About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I value having a community with which to practice 'inner work' while engaging in 'outer projects'

A good day to me is when ... I'm breathing :)

My hero in life is ...So many :)

My favorite book is ...So many :)

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Love

Perfection Is Not The Goal. It's An Action.

Jul 13, 2019, 15 smiles [Beautiful reflection by Claudia Escorza, after a recent retreat at Banyan Grove.] Perfection is not the goal, it’s action. I have only been an Animal Rights activist for a couple of years, but ever since I became one, I’ve developed a keen interest in exploring myriad tools to help me nurture my mental and emotional health. In this line of work, you are confronted every day with the devastating suffering that animals endure; it can be debilitating and get in the way of the very contributions you intend to make for them. I am fortunate enough to work at an organization where the culture for self-care is booming, where everyone seems to be increasingly aware of the perils of burnout and the importance of avoiding it. As part of those efforts, all staffers were extended an invitation to attend a five-day silent meditation retreat at Banyan Grove. An incredible gift with obvious benefits for ... Read Full Story

Work + T: Why Silence Is Being Heard In The Corporate

Jun 26, 2019 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Why Silence Is Being Heard In The Corporate World. Welcome to Work+Transformation! Summer is upon us and perhaps there's a bit more spaciousness to try new things in your professional context. We hope these tidbits might spur some creativity to experiment with :)

Work + T: Gratitude As A Path To Dissolve Financial

May 29, 2019, 1 comments, 1 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Gratitude As A Path To Dissolve Financial Scarcity. Good day! In gratitude for your attention :) This month, an eclectic mix of finance and gratitude, more on skillful feedback, a book review, and an interview. Wishing you well!

Work + T: The Startup Empathy Dilemma

Apr 30, 2019 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed The Startup Empathy Dilemma. Thank you for your continued interest in how the professional environment can be a context for self discovery. This months topics - empathy, gratitude, hierarchy of needs, and implicit bias :) Hope something catches your eye!

Regenerative Living: The Banyan Grove Toilet

Apr 16, 2019, 5 comments, 14 smiles Banyan Grove is a relatively new gathering place in the ServiceSpace ecosystem. I think it's pretty great :) Yes it looks good, but for me, the approach is what really speaks to me, and I wanted to highlight one place in which that approach plays out - the toilet. In my world, we talk a fair bit about this concept of regeneration. It's used a lot in some agriculture circles. The concept is fundamentally about leaving something better than we find it. And the path there is about understanding nature - that over time, abundance inevitably arises when we surrender to nature. The below graphic is one that'll I'll keep referencing to this end. The Toilet System On the Banyan Grove volunteer team, I've been the one most focused on sanitation. I've felt like I won a sort of prize as that shook out, given that many of my inspirations focused on sanitation ... Read Full Story

Work + T: Hacking Inner Peace

Mar 27, 2019, 4 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Hacking Inner Peace. Welcome to spring! Wishing you a joyful season with nourishment of head, heart, and hands. This months eclectic mix includes perspectives on transformation from technology, sociology, entrepreneurship, and religion. Be well!

From Listeners Of Parker Palmer's Awakin Call

Mar 01, 2019, 4 comments, 20 smiles Awakin Calls has been on a roll recently. Three weeks ago, we launched a revamped website. Two weeks ago, Alan Wallace set a record for attendance. Last weekend, Parker Palmer upped even that with 450+ RSVPs. And tomorrow's call with NY Times best-selling author, Mary Pipher, seems to be heading in that range too. For every Saturday's call, we assemble a crew of volunteers. It typically takes about 40 hours of volunteer work for each call, and last week, I got to play a small part in it. Our guest was the revered spiritual activist and community builder Parker Palmer, who first popularized “mobius strip” as referring to the integral dance between our inner and outer lives. Anna Skrzypczynska wrote the bio, Pavi hosted the call and posted the memorable "nuggets", and Preeta moderated the conversation, I did the live-streaming, Prabha managed the post-call editing (also on iTunes), and Gayathri and ... Read Full Story

Work + T: The Neuroscience Of What Amazing

Feb 27, 2019, 1 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed The Neuroscience Of What Amazing Communicators Do. Wishing you well! Thank you for your growing interest in this space - how we evolve ourselves (in thought, speech, action) in the place where many of us spend the bulk of our waking hours. In gratitude for your most precious resource - your attention.

Work + T: Showing Gratitude Improves Well-Being

Jan 30, 2019, 6 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Showing Gratitude Improves Well-Being. Hello all and welcome to 2019! Wishing you a year of nourishment through self-discovery :) This month's eclectic mix includes a reflection the value of written thank you notes to the psyche, along with other tidbits - hope it serves you on your journey!

Work + T: Making Kindness A Core Tenet Of Your Company

Nov 28, 2018, 1 comments, 2 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Making Kindness A Core Tenet Of Your Company. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! This month's focus is on growing the expression kindness in the workplace. Also an author interview on the topic of habits, and reflections on how men can shift workplace culture. Enjoy!