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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Work + T: Work As Intimacy Posted by Birju Pandya, Oct 27 2016 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Work As Intimacy. Welcome to Work+Transformation! This months newsletter focuses on the idea of intimacy as a workplace phenomenon. Intimacy with others, intimacy within. For most, this is not an easy topic! Enjoy!
The Winter Pilgrim Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 27 2016 In October 2007, Ann Sieben, a native of Denver, Colorado and a nuclear engineer by profession, was waiting for a work permit in Spain that never came through. Instead of looking for other work, she decided to walk on foot along an ancient pilgrimage path known as the Camino de Santiago. Later, in December of that year, she walked over 2100 kilometers from Canterbury to Rome. The following winter, she did it again -- this time from Germany to Spain, and the year after, she walked over 4400 kilometers from Ukraine to Greece. Known as the "winter piligrim," Sieben has journeyed on foot across 44 countries over 40,000 kilometers along paths walked by seekers and pilgrims from years ago -- and she doesn't carry any money, camera, or phone. In this inspiring conversation (transcribed and recorded) touching on multiple themes, Ann shares nuggets of deep wisdom and practical insights from her journey as a pilgrim, in which she evolved from being a touristic pilgrim to a spiritual pilgrim to a servant pilgrim. [Full Story]
A Sukkah And A Traffic Stop Posted by Somik Raha, Oct 26 2016 I had started to wonder what the Jews had been up to over the last several thousand years with their spiritual experiments, and a visit to Israel some years back only made the yearning stronger. The mainstream label of "monotheistic Abrahamic religions" into which Judaism is bucketed surely could not be the whole story. Most of what non-Jewish folks read about Judaism is head-oriented, but I was looking to be touched in my heart. It was only when I read Aryae Coopersmith's book "Holy Beggars" and his Awakin Call transcript that I felt my heart was being touched by an ancient wisdom that also felt contemporary. In fact, I find it hard to believe that a book like Holy Beggars could ever be written -- how could a book have so much heart in it? I was therefore quite delighted to receive an invite to an interfaith gathering at Aryae and Wendy's home in ... Read Full Story
The Company We Keep: A Car-Sabbatical Story Posted by Jyoti , Oct 26 2016 My mother always emphasized the importance of the choosing my friends carefully for she insisted that the company we keep affects who we become. I trusted her advice but now I can see it at work in ways that I could not back then. In total awe of brother Pancho biking from Berkeley to Santa Clara to attend Awakin, a hidden seed of inspiration was planted. It germinated a few weeks later when my car was crushed in an accident. If brother Pancho could live without a car, could I atleast try to experience that life? Perhaps just for a bit? It was start of summer and my sabbatical from work, so it was possible to try this. The essentials of daily life such as groceries were already a short walk away from my home. There was some public transport nearby that was enough for me to get to a few places further away, in case I ... Read Full Story
Keith McHenry: Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, We Not Posted by Amit Dungarani, Oct 26 2016 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Keith McHenry: Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, We Not Me...Reflection questions: Our speaker this week says that notwithstanding our climate crisis, political crisis, and economic crisis, "I still believe the human spirit is at a point of global transformation. My 36 years sharing vegan meals under the banner Food Not Bombs has shown me that people can rise up and change society." How have your experiences with serving others helped you shift to a frame of abundance, and helped trigger broader change?
Barefoot Skateboarders Of Janwar Posted by KarmaTube.org, Oct 26 2016 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 7725 views and 16 comments. "India's largest skateboarding park isn't in a big city, it's in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard, a German national, established a skate park in Janwar, Madhya Pradesh in a region notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Reinhart and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues." ... Watch: Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar
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United Nations: A Meditation For Peace Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 26 2016 October 24th is United Nations Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter in 1945. For 71 years, the United Nations has been working to maintain international peace and security, promote sustainable development, protect human rights, uphold international law, and deliver humanitarian aid. Spiritual leaders can also be found on the front lines of peace, and they are naturally tied to the U.N. by their common goals. Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk and author known for his contributions to the interfaith dialogue and for being a proponent of the transformative power of gratefulness. From his archives comes this powerful, poetic meditation delivered at a previous U.N. anniversary gathering. It is an homage to all activists before us, an observance of our commonality, and a call to action to stand up for peace -- something the world still needs today. [Full Story]
Three Kind Acts :) Posted by KindSpring.org, Oct 25 2016 splain: A LessonLast night we went out for dinner and on the way home I saw a large "something" on the side of the road. Suddenly I realized what I had seen. A man laying there. We turned the car around and raced back. I felt sure he had been hit by ...AnnC: Make A Difference Daykindspring ...MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY Kindspring members make a difference every day. with their kindness, their smiles, their support and their hearts. Tomorrow communities throughout the United States will join together to make a difference in our world. I will be working with the teen center and other volunteers to effort to ...alisamom: Kindness Is ContagiousDuring my years of depression I used to be very much "against" everything I disliked, especially on FB. then after discovering kindspring and learning new things I realized that being "for" things I supported is much better for me. And so since then I've been trying to only post/share/like/comment on ...
Barefoot Skateboarders Of Janwar Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 25 2016 India's largest skateboarding park isn't in a big city, it's in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. A sport which has long been identified with urban neighborhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard, a German national, established a skate park in Janwar, Madhya Pradesh in a region notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Reinhart and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues. [Full Story]