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: Welfare Of All (Sarvodaya) Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Oct 05 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on Welfare Of All (Sarvodaya). Take a look.
Walking One Step At A Time With Sahil Posted by Tim Huang, Oct 05 2015 I just arrived home to Bhutan after my first trip to India. I spent almost a month volunteering at Manav Sadhna, a true family of servant ladders and children who live and love from their hearts. To “soak in the ecosystem” as Madhu-bhai so nicely put it, I also sat Awakin circles at Neil-bhai’s apartment in Ahmedabad and the Urban Ashram in Pune, attended a Moved By Love “Head, Heart, and Hands” retreat at ESI Sughad, and visited a dear friend’s village 2 hours from Pune. “Doing” all of these things in no way captures the subtle shifts that I felt throughout my time though. As I reflect back on the month, the phrase “small is beautiful,” the theme of our MBL retreat, resonates deeply with me and seems to embody my experience. Although there are countless stories of kindness that touched me, I want to share a few small ... Read Full Story
Reading This Story And Watching The ... Posted by Nageswary Sieslack, Oct 05 2015 Reading this story and watching the accompanying video made me feel all tingly and warm inside. In a responsible and caring society, such independence is made possible. Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone - The Atlantic Even in big cities like Tokyo, small children take the subway and run errands by themselves. The reason has a lot to do with group dynamics.
Children Who Shine From Within Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 05 2015 In this moving tribute to her daughter, Rachel Macy Stafford reminds us to look for the light within all children. "And it's that time -- time for back-to-school outfits, team tryouts, classroom assessments, and after school clubs. The Butterflies will be noticed. So brilliant. So colorful. Their talents so obvious. But let us not forget the Fireflies. Their triumphs are quiet and unsuspecting. Their gifts might even go completely unnoticed...Don't wait for someone to hand him an award or a give her a certificate to make their talents and gifts 'official.' That day may never come. So say it now. Say this: I see your light." [Full Story]
Handsome Is As Handsome Does Posted by Jyoti , Oct 05 2015 As I made one of my favorite foods, fresh guacamole, I caught myself thinking how something that looks rather ugly on the outside, Avocado, can yield something so yummy on the inside. The butter-soft deliciousness of freshly cut avocado is unmatched. And, the very next thought was a memory coming alive, that of a story titled Handsome Is What Handsome Does, that I read as an elementary school kid, many years ago. The story was about a deer drinking water in a pond in the jungle and seeing its own reflection in the water. He admired his antlers and was critical of his spindly legs and ugly hoofs. Suddenly, a lion comes to the watering hole and seems interested in attacking the deer, eyeing it hungrily. The deer takes off at great speed to escape. His antlers get stuck in the low hanging branches of a tree, putting his life ... Read Full Story
Reflection From Hear The Homeless Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 04 2015 Super inspired by Saturday's Hear The Homeless gathering! From all corners of the bay, about 20 of us gathered in Berkeley, inspired by Afreen's re-igniting of the idea and invitation. After a circle of stillness and sharing of intentions, we rolled up our sleeves and assembled 75+ sandwiches and bag lunches (complete with hand-crafted quotes and art on each paper bag!). Then, we took to the streets to practice presence and simply find homeless friends to share lunch and perhaps a bit of their experiences with us. From meeting soft-spoken Deven who humbled us with his accepting solitude, to a 77-year-old Carl hailing from New York, a Buddhist nun walking downtown, folks slumbering in a park, and countless others in-between-- we returned to Vinya's living room buzzing with a sense of aliveness. As various groups walked through the door, they all "had the glow" (one participant remarked) -- an inner radiance, a twinkle in the ... Read Full Story
Fall Laddership Circle - Week 1: Purpose! Posted by Zilong Wang, Oct 04 2015 Melissa compared her excitement for the first Laddership call to how kids in school watch the clock tick toward summer vacation :) Chris said, "the environment is stronger than will power." And indeed, what a blessing to be in -- and co-create -- a deep space with this group of 15 noble friends! From bubbly laughter to tears in our eyes, we kicked off our 6-week learning journey with a call, joined by folks from all corners of the country/globe. We sealed the sacred container by sharing the reasons why we each are drawn to the circle, in this time in our life, and in the world. We heard the striking resonance of core values, and the rich diversity of people's paths. If this is only week 1, I can't imagine where we will be by the end of this 6 week journey together :) After Audrey shared the larger context of Laddership ... Read Full Story
Humility Really Cannot Be Considered A Virtue Posted by Awakin, Oct 04 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Swami Dayananda Saraswati titled 'Humility Really Cannot be Considered a Virtue': Ego and pride are closely related, almost synonymous effects born of the same cause, ignorance of the relationship of the individualized sense of I with the world. (...) Although, graced by free will, I have the power to choose my actions, I have no power over the actual result of the action chosen; the result I anticipate can never be more than a probability among possibilities. I do not produce the result. The result of any act of mine, occurs both as the product of materials that I have not authored as well as the outcome of many circumstances, past and present, known and unknown, which must operate in concert for the given result to occur. If my strong skillful arm throws the winning pass in the final seconds of an American football game, the material and circumstantial factors that come together to produce this are too many for the final ... [Read more]
Vegetable Seller To Reputed Oncologist Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 04 2015 Dr. Vijayalakshmi Deshmane is one of India's most reputed oncologists who dedicates her life to service through medicine. But, when she was just a child, born into a "backward caste" and a socio-economically disadvantaged family living in the slums of India, with little access to food and basic amenities, leave alone educational opportunities, it was not obvious she would have such an illustrious career. Yet, through her family's and her own efforts, she defeated the odds stacked against her. In this interview, Dr. Deshmane describes her incredible journey of personal and social transformation -- fostered through love, service, community, and faith -- that led her from a childhood selling vegetables with her mother to being a leading breast cancer specialist. [Full Story]
Being: A Poem By An Awakin Caller Posted by Bela Shah, Oct 03 2015 A poem this morning, written for our Awakin Call guest speaker MIrabai Bush, has inspired so many. After completing the Awakin call, I already received 4 requests in my inbox, asking for a copy. Here it is: Deep in the center of my Being, where all things dwell is a place, is a space that is Silent in the noise of my day Patiently waiting for me to stop and notice the sheer beauty of it's Power Noble, watching, neutral to the costumes I wear, parading as me My Being knows my truth My Being knows my hunger My Being knows my strength My Being calls me to be alive in the newness of the struggle to remember my Name and the reason I was chosen to be here at this time and in this place. To look past the theater of my life and align with the sound of my soul From this place of remembrance It ... Read Full Story