I'm joining Service Space because ... I feel people in this family are connected to my values. All of you are an inspiration for me. You are being the change and that supports me being it too!!
A good day to me is when ... There are a lot of smiles around me and stillness in my mind
My hero in life is ...Collective: The african Ubuntu, The japanese Moai, The south american Pachamama...
My favorite book is ...The Power of Now, Siddharta, Ebano...
One thing I'm grateful for is ... For breathing, for noble friends, for food and shelter :)
Aug 30, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles Vinoba Bhave said, "if you eat, then you are part of systems'. How right! In the path of inner transformation I sometimes forget of the importance of the systems I am part of... It's an undeniable part of our lives and realities. How does food come to our table? How do we move around? What are the processes involved in making and keeping the house I live in? As we are holding these conversations in the ecosystem, I wander, is there any interesting framework-theory-experiment you have found particularly relevant in the intersection of love and system design? I was very moved recently by an experience in Auroville and I also got in touch with the work of Barbara Max- Hubbard and her Wheel of Co-creation :). I also remember the Sarvodaya wheel that Vinoba created... Does anyone have a pic of it to add here?? Sending you all love!
Jul 05, 2018, 10 smiles My faith in the workings of generosity and inner transformation has increased manifold these last days! Few days ago it was a kitchen garden that manifested and now the altruistic magic of life has brought us the opportunity to serve through another home space! Last years I have been inspired by this little home located in Villasur de Herreros, a small village 25 kilometers away from Burgos. It reminded me of Vinoba’s Kutir in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Both homes have same colors red and white, and similar humility and outstanding simplicity. I would walk by and feel good vibrations there :). I remember once we were walking by with Madhu and he felt similarly. He said something like: ‘People will come to this space to meditate and just be’. For these last years I haven’t seen anyone in the house and I was more in traveling mode, so I didn’t undertake research ... Read Full Story
Jun 15, 2018, 3 comments, 15 smiles "“In my opinion, if 100% of the people were farming it would be ideal." Masanobu Fukuoka Two days ago we were gifted a piece of land and we are making of it a Peace of Land or a Land of Peace :). Some friends in my village were not using this land and we asked them if it was possible for us to use it :). Thank you Jose and Marivi and Chari! This is kind of common in our village since there is already a culture of sharing land when you are not using it which is very nice. A small Bhoodan movement :) Miki, Irene and my parents did a great job preparing it and we can already see great beauty on the land. Farming can be such a labor of love too, I believe :). When we go there we want to stay more and it invites a lot to meditate, contemplate or read… I feel plants also will respond to this love, but no expectations hahaha just experimentations ;). And as Miki said, we have planted more so we can start chains of generosity and gift to others !!! So happy for this :) Come any time hahaha :)
May 29, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles Jayeshbhai, a legendary Gandhian and friend explains about Tantra and Tatva: ‘In Sanskrit Tantra means method, technique; Tatva means intention, volition. If you have connected with Tatva, Tantra will grow organically…”. What Jayeshbhai is talking about is something with many interpretations and with a lot of depth. One thing I take from it is how important it is to create and find spaces which go beyond method or technique. In the story of religions, you might say the problem of such limitation has been very apparent. We haven’t found ways to go beyond method, beyond our different tantras; we haven’t respected our different ways of understanding the truth and this has created a whole lot of negative ripple effects that still will travel generations. Falling into the other extreme, you might say we could go into condemning methods and the diversity of approaches, and this would be also the dogmatism of ... Read Full Story
Apr 20, 2018, 1 comments, 9 smiles We have a new spanish newsletter on last months inspiration from our glo-cal ecosystem. Many beautiful reasons to celebrate the spirit of service like the re-emergence of "Güebras" an ancient village tradition where villagers helped eachother on certain tasks, or the weaving between the Byakko movement and local ServiceSpace ecosystems, or the emergence of 'Casa del Bienestar', a recently opened home for the community. :) For spanish readers, but also great with translators ;). Love, Love, Love!
Mar 23, 2018, 4 comments, 16 smiles Recently I visited Auroville, a town dedicated to explore a more integral human development, a town that honors arts, generosity, inner progress, sustainability, intercultural respect, technological progress, beauty, altruistic relationships, philosophical knowledge, alternative education, social innovation and so on ... In my experience, Auroville already manifests an entirely different Development model, oriented towards inner transformation and altruism as the base for human relationships. What started like an improbable dream is now a tangible reality, with many facts that we can already celebrate: Auroville hosts more than 2.500 people, on its path to the planned 50.000. In Auroville, more than 2 million trees have been planted, which turned a barren land into a forest-town. Such reforestation brought another major ecological consequence: the water table has increased (average) more than 4 meters in this last 50 years! This means water for people and for the land, and this is a big issue in ... Read Full Story
Nov 27, 2017, 18 smiles They say you become who you spend time with and I can feel the ServiceSpace local ecosystem is already influencing me in a good way. Probably Buddha was right when he said “Noble friends are 100% of the way”. Cultivating Great Togetherness has been one of the recurrent themes last two weeks. I have been touched by many of the local experiments and especially touched by Fab, Pancho, Anand or the Mehta family… Fab has touched me with his intellect and his knowledge about Yoga, Tantra and many more things. Couple of days ago he facilitated a Yoga day at Banyan Grove and we all had an amazing eye and heart opening experience of Yoga. One of the things that I enjoyed re-listening and learning is that Yoga is not just asanas (physical postures), but an integral practice open to meditation, service, devotion, and knowledge… Sometimes in the west we have ... Read Full Story
Nov 13, 2017, 4 comments, 24 smiles One day in California and I already feel like falling in the ServiceSpace rabbit hole :). So much generosity and love! OMG! I should write a poem to describe the beauty, but maybe I will do that in Spanish hahaha Audrey came to pick me up in the airport with a smile sign written in my mother tongue. She is such a loving person! Then she drove me all the way to Banyan Grove, the new retreat home recently gifted to ServiceSpace! The home where I am going to spend my next month! The place is so magical and already filled with so much love from the local friends. Banyan Grove is in the middle of a beautiful forest with red woods, pine trees, sequoias, maples… a perfect spot to the intention it holds. You don’t have to be futurologist to know that Banyan Grove is going to be a true ... Read Full Story