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.
Mar 20, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ajay Dahiya: From Teenage Monk To Lifelong ServiceReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that a wholesome and holistic life moves towards a dedication to service, and his life journey embodies that commitment. How does service to others fit within your journey of wholeness of self?
Feb 07, 2019, 2 comments, 13 smiles This week's Awakin reading brought to mind my very first job interview in high-tech. It was for a job in corporate sales in Silicon Valley in 1981. They didn't have LinkedIn then, but same idea. I had previously been teaching at a community college, and I had a small business called Right Livelihood Workshops. But I needed to change after my daughter was born, because the income stream wasn't quite what I needed it to be. So I thought, okay, I'll apply to a tech company in Silicon Valley and try corporate sales. Why not? I knew how to do career workshops and good job search techniques, and had coached others in writing resumes and doing job interviews. So now, my task was to create a story about myself -- the story of how what I've done all my life has really led me to this job: corporate sales and computer ... Read Full Story
Dec 30, 2018, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with James Stark. James Stark has committed his life to exploring how we might move into greater harmony with who we are and reignite a deep connection with the rest of the natural world. He is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) at Commonweal and co-founder and co-director of the Ecology of Leadership and the Ecology of Awakening programs, which prepare community leaders for what some are describing as the “Great Turning” of our era: an invitation to face the destructive nature of our modern way of life and urgent need to transition into living in harmony with and support of our Earth home. The Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California has been developed into a large-scale living permaculture classroom and demonstration center for regenerative design. Jame's non-profit RDI aims to revolutionize the way humans relate to the natural world, ... Read Full Story
Dec 26, 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'James Stark: Opening Windows To Wonder, Miracles And NatureReflection questions: Our guest believes that "for millions of years, we WERE nature; all of its her miraculous forms of life were our teacher, our mother, our inspiration, our infinite source of spiritual wonder, our sense of belonging, our home." While human evolution has been impressive, we have come to see ourselves as separate from nature and the ecology of who we are. How do you remain open to and reverential of the wonders of nature?
Dec 13, 2018, 2 comments, 7 smiles [At last night's Awakin Circle, a few of us were discussing learnings from different decades in life. :) This morning, while sharing some of the stories with Wendy, she reminded me of this poem I wrote five years ago, when I turned seventy.] Approaching 70 Imagine your life, some 90 years, beginning and ending with Winter Solstice, mapped onto the cycle of a single year. You squirm out of the dark womb onto a narrow carpet of winter light. Days get longer as you push yourself up, fall, laugh, push yourself up again, and learn to walk. By spring you’re in your 20s, strong and gorgeous in your growing physical glory, thrust onto the stage as the sap surges and earth bursts forth in flowers like a flood of light sweeping away the darkness. You stride through June into mid-life, your longest day and brightest moment, breezing through the gateway to proudly toil in summer’s ... Read Full Story
Nov 12, 2018, 7 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting the Awakin Call with Janessa Gans Wilder. Janessa Gans Wilder is a former CIA officer turned peacebuilder. She discovered in the war zones of Iraq that eliminating the “enemy” did not lead to peace – nor did it solve the more immediate problem of counterinsurgency. One month after the Fallujah incident, she had an epiphany while looking out at the Euphrates River -- she drank in the utter stillness of the river, which also flowed under the Fallujah bridge. A question formed for her: "Which one will you choose?’ … I choose the river, I declared silently, almost instinctively, seeing that it was the more powerful force." Janessa’s epiphany inspired her to create the Euphrates Institute as a grassroots peacebuilding connector between East and West, helping to transform people from seeing the “other” as a “brother.” We'll post the transcript of the call soon, ... Read Full Story
Nov 07, 2018, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Janessa Gans Wilder: Seeing The Other As Brother Reflection questions: Our guest this week invites us to ask ourselves in every situation and in every area of our lives, “Who is my “other'?” and to have an open-hearted encounter with the "other." Have you encountered your "other" in this way? Did you find a "river of possibility flowing right there in middle of your concept of the other"?
Oct 24, 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Simon Hampel: Quest For Visionary Leaders And Change AgentsReflection questions: Do you recall a truly visionary and transformational leader with whom you've worked? What qualities and actions made them transformational in your mind?
Oct 13, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Dimple Parmar. The founder of Love Heals Cancer based in Delhi, India, Dimple Parmar is a force to be reckoned with. Determined to serve humanity and bring a smile to everyone's face, she is a person who believes in letting the power of love and care engulf one’s life. After losing her loving partner and husband Nitesh Prajapat to the formidable disease at an extremely young age (and having married him even after he received a Stage IV cancer diagnosis), Dimple has applied her business and entrepreneurial skills to guide and support those battling cancer. Her organization aims to provide information on natural self-care – healthy food, meditation, and exercise – and complementary therapies to heal body, mind, and soul. She also aims to assist with the emotional and spiritual dimensions of cancer, aiding families to discover that illness can ... Read Full Story