I'm joining Service Space because ... I founded a global community to do what I can to make a positive difference in the world, and then discovered how ServiceSpace is already doing this, on a large scale in such a beautiful way, with so much to teach me.
A good day to me is when ... I can reach out and connect with others, and find ways to share our journeys.
My hero in life is ...My father, my wife, my daughter, my son, my teachers and my friends.
My favorite book is ...Book of Formation (ancient Kabalistic text), Tao Te Ching, The Essential Rumi, Complete Works of Shakespeare
One thing I'm grateful for is ... The awesome gift of the beauty of this world; the chance to connect with others to pass this gift on to future generations.
May 11, 2017, 3 smiles Interfaith Spiritual Travelers Circle: Guidance from Ancestors -- At a time when so much of the world as we've known it seems on the brink of crisis and transformation, what can we learn from listening to the voices of our indigenous ancestors who lived close to the earth? How can we tune in to their wisdom for guidance through perilous times? Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees has spent a life "at the crossroads where species, cultures, beliefs and the unknown collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the crossroads. There, at any given moment, what is magic and what is real shifts places depending on where I stand.” Two Trees focuses her work, as an artist/catalyst, on re-orienting to indigenous mind and regenerating an essential relationship with Earth wisdom. She is past recipient of the Lila Wallace International ... Read Full Story
May 08, 2017, 8 comments, 26 smiles [Below was the story I had shared at last week's Awakin Circle. I'm grateful to volunteers who made the transcription below possible, and who continually encourage such stories of transformation.] A couple of months ago I was taking my regular afternoon walk along the coastal trail, and heading back home. My wife and son were waiting for me and I was a little late, so I was walking fast and thinking about getting there on time, not really noticing what was going on around me. Then I thought, this isn’t much fun! What if I just slow down? What if I can just be present and start noticing what's going on around me? So I did that. I was about to cross the highway. Suddenly I noticed that there was a teenage girl yelling and screaming and running. "What's this about?” I thought. She ran across the highway. Without any particular agenda, I ... Read Full Story
Apr 13, 2017, 4 smiles Empowering Youth & Saving Wildlife in Kenya Trish Sewe, who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, is passionate about two things: Kenya's youth, and Kenya's wild animals. She is founder of MimiNiChange, which aims to inspire and unite Kenyan youth and young adults to shun tribalism, speak with one voice, and take charge of their own destinies as empowered leaders. She is also a Communications Manager at WildlifeDirect, a non-profit which holds a unique role in Kenya’s wildlife conservation efforts, widely recognized for its singular successes in supporting the protection of elephants. Please join us for a conversation about courage and inspiration in working for a better world! Sunday, April 23, 2017, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Pacific Time. You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date. To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP. We’ll get back to you with the details.
Mar 10, 2017, 2 smiles March 19 OWL Global Wisdom Circle: Leadership for the Common Good Cam Danielson & Pam Fuhrmann At this time of increasing division, fragmentation and conflict, what kind of leadership is needed for bringing people together for the common good? How do we each find and act on this leadership within ourselves? Cam was Awaken Call guest speaker last August. He and Pam are co-founders of the Conscious Leadership Institute, through which they and their team have worked with thousands of leaders and hundreds of organizations and communities around the world. Cam's research on the effects of meditation practice on leadership has been published as a book entitled: Beyond the Horizon: Glimpses into the Lives of Exceptional Leaders. Pam has studied and written about the role of the archetypal feminine in individual development. Global video conference: March 19, 2917, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Pacific Time Learn more & RSVP
Feb 09, 2017, 16 smiles On the Front Lines at Standing Rock Artist and social activist Colleen Choi spent two months with the indigenous peoples who were defending their water, and their way of life, at Standing Rock. What can we learn from her story about resisting ignorance, fear, greed, and hatred -- with light, courage, selfless service, and love -- and about American values -- at this moment in history? "We cannot fight fire with fire. We stand in peace. We stand in love. We stand in prayer. We stand as One... "Our world can be based on love and respect. Our world can be about inclusion instead of exclusion. Our world can run on heart-fuel. " Join us on Feb 26 for the OWL Global Wisdom Circle!
Dec 30, 2016, 6 smiles The Sacred Path of Bees According to Debra Roberts, a beekeeper, international honeybee educator, artist, writer, and wisdom teacher who lives with her husband and bees in the heart of Appalachia: We depend on honeybees for over a third of the food we eat… Many of our challenges stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life. Join us on January 8 for the Interfaith Spiritual Travelers Circle with Debra Roberts!
Nov 10, 2016, 3 smiles Mary Gentile @ Sunday's OWL Global Wisdom Circle: Giving Voice to Values Can you recall a time at work or in community, where the leadership or community wanted to act in a way that ran contrary to your values? What did you do, and how did that make a difference? Mary Gentile, Ph.D. has dedicated her career supporting leaders in creating workplaces and communities where each person can act openly and authentically based on their own values. We invite you to join us for the Nov. 13 OWL Global Wisdom Circle!
Nov 04, 2016, 1 comments, 3 smiles November 13 OWL Global Wisdom Circle: Mary Gentile Giving Voice to Values Can you recall a time at work or in community, where the leadership or community wanted to act in a way that ran contrary to your values? What did you do, and how did that make a difference? Mary Gentile, Ph.D. has dedicated her career supporting leaders in creating workplaces and communities where each person can act openly and authentically based on their own values. In case you missed the Jan. 23 Awakin Call with Mary, or would like to join the conversation with her in a more interactive video-conference format, we invite you to join us for the Nov. 13 OWL Global Wisdom Circle!
Sep 29, 2016, 1 comments, 11 smiles Interfaith Day in the Sukkah in our Garden We invite you to join us for an interfaith celebration in the Sukkah in our garden on Sunday, October 23. We’ll begin with an hour of silence, followed by time of shared reflection, music, a meal together and, for all who would like to join us, the ancient ritual of the “four species” for unifying the earth. The Sukkah is a temporary dwelling where Jewish people live for a week each year in memory of our ancient 40 year journey through the desert. We are asked to make our Sukkah with two qualities: it has to be temporary, and it has to be beautiful. The ancient Jewish festival of Sukkot, dating back to biblical times, is celebrated in honor of "the 70 nations," i.e. all peoples of the world. Find more information, more spiritual background, and RSVP to join us, at Interfaith Day in the Sukkah in our Garden. We'd love to see you then! Love and blessings, Aryae & Wendy
Sep 29, 2016, 1 comments, 5 smiles Sept. 25 OWL Global Wisdom Circle with Sonya Shah: Justice that Heals Sonya's dialogue with friends from around the world created the space for deep dialogue about healing. Here she's speaking about her experience of working with men in prison. You can see the entire dialogue at Sept 25 OWL Global Wisdom Circle.