I'm joining Service Space because ... I love the idea of giving and connecting hearts.
A good day to me is when ... My mind is still and focussed on how I can create something meaningful
My hero in life is ...Every person that does his part trying his/her best
My favorite book is ...Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My ability to think that gives me opportunity renew myself everyday of my life.
Jun 07, 2016, 2 comments, 4 smiles We are all blessed and nurtured with smile of our Awakin Calls coordinator Anne Veh. How exciting opportunity to have Anne join as a guest speaker on a very special Awakin Call! Our moderator, Audrey started the conversation asking Anne about her childhood. We learned about Anne’s inner sanctuary and how it planted seeds of resilience… (Excerpts ...) Anne: Maybe the images that come to me when you ask that question -- what comes to me in my childhood I go right back to our childhood home in Los Gatos where we lived for 13 years. My mom had this beautiful garden and the garden has always been -- actually became a refuge -- I didn't realize how important the garden was to me until probably when I was in elementary years. But at the beginning I was so blessed -- my first teacher in school was Betty Peck and she, as you know, ... Read Full Story
Mar 10, 2016, 5 smiles Our Awakin Call speaker, Eva Harris was always fascinated by science. She also felt driving need to make a difference in the world by helping those in need. After getting her education from Harvard in biochemical sciences, Eva was pulled by the revolution that was going on that time in Nicaragua. Eva: At that point they were really trying to create a new society and put health and education at the front. And I wanted to see whether I could use my scientific training in some ways. So I ended up going and connecting with an organization that took volunteers to Nicaragua. Eva described that as a humbling and frightening experience as the training she had wasn’t helping with problem she had to solve for soldiers suffering with vitamin A deficiency and infectious diseases. At the same time, Eva felt connected with people and problems there. Eva embarked on a journey of understanding agents ... Read Full Story
Jan 22, 2016, 4 smiles Awakin Calls have incredible pull of stories – stories that deepen my self-awareness, stories that give me new ways to think. It’s a very active communication medium where we all are able to hold the space nurtured by weekly calls with different speakers and communion enabled by reflections, blog posts, transcriptions, audio podcast replays, and synergy of ripples touching us and resonating with/through us with interactions among family, friends, co-workers, customers and all. Awakin = Awakening with Kin It came together for me so well with the very first Awakin Call of this year with our ServiceSpace volunteers. Stories from conversations with a number of Service Spacers absorbed me, resonated with me, and most importantly connected me one more time to ABUNDANCE ...!!! ABUNDANCE, that is springing in so many people around the world, the thoughts and acts of kindness, compassion, care, love, patience, smiles and kinship. ABUNDANCE, that all of us are. ABUNDANCE that is helping ... Read Full Story
Jan 13, 2016, 6 smiles Our Awakin Call speaker, Pierre Pradervand, shared with us a number of nuggets on blessing - how to bless others, how to hold space inside where I am able to bless others. During circle of sharing, I asked him, "How do I bless someone when I am angry or frustrated by the situation or person?" His reply connected me yet again, to self-awareness... "You are not your emotions. Emotions are separate from you. You are that divine love that all of us are - deep down inside. When you feel overwhelmed by emotions, put yourself in the mode of an observer. Simply observe your own emotions. That will help open up your heart." Reflection, meditation to get in touch with my inner realm ... I see it coming up over and over again. One more reminder as to how to handle trying moments, "Be an observer of my emotions instead of identifying myself with that. This detachment will help." How touching seed! Resonance to it from inside nurtured it a little bit for me. Hope it germinates further, helping me with more equanimity. In the meantime, I will try it next time in a rainy moment.
