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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Lynne Twist Was Suggested To Me ... Posted by Somik Raha, Jan 28 2015 Lynne Twist was suggested to me by a teacher and so I was looking up her writings and philosophy. Came across this gem of a video and was just thinking of sharing it here, when, she mentioned Nipun toward the end! :) Very deep vibes here - goes to show that sacredness is not in the rule but in the being and can even be in fundraising. Lynne Twist and Deepak Chopra Live at The Human Forum Part 1 - YouTube Lynne Twist and Deepak Chopra discuss fund-raising, money and spirituality at The Human Forum Conference. Puerto Rico 2006. Check out www.anhglobal.org for m...
Education Is GNH: LearninG To Nurture Our Hearts Posted by Tim Huang, Jan 28 2015 In 1972, the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan adopted the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a holistic approach to development that moves beyond GDP and takes into account shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, cultural preservation, and other factors that are essential to human well-being. And while I cannot speak to the manifestation of Gross National Happiness as the complex policy tool or index that it is in the government’s eyes today, I can speak about my lessons on GNH at a more simple, human level – in the heart-felt and empowering education of young people in Bhutan. Last month, I volunteered as a facilitator for Camp Rural-Urban Friendship (RUF), a 10-day camp that brought together over 100 youth from rural Dagana in southern Bhutan and Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu in cooperation, co-learning, and co-creation, all aligned with the motto “where we educate our hearts.” When I first met Tenzin Dorji, a ... Read Full Story
Marie's Dictionary Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jan 28 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4006 views and 12 comments. "There are only about 200 remaining members of the Wukchumni of central California, and Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of her tribal language. Like most Native Americans, the Wukchumni did not write their language. The 80-year-old Ms. Wilcox has spent the last 7 years writing a dictionary of Wukchumni and giving weekly lessons to her daughter and other tribal members, but few seem dedicated enough to learn to speak the language fluently. With the help of her grandson, Ms. Wilcox is now recording the dictionary, as well as traditional stories like the "How We Got Our Hands" parable featured in this film." ... Watch: Marie's Dictionary
Love Thy Enemy Posted by Kozo Hattori, Jan 28 2015 Hearing Harshida's story at last Wednesday's Awakin Circle inspired me to write an article that just got published on The Good Men Project. Thank you, Harshida! When 7 year old Jett tells me that he is no longer friends with someone because they were mean to him, I ask him if he has ever been mean to someone else. I then ask him how he would feel if everyone that he was ever mean to decided to not be friends with him. Hopefully, this will help Jett to see that his enemies are just like him -- a child doing the best s/he can to make their way in the world. I believe that if children can learn this lesson at an early age, then it won’t be a huge step for them to see someone of a different race, religion, or nationality as just like them. If they begin to see the world in this way, then when someone really hurts them or their family, they might be able to forgive their enemies. Forgiveness can lead to understanding. Understanding plants the seeds for love. We can raise a whole generation of children who have the capacity to embody what all the great sages have instructed us: Love thy enemy.
The Forgiveness Of Unforgivable Acts Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 28 2015 As a child, Sujatha Baliga experienced repeated abuse at the hands of her own father. The deep pain and trauma of her experience would spur her towards victim advocacy. She enrolled in law school determined to become a prosecutor and help punish the perpetrators of such crimes. But a personal crisis in India followed by a serendipitous sit-down with the Dalai Lama himself, changed everything. "How do you work on behalf of abused people without anger as the motivating force?" she asked the famous paragon of compassion. His response electrified her. It set Baliga on a profound course that allowed her to ultimately forgive her father, and to also discover her true calling in the field of restorative justice, working equally for victims and accused persons. In this interview Baliga shares the Dalai Lama's unforgettable advice, along with her powerful story. A story that demonstrates our human capacity to transcend even the most horrific events with love. [Full Story]
Inspiring Audrey After 21 Days Of Kindness Posted by Jyoti , Jan 27 2015 A shout out to thank Audrey for coming to inspire the 21 who completed the 21 day kindness challenge today. They did pretty well on the silly face challenge for the group photo too. Good stories & reflections with lots of smiles.
How Sunshine Pottery Studio Came To Life Posted by Mira Hatland, Jan 27 2015 [After our Laddership Circle that just finished, I am brimming with love -- for all your collective hearts. Below is my story, that I briefly shared today.] If anyone asked me, “Would you like a fire to burn through your land and cancer to come knocking at your door in the month after?” Of course I would say, “Are you crazy?” But, as it turns out that is exactly what happened to me. And while I might never have asked for it, I find that I am feeling grateful these days. It is hard to explain, but when a friend asked me to write about this gratitude I decided to give it a try. I love my life, I give everything I have to this beautiful existence. I live totally and try not to step on people’s toes. I get beautiful visions of serving kids in a clay camp, of playing with my ... Read Full Story
A Child's Innocence Restored Posted by KindSpring.org, Jan 27 2015 I was standing in a long line at a cafe. In front of me stood a mom with her fidgety and clearly bored little boy. He looked to be 6 or 7 years old. A police car drove by the cafe and suddenly he came to life. "Mom, mom," he said excitedly, "It's the police, we better go outside, they're probably looking for us!". The mom looked mortified, her face red, as she explained to the long line of people waiting for a hot cup of coffee. "My son's bicycle was stolen last night. Someone took it from the front porch, cut the lock and carried it away. When we realized it had been stolen we called the police. He helped by describing what his bike looked like while the officer wrote the report. Now he thinks all the policemen in the city are out looking for his bike." Everyone in the line chuckled a bit at the innocence of a little boy who thought the police had nothing better to do than find his stolen bike. I got my coffee, sat for while, sipping it and reading the paper. The mom and little boy bought something and left the cafe. I watched ... full story: A Child's Innocence restored
Piloting Six-Week Laddership Circle Posted by Birju Pandya, Jan 27 2015 On ServiceSpace engagement spectrum, somewhere in between an online university and an incubator, is a space for project initiators to dive into our gift ecology processes, learn about the nuances of leading with inner transformation, and hold space for new designs to come to light. Starting tonight, we are piloting a six-week Laddership Circle with a group of seven Generosity Entrepreneurs (GE). Every week will focus on a particular theme, that progressively builds up from the personal to the systemic, as the GE's engage in pre-assigned readings and practices, spend 90 minutes on a video conference, share reflections and project design updates on the group feed. This is the culmination of several months of brainstorming, and we couldn't be happier to kick it off with this initial batch of love warriors ... Calvin Liu noticed that people often get disconnected with gratitude, because it can be sometimes awkward to express it. ... Read Full Story
Hello Friends, Birju And I Are ... Posted by Amit Dungarani, Jan 27 2015 Hello Friends, Birju and I are excited to be hosting this Saturday's Awakin Call featuring a person near and dear to our hearts - Anne-Marie Bauer! In any given encounter with Anne-Marie, one is inevitably left with a warmth of heart. A nurse by profession, nurturer by nature, and generous giver of small acts with great love, any environment that bears witness to her presence ends up beaming a-glow with her motherly care, sisterly counsel, down-to-earth grace and shining sincerity. We hope you can join us to listen and learn more about her amazing journey growing...to RSVP a click here!!!