About Me  

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.

TRIP LOG JUNE 12: LEGACY After Four ...

Jun 19, 2018, 1 comments, 6 smiles TRIP LOG JUNE 12: LEGACY After four days with you, my mind is quiet enough to feel your presence. The peace, the serenity, the timeless joyful stillness. By providing for the life of your offspring for 10,000 generations, you’ve perfected the art of legacy. Not so with us. We’re a younger species. In this generation we’re blindly destroying the web of life that we and our offspring, and yours, need to live. But all is not lost. You remember — exactly 100 years ago while aggressive lumber-baron armies were cutting you down, sawing you up, selling your pieces to make a few men rich — that famous picnic right here in this forest. The one with Rockefeller. How a small group of humans who travelled here to observe were horrified by what they saw. How they decided to pool their wealth for something even more precious: to buy you back your forest. How the ... Read Full Story


Jun 10, 2018, 2 comments, 6 smiles TRIP LOG JUNE 10: VOLUNTEER — As I’m helping myself to coffee at the Visitor Center, a short, stocky guy in his 60s wanders over, spreads out his arms, and says, “Isn’t this a glorious morning?” The brass sign on his park uniform says Volunteer / Scott. “It sure is Scott,” I say. In past years I’ve avoided the Visitor Center. After all, I’ve come for a quiet retreat, to live alone in a tent, commune with the forest, and restore my soul. Crowds of noisy tourists stopping off for a quick nature fix are not what I had in mind. But this year feels different. I’m feeling more open. “I love talking with the visitors!” Scott confides. “They come and ask me what to do. I answer, ’What do you like? A quick hike? A moderate hike? Time by the river? Fishing? A picnic?’ I help each one discover the right ... Read Full Story

Trip Log June 8: Noise

Jun 09, 2018, 4 smiles TRIP LOG JUNE 8: NOISE When I get to the redwood forest, the trees welcome me with the ancient eloquence of their silence. I’ve been away so long I’ve almost forgotten this feeling. My heart fills with tears of love. Friday evening at the campsite, I silently prepare to answer them with the ancient eloquence of the ritual Shabbos (Sabbath) meal — candles, wine, challah, special foods, prayers and blessings. Then comes the noise. The insistent, dominating whine from the camper that’s just pulled into the next camp site. I try to ignore it, to still my mind, to return to the loving gratitude of the ritual. I can’t do it. The noise is now dominating my evening. What to do? A couple of years ago something similar happened. I felt upset and angry, walked over to the family in the camper, and asked them to have some consideration for other campers and please ... Read Full Story

On Starting A Journey

Jun 04, 2018, 3 comments, 5 smiles Home is comfortable, solid, familiar, connected, the life I know: a place, a role, a family, a community, a tradition, a culture, a nation. The journey separates me from home, isolates me. Liberated from constraints, expectations, identity, family and community, there is only moment-to-moment attention to what is going on around me, to the present, free for what is new and unexpected. Home connects and grounds. The journey frees and renews. Life asks: when?

Chad Harper: Hip Hop Saves Lives

May 09, 2018, 1 comments, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Chad Harper: Hip Hop Saves LivesReflection questions: Creativity can be so much more than an avenue for self-expression. It can be a life-line and a gateway that connects our lives to other lives in meaningful ways. What role has creativity played in your life and how do you continue to nurture it?

From The April 22 Right Livelihood ...

Apr 26, 2018, 2 comments, 10 smiles From the April 22 Right Livelihood Circle: Group Interview with Neil Patel Present in the Circle: Nandini Iyer, Xiaojuan Shu, Damiola Fasoranti, Setsuko Hiromoto, Neil Patel, Aryae Coopersmith A fascinating story of how Neil's social enterprise in India, Awaaz.de, is improving the lives of many thousands of rural small farmers, and in the process, creating ripples for other business to learn from and follow. And how outer transformation is linked with inner transformation in Neil's story.

Please Join Us For A Video-conference ...

Apr 19, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles Please join us for a video-conference circle about bringing red-state and blue-state Americans together! And how ordinary people everywhere can build bridges by reaching out to each other. Sunday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time. You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date. To find out more and join us for the videoconference, please go to Apr.29 Global Wisdom Circle.

Richard Whittaker Is Our First Speaker At March 18 OWL

Mar 07, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles Find out more & RSVP: Mar 18 OWL Global Wisdom Circle!

Xiao At Right Livelihood Circle

Jan 22, 2018, 7 smiles Our Jan. 21 Right Livelihood Circle featured a group interview with Xiaojuan Shu, and a reading from her one-woman show which will be playing in San Francisco in February. Xiao's story, and the conversation that followed, were moving and inspiring for all of us.

Right Livelihood Reflections From Auroville

Dec 21, 2017, 3 smiles Here are Deven Shah's reflections on right livelihood from Auroville, India, speaking at last month's Right Livelihood Circle. :) Bela anchored the group interview. We were all very moved by Deven's words and the conversation that followed. We'll be continuing the Right Livelihood Circle -- a shared journey of building the practice of right livelihood in our lives today -- on Jan. 21, by Zoom video-conference, co-hosted by Bela and Aryae. Please RSVP and join us!