved one, is going through a difficult break up or loss... or simply to support me. Super excited, and nervous at the same time... if anyone has tips on holding effective webinars, please let me know :) http://sarikajain.com/heal-heartbreak-webinar/
Because I Said I Would Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 27 2014 Alex Sheen keeps his promises. One year after his friend Charlie Cordell killed Vincent Canzani while drinking and driving, Alex stood outside of a busy bar with a sign telling those leaving that he was ready to drive them home that night and even take them back to their cars in the morning. And he did it for free, because he had a promise to keep. When someone snuck him a tip, he donated it to "Mothers Against Drunk Driving." Keeping a promise not only helps to make the world a better place, it can save a life the process. [Full Story]
Clay Hearts Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 26 2014 I just joined the challenge yesterday and have been thinking of some creative ways to lift some spirits. I have started on a batch of clay hearts which I will paint and add a inspirational word. I plan on leaving them in random spots for others to pick up. Hopefully they will bring a smile to those who find them :) Below is a photo of the clay hearts. I hope they get picked up and regifted again and again! ... full story: Clay Hearts
Recently We Had The Opportunity To ... Posted by Madhusudan Agrawal, Aug 26 2014 Recently we had the opportunity to talk to Nipun Bhai about emergence of Gandhi 3.0 model and relevance of Gandhi and Vinoba in today's world. A beautiful heartfelt sharing.
What 'Home' Means To The Homeless Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 26 2014 Willie Baronet took a 30-day cross-country road trip from Seattle to New York, buying homeless signs and exploring the meaning of "home." What began as a way to deal with the discomfort he felt when seeing the homeless has now morphed into an art campaign called "We Are All Homeless" which seeks to create a more conscious and compassionate society. Willie shares: "These signs -- and this practice -- have become a catalyst for conversations about the nature of home, homelessness, compassion, and how we see and treat each other as humans." [Full Story]
Karma Kitchen Is On Upworthy! Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Aug 25 2014 Can you guess who's on Upworthy this week? A wonderful short feature made by our friends at Global Oneness Project featuring Karma Kitchen is creating ripples! If you haven't already, I highly recommend watching the film. Pancho described it perfectly, "I've seen this video MANY times and it seems that every time I enjoy it more. It is something as the colorful and majestic sediments of a canyon that with the pass of time and addition of more matter and the carving of spacetime it becomes more beautiful and more powerful."