Jan 07, 2016, 4 smiles How old are you? Or, shall I ask, “How young are you?” Does it matter how I ask the question? Should I even ask this question? Conversation with our Awakin Call speaker Ashton Applewhite brought up a question that is thought provoking – why do you discriminate against the group, when you are part of it as well? WE ALL ARE GETTING OLDER. SO ...WE ALL ARE AGING… :) Welcome to the club! Conversation brought up a number of ideas and questions: - When do we become old? Or, do we become old? We definitely are getting older. - When we stop contributing towards economic goals, does that make us old? How has capitalism colored our view on getting older? - Why is someone’s age shifting opinion or perspective about him/her? - Are you wise because you are old? Slightly different question … are you wiser because you are older? - Do you feel stigma for getting older? - Should you be considered less ... Read Full Story
Jan 05, 2016, 1 comments, 7 smiles We got a very powerful metaphor from Awakin call with Maki Saionji Kawamura. When you put flame underneath water, its temperature is going to rise. If it continues long enough, water reaches boiling point, the vapors start going up. What if the flame is weak? It still boils the water, it simply takes longer. It is matter of time. What if there a lot of water? What if the water is too little? I might take more or less time, and amount of vapors might be more or less. Water does reach boiling point if the flame continues to burn. If you stop the flame before water reaches the boiling point, then water is going to cool down. Repeat it for a number of times, and it still doesn’t matter – water won’t reach boiling point. The key here is to keep the flame going. It is very similar with praying – when you pray ... Read Full Story
Dec 30, 2015, 5 smiles We have privilege of listening to a heartwarming story on Awakin Call with Giang Deng. Giang gave up career working for larger non-profit organizations, as she didn’t resonate with idea of spending more time with organized planning and “spending more time in front of computer screens rather than among people”... :) Giang saw need to clean up urban areas in Vietnam. While talking with different organizations for this noble cause, she got the answer “we need money, a lot of money to do anything like that”. Instead of being frustrated or discouraged by the response, Giang started spending time with people in local community in city of Hanoi. She started a little project to create compost from the garbage sprawling around number of areas in the city. It was Giang listening to calling from inside and following though on it with what she had, where she was with one simple and yet profound ... Read Full Story
Dec 15, 2015, 2 comments, 8 smiles We were excited about Awakin Call with our sisters of kindness, Mish and Mindy, two kind hearts that have weaved thoughts, ideas, reflections and conversations with zillions of people bringing true smiles on their faces. Reflection from Cynthia before the call captured essence of KindSpring and power of conversations with Awakin calls. Cynthia: “Mish and Mindy, you share so much and are beloved by so many!!!! I often find myself at a loss for words when there is something I care deeply about/strongly believe in. KindSpring is one of those very special things. Even if writing and/or speaking does not flow for me today, please know that I am present, listening, and co-creating... in my own small, quiet way :) If so, then let my reflection be wholly from the heart, beaming back some of the positive energy (light and love) that you send out continuously, unconditionally to us all…” That embodies the ... Read Full Story
Nov 12, 2015, 3 smiles Own your happiness. Awaken and bring joy from inside. You have it inside … the message that I saw in words of our Awakin Call speaker Natasha Rockstrom flashed like a lightning creating silver line around the clouds… Natasha: “One of the most powerful changes that I had seen was when people own their own happiness and when they were able to awaken inside themselves, for themselves.” “I had seen that mostly in children. Even today for example when I watch my daughter, it's just unbelievable ability that she has in her and she was born with this. It's something that I have seen from when she was an innocent baby. Whatever is happening to her moment to moment, it's she that has the power to laugh and smile and greet every single moment with happiness. And she chooses that so effortlessly.” “The amount of control children have in their life is really minimal, ... Read Full Story
Nov 07, 2015, 4 comments, 12 smiles Laddership Circles - it has been a wonderful experience. So very well thought out format to think of different ideas, explore them, share them and talk about them. Where does this all lead me to? What does it mean? My thoughts, my check points for my self, my dialog with myself ... thought would share it on our feed in the spirit of holding space - an incredibly nurturing space I might add... :) I think of it at two different levels ... _______________ ONE: My relationships and journey at home and at work - where/how it is right now. Which ripples touched me, resonated with me... Take time to understand people - be it family, friends, customers, colleagues. Trying moments - don't we have those from time to time? I picked up new ways to "solve" those moments - holding space inside where I am able to nurture what is close to my heart rather than ... Read Full Story