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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"Always Be Happy. Don't Worry." Posted by Paul VanSlambrouck, Jul 29 2016 For your reading pleasure, from the NY Times ... "Always Be Happy, Don't Worry". The man who lost his voice was a gentle man who didn’t ask terribly much of life. He lived in a miniature space in a single-room-occupancy residence on the corner of 74th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, above J. G. Melon, the popular restaurant and bar known for succulent hamburgers. And he was a New York story. He was a New York story because he didn’t have a lot and yet he gave a lot. And in return he got what New York for all its busyness so often offers those who could use a good dose of it — kindness.
Maitri Tune By Kishore Kumar Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jul 29 2016 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Kishore Kumar: Aa Chal Ke Tujhe Main Le Ke Chalu.
Giving To People Who Give Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 29 2016 YouTube prankster Big Daws has over 1.7 million subscribers to his channel, BigDawsTV, but in this video, he addresses the issue of homelessness. Watch this social experiment in which Big Daws pretends to be a homeless person in need, and then gives to those that lend him a hand. "I just want to make the world a happier place and bring out the best in people." [Full Story]
I Arrived In This World A Bit Late: Kunwar Narayan Posted by Jyoti , Jul 28 2016 I Arrived In This World A Bit Late By then the entire world had been civilized All forests had been razed All animals had been killed Rain had stopped And burning like a ball of fire was this Earth …. In all four directions iron and concrete Jungles of immense size had emerged In which anyone could see Several evolved ways by which Humans were being hunted by humans. Poet: Kunwar Narayan Translator: Jyoti B
Barbara Crooker: A Poet's Chronicles Of Life, Love & Posted by Amit Dungarani, Jul 28 2016 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Barbara Crooker: A Poet's Chronicles Of Life, Love & LosReflection questions: Our guest this week writes poems on difficult themes including maternal loss and bereavement. In describing her creative process, she says "I never try and write about anything. In other words, I’m not steering the sled. I try and let the poem itself choose its path." When confronting painful issues, have you found a role for art or creative writing to help process the experience?
I Read A Very Inspiring Article ... Posted by Nikhil Jain, Jul 28 2016 I read a very inspiring article about the Pope's recent visit to Poland. In his homily, the pope reflected on the coming of God into human history not by a “triumphal entrance or striking epiphany” but rather in “the simplest of ways.” “Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then, ‘does not come in a way that attracts attention,’ but rather in littleness, in humility,” the pope said. Recalling the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, the pope said that Christ’s humility is again exemplified in “a simple miracle” that “brings joy to the wedding of a young and completely anonymous couple.”
At The End Of A Beautiful ... Posted by min Lee, Jul 27 2016 At the end of a beautiful circle on nature's blessings, the meal seemed extra tasty tonight. Then our mother healer Aunty Harshida revealed the garden harvest that went into our nourishing meal, almost as tall as us!! Also Pancho's giant pen ;)
Travel Is An Exchange Posted by Meiyi Cheng, Jul 27 2016 Earlier this year I did my first bike tour. Over the course of 11 weeks, I biked from the US-Mexican border to San Francisco, covering 600+ miles in distance and gaining 20000+ feet in elevation. It was the most rewarding trip I have ever done, so much so that even two months later I can still feel the purifying sensation it brought me. This first tour also sparked many other first times, to name a few: first time solo camping, first time setting up a campfire, first time dumpster diving, first time knocking on strangers’ doors asking to camp in their backyard. From all these experiences, my biggest lesson is that traveling is an exchange, an interaction of giving and receiving. Our society has unfortunately narrowed the scope of this interaction down to money, service and goods. We tend to think of traveling as a financial expense. Whether it’s fifty dollars ... Read Full Story
Interns Dialogue With Vinny! Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 27 2016 Dialing in from band camps and boardrooms and regular old living rooms, six of us circled up for our Week 8 “determination”-themed summer interns call on Tuesday! :) A few weeks back, we were blown away by How Vinny Changed His High School Culture. To our delight, Vinny delightfully joined our interns call for an illuminating Q&A. After a round of check-ins (in which we swapped stories of determination from our weeks, and serendipitously learned that all three teenagers play the clarinet!), our interns, Saheli and Jacob, rolled into an energized Q&A to dive deeper into Vinny’s experiences. As context, this past spring, in the aftermath of a student suicide and shooting in his school community, Vinny wanted to spread kindness at his school. To that end, he organized a week of showing his school community that they matter. From him personally writing letters to all 670 classmates in his senior class ... Read Full Story
Why I Left Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 27 2016 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5360 views and 10 comments. "Michael Fukumura went to law school almost by default, and became a lawyer for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington, DC, conforming to his parents' and society's expectations of who he should be. Realizing he was not fulfilled by this work, Fukumura and his wife sold everything they had and drove across the United States. This is the story of why Fukumura left and how he found a sense of well-being and a deep calling to be of greater service to others - a way of giving back with passion." ... Watch: Why I Left