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
Humble Minute, Nun Chef, Extreme Physics Posted by Dinesh Mehta, Mar 23 2017 Few tidbits heard in the after hours at our local Awakin Circle ... Science of gratitude and to cut through the chase, 10 ways to be more grateful. Birju on the power of a humble minute of silence (and well-being at work); Thu on her journey to ER that changed her life and Kozo on Healing Gift of Cancer. Speaking of food, the NY article on The Nun Chef and Kunal explaining food source to 6th grade students in India. Anil's Ted talk on extreme physics and his neuroscience book on Man Who Wasn't There. Roshni wondering about how Cesar Chavez came to volunteer for John, Angela reflecting on education at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Vasantha moved by Vinoba: King of Kindness. Nimo's inspired jour ney and the song that has inspired Prahlad and thousands more around the globe -- Grateful -- as Vishesh and Bradley were wondering if he'll be singing at Sunday's Karma Kitchen. No pressure, Nimo. :)
Anthony Chavez: Continuing A Legacy Of Inspiration Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 23 2017 When Cesar Chavez died, 30,000 people showed up to march in his honor. He was the visionary force behind the United Farm Workers union and had led the Farm Workers Movement fighting for civil rights while promoting nonviolence. Anthony Chavez, seven-years-old at the time, knew him simply as --Grandpa. Today Anthony is a leader in his own right, he travels the country speaking on behalf of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, keeping his grandfather's legacy alive, while advocating for service learning initiatives in the field of education. "I remind students what my grandfather said, 'We don't need perfect political systems, what we need is more perfect participation,'" Anthony says. His vibrant journey includes many years serving as travel assistant to Brother David Steindl-Rast, the world-renowned Benedictine monk, author and inter-religious pioneer. [Full Story]
Meredith's Joy Jars Posted by KarmaTube.org, Mar 22 2017 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 10104 views and 19 comments. "How do you help a teen get over a broken heart? Pam found a way and Meredith found a calling. A simple solution which has reached thousands around the world. Learn more and get ready for International Day of Happiness on March 20!" ... Watch: Meredith's Joy Jars
April 2 Bay Area Screening Of TEACH ME TO BE WILD Posted by Anne Veh, Mar 22 2017 Dearest Friends, It is with great joy that we invite you to our first community screening of “TEACH ME TO BE WILD: A Story of Hurt Children & their Animal Healers.” This feature length (59 mins) documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Rajesh Krishnan and Anne Veh (filmmakers), Steve Karlin, John Malloy and other special guests. Sunday, April 2, 4:30 to 7 pm at The Lark Theater in Larkspur, CA To confirm your presence, please RSVP here Everyone is welcome, please feel free to share this invitation. There is no charge for admission, this event is offered in the spirit of a gift. We feel blessed to be the caretakers of this special story; we are grateful to ServiceSpace for it's example and inspiration. This five year labor-of-love project is a beautiful collaboration of noble friends. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, please visit our film website. FILM SYNOPSIS TEACH ME TO BE ... Read Full Story
Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Mar 21 2017 shellspire: Made A Cake For ...Made a cake for the high school cake auction fundraiser at my sons school. Hide some paper hearts with cute messages under the candy bars like you matter, you are enough. Things every teen should know. One of my friends lost her 17 year old teen to suicide and I ...AnnC: Asking For HelpASKING FOR HELP Today at a meeting, one of the members stood up and explained a little bit about the challenges and heartache she is going through right now. She told us that she would really appreciate people calling and/or stopping by to visit as she is mostly house bound these ...MakeSomeoneSmile: Listening And Being Present For A New FriendSaturday a homeless man came into our shop. Normally we are closed on Saturday but I was there working on some things. He started off talking about how he started a marketing company and wanted to see if he could help us. He then went into detail on his journey ...
Teaching + T: On The Ground Posted by Audrey Lin, Mar 21 2017 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed On The Ground. From a kindergarten that literally walks towards compassionate communities, to a school that boosts academics by upping recess time, to teaching techniques that plop students in the driver's seat of their own learning -- these pieces invite us to reflect on the relationship between academics and on-the-ground learning.
Art + T: Revolutionary Love Posted by Vandana Agarwal, Mar 21 2017 Latest issue of 'Art + T' newsletter is titled: 'Revolutionary Love'. On Whatsapp recently, there's been a wonderful video that's been passed around -- Valarie Kaur's 6 minute talk. "So the mother in me asks what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What does the midwife tell us to do? Breathe. And then? Push. Tomorrow we will labor in love through love and your revolutionary love is the magic we will show our children." I hope you enjoy this little bit of artistic expression.
Karma Kitchen London! Posted by Shamash Alidina, Mar 21 2017 Just wanted to drop a note saying we had such a beautiful Karma Kitchen last night in London! With the cafe's staff deciding to volunteer to cook during their day off, and having more people registering to volunteer than to eat at first, I knew Trishna and her loving crew were putting together something special in London yet again! :) Karma Kitchen was buzzing all night with both sittings fully packed and overflowing, volunteers bursting with so much enthusiasm, generosity and LOVE! Our closing circle at the end of the night said it all! The intentions that we all collectively shared with the circle just before opening the doors to welcome our first guests were so beautifully held throughout the evening as we came together more than just as a team -- it felt like we were a family, hosting our friends for dinner :) I was volunteering for the first time at ... Read Full Story
Meredith's Joy Jars Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 21 2017 "While having trouble transitioning to high school in 2011, my mom placed a big bowl of quotes on my desk to pick from every morning. I grudgingly agreed, but as time went on I realized what a gift this tool truly was. Taping the words of wisdom across my walls and carrying my favorites inside my phone case, I truly believed that each quote I picked was something that I was meant to hear. Later, when I was at costume crew, a friend opened the back of my phone case to see why it was so bulky, and hundreds of my little paper slips floated out. To my surprise, the reaction wasn't confusion, but sincere interest! After seeing how many people were excited about these daily quotes, together my mom and I packaged a month's worth into small jars. Requests came pouring in from friends, neighbors, and soon people all over the US." In celebration of the International Day of Happiness watch this beautiful short video on Meredith's Joy Jars. [Full Story]
Active Hope Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 20 2017 Shifting our world toward a life-sustaining society takes active hope. We need to counter the voices that say we're not up to the task, that we're not good enough, strong enough, or wise enough to make any difference. If we fear that the mess we're in is too awful to look at or that we won't be able to cope with the distress it brings up, we need to find a way through that fear. This piece, co-authored by Joanna Macy, describes three threads we can follow that help us stand tall and not shrink away when facing the immensity of what's happening to our world. [Full Story]