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

Work + T: The Most Important Leadership Skill Is

Nov 25, 2019, 3 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed The Most Important Leadership Skill Is Radical Self-inquiry. Welcome to this month's Work+Transformation! In this newsletter, we focus on the journey of human transformation from the lens of the business workplace. This month, we have reflections on self-inquiry, leadership capacity, passion, and 'dark' emotions. Wishing you a joyful holiday!

Nuggets From Krish Raval's Call

Oct 19, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting and Awakin Call with Krish Raval. Krish (Kumar) Raval is the director of Faith in Leadership, a U.K.-based organization creating an inclusive community of public and private leaders working together. Raval is also on the faculty of the University of Cambridge’s School of Divinity. In 2018, Krish was awarded an Order of The British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of England for his tireless dedication to building interfaith communities within the U.K. and for his work in leadership education of public, faith, business and youth leaders. “Faith leadership is the resource for humanizing and reconciling the world we live in,” Krish says. In 1996 Krish also founded Learn to Lead, a leadership program for young people. Through the Faith in Leadership and Learn to Lead programs, Krish has trained over 2,000 people across the UK about respecting differences and bridge-building through active practices ... Read Full Story

Krish Raval: Faith In Leadership

Oct 16, 2019, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Krish Raval: Faith In LeadershipReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that leaders naturally bring their faith to the table, and so the ability to understand and engage with other faith traditions is an essential aspect of leadership in any sector. How has an understanding of faith informed your ability to connect with others?

Work + T: Different Types Of Meditation Change

Sep 26, 2019, 2 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain. Wishing for a joyful fall season for you and yours! This month we highlight the impact of meditation types on the brain, designs to approach tough conversations, growing a participatory culture, and a granular look at emotional intelligence from a professional lens. Hope it's of value!

Buddha Root Farm And Understanding Mahayana Buddhism

Aug 07, 2019, 6 comments, 19 smiles "You have stumbled upon the 5 schools of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, in the lineage of Master Hua." After the first day of retreat, where I was constantly asking questions, Rev Heng Sure said this to me as a precursor to lots more sharing in the coming days. These were very meaningful days in my life. I recently returned from my first meditation retreat that was not in the SN Goenka tradition. Lots of learnings from this and I thought it would support me to process through writing. The retreat was in the tradition of Rev Heng Sure, who so many have been inspired by in our community. The retreat was their yearly 'Buddha Root Farm' retreat in rural Oregon (the picture above is the path to our campsite). Several folks in our ecosystem have attended before (including my partner!) but it was my first time. Master Hua lecturing in 1975 Master Hua ... Read Full Story

10 Minutes In Lotus

Jul 29, 2019, 6 comments, 20 smiles Building on what Angela just shared, here's a bit more from Pancho today from the migrant community he is in connection with- ------------------------- [I've been taking folks from where they were released to the refugee shelters in la Divina Providencia en el Cañón de los Alacranes. If our intention, as servers of the Universal Love, is to facilitate our collective healing, there's no reason to not bring them from the concentration camp-like conditions directly to the beach and ocean. Sometimes there are ways beyond words in which Nature heals us.] Today I was driving a van to pick up ~60 refugees --in 3 trips--coming out of the CBP detention center, aka the U.S. Border Patrol prison-- sometimes they, who have been flown from Texas, have not had water to drink in 3 days! Unbelievable cruelty... When i first meet these children, they have a lost and sad gaze, an unexplainable wound unfathomable for ... Read Full Story

Work + T: Show Me That You Care

Jul 29, 2019, 1 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Show Me That You Care. Welcome to Work+Transformation! More fun tidbits this month on how to bring our own journey of self-discovery into the workplace - all the touchy feely stuff you all know and love ;) Happy summering!

Ankit In NY Times!

Jul 23, 2019, 2 comments, 13 smiles Great to see Ankit in the The NY Times! The story doesn't start far enough back, but those in Laddership Circles would be quite familiar with it -- but inspiring to see the ripples onwards and outwards. :)    Feeling Lonely? Perhaps You’d Like to Talk to Some Strangers - The New York Times To fight isolation, several groups are working to create in-person connections by bringing strangers together.   Few stats from the article ... For public health officials, there’s an urgent need to heed that call. Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former Surgeon General of the United States, called loneliness an “epidemic” and told The Washington Post that its health impact was as severe as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Others have linked chronic loneliness to weakened immune systems, worsened cognitive function and an increased risk of cancer. Some researchers doubt loneliness is higher today than it has been in the past, but recent surveys reveal ... Read Full Story

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

Jul 13, 2019, 1 comments, 16 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 :)