Teen Awakin Circle Posted by Priya Shah, Jan 13 2020 On the first Friday evening of the new year, 7 teens from around Silicon Valley came together for an Awakin circle led by former ServiceSpace interns Vishesh and Priya. We kicked the circle off with 5 minutes of guided meditation, took a break to make some care packages to give out as random acts of kindness (with an origami heart making session led by Maya!), did 10 more minutes of guided meditation, and then did a 'reverse brainstorm' to make a plan for future circles based on the teens' shared desires for what kind of a space they wanted to create for and with each other. And then, of course, we ended the evening by enjoying some delicious homemade snacks!
ANGER BECOMES HATRED BECOMES VIOLENCE Hatred Is ... Posted by Yoav Peck, Jan 13 2020 ANGER BECOMES HATRED BECOMES VIOLENCE Hatred is not a feeling. Anger is a feeling. Hatred is ossified anger. We hate someone at whom we are angry, when we haven't expressed the anger. If we share anger directly with the person, it can open dialogue, even carrying us beyond the anger. Writing the anger or sharing it in conversation with others can also enable us to work it through. Avoiding expression leaves us alone with the anger, and the anger has nowhere to go. So it ferments in our bellies and intensifies, like a volcano, and then what bursts forth is not only anger but also an objectification of the other, an objectification called hate. Hatred fills the hole left by the absence of relationship. Vilifying the objectified other creates a new form of expression, which is hatred. Once relationship is gone, hatred enables violence, objectification in the absence of relationship. I feel I can harm someone whom I have turned into an object and who is "worthy" of my hatred. If others can understand from my hateful speech that I am also encouraging them to hate, and possibly to harm the object, that speech becomes incitement.
Feedback On Questions For Home Nguyen (Awakin Call) Posted by Jayesh Goyal, Jan 12 2020 I am preparing questions for the Awakin call with Home Nguyen (his bio is on the call link). Could you please share any additional questions as a comment? Thanks! 1. You had a difficult childhood growing up in the midst of war and having a harrowing journey to escape it. How has that experience brought you to the work you do today? 2. You dropped out of college to follow your passion and become a theater artist, a move that shocked your family. What led to that decision, and how do you feel about it now? 3. You have spoken of your struggle to reconcile what happens on the inside with what happens on the outside. How did you finally find a resolution and what advice would you give to people in the same situation? 4. You are a long term Vipassana practitioner and you credit the practice with creating an inflection point in your ... Read Full Story
Nuggets From Casey Lake's Call Posted by Kozo Hattori, Jan 11 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Casey Lake. Casey Lake is a martial arts instructor, spiritual guide, and trainer in practices stemming from a background in transpersonal hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. With over a decade’s experience in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian martial arts and healing systems, he is an accomplished martial artist and coach, holding ranks and certificates in over 5 styles of Chinese, Japanese, and Russian Martial Arts and holding over 15 black belt ranks and titles. He has taught, operated, and owned martial schools since he was 21 years old and has trained with the masters. He has also received extensive training in Eastern and Western esoteric schools of philosophical and mystical development. He is fascinated with the mind’s ability to generate higher levels of human experience, self-mastery, and enhanced mental programming through core, integrated spiritual wisdom teachings, meditation, martial arts, and hypnosis and ... Read Full Story
What Shall We Do With All This Money? Posted by Jayesh Parekh, Jan 10 2020 I have been associated with CharityFocus and ServiceSpace for over 2 decades. At a warehouse in downtown San Francisco, it was actually at an early CharityFocus "evening of inspiration" where I announced openly that I would flip my life upside down -- shifting from giving 80 percent of my life to commercial activities and 20 percent to service and spiritual pursuits to making 80 percent for service and spirituality, and 20 percent commercial. Over time, I have been able to successfully re-balance and fine-tune my life via my pledge. It also helped me transform my relationship with money. I decided to write a book on it. The inspiration for this book came from this idea that people work hard to make money, and then they continue to work hard to make money on their money -- can I inspire those people to pause and reflect upon their perspective on wealth? What Shall We ... Read Full Story
Casey Lake: Martial Arts For Transformation Posted by Kozo Hattori, Jan 08 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Casey Lake: Martial Arts For TransformationReflection questions: What practices allow you to enhance mental programming and achieve greater self-mastery? What is the role of physical training to your spiritual work?
KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Being Kinder Posted by Ameeta Martin, Jan 07 2020 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Being Kinder To Yourself. If we resolve to be kinder in the coming year, we must also first resolve to be kinder to ourselves. We are often our own worst critic and the harshest judge of our own perceived inadequacies. If we can't be compassionate to ourselves, how can we be truly kind and compassionate to others? Love begins with loving ourselves - only then can we give without a sense of obligation or fear. - Ameeta
Nuggets From Lama Tsomo's Call Posted by Rahul Brown, Jan 05 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Lama Tsomo. Lama Tsomo, born Linda Pritzker, is an American teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an author, and a philanthropist living in western Montana. Her path of spiritual inquiry and study led to her ordination as one of the few female American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Known for her warm, candid and humorous teaching style, she often weaves scientific research findings into her teachings. She is particularly passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. Born into a Midwestern Jewish household, Lama Tsomo is an heiress to the Pritzker family fortune via Hyatt Hotels and other enterprises. She had no interest in joining any of the family businesses. As a teenager, she discovered a passion for the environment and came to believe that a civilization built on an ever-growing demand for material things ... Read Full Story