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
Molding Our Lives For A Better Tomorrow. Posted by Evelyn Figueroa, Aug 21 2014 Our future is in the hands of the environmental friendly innovations that will even help to make our future sustainable! Technology has never been the same leading factor in the old days as most humans these days just leap for such devices that are really going to make innovative dreams a reality. This is the motivation that keeps us busy in inventing applications, devices and great options to come up with new ones that can really work into molding our lives for a better tomorrow. Our aim is to envision a sustainable and equitable global society through reflection on the role of technology during the transition to such a society and in that society’s future. Technology will support and enhance a “good life” for all of its citizens, without compromising the Earth’s ecosystem or the prospects of later generations. And a good life requires essentially that basic human needs are met and ... Read Full Story
... Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Aug 21 2014 378 people 'pay it forward' at Starbucks A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.
SMILES With The Smile Cards Posted by Deven P-Shah, Aug 21 2014 The idea of using Smile Cards sounded really good the moment I heard of it. It sounded fun. It felt so right. I picked up handful of them from an Awakin circle when Nipun was there. I talked about it to quite a few friends. I gave them cards; that felt good. It took me a while before I actually used a Smile Card, or as the card says, I tagged someone. Inspiration came from a KindSpring email – power of nurturing thoughts….Idea could linger around for a while; suddenly a gentle nudge puts it to action. Here it is to the KindSpring team… for jump starting me on my tagging journey … and so many SMILES… I decided to tag someone first time while walking into a Panera Bread. My idea was to buy a Panera gift card right there at the counter along with my coffee, and request person taking orders, Maria, to give ... Read Full Story
Hugging Like A Baby Posted by Rahul Brown, Aug 21 2014 We were recently at a multi-day wedding that was attended by many kids. On the third day of the wedding, a 4 year old boy arrives and immediately starts running and jumping everywhere as young boys tend to do. About five minutes later, he spots our baby Uma playing less rambunctiously in a different area of the property and runs over to her. At first, he stands by and watches her from a few feet away. Then he decides to stand within one foot of her, following her wherever she went. Meanwhile, his mother is frantically trying to simultaneously manage him and his even more wild 2 year old brother who is running all over the place. She yells out, "Give her space!" to her 4 year old son, who by now is like Uma's shadow. While trying to corral the younger brother, she yells out to us that he ... Read Full Story
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