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
A Nobel Laureate On The Power Of Not Knowing Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 29 2017 "Surrender to not-knowing" was the catchphrase of poet Wislawa Szymborska who offered this as a guide to participate in the wonder of creation as an artist. Whether a scientist, poet, or everyday worker we are all artists as we become co-creators in life. As we step into each moment with the willingness to allow for the unexpected to unfold, we make art with the stuff of our lives. The alternative for some is to control and define with closed minds what life should be instead of what it could be. Instead of contracting back into certainty Szymborska challenges us to live bravely in the "I don't know" that defines the inexplicable nature of our existence here on Earth. By opening themselves to the unknown, artists of all kinds have been led to discoveries and inventions that have changed life on Earth for the better. Read more about Szymborska and her perspectives on uncertainty. [Full Story]
What A Patient Taught Me About Healing Posted by Anne-Marie Pandya, Apr 29 2017 [A formative experience I shared at the Healing + T circle last weekend.] My journey started a while ago, about 10 years ago, as a new nurse. A really naïve and new nurse who really didn't know much about what healing meant. I thought healing meant that we're going to fix everybody, but I arrived at a very stark realization that healing means so many different things to so many people, and there's so many journeys that one can take to get there. Healing happens differently for everybody. It was a patient of mine that really taught me that lesson. For privacy's sake I'm going to call her Jojo. Jojo, when I first met her, was a 17 year old female. She was initially diagnosed with HIV, which later on progressed to AIDS, and was a young female that didn't really understand her diagnosis or her imbalance, her disease. Her parents kept that ... Read Full Story
Kindful Kids: Nurturing A Lifelong Bond Between Posted by Trishna Shah, Apr 29 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on Nurturing a Lifelong Bond Between Siblings. Take a look."There may be no relationship that is closer, finer, harder, sweeter, happier, sadder, more filled with joy or fraught with woe than the relationship we have with our brothers and sisters." --Jeffrey Kruger
Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Lessons In Giving Thanks Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 28 2017 In a consumer-driven society, it's easy to take for granted the abundance of Earth's natural resources by which we're surrounded: fresh air to breathe, plants, water, and food. What if we looked at each of these life-giving sources as gifts, fellow persons even, rather than mere objects for our taking? YES! Magazine writer Robin Wall Kimmerer challenges readers to consider how we treat and interact with the organic materials on which our lives depend, and look more closely at how we can replenish as much as we absorb. The Honorable Harvest, an indigenous practice, applies to every exchange between people and Earth, and is governed by reciprocity, gratitude, and taking only what you need. Kimmerer writes, "When we speak of the living world as kin, we also are called to act in new ways, so that when we take those lives, we must do it in such a way that brings honor to the life that is taken and honor to the ones receiving it." [Full Story]
An Exploration Of Gifts Posted by Nicole Huguenin, Apr 27 2017 Inspired by The Gifts of Strawberries Guri shared few posts back, a few recent reflections on walking, as well as the Introduction in Studs Turkel's last book he wrote before passing "Hope Dies Last" I wrote this reflection in my journal and thought I'd share: An exploration of gifts A morning walk reawakens the dendrites silenced by yesterday's internet clicks. Today I will do better with that. This morning ritual, often denied, gifts hope. Hope in the hang loose from the school bus driver & a myriad of hellos from the many different types of birds. Hope is in the fallen flowers blanketing the path, some bruised some still fresh and waiting for another way to give, possibly they'll make it to the side of a strangers ear. Hope is in the hello of what may be the happiest man on earth, who sleeps in a tent at the edge of the ... Read Full Story
Meditation And Tea In Mississippi Our Second ... Posted by Eileen S, Apr 27 2017 Meditation and Tea in Mississippi Our second gathering - walking together Last week our group gathered together for a second time and practiced a guided walking meditation. The three of us wandered around the room coming closer and moving apart as we focused on the art of walking. I found myself so unsteady on my feet! Off balance, arms and legs out to the side trying not to fall. Then slowly slowly - walking and walking - the heart slows and the mind slows. When the voice of our guide invited us to stop and experience standing, I looked up thankful for this space and these companions standing together.
Thought Some Of You Might Enjoy ... Posted by Nicole Huguenin, Apr 27 2017 Thought some of you might enjoy the Pope's Ted Talk from earlier today titled, "Why the only future worth building includes everyone".
Weekly Tidbits Posted by ServiceSpace , Apr 27 2017 --Don't you just love it when you open the papers (okay, fine, visit newspaper dot com) and read a story about your project? That's what happened with this sweet story on Karma Kitchen by Vanessa Hua, that we didn't even know about. She was actually dining there with her twins. "It feels good, like we went to church -- without going to church." --India's Laddership Circle just completed, with many beautiful notes of gratitude from the fellows. But it equally transformed the hard-working anchors, like Meghna: "It took just 6 weeks of reading, reflections and 6 calls to find a family amongst strangers. I've been amazed to get a sneak peak into each one's window and noticing the little patterns of Grace that is flowing from one to the other. It's an Oak tree moment for me. I also noticed how each participant and volunteer has been so extremely committed to this process without ... Read Full Story
Robert M. Pirsig, Author Of 'Zen ... Posted by Ragunath Padmanabhan, Apr 27 2017 Robert M. Pirsig, Author of 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' Dies at 88. Reading Prisig was a rite of passage for many of us at 19. I read him couple of more times before 25. I read his only other book Lila too. What I really valued was his struggle. It felt honest and he gave everything to face it. Every generation needs someone who dares to give oneself to a quest and I had Prisig. May he be born in the East to inspire another generation. Much gratitude to him.
Will Rosenzweig: Business Lessons From A Quiet Gardener Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 27 2017 When William Rosenzweig learned he had been awarded the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award via a Google news alert -- he immediately assumed it was spam. But it was in fact real. A 2010 recipient of this award, selected by a committee of Nobel Laureates for the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding accomplishments in the area of ethical business, Will has spent more than twenty-five years integrating the practices and perspectives of an entrepreneur, venture investor, and pioneering educator in order to help transform global corporate business practice. Much of his inspiration in the corporate world comes from a seemingly unlikely place -- the garden. Here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech. [Full Story]