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
Read First Top Down And Then ... Posted by Wendy Berk, Aug 02 2015 Read first top down and then bottom up. Written by an 11 year old girl. Amazing. “Worst Day Ever?” by Chanie Gorkin Today was the absolute worst day ever And don’t try to convince me that There’s something good in every day Because, when you take a closer look, This world is a pretty evil place. Even if Some goodness does shine through once in a while Satisfaction and happiness don’t last. And it’s not true that It’s all in the mind and heart Because True happiness can be attained Only if one’s surroundings are good It’s not true that good exists I’m sure you can agree that The reality Creates My attitude It’s all beyond my control And you’ll never in a million years hear me say Today was a very good day Now read it from bottom to top, the other way, And see what I really feel about my day.
Marty Krasney: Building A World That Works For All Posted by Bela Shah, Aug 02 2015 In 1962, two weeks before Christmas, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon at a church in Philadelphia about the birth of a baby. He was born in a stable, on the dirt floor and surrounded by livestock, but under a star that served as a guide for the Three Wise Men. Coincidentally, this sermon was attended by a 17 year-old named Marty Krasney, who listened intently to Rev. King’s sermon, taking away a powerful message that has served as a through line in his own life. Today, 53 years later, Marty is the founding, Executive Director of Dalai Lama Fellows, a global community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical social innovators. On our Global Awakin Call, Marty’s humble, honest, and compassionate way of showing up in the world was deeply felt by our callers. The following blog hopes to capture the wisdom and stories that Marty thoughtfully shared, including the deeper meaning ... Read Full Story
A New Way Of Serving Posted by Kozo Hattori, Aug 02 2015 Last week, I shared at Awakin Circle Santa Clara that I had been diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. The love and support I got from the circle was overwhelming. Nipun gave me a huge book by Awakin Call guest Michael Lerner that had been sitting in his closet waiting for the perfect time to be gifted. Viral shared a story about a Japanese man he and Nipun met on an airplane when they were teenagers who recovered after being given a prognosis of 8 weeks to live. Harshida offered to make me home made vegetable juice when I told her I was fasting and couldn’t eat her delicious food. Kara cried tears of compassion all night and told me that she loved me. Emails came in with love, concern, and insight into different treatment programs. I feel loved, hugged, and cared for by the whole ServiceSpace ecosystem. I am grateful for ... Read Full Story
Rebuilding A Neighborhood With Dignity And Hope Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 02 2015 In this inspirational and motivating TED Talk, Bill Strickland shares his remarkable journey from a kid flunking out of school in a high crime-rate ghetto of Pittsburgh, to a man who has inspired thousands of people in his own neighborhood. Building on the belief that you can transform anyone by offering them hope, respect and dignity, Strickland has been lauded as a visionary genius by some of the most powerful people in America. [Full Story]
Meditation Last Night I Practiced The ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 01 2015 Last night I practiced the full moon meditation with people from all parts of the world. What a wonderful way to collectively send out and count blessings. With each breath I imagined the entire planet being bathed in iridescent moon beams. I began by sending positive energy to family, pets, friends, co-workers, and loved ones who have passed. Then I felt the light being directed towards all of humanity, whether happy, sad, impoverished or at war. I imagined everyone seeing this light and suddenly feeling at peace. I then went on to imagine sprinkles of light showering the entire animal kingdom and all flora and fauna. And when I could feel the entire planet humming with this energy, my mind went outwards and traveled past the atmosphere and into the universe to help direct our light towards everything. A powerful and yet very peaceful feeling to feel so connected with everything. The feelings of rejuvenation still linger with me today.
Inspired, Awed, Encouraged & Totally ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Aug 01 2015 Inspired, awed, encouraged & totally blown away and GRATEFUL for today's Awakin Call with Jackie Ehlers. Thanks you all!!! Just wow.
When To Start Serving? Now Is Good. Posted by Jyoti , Aug 01 2015 I was at a temple when this little girl who was tiny of frame but large in her presence came by walking through the other devotees seated on the ground. She was no more than three years old, if that. Her nose had sandalwood paste and her forehead had a vermilion mark and there was a sacred necklace around her neck, all symbols that are commonly worn by the devotees of ISKCON. In one hand she carried a q-tip with a perfumed oil on it and in the other she carried a gardenia flower. She was offering her service to the devotees by spreading the good scent. She went from one person to the next, offering the flower by holding it close to their nose so they could enjoy it's fragrance and then rubbing the q-tip on their hand just where it meets the wrist (as you see the lady ... Read Full Story
Cubs: Seeing The World Through Our Children's Eyes Posted by Trishna Shah, Aug 01 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Seeing the World Through Our Children's Eyes. Take a look."Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for." -- Author Unknown
I Was Listening To NPR This ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Jul 31 2015 I was listening to NPR this evening and joined a conversation between Phil Bronstein and Peter Coyote, whom has had a fascinating life. A statement that Peter made has stuck with me: We each need to be alert to the fact that we could be a Hitler or a Dali Lama. My understanding is that if we fail to recognize this, nothing good will come. He talked of his leaving Hollywood, but did not judge those that remain. And now, he's being priced out of Mill Valley and is moving to Sebastopol. Another line I read by him is, "Once you realize that it's not your responsibility to keep yourself alive -- the universe is doing that for you -- it takes a big weight off your shoulders," he says. "You settle down into your intuition, and life gets a lot simpler." Yes, in the end, everything is in the hands of the universe. Surrender to the Universe, I suppose, would be appropriate:). His second memoir just came out, but I suppose I should read his first one first.
Seeds: Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social Posted by Nisha Srinivasan, Jul 31 2015 This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds + T: Sacred Groves And Longo Mai - Social And Cutural Fencing. The ancients protected the environment by creating "social fencing" between themselves and some forest areas that they called the Sacred Groves. Some moderns have been protecting themselves by creating "cultural fencing" between their lifestyle and that of the capitalistic world and they call it Longo Mai, the Long Life. Which side of the fence do you want to be? Take a look.