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+T: Transformation Book Reviews Posted by Birju Pandya, Aug 26 2015 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Transformation Book Reviews. Welcome to Work + T! A newsletter where we highlight the latest in inner transformation practices applicable to a workplace setting. This months issue highlights a few recent books and programs on this topic for your review. From a monastics perspective on changing oneself to a design program for 'transition.' Enjoy!
Seeds: A Story Of Uncommon Change Posted by KarmaTube.org, Aug 26 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3757 views and 11 comments. "Discover the story of Aruna, who's journey speaks of the transformative power of love and service. Aruna grew up in a poor leprosy community in India and, like so many other kids growing up in the harsh reality of a slum, did not believe in her dreams or that much good would come from her life, other than a prescribed arranged marriage. That was, until, she met Jayesh Patel, co-founder of Manav Sadhna, an NGO based on the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, who recognized and nurtured her potential as a leader. His belief inspired Aruna to take her education and life more seriously, and to take a more active role in her community's affairs. As a result, she is now one of a handful of young women — the first in the community's history — who successfully enrolled in college, ... Read Full Story
Joshua's Share Last Wednesday Posted by Dinesh Mehta, Aug 26 2015 As we get ready for another Awakin Circle tonight, few of us were reflecting on a really powerful circle last week (with stories like Aryae singing his brother out) ... and this touching share from a gentleman who, after dinner, said, "Being here today has changed my life." Hello everyone, my name is Joshua. This is my first time here, also. And it's been a miraculous experience for me. When I was in meditation, this question came through, which was, basically: where am I not being as compassionate as I could be? The response that came was this: towards my stepmother. I realized that I'm civil towards her, but I don't think I've ever truly included her, in my heart or in our family. Then, another question arose which was something like: how positive am I towards her? Even just in my own mind. And more broadly, how much of my mental space is ... Read Full Story
In Honour Of Dog Appreciation Day ... Posted by Savraj Thind, Aug 26 2015 In honour of Dog Appreciation Day today, I'd like to write a love letter to my dog! To my dear sweet Prada girl, I love you with all my heart my love. Thankyou for the countless times you have greeted me at the door with your tail wagging so high and fast! Thankyou for pulling me around the neighborhood on our high energy walks and waiting for me to catch my breath now and then. Thankyou for being so calm during bath times even though you are not crazy about them. Thankyou for sitting in my lap when there are so many other places to sit in the room. Thank you for your smiles, your barks and words like (I'm sure you say it!) "mum". Thankyou for rushing to kiss my tears away when I am sad. Thankyou my dear sweet puppy love for every bit of joy you have given me these past 11 years. I shall be forever and ever grateful. Love you with all my heart my love. Love Mom
It's Only Food Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 25 2015 My husband recently had surgery. Over the years I have cooked meals for people in similar circumstances and not thought a thing of it. Our neighbors came by after he had been home a day, bearing a couple of platters of food. I was overwhelmed. I hugged my neighbor and thanked her. She said "It's only food!" But in that moment, it was not only food. She fed us for 3 meals and a snack, but more importantly fed our souls. Never doubt the impact of a kind act, no matter how small. It always makes a difference. ... full story: It's Only Food
Finally Taking Some Time To Catch ... Posted by Roshni Shah, Aug 25 2015 Finally taking some time to catch up with Awakin calls and grateful to hear Summit & Julie's story on kindness. Inspiring to hear how they have integrated kindness, in small and large ways, into both the foundation of their relationship but also into their work in healthcare. Thanks for sharing your journey!
The Whole Child & Urban Education Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 25 2015 In this rich interview, Ida Oberman, founder of the Community School for Creative Education in East Oakland, California, talks to Richard Whittaker about applying the enrichment of a Waldorf education to urban public schools. [Full Story]
Teaching + T: When School Mirrors Nature Posted by Audrey Lin, Aug 25 2015 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed When School Mirrors Nature. With every sunrise and set, each drifting cloud or crevice of a tree, our natural world carries a quiet resilience in its timelessly transcendent engineering. As we continue to refine our modes of living and learning, a burgeoning field of nature-inspired innovation is igniting a new question: How can we design education to reflect nature's operating principles? The stories below reflect more.
We Can't Eat GDP Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 23 2015 What does GDP - gross domestic product - fail to account for? When we really start to dig into the numbers, we find that this long-held standard for a country's "success" ignores many of the positives (and negatives) that determine a population's welfare and well-being. But new possibilities are already out there. Lorenzo Fioramonti shares exciting ideas for new measurements of progress, and what they can tell us about ourselves, and where we're going. [Full Story]
Hopefulness - Poetry Poster Posted by Jyoti , Aug 22 2015 Hopefulness Must be seen Around us Always For to see it Is to save it Hopefulness Like the seed Saves the tree And the egg The sky-high flight Only by seeing Can it be preserved Words in Hindi by Atma Ranjan Translated by me from this Poetry Poster by Rohit G Rusia