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
Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Sep 19 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... Dhruv shares: "" Dhruv shares: "True to yourself. .:-)" Jolly shares: "Quote of the day"
Universal List Of Virtues Posted by Birju Pandya, Sep 19 2014 I recently came across a universal list of 52 virtues (with the help of Min!), derived an independent group that studied belief systems. In context of our 21-Day Challenges, it seems that we have some meta categories but it could be worth correlating with this list. Assertiveness Being assertive means being positive and confident. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. You think for yourself and express your own ideas. You know what you stand for and what you won't stand for. You expect respect. Caring Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring makes the world a safer place. Cleanliness Cleanliness means washing often, keeping your body clean, and wearing clean clothes. It is putting into ... Read Full Story
Tom Carter's Epic Journey Through China Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 19 2014 Tom Carter's wanderlust had taken him through the entire length of Mexico, Cuba, and Central America. To continue seeing the world, he decided to teach English in China. Working in this role for a few years non-stop allowed him to save up just enough to traverse the country. Equipped with a digital camera, listening ear, and no agenda, Carter unwittingly ended up creating the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. This epic journey taught him much about the people of China, and the unscripted photos have much to show the world about this global superpower of a nation. [Full Story]
... Posted by Colleen Choi, Sep 18 2014 What Jim Carrey Explains In 1 Minute Will Change Your Life Forever. Seriously. | Mobiledia Jim Carrey is funny, but he’s also deeply profound — a side he revealed to graduates at Maharishi University. While his entire speech is great, we jumped to 10:18, where he punches you in...
... Posted by Radha Ivaturi, Sep 18 2014 Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a tiny forest anywhere - YouTube A forest planted by humans, then left to natureâs own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten...
Freedom To Shape One's Life - A Spiritual Exercise Posted by Jyoti , Sep 18 2014 The premise of Frued's ideas have always disturbed me. Therapists seek to help a person in trouble by revisiting their childhood experiences as a way to investigate the roots of their current problems, and eventually parents are held responsible for the limiting beliefs that need to be changed. I grew up in a culture where parents were revered next to God since our very survival depends on their care, after God gives us life. I simply refuse to blame the parents, because without them I would not be here. Today, I am excited to have found the ideas of Viktor Frankl of the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy, who offers an alternative. In his book, Man's Search For Meaning, he lays out how humans are not just reacting organisms but autonomous beings capable of actively shaping their lives, with the freedom that comes from being spiritual beings. We are free to shape our day-to-day lives to achieve goals and purposes that are meaningful to us as we freely choose. We are more than our body and psyche, we are spiritual beings, and we are responsible. Exciting to discover that someone else articulated what I have known by instinct. Makes me happy.
Internet To Innernet Posted by Afreen Malim, Sep 18 2014 A beautiful exchange from one the Awakin Weekly subscribers to her mother was mistakenly sent to us recently -- so we asked permission to share the heart-warming notes anonymously with the larger community: Daughter to Mom: Come Home to Love "Thanks for all the love you have given to me" Mom back to Daughter: "I enjoyed the articles a lot and will go back and read them again as they contain a lot of wisdom. Thank you for sending it to me. Wherever you go, whether in person or on the airwaves you always bring a sense of love and sharing. I love being in touch with you and yours. Love, Mom"
Letter To My Daughter Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Sep 18 2014 After reading this week's Awakin reading on Ninety Six Words for Love, I ended up writing a letter to my daughter. (Context: my daughter was born underwater in a hot tub, with a sauna next door.) My Dear Kshanti, I was listening to this song by Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" today and I heard these lines: The first time ever I saw your face I thought the sun rose in your eyes And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave To the dark and the endless skies, my love To the dark and the endless skies I started to remember the day you were born …. And I was holding you in my arms in the hot tub … and your eyes were wide open … and you did not even cry, but were looking up at me with those big wide open eyes …. and then I took you into the sauna and just stared at you …. and your eyes. It's like the moon and the stars were in your eyes ….. The song just reminded me of that day ... Lots of Love Dad
35 Images Of Kindness Within Conflict Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 18 2014 This collection of photos showing everyday individuals standing for love in times of terrible violence will shake your spirit and open your heart. These acts of love suggest that "during times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through." [Full Story]
When Visiting My Friend Blair, We ... Posted by Ilonka Wloch, Sep 17 2014 When visiting my friend Blair, we sometimes move a table outside on a sidewalk and enjoy a meal together. This often attracts passer-byes to stop to chat, drivers to wave, and smiles all-around in this San Francisco neighborhood. Last Sunday, blessed by all such attention, we conjured an idea for an ongoing 'free bistro'. Here's the invite we send out to a neighborhood list: EL BISTRO LA CASA ROJA INVITES YOU TO OUTDOOR BRUNCH An Experiment in Community Fun and Gift Economy Sunday, 21 September, 11:00 A.M. Organic, vegetarian, local, homemade food. La Casa Roja, Virginia Ave., Bernal Heights Limited space. For reservations contact Adults only (this time). Smiles accepted. No credit cards. No cash. No checks. CAN'T WAIT TILL SUNDAY!