I'm joining Service Space because ... I love the posse :)
A good day to me is when ... I can serve, be loved and give love
My hero in life is ...Mother Teresa
My favorite book is ...The 40 Rules of Love
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I'm with my clients
Jan 22, 2012, 7 comments, 6 smiles Last week we had "Love-Raising" for the Rawality Program- helping people create transformation and healing from diabetes (Type 2). Nipun & Pavi rocked the house! Rawality takes a lot of inspiration from the Aravind Eye Hospital model so to have Pavi bringing Dr.V's voice was just phenomenal. Today marks the half-way point of our first round of participants going thru their '30 day healing journey' -- of course that's just the beginning! They are of course going to be supported to stick with it after their 30 days. One of the participants just told that their biggest gift from the program is ... HOPE! To go from having no hope for a cure to "Yes, I can do it and I see the proof of it in 15 days" ... that is pretty awesome. :)
Oct 08, 2011, 2 comments, 1 smiles Just watched Nipun's awesome talk at Vedika: http://bit.ly/o3vdny. This talk was an inspiration to Reina, a bodyworker and student at Vedika, who decided that this is the only way she wants to live! She is so moved that she only wants to live from a place of trust and abundance. So, she's one of the new KC volunteers. The other person I met that day, also inspired to be in service through healing work is Mica- who volunteered at Karma Kitchen and wanted to know how he could volunteer. He was somehow directed to KC! He has a really inspiring story; one of the things that stands out for me is that he holds a sign around Berkeley that says "you're perfect" and I've waved at him many times from my car, grateful for the reminder and for putting a smile on my face. So... we were all talking and decided to try to volunteer together at KK... it would just be an honor to spread extra love and healing in this way :) Thanks to the posse for the continued inspiration!
Aug 22, 2011, 7 comments, 2 smiles 14 days ago: A woman named Gloria Chan, in Asheville, North Carolina, comes across a chapter about Nipun/CF in a book called "The Bond" by Lynne McTaggert. 10 days ago: she starts to endlessly peruse through CF blogs and websites. And stumbles upon the Karma Clinic website. 7 days ago: we chat over the phone because she has LOTS of questions. The main one is, "Wow, does it really work for you? Do you cover your costs?" 3 days ago: She says she's game for converting her entire practice to pay-it-forward (she happens to be an acupuncturist). TODAY: I get an email that her practice is converted. and, her website is even updated! I guess that means there's a pay-it-forward clinic in Asheville, NC. To all those love-warriors that have been living a life of service and have been holding the vibration of the emergent (gift culture) ... hats off to you. You are an inspiration to many, including me! It's a blessing to be a part of the posse.
Jul 19, 2011 Micha'el and I just got back from 6 weeks on the road (traveling the country by Amtrak). The intention started out with the desire to meet each other's lives. It quickly transitioned to doing "Funshops" all over in an attempt to deeply connect with different healers that want to be of service. So, we did-- 7 in 6 weeks! We offered a few experiential exercises to shift from consumption -> contribution, transaction -> trust, isolation -> community, scarcity -> abundance. They were actually pretty simple but people really jived with and were inspired to hear that gift-culture is happening all over and resonated with the values. So, it looks like there are going to be a few more practitioners that will join the Karma Clinic network over the next few months, offering their healing services in the various parts of the country and we'll see what unfolds! We learned a lot but most of all, Micha'el was really moved into a space of experiencing and loving the gift culture! More on our blog ...
May 22, 2011 "Whether sounded on the tongue, printed on the page, or shimmering on the screen, language's primary gift is not to re-present the world around us, but to call ourselves into vital presence of that world and into deep and attentive presence with one another."--David Abram, in Becoming Human. "Call ourselves into vital presence" -- I love that!
Apr 15, 2011 Last monday, about a dozen Berkeley CFers had the privilege of going to the book release of "Walk out, Walk on". It was a beautiful evening. What was very interesting to me was how the substance of the book seems to be intimately connected to gift-economy principles- in action, in developing countries. The shifts they spoke about included going from Scaling Up to Scaling Across, from Power to Play, from Problem to Place, from Efficiency to Resilience, from Transacting to Gifting, from Intervention to Friendship and from Hero to Host. They gave a shout out to CF too, when they were speaking about the gift-economy. It is very inspiring to know that gift culture is spreading to outside of the US (and mostly the Bay Area) & India, into other parts of the world. The two main things that I learned: 1) find the points of light and expand them; 2) when we help others discover their own goodness/ wholeness/ power, that's the benchmark of servant leadership. I'm still meditating on those two things and can't wait to read the book!
Feb 26, 2011 Oprah: "The amount of time and energy I've spent thinking about what my next meal will be is incalculable: what to eat, what I just ate, how many calories or grams of fat it contains, how much exercise I'll need to do to burn it off, what if I don't work out, how long will it take to manifest as extra pounds, and on and on. Food has been on my mind a lot the past 30 years. What I'm only now realizing, though, is that while I think about food so much and have used and abused it as a substitute for contentment, I've never been a conscious eater." She went vegan for 21 days, and got her whole staff of 378 folks to go vegan for a week!
Feb 08, 2011 At our first meeting of Karma Clinic at Himalayan Flavors, we had decided that we wanted to give our healing services to those who spreading good in the world. So we approached some nonprofits who know of CF. One of those was BayNVC, and y'day two of us went to offer our services and today, two more. Everyone there loved it! They were very grateful ... Miki, co-founder of the group, said, "This is the best gift ever". :) And then, on the way out, they offered a gratitude jar full of money. I said, "No, no we just want to be of service, you can pay this forward." But they wouldn't have any of it. They said no, YOU can pay it forward to those that need healing. So... finally we couldn't say not such an offering of love, and we accepted it with a bow of humility. Unexpected offerings of love abound!
Dec 10, 2010 I had this awesome interaction today with a client. She shared a really powerful story about beginning her spiritual journey- she's joining the Yoruba tradition, being ordained as a priestess. She shared that she was really excited about it and it was helping her find "groundation". She said that unfortunately, she was saving up to actually be able to get a wardrobe of white clothes, as is part of the ritual of being ordained-- she has to give away all her current clothes and wear only white for a year. So, at the end of our session, I gave her my entire wardrobe of white clothes! It felt really good to be able to support her spiritual journey... and that the whites would live on as part of another person's spiritual path. Her reaction? She was pretty surprised that she'd come for healing and was walking away with a wardrobe of clothes to be able to start her initiation. Ahhh it's a good life!
Nov 08, 2010 Karma Clinic practitioners wondered what it would be like to serve together in one space. Six alternative medicine doctors, all offering up their modalities of healing on gift-economy basis, in one physical location -- homeopathy, ayurveda, accupuncture, holistic weight coaching, engery healing, massage therapy. And couple weeks back, serendipity struck. Rajen Thapa, host of Karma Kitchen in Berkeley, was a buying a new restaurant on University and he wanted to replicate the KK magic (and karma :)) there. We brainstormed about Karma Clinic coming there on alternate Sundays and lo and behold, last Sunday was our pilot launch! Rajen was so excited that they even featured Karma Clinic on the restaurant website! Our opening was humble yet fun (with special teas and healthy snacks and massage tables) and felt grounded in the right spirit! Vena & Ashwin ... Read Full Story