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
Wednesdays, Just Another Way! Posted by Ammi , Aug 20 2014 Every Wednesday for a half hour during the lunch break at Saint Mary's College of California, Brother Camillus Chavez offers a meditation session in the small chapel on the campus. Over the years, many have benefited from his gift. There are many workshops throughout the year too. This summer, while on a trip to Mexico, he injured his right ankle and is now recovering at a Christian Brothers home in Napa. The meditations will continue with volunteers leading it or by using his online recordings (www.brothercamillus.com/brcamillus/). Best wishes and prayers for his recovery, and gratitude for his work. Until Sept 2014, get well wishes can be mailed to: Brother Camillus Chavez c/o Holy Family Community 4405 Redwood Road Napa, CA 94558
... Posted by Radha Ivaturi, Aug 20 2014 Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same' Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don't need a penny. Bustos spends every Sunday -- his only day off from work -- ve...
Stop And Hug Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 19 2014 My nine year old daughter has walked to school almost every day of her school life and each morning the same crossing guard, Ms. Leslie is there to help us safely cross the street. She and my daughter have a special ritual of hugging. My daughter runs to her, they hug, lock eyes and Ms. Leslie twirls her around once with the "stop" sign in one hand. Once, a neighbor driving her 3 children to school told me they feel lucky when they get the chance to witness this. Any fighting in the car that is going on, stops and they all share the joy between these two. This morning after watching them and having crossed the street to the other side, I said "That looked like so much fun can I have a hug too?" Ms. Leslie smiled and we embraced a full 5 seconds. I could feel our skin touching neck to neck and sense her heart beat. We didn't lock eyes but we did allow our humanness to connect. I got a little teary eyed when she looked at me and said, "Thank you so much. It gets hard out here some days, when drivers can be so rude." As we walked away, my daughter ... full story: Stop and Hug
Join Awakin This Saturday At 9am ... Posted by Birju Pandya, Aug 19 2014 Join Awakin this Saturday at 9am PST/12pm EST! We're interviewing Sallie Calhoun, a former tech entrepreneur who exited a decade ago, bought a ranch, and then got interested in serving the soil... which became serving ecology... which became shifting the financial system... which became shifting within :) As they say, to bake a pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe! RSVP here -
How We Grieve: Learning To Live With Loss Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 19 2014 John Updike wrote in his memoir, "Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?" And yet even if we were to somehow make peace with our own mortality, a primal fear rips through whenever we think about losing those we love most dearly -- a fear that metastasizes into all-consuming grief when loss does come. In The Long Goodbye, her magnificent memoir of grieving her mother's death, Meghan O'Rourke crafts a masterwork of remembrance and reflection woven of extraordinary emotional intelligence. Read more... [Full Story]
Art For Social Transformation Posted by Anne-Marie Bauer, Aug 18 2014 Can you remember a time when you were a child, when given those crisp white pieces of paper and a box of vibrant colored crayons, how time stood still? How you could take yourself anywhere or be just about anything, by how and where you drew the lines? How you could erase the day's sorrow by painting it over? Or draw your day as joyfully as you imagined it to be? To a child- anything is possible with the magical tools of color and canvas. Drawing, painting or being creatively expressive has ability to be deeply cathartic and disentangle our inner most feelings, hopes and dreams. Art has the power to awaken our truest nature. In a profoundly touching Awakin call, with the very sweet Lily Yeh,-we hear a heartfelt cry and passion of hers, to help people reconnect with their inner child and creative light. She shows us the ... Read Full Story
How To Get A Raise With Integrity And Ease Posted by Rahul Brown, Aug 18 2014 Recently a good friend told me that he got a significant raise. While that’s great news, what was even better was the incredible way he accomplished this without negative conflict, threats, or begging-- and in complete integrity with his values. How did he make the magic happen? Turns out that my friend (let’s call him M) lives in one of those parts of Silicon Valley where rents have been shooting sky high and continuing to go higher with alarming frequency. Six months ago, M’s wife informed him that they were withdrawing money from savings every month just to make ends meet. Yet right around the same time, M’s CEO announced that it was going to be a tough year at the company and that they had to keep costs to an absolute minimum. M decided that he should reduce expenses to a bare minimum, and ride out the situation as long ... Read Full Story
Mindfulness For At-risk Kids, In California Posted by Ammi , Aug 18 2014 G Larochette, a 2002 alum of Saint Mary's College of California, launched the Mindful Life Project in Richmond CA schools in 2012. The program, uses mindfulness to help at-risk kids, yielded a 40 to 65 percent drop in suspensions its first year.
Running Into Brother Takashi Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Aug 18 2014 Last week, brothers Nipun, Samir and I, ran into our old friend -- Brother Takashi on the streets. If you don't know about brother Takashi, his story is bound to inspire anyone: I am a survivor of Hiroshima. At the age of eight, I buried my Father, Mother and four other family members. As a war orphan, I searched garbage cans to survive in Japan’s family-centric society. I was a reminder that Japan lost the War, and I grew up in an atmosphere of contempt, shame and guilt, fighting an icy society that shunned me, a fatherless child. A proud Number One Son of a samurai family, I vowed to avenge the death of my Father and I came to America to fulfill that vow. My path from the ravaged landscape of Hiroshima to the present has been long, difficult, and shaped by conflict. Yet today, I express my love and gratitude ... Read Full Story
Geonka-ji On A Meditation Center Posted by Vinod Eshwer, Aug 18 2014 Goenka-ji was once asked, "Sometimes I feel like leaving my normal life and just staying at the meditation center. What should I do?" His response (slightly edited below) reminded me of Awakin Circles around the world. :) I would like you to live your normal life. I want to make the whole world into a meditation center, and you want to leave the world and come to the center? What does a center mean? A place where you get some care, love, food for thought and some food for your stomach. You can make your own home into such a meditation center -- invite people, share some insight, meditate together, offer some food. If you do this a lot, then that home becomes a center. I want people in the meditation centers to go out and start centers wherever they are, make their homes as lighthouse of joy, knowledge and love.