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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Lightness In My Step Posted by Savraj Thind, Jul 30 2015 This morning during my walk I had the good fortune of meeting someone I have been wanting to cross paths with for sometime. I had seen this elderly gentleman before. A few months ago he was collecting cans and bottles from the recycle bins behind my house. I was shocked to see this and saddened by the fact that he had to do this to survive. I thought about putting bottles in a bag for him with a note attached saying that the bag was for him to take, but then thought it may not be the best idea from a safety standpoint. So I let it go. One rainy day in the spring I saw him again riding his bike with bags of bottles attached to his backpack and handle bars. My heart sank. I felt powerless thinking I could never connect with him. So you can imagine my ... Read Full Story
Buen Vivre ... The Good Life Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Jul 30 2015 On well-being ...
Less Is More (Poem By Lao Tzu) Posted by Harpreet Sandhu, Jul 30 2015 Xiao was very kind to share the beautiful poem by Lao Tzu, that she shared in the circle yesterday. Here it is, for all to enjoy: "In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped. Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone." "The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao." "The Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn't possess, acts but doesn't expect. When her work is done, she forgets it. This is why it lasts forever." "Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place."
Getting Hands On With Nature Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 30 2015 The joy of children encountering the natural world on their own terms is becoming a lost idyll, no longer an integral part of growing up. There are many reasons for this loss -- urbanization, the changing social structure of families, the fear of stranger danger. But also much of environmental education has become restrictive and rule bound, taking on a museum mentality, where nature is a composed exhibit on the other side of the glass.This thought-provoking article explores what it means to get hands on with nature. [Full Story]
Gandhi: An Atheist's Faith In Humanity And My Religion Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Jul 29 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on An Atheist's Faith In Humanity And My Religion. Take a look.
Unseen Connectivity Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jul 29 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4208 views and 4 comments. "Spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones eloquently reminds us how connected we all are. "We are more than us... It is when we are connected that we are most alive... This universe is one big game of connect the dots." In this TEDx performance, Jones hope that when we are gone, someone will look back and say: “We were here, and when we were, we lived not for us, because we were more than us, we where all of us, we... were... one.”" ... Watch: Unseen Connectivity
Just 2 Quarters Worth Of Kindness Posted by KindSpring.org, Jul 28 2015 This morning there was a young man roaming the campus. He comes from one of the half-way drug rehab/mental illness houses on the surrounding streets. He's quiet, polite, and I think very lonely, and bored. I saw him earlier standing at the soda vending machines, jiggling change in his pockets. It appeared he didn't have enough money for a soda at $1.50. I returned from the adjacent building and he was bending down and looking for dropped change under the vending machines. Nothing to be found. I asked him how much money he needed and he replied "just 2 quarters". I reached into my pocket and magically, I had 2 lonely little quarters in my pocket. Gave it to him and he got his Dr. Pepper and flashed me the biggest smile. I asked him what he was going to eat for lunch. He said they have food back at the house, but usually just noodles or a sandwich that he didn't like. I took him back to my office and gave him several Pizza Hut coupons, one for a free personal size pan pizza. I've been saving pennies and small change now for several years in a can at the ... full story: Just 2 Quarters Worth Of Kindness
Laddership Week 6: Culture & End Of A Beginning Posted by Zilong Wang, Jul 28 2015 Time -- or our sense of time -- is indeed relative. This six weeks of Laddership circle seem to have passed so fast; at the same time, so many seeds have been planted and nurtured with such care and love. Audrey summed up our Week 6 call in an email, From Grant's reminder of the Pale Blue Dot (and a sweet cartoon version) to Sachi's quote from Vinoba on finding the door to people's hearts, Saejung's reflection of how our realities can be molded by what we focus on, Bonnie giving her Sunday sermons from a space of authenticity and service,Pranidhi wondering "What happens when we're confronted with people who don't receive us with that love," followed by Lacey's question, "How do I continually choose to be good and kind to people?", Arathi's insights of getting to a space of emptiness while at Hollow Lake, Fernando's lessons from Raghubhai, Min's reflection on ... Read Full Story
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Where Children Play Around Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 28 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Where Children Play Around The World. As summer kicks into high gear, student learning unfolds in the world's classroom-- and below is a sampling of just that. From student acts of kindness to playgrounds around the globe to why we need movement to learn, these stories share lessons from when children play.
Structure Of Gratitude Posted by Srikumar Rao, Jul 28 2015 Really enjoyed David Brooks article in NYT today on 'Structure of Gratitude' ... Capitalism encourages us to see human beings as self-interested, utility-maximizing creatures. But people with grateful dispositions are attuned to the gift economy where people are motivated by sympathy as well as self-interest. In the gift economy intention matters. We’re grateful to people who tried to do us favors even when those favors didn’t work out. In the gift economy imaginative empathy matters. We’re grateful because some people showed they care about us more than we thought they did. We’re grateful when others took an imaginative leap and put themselves in our mind, even with no benefit to themselves. Gratitude is also a form of social glue. In the capitalist economy, debt is to be repaid to the lender. But a debt of gratitude is repaid forward, to another person who also doesn’t deserve it. In this way each gift ... Read Full Story