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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Plant, Harvest, Share :) Posted by Thu Nguyen, Mar 29 2017 I found this picture today that reminded me of ServiceSpace
The Women Of Standing Rock Posted by KarmaTube.org, Mar 29 2017 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5188 views and 20 comments. "“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or strong its weapons.” ~Cheyenne proverb. The trailer for the film: "End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, documents the nonviolent resistance of a proposed crude oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Concerns about the destruction of sacred sites and potential impact of spills on the water supply and economic viability of the tribe have mobilized thousands of supporters from around the world to gather at Sacred Stone Camp. Despite the closure of the camp in February 2017, the protests continue in Washington, DC and in solidarity across the globe." ... Watch: The Women of Standing Rock
Luc Reynaud: Music As A Force Of Love Posted by Amit Dungarani, Mar 29 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Luc Reynaud: Music As A Force Of LoveReflection questions: Our guest this week is a singer-songwriter who creates by "letting life take the lead," and by trying to stay "broad, awake and open to be a conduit for the miraculous things that can unfold through you ... the threads that are weaving you to create a bigger picture you cannot see." What is your relationship to things you cannot see, and that are beyond the mind's reach? What practices help you anchor
Why Play? This Is Serious Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 29 2017 While play is fun, it also has serious benefits -- for everyone. "Play and games (with and without rules) enable us to learn about ourselves, who we want to be, and how we see ourselves in the world. Play has huge benefits for people of all ages, including how to solve problems, gain knowledge, learn to be in a group, and develop creativity and imagination." In this article, Sarah Huxley explores the role of play in history and anthropology for individuals and society and shares recent research on the subject. She also talks about her new initiative Toybox Mums Collective, where "mums can develop their own skills and contribute to toy designs that will improve their children's capacities." Mothers have the power to change the world by influencing their children and the way they play. Find out how Huxley hopes to help. [Full Story]
"Just Grab A Friend And Give A Hug" Posted by Zilong Wang, Mar 28 2017 Today, the Girl's School at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas had a "secret special guest" as part of their annual celebration. Brother Nimo took the 5-hour round-trip drive to share one hour of pure joy and magic with the hundred bubbly students through Empty Hands music. At one point, Nimo asked the girls, "Where can you practice kindness in your life?" A kindergartner's hand shot up. She said, "In your heart!" As Nimo invited everyone to join the final song, this happened. The youngest girls, sitting closest to Nimo, spontaneously formed a group-hug circle (actually two), swaying to the rhythm of "Being Kind", giggling and waving. As tears rushed down my face, my heart could only hear one song: there is hope! there is hope! :) Thank you, thank you!
Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Mar 28 2017 lya348: Earlier This Week I ...Earlier this week I shared that we're fostering a wonderful dog that came from a hoarding situation. Here's a picture of Cali yesterday in her loving foster home. She now owns half of a couch! ...mindyjourney: Stayed Up Too Late ...Stayed up too late coloring last night, but it just felt good and right to do :))). Plus, wanted to get this dove mandala done for MisterM to bring to work today to give a colleague. He had noticed colored pencils on her desk and asked if she ...shellspire: I Love Bombed This Pole ...I love bombed this pole at the park behind my house with free take what you need and take a compliment printable. They are inspirational posters with a tear of compliment or inspirational word. ...
Spiritual In-best-ment :) Posted by Joserra Gonzales, Mar 28 2017 “When you invest in spiritual capital you are re-paid in coin-cidences” by Brother Miki Just 2 days in Spain after my trip to India, life offers some beautiful gifts. Yesterday we had a wonderful Awakin Circle in Madrid. More than 20 of us gathered in the simple yet powerful spirit of collective inquiry and co-creation, listening and community. Yesterday I felt clearly the depth and power of such timeless design & the service intention behind it... For many reasons, I felt gratitude. I felt gratitude for the elders of hundreds of cultures that have held such circles over history, I felt gratitude for our living elders who brought these circles to life, and left the door open, I felt gratitude for the friends at the amazing home La Sala Verde, who open their space for so many beautiful activities in Madrid, I felt gratitude for all the people in the circle, holding together ... Read Full Story
Are Two Lives Saved Twice As Good As One? Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 28 2017 "Are two lives saved twice as good as one life saved?" A decision-analysis expert uses this provocative question as a springboard into an exploration of what we value, how we value it, the costly mistakes we make along the way -- and what we can do about it. He opens with this compelling story from 1922 Munich (and concludes with an equally gripping one about the US Marines in Afganistan): "The teacher walked into the class and nodded. The class stood up and took the oath they recited daily before beginning lessons, "I was born to die for Germany." As they took their seats, the teacher noticed one boy still standing. They locked eyes, and the boy found his voice, "I think I was born to live for Germany," he said. That boy was Robert S. Hartman who made it his life goal to study values and come up with a scientific way to prevent value confusion of the kind that he saw during the Nazi era." [Full Story]
It's Ok To Just Be And Hoppity Jump Posted by Somik Raha, Mar 26 2017 Our second magical Awakin Kids Circle has just gone by, and the children seem to be more comfortable in the space already! Seeing the children together in the space just makes us parents smile big. My smile was much bigger when Arya just came over and gave me a kiss right at the beginning of the circle! We started as usual with Harshida aunty facilitating children's meditation using the Tibetan bowl, danced to Nimo's song (I enjoy it every time!), and then entered into a period of spontaneous storytelling, and a beautiful musical symphony facilitated by Divya! I have never seen Carnatic music introduced like this -- it was amazing with us tapping our arms on our shoulders and the ground and producing collective music. No instructions were needed - if you were there, you'd just be doing it. As we were waiting for Rev. Heng Sure to join, I realized a ... Read Full Story
We Are Swimming In Miracles Posted by Awakin, Mar 26 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Peter Kalmus titled 'We Are Swimming in Miracles': Chicago. I remember in high school, I went for a walk. I was going to a friend's house and I was walking past all these houses; it was the evening, sort of dark. In every house, there were blue flickering lights going in synchrony because everyone was watching the same TV show. It was a quiet night and I was alone, just walking with the sound of the freeway and the blue flickering lights. And what had seemed normal to me my whole life suddenly seemed strange. Even so, I didn't think of some other way of living. [...] I think there's this misconception in Western culture that wanting things is a solution. It’s actually a form of suffering. I wouldn't be surprised if most people thought that wanting things, and then having those cravings satisfied, is happiness. So they're constantly chasing after these sensual things, and maybe for some amount ... [Read more]