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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Gandhi: An Atheist's Faith In Humanity And My Religion Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 29 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on An Atheist's Faith In Humanity And My Religion. Take a look.
Unseen Connectivity Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 29 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4208 views and 4 comments. "Spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones eloquently reminds us how connected we all are. "We are more than us... It is when we are connected that we are most alive... This universe is one big game of connect the dots." In this TEDx performance, Jones hope that when we are gone, someone will look back and say: “We were here, and when we were, we lived not for us, because we were more than us, we where all of us, we... were... one.”" ... Watch: Unseen Connectivity
Just 2 Quarters Worth Of Kindness Posted by KindSpring.org, Jul 28 2015 This morning there was a young man roaming the campus. He comes from one of the half-way drug rehab/mental illness houses on the surrounding streets. He's quiet, polite, and I think very lonely, and bored. I saw him earlier standing at the soda vending machines, jiggling change in his pockets. It appeared he didn't have enough money for a soda at $1.50. I returned from the adjacent building and he was bending down and looking for dropped change under the vending machines. Nothing to be found. I asked him how much money he needed and he replied "just 2 quarters". I reached into my pocket and magically, I had 2 lonely little quarters in my pocket. Gave it to him and he got his Dr. Pepper and flashed me the biggest smile. I asked him what he was going to eat for lunch. He said they have food back at the house, but usually just noodles or a sandwich that he didn't like. I took him back to my office and gave him several Pizza Hut coupons, one for a free personal size pan pizza. I've been saving pennies and small change now for several years in a can at the ... full story: Just 2 Quarters Worth Of Kindness
Laddership Week 6: Culture & End Of A Beginning Posted by Zilong Wang, Jul 28 2015 Time -- or our sense of time -- is indeed relative. This six weeks of Laddership circle seem to have passed so fast; at the same time, so many seeds have been planted and nurtured with such care and love. Audrey summed up our Week 6 call in an email, From Grant's reminder of the Pale Blue Dot (and a sweet cartoon version) to Sachi's quote from Vinoba on finding the door to people's hearts, Saejung's reflection of how our realities can be molded by what we focus on, Bonnie giving her Sunday sermons from a space of authenticity and service,Pranidhi wondering "What happens when we're confronted with people who don't receive us with that love," followed by Lacey's question, "How do I continually choose to be good and kind to people?", Arathi's insights of getting to a space of emptiness while at Hollow Lake, Fernando's lessons from Raghubhai, Min's reflection on ... Read Full Story
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Where Children Play Around Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 28 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Where Children Play Around The World. As summer kicks into high gear, student learning unfolds in the world's classroom-- and below is a sampling of just that. From student acts of kindness to playgrounds around the globe to why we need movement to learn, these stories share lessons from when children play.
Structure Of Gratitude Posted by Srikumar Rao, Jul 28 2015 Really enjoyed David Brooks article in NYT today on 'Structure of Gratitude' ... Capitalism encourages us to see human beings as self-interested, utility-maximizing creatures. But people with grateful dispositions are attuned to the gift economy where people are motivated by sympathy as well as self-interest. In the gift economy intention matters. We’re grateful to people who tried to do us favors even when those favors didn’t work out. In the gift economy imaginative empathy matters. We’re grateful because some people showed they care about us more than we thought they did. We’re grateful when others took an imaginative leap and put themselves in our mind, even with no benefit to themselves. Gratitude is also a form of social glue. In the capitalist economy, debt is to be repaid to the lender. But a debt of gratitude is repaid forward, to another person who also doesn’t deserve it. In this way each gift ... Read Full Story
4 Practices For Deepening Gratefulness Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 28 2015 "Over the past two decades, much of the research on happiness can be boiled down to one main prescription: give thanks. Across hundreds of studies, practicing gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, reduce the risk of depression, heighten relationship satisfaction, and increase resilience in the face of stressful life events, among other benefits. The problem is, gratitude doesn't always come naturally." In this article, Juliana Breines shares four key research-based principles and strategies for turning gratitude into a lasting habit. [Full Story]
If You Know Me, You Know ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Jul 27 2015 If you know me, you know Monday night is "Obaachan night" and as always, we took her to one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. My grandmother (who has dementia) introduced me to our waiter Winston as her second cousin (for her, I have been her grand daughter, sister, cousin, relative, nephew…). He knows this to be untrue and asked me if it bothered me or made me sad … truthfully, I am just so grateful she is still around, so grateful that we laugh and love each other the way that we do. Someone said, don't TELL me how or who you love, just SHOW me HOW to LOVE. When she introduced me as her second cousin, she held my arm, kissed my hand, smiled big and seemed so proud. I'll take that over the "correct" title any day.
Tidbits From Week 5 Sunday Laddership Circle Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 27 2015 For the last six weeks, it’s been incredible to learn from the power of circle. Our Week 5 Sunday Laddership Circle was no exception yesterday. The theme-of-the-week was Systems,and as we flowed from our check in to open-mic convo to closing reflections, it was beautiful to witness the wellspring of angles and perspectives around such a topic unfold one after the other. From Poonam's intention to connect with love in all places to Deven's reminder of the bigger picture to connect with a higher self, Geet's serendipitous experiences in trust and various forms of capital as she moved homes, Natasha’s experiments bringing sacred into money and sitting with unknowns (rather than acting right away) at work, Neha’s birthday wish to sit in silence with her family, Joel’s questions of inviting patience in changing systems and what service really is, Kozo’s lesson from a letter from Mother Teresa to love both rich and poor, Nipun’s spectrum of ... Read Full Story
"The Moon Appears When The Water Is Still" Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Jul 27 2015 Four days ago, I came back from a 10-day silent Vipassana course as taught by S.N. Goenka, feeling refreshed and empowered. But as “normal” sleeping schedule resumes, my old behavior pattern lurks near the surface, waiting to have a comeback any time. “Don’t go back to sleep.” It’s time to sit down and reflect with a quiet mind. Rocks Are Not Role Models for Enlightenment “Our job is not to eradicate thoughts But to desist from reacting to them. If the non-arising of thoughts is our goal Then rocks are enlightened.” I sat on my assigned cushion along with over 100 other old and new students, male and female separate, in the dim meditation hall. I closed my eyes as Goenkaji’s chanting entered my ears. But once my eyes were shut, my mind transported me to a different world, unsatisfied desires enticing me to get on a wild ride. The imaginary scenes played like a ... Read Full Story