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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Restorative Attention Posted by Neil Patel, Feb 10 2016 In an email thread today, I was reminded of this beautiful essay ... Mayan temples, along with the aqueducts and reservoirs of the Mayan golden age, are wonderful feats of technology. They are a testament to the human capacity to make great things. They are also, equally, a testament to the availability of trees. To heat one square meter of the limestone plaster used to make these temples, the Mayans needed to burn 20 trees. Today we live in a golden age of software. As the Mayan temples were fueled by trees, our software is fueled by another natural resource: attention. I remember reading, a few years back, a wonderful book by the psychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, in which they developed a theory they called Attention Restoration Theory. In this book, they introduced something they called soft fascination. As opposed to hard fascination, which refers to patterns that grab our attention — ... Read Full Story
Awakin Chicago: New Beginnings Posted by Roshni Shah, Feb 10 2016 Today we had our first Awakin of 2016 and it was both grounded and surrounded in the spirit of transformation. A beautiful evening of sharing, eating and sitting in beautiful harmony. Excited to watch our circles continue to evolve and grow along side a community adapting and shifting simultaneously. A tradition at our Awakin is to reflect on small gratitudes. Taking time to honor the small moments or the unsung heroes who enrich our lives in a myriad of ways. Despite the numbing cold and darkness that sinks into our bones, the light and warmth in these circles always leaves me re-energized. So grateful to continue to hold this space with my co-anchors in the city I call home.
Waging Life In A War Zone Posted by KarmaTube.org, Feb 10 2016 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5549 views and 12 comments. ""From the stones of the destruction we will build plant basins to grow flowers." It started with one man's efforts to beautify his home with paint and flowers, but the initiative spread as neighbors came forward to spread the beauty. Using salvaged and recycled material, with some funding from a local and U.S. nonprofit, the densely populated neighborhood of al-Zaitoun in Gaza City, Palestine, is awash in color, murals, and flowers, bringing some much-needed comfort to an area besieged with war and destruction." ... Watch: Waging Life in a War Zone
Dr. Ramkumar And Vaidyagrama's Authentic Ayurveda Posted by Richard Whittaker, Feb 10 2016 One of the most rewarding experiences I had in India while I was at Vaidyagrama was getting to interview one of its founding visionaries, Dr. Ramkumar. I’ve just been going over that interview and here are a few excerpts… I asked him was the British influence in India had been very destructive for Ayurveda. He said the biggest changes have taken place in the cities, but that “still today 70% to 80% of India uses some form of traditional medicine, that is lay medicine, herbal medicine, grandma's medicine, folk medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy. All these systems together take care of 70% to 80% of India's health needs currently.” And that “in the far-flung regions, 80% of deliveries in India are conducted by traditional birth attendants. 80% to 85% of snakebites in India are treated by traditional healers. 80% of fractures in India are taken care of by traditional bone-setters. So while Western ... Read Full Story
The Anatomy Of Gratitude Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 10 2016 Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, teacher and author, speaks with Krista Tippett about gratitude -- a practice increasingly recognized as a key to human well-being. An early pioneer, along with Thomas Merton, of dialogue between Christian and Buddhist monastics, he sees mysticism as the birthright of every human being. And his anatomy of gratitude is full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming. [Full Story]
Video Of Nipun's Talk In Stockholm Posted by Alfred Tolle, Feb 09 2016 With rapidly mounting challenges in the social, financial and government sector, there is presently no flexible yet over-arching platform to host dialogues, transformation and change-initiative embracing a holistic perspective. The development of a practical “secular ethics” appropriate for both individuals and institutions, with room for diverse spirituality without religious division and strife, is highly relevant at this time. That is why we are developing a 'Wisdom Together' network together with partners and friends who share the same vision, offering agile platforms in form of conferences and labs, responding to the desire for personal transformation that brings our wisdom together for practical initiatives and change. Last October's Wisdom Stockholm was our launch. We opened the conference with Julia's talk on happiness in Bhutan, followed by Lorenzo's challenges to GDP, and then after a light-hearted talk by Stefan, we closed the morning session powerfully with this talk that highlights so much of your remarkable work:
On The Relevancy Of Monasteries Posted by Nikita Krivoshey, Feb 09 2016 Yesterday, I gave a talk in Palo Alto this is the content from it. SUMMARY There are many forms of monasticism. Each form has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of these have great potential to transform our society and ways of life for the better. By examining monasteries as systems within larger systems, we can understand the most appropriate forms to suit our situation as individuals, and as local and global communities. Monastic discipline keeps the environment focused on inner transformation and is the primary force which creates a cycle within the monastic population. This article is composed of 3 main sections: 1. Traditional and Contemporary Monasticism 2. The Role of Discipline 3. Finding a Good Monastery A common myth is that in order to make use of a monastery one has to take lifelong vows of strict discipline. The truth is that this is usually not the case. There are many monasteries where one can ... Read Full Story
Two Laddership Circles This Month! Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 09 2016 As we cross one year of Laddership Circles, it's been inspiring to witness a spectrum of project initiators around the globe collectively engage in the nuances of leading with inner transformation, dive deeper into gift ecology, and simply hold space for new designs to come to light. The excitement is brewing as we head into our fifth and sixth circles at the end of this month! Like last summer, an overwhelming number of applicants, and crew of enthused volunteers leave us launching 2 concurrent circles amongst a couple dozen of us. Here's a snapshot of the our Feb/Mar 2016 Fellows. First, our Friday circle includes: Liam Chai carries a depth of presence that transcends his 22 years. Designing his own university education, he read 200+ non-fiction books, built a tiny house, learned a language in 3 months, meditated 100 hours in 10 days, grew salad on rooftops in the heart of London, and spent a ... Read Full Story
Breathe To Grow Posted by Jyoti , Feb 09 2016 In an old city The new takes over As glass towers Are built To impress Quietly The old persists Self-assured In its simple majesty Knowing that It feeds The very breath And will As long as Its not killed And then When it is, It'll still give Becoming the beam Of the new Building or A door When those who Built to grow Are no more.
Teaching + T: Education With A Purpose Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 09 2016 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Education With A Purpose. In an world that's radically different from just 10 years ago, how can education remain relevant to our rapidly evolving realities? In this issue, we've been blown away by a university where the city is your classroom, a middle school that amplifies kindness, and 7 ways to help high schoolers find purpose.