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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Dropping Roles Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 26 2017 A friend shared a beautiful teaching from Adyashanti, and it touched me deeply. "She doesn't teach anymore. She stopped teaching a few months after she asked me to teach. She didn't know she was going to stop teaching. It just sort of....stopped. About a year after she asked me to teach and she stopped teaching, quite a large tumor about the size of a golf ball was discovered behind her eye. about the size of a golf ball. And in the surgery to remove the tumor - you know those are very dicey surgeries - she lost some of the use of one side of her body for awhile, and it played havoc with her memory and some of her cognitive functions. It took her awhile to really recover from that - to where she could drive a car again and get around. And she still has problems with her memory. But ... Read Full Story
A Scheme To Change The World? Posted by Awakin, Feb 26 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Hazrat Inayat Khan titled 'A Scheme to Change the World?': The other day I lectured in Paris and after my lecture a very able man came to me and said, 'Have you got a scheme?' I said, 'What scheme?' 'Of bettering conditions.' I replied that I had not made such a scheme, and he said, 'I have a scheme, I will show it to you'. He opened his box and brought out a very large paper with mathematics on it and showed it to me saying, 'This is the economic scheme that will make the condition of the world better: everyone will have the same share'. I said, 'We should practice that economic scheme first on tuning our piano: instead of saying D, E, F, we should tune them all to one note and play that music and see how interesting that would be -- all sounding the same, no individuality, no distinction, nothing.' And I added, 'Economy is not a plan ... [Read more]
Katzi's Video: What My Daughters Taught Me Posted by Divyang Thakkar, Feb 26 2017 [Below is a series of videos we captured at Gandhi 3.0 retreat. It's Katzi's touching moment of generosity, with his kids, prior to starting Dream Academy in Austria. We've also included a lightly edited transcript. So grateful to be in the company of all these bright souls!] I still remember the most difficult day of my life -- when I ran out of money. First time that ever happened to me. It was early December 2009, and I thought to myself, "This cannot continue." Then out of nowhere, my kids showed up. They turned around, went to their room, and came back to give me 20 Euros and 50 Euros. It was the best moment to lose your ego. The most painful moment of my life. Fast forward five years. In a meeting, someone asked me, "Can you share that story with your kids giving you money?" I replied, "No, I always get too ... Read Full Story
Maitri Tune By Charlotte Brimner Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Feb 26 2017 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Charlotte Brimner: Connect .
Frank's Greatest Inspiration Posted by Prabha Nallappan, Feb 25 2017 Awakin Calls has a really rich repository of bios -- particularly with the five questions that each of the guest fill up. The first one is about a turning point in their life, and here's a beautiful response we just received our July guest -- Frank Ostaseski, co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project: When my son Gabe was about to be born, I wanted to understand how to bring his soul into the world. So I signed up for a workshop with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. I'd sit quietly in the back of the room and learn by watching the way she worked with people who were facing death or grieving tragic losses. Sometimes the anguish in the room was so overwhelming that I would meditate in order to stay calm. One rainy night shaken by the suffering I witnessed, I collapsed to my knees in a mud puddle and started to weep. Elisabeth came along and picked me up. She said, "You have to open yourself up and let the pain move through you. It's not yours to hold." Without this lesson, I don't think I could have stayed present, in a healthy way, with the suffering I would witness in the decades to come.
A Champion For Every Foster Child Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 25 2017 "Research into foster children shows a clear correlation between their educational struggles and their chaotic home life - and how this gravely affects their future. Enter FosterEd. It is the brainchild of Jesse Hahnel, an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, who believes that if foster children had someone advocating for their education, at least some of those dire statistics might be alleviated. At the heart of his program is a fairly straightforward idea: Provide every foster child with someone who cares deeply about his or her education." [Full Story]
Kindful Kids: One Boy's Generosity Posted by Trishna Shah, Feb 25 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on One Boy's Generosity. Take a look."Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out." - Frank A. Clark
Everything That Is Alive, Is Holy. Posted by Vishnu Pillai, Feb 25 2017 Last night, I sat to paint. I always paint my dreams or sketch my dreams. Why paint dreams? You may ask. As I feel, I am consciously aware of what is real, and being real, is; the most beautiful art form, Hence, there is no creativity for me to add in. Being real is having clarity, or I should say being in fullest details, Reality is a fact, like the moon that shines, the sun that burns, there is beauty in earthquakes (destruction of nature is always beautiful, what man has built on it, may get destroyed in a way that man may not prefer to see or wish), volcanoes being idle, sea waves clashing and forming foams, No matter what I paint, the real moon, stars and the sun, is in its highest details, there is nothing more to add it, one can paint them, but there is no creativity, it is twisting of beauty, I am aware I cannot do justice to them. Hence. I closed my eyes consciously, Aware of what I want ... Read Full Story
Edmund Benson: Making A Difference As Elders Posted by Amit Dungarani, Feb 24 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Edmund Benson: Making A Difference As EldersReflection questions: Our guest this week began a remarkable service journey -- impacting tens of thousands of at-risk youth and elders -- after retirement. What contributions are still within you to offer, which you might be putting off because you feel "it's too late to start now"?
Sheetal Sanghvi: Just A Millimeter Higher Posted by Parag Shah, Feb 23 2017 [On Day 2 of the Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Sheetal Sanghvi spoke "briefly but deeply" about his personal journey. Some volunteers, who were moved by that talk, offer this lightly edited transcript to share the inspiration forward.] My early years were ones with lot of spiritual inclinations. I grew up in a family with a strong interest in pilgrimages, visiting saints, attending holy talks. We would have guests all the time. We were a family of 8 and but we always cooked for 15 -- not knowing which extra 7 will show up. My father had limited resources but he build a house because he wanted to host pilgrims. He built it slightly out the city and built 6 rooms. Yet he kept all of us in just 2 rooms -- so that 4 rooms will always be available for guests. I grew up in that atmosphere. Today, in many ways, I feel like a story of Chinese ... Read Full Story