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 »
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Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Feb 21 2017 splain: At Last Beautiful day , cooler , listening to the sounds of rain on the roof. Oh and sitting on my new deck with a coffee. How perfect is that. Went out for lunch yesterday and sat with a friend , had a great time. She paid for my lunch and I ...kiwicat: Dog And House SittingMy neighbour is in hospital, so Im sharing house sitting and dog sitting responsibilities. I needed dinner tonight, but the fridge was getting bare. I phoned my husband and asked him to bring me dinner, with cutlery too. My neighbour is Jewish and keeps a kosher house, so if I ...Rajni: February 11 - 12 ...February 11 - 12 As usual bus trip started with giving birthday card pack to driver. Kept door open several times for people at Port Authority, and many other places for many people during my two days in NYC. Posted birthday card to KS friend with quote ...
Blessings From My Lineage Posted by Trupti Pandya, Feb 21 2017 Yesterday evening I was spending time with few elders from my father’s side. We were remembering times when we went on few pilgrimages together as a family, the summers spent at our grandfather place on the banks of Narmada, few festivals and occasions where we had no other option but to spend with the family and many more. The compulsions that were felt then helped us bond more. He was nine when his father passed away and was survived by his 22 year old mother and a younger sister. His father worked in rice mills and sold puffed rice going village to village in a boat along the banks of Narmada. In those days there were no grocery or vegetable shops. Later he bought a small place after taking some loan and started making puffed rice and selling it. After he died his brother sold the place to pay off loans ... Read Full Story
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: When Gratitude Rules School Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 21 2017 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: When Gratitude Rules School. From a schoolwide practice of gratitude, to when kids explain the value of kindness, to research on what happens when youth give thanks -- these pieces offer a stirring stream of possibilities to manifest a youth culture of compassion, community, and meaningful connectivity.
A T-Shirt That Became My Teacher Posted by Drishti Trivedi, Feb 21 2017 [A day prior to the start Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Ari Nessel spoke during a beautiful community night at Ahmedabad's Seva Cafe. So many of us were very moved by that talk, and some volunteers offer this lightly edited transcription, to share the inspiration forward.] Many years ago, I was on a meditation retreat and we had a great manager who was serving the retreat. He just had a sweet smile the whole 10 days that I was there. During the retreat I had shared that I really liked his shirt. He had this shirt which read: "Be Happy." Later, I learned that this young man traveled from retreat center to retreat center, sometimes meditating and sometimes serving. "What happens when you need some food or money," I asked him. With a casual confidence, he replied, "Oh, it usually works out. I take odd jobs here and there. Usually someone offers me something. ... Read Full Story
Kindful Kids Gathering On March 12th Posted by Brinda Govindan, Feb 20 2017 On Sunday, March 12th (4-6pm) we invite all families with children to join us at a gathering where we plan to reflect on the themes of gratitude and happiness, and to have a joyful time together outdoors doing random acts of kindness and seeing the magic that unfolds! To RSVP to join the fun, please submit your email address using this link. We will craft and write personal thank you cards to those who have touched our lives (teachers, librarians, special friends...) and we will also make and deliver cards to those in public service who are all around us. Sidewalk chalk for positive message graffiti, soap bubbles, and other materials will be provided. We hope to host this event in a public park (weather-permitting) and will send details to those who RSVP once it gets closer to the date. We hope that you and your cubs (Ages 4+) will join us for a fun-filled afternoon! With smiles, Kinjal & Brinda To see photos and read about our February Kindful Kids gathering: http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20786 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20785 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20784
Manifesting Love At Work Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 20 2017 In an insightful excerpt from 'Shakti Leadership: Embracing the Feminine and Masculine Power in Business', authors Nilma Bhat and Raj Sisodian express the innovative concept of brining caring and love into the workplace. Conscious companies are embracing this form of leadership, as CEO's of different companies speak about how to manifest love in a capitalist business world, whilst still being successful. This innovative concept is discussed further in this article, as leaders offer their insight on how to develop the essential capacities of wholeness, flexibility and congruence when leading with the heart, in the workplace. From dealing with the global economic crisis without resorting to lay offs, Casey Sheahan is just one of the CEO's who share their methods of how they found success through creating and managing a strong team rooted in and driven by love. [Full Story]
Art + T: New Newsletter! Art + Transformation Posted by Vandana Agarwal, Feb 19 2017 Latest issue of 'Art + T' newsletter is titled: 'New Newsletter! Art + Transformation'. Encouraged by so many of you in the ecosystem, I'm absolutely thrilled to launch this newsletter! Sometime last year, I started a personal practice to draw one quote everyday. It was tremendously empowering for me, and it gives me great joy to be able to share that artwork with you, through this newsletter. As we proceed, we also hope to include transformative art from many of you. :)
You Play The Piano Posted by Awakin, Feb 19 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Alan Watts titled 'You Play the Piano': The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at. But it is best understood by analogy with music, because music, as an art form is essentially playful. We say, “You play the piano.” You don’t work the piano. Why? Music differs from, say, travel. When you travel, you are trying to get somewhere. In music, though, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition. If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest. And there would be composers who only wrote finales. People would go to a concert just to hear one crackling chord… because that’s the end! Same way with dancing. You don’t aim at a particular spot in the room because that’s where you will arrive. The whole point of ... [Read more]
The First Awakin Kids (and Parents) Circle Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 19 2017 A picture speaks a thousand words, and the one below deeply touches me. Children of different ages sitting together, many of them getting their very first introduction to meditation from Harshida aunty! I was wondering what could be a nice introduction to meditation for children, and never could have imagined what Harshida aunty and Dinesh uncle came up with. Aunty called all the children close and said, "This is the gong, and it is going to make a sound like this." As she gently rang the gong, the children sat fascinated around it. She invited the children to listen to the reverberating sound of the bowl, without speaking, until no sound could be heard. Children could keep their eyes closed or open as they preferred. No child spoke during this period! Just to check how it was received, I later had the following conversation with my daughter Samani and her friend Saanvi: Me: ... Read Full Story
Meditation, Stillness, Time, Eternity Posted by Bill Miller, Feb 18 2017 Meditation, Stillness, Time, Eternity If you’ve been at all involved in the meditation community, you have likely noticed how often the concept of “stillness” comes up in the philosophy of the practice. Many common meditation-related memes (stillness, emptiness, search within, inner work) can be a little vexing because they are hard to pin down objectively. What is stillness about for example? … and why would it be so essential? An intriguing, speculative explanation emerged from a different domain while considering the dimension of ‘time’ in the physics of cosmology. Nineteenth Century physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach once observed that ‘time’ is not a phenomenon in itself but rather is a conceptual abstraction derived from observing the “changes in things” (i.e. movement of matter or energy). In other words, without motion and change, time becomes ambiguous. This further implies that, in the absence of matter and energy, the concept of time itself becomes meaningless. On ... Read Full Story