I'm joining Service Space because ... I enjoy being part of a giving, loving community; and an opportunity to spread love and gratitude
A good day to me is when ... I am joyful, serving and learning
My hero in life is ...Many! My parents, Nelson Mandela, all the women who have led through courage and compassion, friends in Service Space...
My favorite book is ...True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, by Thich Nhat Hanh
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My life :)
Jun 18, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles I've been inspired by Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, and it's helped me so much in speaking and thinking in a more compassionate way. In case you're interested in this topic, The Center for Nonviolent Communication is starting a 1-year course in Compassion on June 20th. This course is available on a sliding scale. I've done it in the past and thoroughly benefited. http://www.compassioncourse.org
Apr 12, 2018, 3 comments, 7 smiles Last night, we had a simple, yet beautiful and magical sit here in NYC. Krishan and I started hosting a few months ago, at a point we felt that Lila could start sleeping through the night. Last night we were lucky that the experiment actually worked! We somehow read the wrong passage (about the nautilus and the chambers in it's shell to allow it to float - which was beautiful), and during our mindful meal, in which we first ate in silence for 10 minutes, after doing the Plum Village-inspired mindful eating prayer, we got to read the passage by David Whyte, "Everything is Waiting For You". We ruminated on the special connection we have with our surroundings, especially when we are present and filled with gratitude. Tim shared, "There is a Buddhist saying, that when you place attention on something, you are already filled with gratitude". Krishan reflected about a poem by Thich ... Read Full Story
Jun 26, 2015, 3 smiles While I love coaching women on techniques in self-love, healing and cultivating deeply connected relationships, I never underestimate the power of the wisdom inside our body. One of the techniques I use is one that I learned from my psycho-spiritual therapy teacher, Dr. Andy Hahn. We drop into the body’s cells and sensations, and I speak with them in a hypnotic and meditative tone. I take on a highly empathetic role, mirroring the person. This past week, I’ve been having some very profound experiences in which we learned a lot. Remember your true inner power. Last night, I found out that my client had made tremendous progress in her love life, from the first time we started working together, four months ago. We had tears in our eyes, remembering the suffering at the time, and, since then, how much she had grown and evolved in all aspects of her life! But there was something that ... Read Full Story
May 14, 2015, 2 comments, 4 smiles Through my personal inquiry, and also by working with my clients on uncovering some of their deepest blocks to experiencing love, I have encountered a profoundly interesting thesis. Do we inflict suffering in order for another person to ‘see us’? Ultimately, the pain body wants to be seen… and as it flows through us, our visceral, and almost subconscious desire, is to have ‘someone’ see, and acknowledge it. It allows us to ‘handle’ the pain better, if we know that we are ‘sharing’ it with someone else. I imagine the pain body as an ocean of water. All beings are part of the ocean, all feelings, all needs. We are intimately tied, and flowing together, but our egoic mind wants to separate – put into separate vessels – human form, or otherwise. Why is it, that during meditation, when we observe that emotion, or sensation, it dissipates? It begins to fizzle out, not ... Read Full Story
Jan 04, 2015, 4 comments, 16 smiles Happy New Year to our beloved SS community! A little story to share... Krishan and I just got back from our 1-month honeymoon in Bali. We realized that we needed to just slowww down... and breathe, and simply be. It's been such a fun month of frolicking, resting, writing, meeting interesting healers and spiritual gurus, beach-bumming, wildlife gazing... Icing on the cake was on New Years Eve. We landed in the Doha airport at 11:40pm, and were determined to do something fun and different, even though we were a little sleepy. The idea - getting huge bags of chocolates and passing them out to strangers in the Doha airport, along with a chirpy "Happy New Year!". At first, we got rejected, and the staff looked at us strangely (they have strict rules on not accepting gifts - even tiny ones). Passersby thought we were crazy and trying to sell something... but we persevered ... Read Full Story
Nov 11, 2014, 4 smiles Thursday is World Kindness Day! World Kindness Day is celebrated Nov. 13 - the opening day of the first World Kindness Movement conference held in Tokyo in 1998, and the 35th anniversary of the Small Kindness Movement of Japan. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, the boundaries of our country, our culture, race and religion and realize we are citizens of the world. Emphasis is placed on our commonalities as world citizens and the importance of focusing on what we have in common.
Oct 02, 2014, 1 comments, 11 smiles Am just feeling so grateful to be part of such a heart-opening community... I saw this picture today, from our Random Acts of Kindness day earlier this year. Love you all. Thank you for giving me the strength to keep me heart open, and to live in alignment with my truth, even if it's nebulous half the time!
Aug 27, 2014, 3 comments, 11 smiles Dear beloved SS community, two and a half years ago, my heart was broken. Luckily, at that time, my sister, Smita, introduced me to ServiceSpace, and since then, my life has been remarkably different. I went through a profound healing and heart-opening through hosting Awakin sits, and received so much support and unconditional love. I even met my beloved, and husband-to-be, Krishan, through this special community. As an offering from my heart, tomorrow I'm holding my first-ever webinar - How To Heal Your Heartbreak (mindfully!). It will be at 3pm EST. Please join me, if you, or a loved one, is going through a difficult break up or loss... or simply to support me. Super excited, and nervous at the same time... if anyone has tips on holding effective webinars, please let me know :) http://sarikajain.com/heal-heartbreak-webinar/
May 05, 2014, 1 comments, 12 smiles Had a beautiful weekend with friends from our East Coast SS community. On Saturday, we had an intimate, sweet and nourishing retreat. We did a couple of really interesting exercises, one of them facing our 'edges' in service - an idea for the activity was to go through 'rejection therapy' - which led us to jump on our neighbor's trampoline (Arathi led the way!). On Sunday, Ann Marie and Annette organized a really magical afternoon of Random Acts of Kindness in Washington Sq Park, and we were handing out seedlings, PB&J sandwiches and filling up a sidewalk with inspirational quotes. That afternoon, I learned experientially that being in a state of love leads to fearlessness :) Overall, feeling joyful and blessed :)