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Laddership News: Laddership News: Quiet Power Of Posted by Jane Murray, Mar 17 2019 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. Spring arrives quietly, without fanfare, and yet it is dramatically transformational of the winter landscape - external and internal. This month's stories remind us of the similar quiet power of helpfulness: it's such an ordinary word, hiding unimaginable power in it.

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Aristotle On Three Kinds Of Friendships Posted by Navin Amarasuriya, Mar 16 2019 Read this on another website -- and thought is quite relevant to many things ServiceSpace stands for ... In Book VIII of “The Nichomachean Ethics”, Aristotle makes reference to three kinds of friendship. 1) The first is friendship based on utility, where both people derive some benefit from each other. Aristotle describes a friendship of utility as shallow, “easily dissolved” or for the old. He views them as such because this type of friendship is easily broken and based on something that is brought to the relationship by the other person. Aristotle uses the example of trade and argues that friendships of utility are often between opposite people, in order to maximize this trade 2) The second is friendship based on pleasure, where both people are drawn to the other’s wit, good looks, or other pleasant qualities. Aristotle says that riendship of pleasure is normally built between the young as passions and pleasures are ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Tsering Gellek's Call Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 16 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Tsering Gellek. Tsering Gellek works to preserve sacred Buddhist art, artifacts and culture throughout Asia in order to promote human dignity, tolerance and global engagement. She is director of the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute founded by her father, Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. She is a self-proclaimed bridge builder between cultures and time periods. From her first major projects directing the installation of large peace bells at the most significant Buddhist holy sites throughout India and Nepal, to being the first female director to lead the renovation of Nepal’s oldest monument, the Swayambhu Stupa, to her current role developing programs with universities and centers of learning around the world, and to harness the power of sharing between the East and the West, Tsering investigates how the past can “support the possibility of adapting to the present moment, and more ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Reverend F.W. King's Call Posted by LuAnn Cooley, Mar 14 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Reverend F.W. King of The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church. The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church has been a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. The church was founded in 1969 by Franzo King and his wife, Marina King four years after hearing John Coltrane perform at the San Francisco Jazz Workshop. King had been a fan of Coltrane until that night, which he and Marina describe as a “sound baptism.” He then became a disciple. Coltrane was performing, “A Love Supreme,” a seven-years in the making personal testament to God. In the late 1950’s Coltrane nearly overdosed on heroin, which forced his departure from the Miles Davis Quintet and inspired him to write this devotion to God. After hearing Coltrane that night, King left believing that Coltrane was more than a musician. He ... Read Full Story

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A Quote I Was Reminded Of... Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 14 2019 At last night's Awakin Circle, reflections on the passage, Three Qualities of Holiness, reminded me of this quote:

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Inner Metering To Disability Posted by Sheetal Vaidya, Mar 14 2019 We are fine until we have someone close who has it…cancer?diabetes?HIV? no something that’s far more stigmatic. Disability. We think oh that means the blind or the deaf and dumb or people with no hands or legs or both or mentally challenged!! Our understanding ends here till we find out law has categorized 21 types of disabilities. That includes all that we know plus many more. Now another statistical fact is every 1 in 15 people is a person with disability. These statistical facts though relevant are not so important as is our acceptance, understanding and compassion towards it. We all have a sympathetic approach when we are eye to eye with the blind. But when one engages in deep looking within, we find out how uncomfortable we become in mind and body when we are with or around anyone with disability. Our swift action to help/support shows that discomfort. ... Read Full Story

