I'm joining Service Space because ... it makes so much sense. I've been a seeker all my life. Now it's about finding. I'm finding that the only path is the path of love.
A good day to me is when ... the sun is shining (of course it's always shining but...)
My hero in life is ...my mother
My favorite book is ...The Reality of Being, by Jeanne de Salzmann
One thing I'm grateful for is ... the spontaneous combustion that happens between me and other people I meet, such as happened today (by email) between me and Nipun Mehta.
May 14, 2013, 5 comments, 10 smiles Thank you, all, for the Forest Call last weekend. I felt honored to speak with such wonderful people. So many good ideas to find a sense of our own presence in our busy lives--I believe one of you called them strategies--and such deep wishes to serve! Here's a story from this skeptical journalist who still hesitates to think it's really true that humans (especially those in New York City) are naturally good: This afternoon I gave an elderly friend in the hospital my last pocket money ($13) so he could buy himself some soft drinks, and on the way home saw that the pet store had only one box of pet-grass left, just what my cat, Gatsby, needed. I went in, thinking to beg the salesman to let me put the $5 it cost on my credit card, but when I told him how I'd just given away the last of my pocket cash to a friend in the hospital, he handed me the box and said it was free!
Apr 22, 2013, 7 smiles When we look at the world around us, with its many serious problems, including poverty, injustice, war, overpopulation, and environmental degradation, it’s all too easy to become either angry and frustrated on the one hand or passive and despondent on the other. But not only are these responses ineffective at bringing about change, they are also part of the problem to begin with. In order to bring about positive change in the world we need to engage with the outer world, but it is also crucial to activate our inner world. If we want to see greater awareness in the world, we have to start with ourselves and cultivate awareness. If we want to see greater harmony and less strife we need to learn to become more adept at handling our emotions and respond to frustrations with more patience and kindness than we do when we just react. Meditation can help us ... Read Full Story
Mar 12, 2013, 3 comments, 8 smiles Yesterday I arrived breathless at two minutes to five at the bank, along with an attractive young black girl. The manager wouldn't let us in although we begged and pointed to the time. I had a bank card so finally took some money out, but the young woman didn't and was desperate for some cash to buy food. I tend to be suspicious of hard luck stories (been around, don't you know!). However, I've been inspired by the Daily Good website and my exchanges with some of you these last few days, and always loved the idea of Paying it Forward, so I suddenly felt free to offer her some money. Caveat: I was too cautious to offer the full $100 she had wanted to take out at the bank. I gave her $40 and my card, so she could pay me back sometime. She was overwhelmed, wrote her name down and showed me her drivers license etc. but none of that mattered to me. I glad to be there to give her what she needed, and ready to lose $40 if necessary (an unusual attitude on my part). What joy in giving, as you guys say!