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
KIndness Day At Sunrise Middle School Posted by Anne Veh, Feb 07 2016 “I felt the true joy of kindness when I left work today. Our hard-working custodian came up to me and was all smiles, laughter and bewilderment. He said so many students had come up to him and thanked him for his work. 'And one even gave me a card!'" – Teresa Robinson, Director, Sunrise Middle School Two years ago, I was moved to write an editorial to The Mercury News on behalf of Sunrise Middle School. John Malloy had sent an email to the 500 Mile Spirit Run community with a request to write to The Mercury News on behalf of Sunrise Middle School, who was on the verge of being displaced from their campus. It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the moment I read John’s words, I composed my letter to the editor. Within minutes, Teresa Robinson wrote to me, thanked me for my effort and invited me ... Read Full Story
Presence: The Quality Of Consciously Being Here Posted by Awakin, Feb 07 2016 This week's Awakin reading is by Kabir Helminski titled 'Presence: The Quality of Consciously Being Here': A common theme runs through all the great spiritual traditions. It goes by many names – awakening, recollection, mindfulness, dhyana, remembrance, zhikr, presence – and by no name at all. This state of consciousness adds further dimensions to being in this world. Beyond the narrow band of awareness that has come to be accepted as the conventional state of consciousness is a faculty that is the master key to unlocking our latent human potential. In certain teachings, such as Buddhism, the practice of mindful presence is the central fact. In Islam remembrance is the qualifier of all activity. In Christianity we must look to the experience of its great mystics and to prayer of the heart. But in all authentic spiritual psychologies this state of consciousness is a fundamental experience and requirement. For the purposes of our reflection I shall call it presence. Presence signifies the quality of consciously being here. It ... [Read more]
Rememberance Rituals Posted by Jyoti , Feb 07 2016 I am staying as a house guest with cousins in India. This morning, I had the chance to mark the death anniversary of my uncle, the patriarch of the family. His daughter, with whom I am staying, woke up early and prepared an elaborate meal of his favorite dishes with the intention to share it with many. At 10 am, the family priest was invited to the home to say a quick prayer of remembrance. He was a simple and humble man who sat on the floor, offered everyone gathered a flower, chanted a few Sanskrit shlokas and then asked us to place the flowers in front of a photograph of my uncle. He was served the first plate of food from the feast. He set aside the first morsel for the birds, and then ate a bit himself. He blessed each of us individually and then took home some ... Read Full Story
The Disappointed Diner Who Now Feeds 1200 Children Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 07 2016 Unhappy with the service he'd received at a restaurant, Darshan Chandan sent the management an email expressing his disappointment. When the management apologized and offered him a free meal, Darshan asked them to feed underprivileged children instead. What happened next changed the course of his life. The restaurant carried out his request and sent pictures of the children they'd fed. "This is the moment that changed me forever. The smile on the faces of those children left me touched. And that is when I decided to do something about it," says Darshan. Today the 31-year-old feeds 1200 children in Vadodara, India. [Full Story]
A Conversation With Giang Dang Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Feb 06 2016 Three moons ago when Kozo asked me if I would like to be the moderator to interview Giang Dang on an Awakin Call, I was anxiously excited. Having not figured out the right question for my own search, am I able to ask good questions about another person's journey? Who is Giang Dang? She is a grassroots change-maker in Vietnam, who serves the underprivileged communities with small acts, such as transforming the abandoned land in the city into a community garden, who does not take no for an answer because making the seemingly impossible possible gives her extra motivation, and who recognizes the importance of self-care because she knows that a happy soul serves happily… I didn't listen to the recorded conversation until last Wednesday at the Awakin Circle when Nipun told me that he had transcribed the call and loved it. While busy traveling and ... Read Full Story
Today We're His Family: Teen Volunteers Mourn Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 06 2016 "On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys' school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school's assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to the rest of their school day, and to their lives as a whole right now. Today the teens have volunteered to be pallbearers for a man who died alone in September, and for whom no next of kin was found. He's being buried in a grave with no tombstone, in a city cemetery." Read more about the touching way these high schoolers are stepping up to honor the life and death of strangers. [Full Story]
His Royal Highness The Gyalsey Is ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Feb 06 2016 His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born | KuenselOnline Congratulations to the nation!!!!! :D :D <3 <3 "wELCome home" your HRH the new born Prince to our Bhutanese Family! We are so happy and blessed.
"The More You Praise And Celebrate ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Feb 06 2016 "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey.
Cubs: Tools For A More Grateful, Peaceful, And Posted by Trishna Shah, Feb 06 2016 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Tools for a More Grateful, Peaceful, and Connected Family Life. Take a look."Children have neither past nor future; and that which seldom happens to us, they rejoice in the present."--Jean De La Bruyere
Karma Kitchen Doo-bai :) Posted by Neha Phukan, Feb 06 2016 It was a beautiful day for a Karma Kitchen – cloudy skies with just a hint of sun gracing us every now and then, a cool breeze and a serene location near a waterway. Many volunteers arrived earlier than their assigned time with the biggest smiles and joyous energy, ready to dig into their own intentions for service, kindness and generosity. But the ripples for a second Karma Kitchen to happen had begun long before the day itself. From Natasha’s ongoing, deep conversations with the restaurant, to the collective intentioning, to all of the love we carried back from our India trip all the way to a by-the-chance email sent to Meghna, requesting if we could have Wisdom Craft heart pins for guests and their arriving just in time – all the way through, it felt like flow, not work. :) For our volunteer briefing session, due to a roadblock for a ... Read Full Story