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Interview With Nipun In Heartfulness Magazine Posted by Vasco Gaspar, Mar 13 2019 [The blossoming connection between Heartfulness and ServiceSpace is treat to witness. During a visit to Kanha last year, Heartfulness Magazine did a spontaneous interview with Nipun, right after one his talks to 1500 meditation teachers. Part 1 of that interview was published in January, and Part 2 was just released. It looks particularly beautiful in the print edition. Below is are both of the transcripts combined. Hope you enjoy!] NIPUN MEHTA is one of the founders of ServiceSpace, Karma Kitchen, DailyGood, KindSpring and other organizations that successfully work within the Gift Ecology. From a young age, he was inspired by the need to serve others. Early role models like J. Krishnamurti, Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Goenka further fuelled that urge so that it has blossomed into a life of joyful, cheerful service. He was the recipient of the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award in 2014, and appointed to President ... Read Full Story

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Tsering Gellek: Preserving Sacred Culture & Building Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 13 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Tsering Gellek: Preserving Sacred Culture & Building BridgesReflection questions: Our guest this week has focused her work on striking the delicate balance between conservation of historic sites and honoring them as places of worship, or what is known as ‘living monuments’” -- unique places where the visitor gains positive qualities towards enlightenment. In which places do you believe you have gained spiritual growth and that hold special qualities?

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Hole In The Heart: Space Posted by Jyoti , Mar 12 2019 On the days When the heart feels like it has a hole or two in it I appreciate that It is kind enough to Hold space for me.

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: The Butterfly Posted by Ameeta Martin, Mar 12 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: The Butterfly Effect . As our global problems become increasingly complex, it's easy to feel defeated. But ripples from even small shifts within our dynamic interconnected system (The Butterfly Effect below), can trigger tsunamis of change. Although a single act may seem inconsequential, we don't know how things will unfold and the impact can be far beyond the limits of our imaginations. #smallisgreat! - Ameeta

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Conversation With My Son After Awakin Teens :) Posted by Pragalbha Doshi, Mar 11 2019 During carpool conversations to the "New Story" Retreat in January, a few of us all realized we were the parents of teens. On the drive home, Seema, Helen and I wondered how we could pay-forward the space we'd experienced, and share these values with our teens in a meaningful way. Yesterday, 30 of us gathered for our first Awakin Teens Circle. I feel so blessed and full in my heart! We split up into two circles -- one for teens, and one for parents. Remarkable storyteller, Brian Conroy, led the teens in a bunch of group activities and conversations around the theme: "obstacles to happiness and values that contribute to happiness." All the parents circled up in a separate room, and had an Awakin Circle-style period of stillness, reading, and circle of sharing reflections. At the end, we all convened for a 'handshake telephone' activity that Maya and Aum led, which showed us ... Read Full Story

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May I Help You? Posted by Meghna Banker, Mar 11 2019 [In a Laddership Circle last month, a dozen of us had a thoughtful-provoking dialogue around the topic of scale and ripples, where Naren shared this stunning story below!] My dad was visiting us in the U.S. from India, and on the cold, winter mornings, he takes a walk. He's been a walker all his life. He's now 86 years old, and still gets up at 4:30AM and walks two miles. So he walks, and because it's cold, he walks in the mall. One time, he saw that there was a desk at the mall, where volunteers sit down to help. They simply see a board which says: "May I help you?" For him, it was a new concept, coming from India for the first time. Something resonates in him. That was almost 20 years ago. As soon as he returns to India, he makes a small cardboard sign, which says: "May I help you?" ... Read Full Story

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Awakin Kids Village Posted by Nandini Iyer, Mar 10 2019 Yesterday, we took our 2 month old newly born Savithra (and our newly-born parent selves) to our very first kids' and parents' awakin circle. After having been cooped up in our home to bond as a new family unit, the prospect of our first social outing was both exciting and daunting. Exciting to be in the space at Aunty and Uncle's home and in circle with other parents and children planting seeds of community and stillness. And daunting because of all our doubts and new-parent anxieties -- How would our baby handle being in a new environment with lots of people? Isn't it supposed to be her sleep or feed time, and are we messing with her schedule by providing, possibly, too much social stimulation by taking her out... just because we want it? Are we exposing baby to other big kiddo germs? What if baby starts crying uncontrollably -- ... Read Full Story

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