I'm joining Service Space because ... I feel at my best when I am surrounded by folks who live their lives with compassion, kindness, mindfulness, and wisdom
A good day to me is when ... I gratefully receive the gifts I have already been given
My hero in life is ...anyone who compassionately works to transform suffering (their own and others) into wisdom...
My favorite book is ...The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success
One thing I'm grateful for is ... this moment
May 25, 2018, 2 comments, 14 smiles [What's the best advice you've ever received? Here's what 24-year-old CEO of GiveTide, Pete Ghiorse, posted on Quora. --Ari] One day a few months ago, in the very early days of my business, I had a call with a man named Birju Pandya. We began the conversation by exchanging “hello’s.” Then Birju said, “Peter, before calls like these, I like to start with a minute of silence.” “Oh…Okay!” I replied. There was something about the way he said it that caught me off guard. It was powerful and confident, yet calming. Over the next 60 seconds, my thoughts would relax, only to be shaken by the fears and worries that dominated my thinking at that time in my life. A minute later, “So how can I help you today Peter?” Maybe it was that 60 seconds of silence. Perhaps it was my frazzled state of mind. Something about that moment made me feel comfortable. I felt it ... Read Full Story
May 22, 2018, 8 comments, 22 smiles This past Saturday my wife, Rebecca, was taking my son Jonah and a few friends put-put golfing to celebrate 🎉 his 11th lap around the sun. On the way there he saw a man with a sign asking for help. Jonah, feeling concerned for the man, immediately asked Rebecca to do something. She could read between the lines that it didn’t feel right to him that he’d be off celebrating with his friends while this man seemed unsupported. Rebecca told Jonah that she didn’t even know that money was what the man really needed. However, if Jonah wanted, on Monday (his real birthday), after school we could go do something to support people in a similar situation. Jonah felt much better thinking there was something he could do and agreed to the suggestion. https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOkG3cNaLhh4kGyZFgPtlMD4hVEEFL57WBWUBYK So this morning, his real birthday, Jonah reminded us what his birthday wish was, to help others. ... Read Full Story
Aug 27, 2017, 4 comments, 18 smiles "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." --Anatole France I am used to the pleasant sounds that await me when I go by our chicken coop and chicken run beside our home. Each day the chickens will follow me from the outdoor run area into the coop to greet me. One of Popsicles (our name for the white hens) jumps up and down excitedly to see me. Red, the only one of nine that isn't white, lets's me pet here gently along her backside. All of them await me earnestly. This wasn't always the case. These girls were all rescued from egg farms where they spent the first two years of their lives in an area the size of a piece of paper with no access to the outdoors and no opportunity to exhibit any of their natural behavior. When they each arrived, they cowered ... Read Full Story
Jul 04, 2017, 3 comments, 8 smiles A couple of weeks ago I shared about a meditation retreat for activists I helped put together. During and after the retreat Tejas Doshi captured the experience on film in a way that demonstrated the depth of his own heart. This labor of love project will not only be a way for the participants to remember the experience, but it can be shared with other activist communities, such that they will long to match their capacity for inner peace with their need for outer peace. Who would have thought that such an inner experience could be captured so skillfully from the outside? In addition to this, Anne-Marie, Birju, Rahul and Bela created decorated name tags for rooms and inspiring quotes to place around the retreat center, shuttled participants to the animal sanctuary afterwards, and even gifted them necklaces with a medallion spelling the word "peace" in multiple languages. All of these offerings were another reminder to me of the support and friendships I have gained from being part of the Service Space community. Such a blessing in my life! FAAM Retreat.mp4 - Google Drive No Description Found
Jun 20, 2017, 6 comments, 19 smiles Earlier this year I was gifted a magical experience at Gandhi 3.0. Throughout my time at the gathering, along with my entire time spent with these love warriors in other parts of India, I felt like I was being carried by a cloud of kindness. I knew I would never be able to pay back the gift. Then again, I also knew that paying them back would be actually antithetical to what was offered. These love magicians were not seeking to receive back what they offered to me and others. Instead, I believe they longed for the seed which they planted to become an an inquiry around how we can similarly step into supporting and taking care of others in need in such a way. Lucky for me, the opportunity arrived a few weeks ago when I helped gather together a group of 38 animal rights advocates for a 5 day ... Read Full Story
May 31, 2017, 4 comments, 9 smiles Dear friends, this week I received the final cut of a ten minute documentary Animal Equality made about my trip to Mexico with them. While there are a couple of difficult to watch scenes, the video mostly captures me speaking of my experience and insights around bearing witness first hand to the animal agricultural system. This adventure allowed me to see just how powerful this intention of bearing witness to the suffering of others is with my own personal transformation. It is my hope that by watching this you not only understand my heart more deeply, but connect into your own heart more deeply as well.
Sep 13, 2016, 2 comments, 14 smiles I am reflecting on all of the direct evidence I have seen for the below quote from MLK JR in all things Service Space. When we show up together under our shared agreement to listen (both inward and outward), to receive what has been given, and to pay forward the blessings in our life, magic seems to be the reliable outcome, even in this inherently unreliable existence. Life is incredibly unfair, and I have been the chief beneficiary of this. I feel so deeply called to serve those who either weren't given a voice or haven't yet found theirs. Too often, however, I do this in a way that is not grounded in the reality of who I am truly serving -- me. The presence/presents my Service Space community has offered me nourishes and sustains this heart of mine, opening my tunnel vision to see my self and the world more broadly and ... Read Full Story
Jun 19, 2015, 2 comments, 10 smiles Excerpt of a beautiful poem by Shodo Harada Roshi .... May my path to complete enlightenment benefit everyone! In this passing moment karma ripens and all things come to be. I vow to choose what is: If there is cost, I choose to pay. If there is need, I choose to give. If there is pain, I choose to feel. If there is sorrow, I choose to grieve. When burning -- I choose heat. When calm -- I choose peace. When starving -- I choose hunger. When happy -- I choose joy. Whom I encounter, I choose to meet. What I shoulder, I choose to bear. When it is my death, I choose to die. Where this takes me, I choose to go. Being with what is -- I respond to what is. This life is as real as a dream; the one who knows it can not be found; and, truth is not a thing -- Therefore I vow to choose THIS [moment's] entrance gate!