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
Gandhi: Indivisible Whole: Planting Tree Farewell Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Mar 31 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on Indivisible Whole: Planting Tree Farewell. Take a look.
Beautiful Smiles Posted by KindSpring.org, Mar 31 2015 I was wandering through a fruit stand today and noticed two women walking in the store. One was leading the way, the other followed slowly with a walker. The second woman was probably in her fifties, too young for a walker, and she had the most beautiful smile.I passed them without giving it too much thought. They left the store before me, and when I left and was walking down the sidewalk, I saw them in their car. This lovely woman was sitting in the passenger's seat, smiling and laughing sweetly as she said, "I never thought it could be this hard to get in a car" -- and laughed and laughed. Amazing, I thought! And I wanted to connect with this lovely energy, so as I passed, I asked if she would like me to close the car door for her. She looked at me and gave me one of her beautiful smiles, and said "Oh yes, that would be wonderful!" I closed the door. She smiled, put her hands together and gifted me with a Namaste bow. She touched my heart and lifted my spirit and left me smiling all day. Such a simple interaction, and I am so grateful for ... full story: Beautiful Smiles
Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon's Final Reflections On Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 31 2015 Einstein was one of the first to confirm that time and space are truly relative phenomena, and no where is relativity more palpable than in the operating room of a hospital. For neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, time as he knew it underwent a radical shift when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. From the rush of the operating room to the tortoise trudge of rest and uncertain recovery, Paul, just weeks before his passing, shared these profound thoughts on time, life, and what we leave behind. [Full Story]
Did You Know That The Heart Spins ... Posted by mindyjourney , Mar 31 2015 Did you know that the heart Spins in revolutionary splendor? It picks up velocity as it turns Balanced on the beauty of surrender. A maelstrom of possibilities Are whirled into the gravitational now. There are no quibbling reasons When the ego releases with a bow. Love is the centered point From which equanimity careens, Awakening the eternal self By stepping back from what is seen.
Technology, Conciousness And The Future Posted by Min Lee, Mar 31 2015 This weekend, I attended a discussion in the breath-taking Half Moon Bay, attended by spiritual leaders and technologists who gathered to explore the role of technology, consciousness and the future. Convened by the good folks at the Contemplative Alliance, we sat in a circle and were guided by the occasional gong to invite pause and offer reflections. Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee opened with a powerful idea - could the internet be a new model of universal consciousness? When seeing the Internet through it's symbolic and sacred potential, he saw a blueprint similar to the plane of self he experienced during enlightenment - where all knowledge is present and accessible, and where all people are inter-connected in global oneness. Technology may just be the gateway on a physical plane so more people could carry the light, unify in consciousness, with dynamic energy and power to completely rearrange our world. With that, there is ... Read Full Story
Photos From Karma Kitchen :) Posted by Tejas Doshi, Mar 30 2015 Karma Kitchen was a real remarkable experience this month! With a rockstar crew of 14 volunteers, we served a total of 95 guests in a high-energy yet "stress-free" (as one volutneer called it) day of enthused tables and many-to-many conversations in a first ever configuration of 5 rotating community tables (with many established leaders and ladders)! :) I felt blessed to have the opportunity to take a few candid shots ...
Opening Doors And Hearts Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 30 2015 Opening a door is more than a physical act. It's about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, and making them feel welcome. After being bullied, Josh Yandt decided to make a change that ultimately had a dramatic impact on his life and on the lives of his fellow students. Watch this sweet story of how the London, Ontario, high school paid forward Josh's acts of kindness and connection. [Full Story]
Technology, Consciousness, And The Future Posted by Birju Pandya, Mar 30 2015 I just returned from a weekend gathering of the Contemplative Alliance, which hosted a roundtable dialogue on the topic of technology and consciousness. Was a very interesting group of about 60 folks, including many monastics from various traditions along with leaders from Silicon Valley. We also had a solid contingent connected to the ServiceSpace world, including Rahul, Tom, Min, and Alan! Very interesting topics ranging from nanotech to inner technologies to ethical design. Amongst all of them, I was most interested by the underlying question - how to engage with technology knowingly from the perspective of wisdom traditions. On this topic, the Contemplative Alliance will be releasing a short video of highlights soon, but a few tidbits stood out. Lakota elder Tiokasin spoke about how the language of his people did not include a word for 'domination' or even 'peace on earth', but rather 'peace with earth.' Lama Palden spoke of her ... Read Full Story
Cleansing The Feet, Refreshing The Soul Posted by Bradley Stoll, Mar 29 2015 We arrive at Karma Kitchen and I can't help but be filled with gratitude for what I'm about to receive through giving. Makala comes up and says, "Bradley, can I wash your feet today?" Who am I to deny him this opportunity, so I oblige. 11 am rolls around and in come our our first "customers". Even though the kitchen doesn't open until 11:30, they all sit patiently, soaking up the experience. Then, the real gift comes. So many beautiful people from all over. I'm gifted the experience of meeting Sujatha, the queen of Restorative Justice. To hug a person who knows forgiveness is a gift in itself. The last two young ladies I talk with were looking to interview someone in KK and do a little story. Nipun comes over and so eloquently explains the true gift that we offer -- ourselves. They left elated, made a monetary contribution (although ... Read Full Story
You Cannot Capture Silence, It Captures You Posted by Awakin, Mar 29 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Richard Rohr titled 'You cannot capture Silence, It captures You': For me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experiences. We may serve others and have many experiences, but without silence, nothing has the power to change us, to awaken us, to give us that joy that the world cannot give, as Jesus says. And without clear acts of free service (needing no payback of any sort, even “heaven”), a person’s spiritual authenticity can and should be called into question. Divine Love always needs to and must overflow! To live in this primordial, foundational being itself, which I am calling silence, creates a kind of sympathetic resonance with what is right in front of us. Without it, we just react instead of respond. Without some degree of silence, we are never living, never tasting, as there is not ... [Read more]