I'm joining Service Space because ... it feels like my community
A good day to me is when ... good day implies there are some that are not. I must be in denial about those, for every day seems good to me.
My hero in life is ...ordinary decent folks who just persist and do the right thing day after day .... ok, the Dalai Lama, Rev Desmond Tutu and others who laugh easily also tug at my heart strings
My favorite book is ...Ten Tall Tales by Dr Suess, The Little Prince, Stories from Panchtantra and many more
One thing I'm grateful for is ... a good enough life that enables me to serve
Sep 04, 2017, 1 comments, 12 smiles Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. This tree whispered to me Bodhi trees are everywhere Inviting our Buddha nature. When will we accept the invitation, To find the time to just Sit still?
Aug 17, 2017, 2 comments, 2 smiles Marcus came to London from Estonia with his parents, one of whom was going to study there. At home, both his parents spoke Estonian with him. They put him in the children's nursery pre-school for daycare so they could go about their business of getting settled in London. Vishnu was the same age as Marcus although he joined the nursery a month earlier. He was a shy kid who spoke mostly Hindi at home and English at the nursery. Somehow, Vishnu decided to reach out and befriend Marcus. They played together even though they had no common language. . A few days later, their mothers met for the first time as they picked up their kids. Both boys laughed so happily and loudly that it was impossible to not be caught up and infected by their shared joy and obvious love. Marcus's mom asked Vishnu's mom. "Where did Vishnu ... Read Full Story
Jul 24, 2017, 2 comments, 15 smiles There is a large fridge in the office lunch room that bears this sign on its door. Several people use the fridge to store their lunch and snacks and always label it with their name. A member of the Raaok (random anonymous acts of kindness) exists within us. I know because their package in the fridge bore the following sign, seeing which made me happy. This is a pretty good secret sign to reveal that they are a member of the Raaok tribe. I'm glad they thrive amongst us where ever we go.
Jul 22, 2017, 1 comments, 7 smiles A mosaic of colorful envelops, each with a simple title on it, spread on the footpath like a carpet, a stack of more envelops on the side, a small basket upfront with a sign 'Poetry Oracle: by donation' and a man dressed in a coat of many colors sitting on a folding chair beside it - was what I stumbled upon as I walked by the river one evening. I stopped to read the titles and stood silently, when we came around to stand beside me and asked if a particular color appealed to me. I picked the pistacio green that said "Song of the Sky Loom". He recited the poem from memory and told me it was from the Navajo Indians of North America. We chatted a bit more. I learned that he has been on the streets for 25 years. His memory contains all the poems spread out before him and more. He was generous with his care and concern and excellent at reading the poems. A man one who honors his calling is a happy man, spreading happiness.
Jun 19, 2017, 3 smiles Small practices cultivated Awaken our awareness I made a daily ritual To bring a bit of a wild plant To brighten up my workplace As I walked to work through parks I noticed the vegetation more To humbly ask for permission As to who wanted to go with me From the infinite bounty Some days it was a fallen twig Another day a weed with bright blooms The spiky architectural forms with seeds The five-pointed leaves in neon A bush with maroon leaves Purple flowers from a wall Oily shiny dual shaded leaves One with tender lacy frills Each day a unique delight Such infinite variety Everyday a new delight I could not even name them How could I have been so blind To not have been curious sooner? Nature has infinite gifts If we choose to notice Within us and outside To Awakin when we like
Jun 13, 2017, 5 smiles As a visitor to an urban campus I am lucky to be able to to walk To work through a couple of parks I pick up some wild daisies To leave in the lunch room As I've done for several days As I am putting them there A colleague comes in to say "Ah Ha! I thought it was you. Thanks for changing the room." I am okay to be caught out For bringing in the wild Nature tells us There is no need to hide.
May 29, 2017, 5 smiles A late evening bus ride home in a double-decker bus had me sitting on the lower deck, when at one of the stops, a young man boarded the bus. As a few people entered and had their electronic ride-cards read by the machine next to the bus driver, this young man, when his turn came, told the driver he had lost his wallet and needed a ride to a certain station to get home. The driver refused to let him ride for free. The young man lost his cool and started to shout and walk into the bus anyway - saying to the driver "You are just a driver -- 'swearword' - just do your job and drive the bus. What are you going to do?" The driver was behind a glass screen and stayed patient and waited, making it clear that he was not going to drive until this young man ... Read Full Story
Apr 16, 2017, 2 comments, 5 smiles Nisha and Anil have been leading walks in nature in some of London’s parks for sometime now. I learned of their offering through my wish to attend Awakin circle during my visit to London. As I read about the places they had walked recently, Richmond Park and Hampton Wick, I realized these were the very same places I favored when I used to live in London almost two decades ago. Hence, I felt a draw to join them as they felt like my own people even though we had never met. As we prepared to start our walking meditation, Anil explained that we will walk to a quiet spot in the park and continue the silence into a sitting meditation, and instructed us to focus on the sensation of walking on our feet, and not get distracted by the tremendous natural beauty that surrounded us. There was a beautiful long pond ... Read Full Story
Apr 15, 2017, 2 comments, 10 smiles Free rings and invaluable advice for cultivating a healthy attitude. So true. Very nice feeling to make people happy. No one has ever become poor from giving. Found him on Good Friday outside the National Gallery in London.