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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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I Was Giving Aurelie, A Volunteer ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Apr 17 2014 I was giving Aurelie, a volunteer with Mentor Me India a ride back home. She thanked me profusely - and I shared her gratitude, thanking her for an opportunity to drop her. Serving someone who is serving the world is a privilege in itself - it took me back to a recent Awakin passage which reflects on 'who is serving whom'? - it is the posse that we are passing on our labour of gratitude :)

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Helpful Tips For Your Inner Critic Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 17 2014 Many believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people. However, research does not support this belief. Self-criticism has been shown to reduce motivation, increase procastination, and increase rumination. This article from the Greater Good Science Center summarizes some of the scientifically-proven healthier ways to take an honest look at yourself and learn from your mistakes. From criticizing behaviors rather than traits to practicing self-compassion, learn how to be your own friendly critic and best friend. [Full Story]

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... Posted by Rushabh Gandhi, Apr 16 2014 The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium, Long — Medium This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — mon…

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Poetry Of Acceptance Posted by Guri Mehta, Apr 16 2014 In an email thread, found an old poem by Pavi: "The poetry of acceptance is the poetry of the monk's bowl. Space of principled giving and receiving. A muscular discipline that means honoring all that comes - and goes. Gray dawn and a handful of rice. The stray compliment, toothache, joy, a sunlit relationship. An old regret, a restless night, hope, a bright cloud of butterflies. To accept is to cup this moment in present palms, to stand on shifting sands, steadying the nameless within."   

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Tap Into Your Journey – Discover Answers Posted by Deven P-Shah, Apr 16 2014 How enlightening to listen to the recording of last week’s Awakin call with Cluadia Horwitz on the topic of spiritual activism. Claudia’s candor and transparency in sharing her journey was priceless. While listening to her, I felt peace, stillness inside me; I saw how it can help me solve problems and overcome challenges. For example, I have grappled with questions like these at some point or another in my life: How do I handle stress in my life? Or, better yet, what can I do not to get stressed in the first place? How can I grow? How can I expand my capabilities? How can I cultivate healthier relationships? How do I get more comfortable in a specific group situation? I sometimes feel a void, as if something is missing or lacking. How do I understand and fill that? Early in her career, Claudia was working with a group of college students to organize community projects centered on ... Read Full Story

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The Conditioned Posted by KarmaTube.org, Apr 16 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4055 views and 11 comments. "Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was a homeless poet, living for decades on a roadway median in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he called "The Island." Though his circumstances were dire, he wrote each day will diligence and passion. His dream was to share his work with the world; but he lived fundamentally disconnected from others. Or did he? This film speaks to the inherent interconnections among all of us and the astonishing things that can happen when we allow them to manifest." ... Watch: The Conditioned

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I Saw Pavi Mehta's Videotape On ... Posted by Sileen Soni, Apr 16 2014 I saw Pavi Mehta's videotape on "Giftivism"and I was blown away. I decided for New Year's Day, I would do something for our Spiritual Discussion Group on the subject of Gratitude. I went to the Dollar Store and got some candles of different colors and perfume. I got cards with envelopes. I wrote a poem that referred to the candle and the flame in our hearts,and radiating compassion and added "when there is gratitude, there is an attitude that all things are possible."I put the poem in each card with a small piece of scotch tape that could be easily removed. I did not add any name and when folks came to my home I gave them each a candle and a card telling them to pass this on to others. It really made on impact on them and the best news is that it was at a minimal expense. So, thank you Pavi and all of you at ServiceSpace. You are all amazing! Love, Sileen 

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Carl Sagan & The Pale Blue Dot Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 16 2014 "The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena...There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." These are the words of astronomer Carl Sagan, taken from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. Click through to see his thoughts vividly brought to life through the graphic prowess of Gavin Aust, freelance cartoonist and creator of the online comic "Zen Pencils." [Full Story]

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What S Reconciliation If Not Forgetting ... Posted by T-S Kansara, Apr 16 2014 what s reconciliation if not forgetting & forgiving ? what s it?

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Singing Kindness Posted by KindSpring.org, Apr 15 2014 Today, I went downtown to play music with my new singing friend. We sang songs we have not practiced, and though I was nervous, it felt so good, I kept singing. At the end, a woman who had been close, thanked me. She said her dad passed a few years back and today was his birthday. Every year on this day, she walks around open to whatever needs to happen. This time, she said, it was us. I did not realize I was being kind  to anyone. She told us, weepy eyed, that us sharing our voices was an amazing gift. She thanked me saying I had really given her something by choosing to sing for everyone to hear. I was just doing what I love! Thank you for this beautiful affirmation - I feel so gifted. This was everything I needed to hear. ... full story: Singing Kindness

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