About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I believe that this is an authentic way to live

A good day to me is when ... I remain anchored and am fully aware of all the things I have to be grateful for

My hero in life is ...anyone who lives life simply, with humility and awareness

My favorite book is ...The Tao of Pooh, A Search in Secret India, Good Omens, Questioning Krishnamurti

One thing I'm grateful for is ... the fact that the world is bound by kindness and love

10 Memorable Awakin Calls Of 2018

Jan 01, 2019, 5 comments, 22 smiles As this year winds to a close, volunteers suggested that it might be fun for me to do a post with excerpts/nuggets from 10 memorable Awakin Calls of this past year. The idea resonated, so here is my list. Needless to say, these 10 were rather difficult to choose since there is something resonant or meaningful in almost every call we’ve had. And as all members of the Awakin Calls scribe and editing team can attest -- as we spend a lot of time soaking in these calls, even the calls that first seem to be at the outer limits of our sphere of interest unveil some talisman, that we then hold on to, for nourishment. So with that caveat in place (and the invitation to please spend some time at the site browsing randomly till something calls to you) -- here is a list, from my lens :) Sarah Peyton: The ... Read Full Story

Transcript Of Awakin Call With Lobsang Phuntsok

Nov 20, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles Dear ServiceSpace family, I thought I'd write a quick note to celebrate the fact that once again, the scribe team's collective labor of love has borne fruit, and we have yet another beautiful transcript of a call, one with Lobsang Phuntsok, former Buddhist monk and founder of Jhamste Gatsal children's community, posted onto the Awakin Calls site. If any of you wish for a healthy dose of irrepressible, joyous laughter this holiday season, blended to perfection with humility and insight, I strongly recommend that you listen to this call! Here is one hilarious and wise nugget from this call that has stayed with me -- When Lobsang was asked about his personal grounding practises: "Honestly, one thing that I could say is I do put a lot of effort. Every day, I take at least an hour and a half to two hours, to sit quietly in my room, reflect, and to do ... Read Full Story

The Moment By Margaret Atwood

Oct 29, 2018, 5 smiles The Moment by Margaret Atwood "The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and say, I own this, is the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arms from around you, the birds take back their language, the cliffs fissure and collapse, the air moves back from you like a wave and you can't breathe. No, they whisper. You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. We never belonged to you. You never found us. It was always the other way round." PS: A close friend shared this gorgeous poem with me after I'd sent her one of our recent DG pieces 'How green is my forest'. She asked if it was co-incidence that she had just read this poem before she read that piece :D There are no co-incidences, maybe? I've gone back to this poem several times this past week...

Nuggets From Clare Dubois's Call

Jul 17, 2018, 2 comments, 5 smiles Clare Dubois is the founder of TreeSisters.org, a women’s crowd-funding and consciousness-shift campaign to inspire women towards the reforestation of the tropics and shared leadership around ecological restoration. TreeSisters reflects Clare’s exploration of the links between feminine consciousness and Nature’s intelligence. It is currently funding over 1.7 million trees across Kenya, Madagascar, India, Brazil, Cameroon and Nepal. Clare founded TreeSisters after a car crash that delivered a life changing message – it was revealed to her that the tropics needed to be reforested within 10 years – that women were the missing piece in the climate change crisis – and that feminine consciousness needed to be reinstated. Her primary work is in the creation of processes, tools, courses, and messaging that can access the nature-connected essence of woman and activate new forms of leadership. Some of the nuggets that stood out from the call: Deep learnings from a car-crash Clare ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Myron Eshowsky's Call

Jul 15, 2018, 4 smiles Myron Eshowsky is a mediator, shamanic healer, and community trauma healer. Author of Peace with Cancer: Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Healing, he was the first to be covered by a U.S. health insurance plan specifically for spiritual healing. Watching his own father struggle with and ultimately succumb to cancer deepened his commitment to explore the spiritual, physical, and environmental terrains of illness. Born with congenital severe hearing loss, he spent years developing and recognizing skills for being in the hearing world -- and came to appreciate how much the skill of listening is core to the process of peacemaking and healing. He listens with his heart and something he calls intuition. In the healing practice he conducts, he listens to what is going on in this world and also to the other world, the spirit realm that requires a type of going in and connecting where he hears ... Read Full Story

On Why Does One Pray Or ...

Dec 19, 2017, 1 comments, 2 smiles On why does one pray or why does one meditate: “Neither I nor the poets I love found the keys to the kingdom of prayer and we cannot force God to stumble over us where we sit. But I know that it’s a good idea to sit anyway. So every morning I sit, I kneel, waiting, making friends with the habit of listening, hoping that I’m being listened to. There, I greet God in my own disorder. I say hello to my chaos, my unmade decisions, my unmade bed, my desire and my trouble. I say hello to distraction and privilege, I greet the day and I greet my beloved and bewildering Jesus. I recognise and greet my burdens, my luck, my controlled and uncontrollable story. I greet my untold stories, my unfolding story, my unloved body, my own love, my own body. I greet the things I think will happen ... Read Full Story

Galway Kinnell On Reteaching A Thing Its Loveliness

Sep 08, 2017, 1 comments, 10 smiles "The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don't flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower, and retell it in words and in touch, it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing" -- Galway Kinnell

On A Village Visit, Palm Leaf Baskets And Salvation!

Aug 17, 2017, 4 smiles I spent August 15th at a village called Alangadu in Sirkazhi, a town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu in the south of India. It was my first visit to a village and I went there with a family friend and my mother. Sowmya, the family friend, hails from this village and has been supporting several village activities focused on improving the lives of the village folk, especially the women and other under-privileged residents. An important local partner in these activities is an organization called CIKS (http://www.ciks.org) so the local CIKS anchor, Shuba, accompanied us to the village. The visit was truly a remarkable experience for me and I’m still percolating impressions and conversations. Like anyplace I go to, the trees, plants, birds and animals (humans included) were a source of much wonder. The village name ‘Alangadu’ translates to a ‘Forest of Banyan trees’ but needless to say, there’s no Banyan ... Read Full Story

"We Can Think Of Our Awareness ...

Jul 26, 2017, 6 smiles "We can think of our awareness of needs as a foothold for compassion. As we develop our awareness, the foothold grows to a perch, to a resting place, to a field" from Thom Bond's 2017 Compassion Course. Just love this image of living in the field of compassion; instead of the field of anger (or hurt or the million small indignities one can populate life with)

On The Commons Or 'Poromboke' (in Tamizh) Land

Jun 22, 2017, 5 smiles A very well-articulated article in The Hindu talks about the commons in India today. Worth reading!   A teenager lives in a small tribal village close to Bandipur. She had created a new step in her dance. This is an extract of the dialogue between her professor and her. “Do you know that it is something new you have created?” ‘Yes.’ “Do you want to be known as the one who created the step?” ‘It is ok.’ (She does not care either way.) “If your classmate passes it off as her innovation, would you mind?” ‘No.’ “Would you fight with her?” ‘Why should I?’ “If she had created a new step, would you pass it off as yours?” ‘Why should I?’ Was especially thrilled to see a quote from Kuthambai Siddhar echoing similar nirguni themes as Rumi or Kabir. He sings, "What would the one who has realised Infinite Space do with certificates of ownership?'' ("Vetta veli thanil meyyenrirupporkku pattayam edukkadi?" ... Read Full Story