I'm joining Service Space because ... I love it. I love the people here. I love the intention.
A good day to me is when ... I am able to make somebody happy.
My hero in life is ...is the the book of life as it unfolds moment by moment.
My favorite book is ...my family.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... the opportunity to life my life with mindful awareness.
Sep 22, 2019, 3 comments, 10 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Milo Runkle. Milo (Nathan) Runkle is a leading global vegan activist who founded Mercy for Animals (MFA), the world’s largest farm animal protection and vegan advocacy organization, at age 15. MFA focuses on protecting animals raised and killed for food by conducting undercover investigations and open rescues on factory farms—bringing cameras in and animals out to expose the truth about an ugly system. MFA also engages in legal advocacy to bring abusers to justice, and advocates for stronger animal protection laws and practices globally. MFA has a presence in countries covering over one-half of the human population. Born in a fifth-generation farm family, Milo's best friend as a child was a rat named Caesar, who taught him at an early age that all animals are equal. Runkle has also been involved in efforts to create a healthy, humane, and sustainable ... Read Full Story
Sep 18, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Milo Runkle: Mercy For AnimalsReflection questions: How do animals and your food choices fit into your spiritual path, or your vision for transforming yourself or the world?
Sep 03, 2017, 2 comments, 20 smiles A bunch of us gathered a few weeks back to share a meal at the beloved home of a friend. The conversations throughout the afternoon while preparing our meal, enjoying the meal, and sharing stories afterwards were blessed. At one point, after reading The Gift by Khalil Gibran, Harshida aunty invited everyone to share a story about a gift that we have received and that has impacted our lives for good in one way or another. Amongst a few wonderful stories shared, including a story about a math teacher by Prahallad, I was encouraged to share a story of an angel, an unknown old man, who awakened the joy of reading in my life. It was during the year 2000-01, when I was staying in a hospital in Ahmedabad, India, with my uncle who was going through a critical medical issue that called for a major surgery. During my six month stay ... Read Full Story
Apr 19, 2016, 4 comments, 30 smiles [Below is a story I had shared at an Awakin Circle couple months back, on the day it had occurred.] I used to believe that I was a very accepting person. But a few weeks ago, something happened at my workplace that made me recognize my own brokenness -- it helped me see the disconnect between my values, and how I respond in certain moments. I work at the front desk of a hotel here in the Bay. On multiple occasions over the past couple of weeks, a sex-worker reserved a room on our property. Sitting at the front desk I'd see her interacting with people in the corridor, I'd see her check-in and check-out. And I would have this incredibly palpable feeling of disgust come up whenever she walked by. Just catching sight of her would make me feel so low. I'd have this urge to get out of there ... Read Full Story
Nov 12, 2015, 3 comments, 21 smiles When people come together while holding a heart of transformation, magic seems to happen. :) Last night was yet another one of those evenings at Awakin Santa Clara. Nine kindred spirits (including Pancho, Sam, Zilong and Hiromi) biked all the way from Oakland as their pilgrimage to the "Kindness Temple"! As 5 of them returned back for their 4 hour journey at 11PM(!), Pancho shared how they hoped to take their overflowing cups of love and ripple it out into many difficult spaces like "International Avenue" on the way. What an honor to be amongst such bright lights! (Below is a photo we took before they departed Santa Clara.)
Mar 30, 2015, 4 comments, 19 smiles Karma Kitchen was a real remarkable experience this month! With a rockstar crew of 14 volunteers, we served a total of 95 guests in a high-energy yet "stress-free" (as one volutneer called it) day of enthused tables and many-to-many conversations in a first ever configuration of 5 rotating community tables (with many established leaders and ladders)! :) I felt blessed to have the opportunity to take a few candid shots ...
Dec 06, 2014, 1 comments, 15 smiles “Even if I lived ten more times, I still want to be a musician because of what it brings to my heart.” – Gwhyneth Chen Born into a family without any musical inclinations, Gwhyneth Chen realized music as her life purpose at the age of five. As serendipity would have it, after school one day she saw her kindergarten teacher playing the piano. Out of curiosity, Gwhyneth asked her teacher if she could play. As soon as her tiny fingers touched the keys, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. She was only a child, but the stillness that she felt when playing the piano inspired Gwhyneth to practice four to five hours a day, while resisting the temptation to have fun with her school friends. This dedication at such a young age blossomed into a musical genius that is transformational for any listener that is among her audience. On Saturday’s ... Read Full Story