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
May 25, 2021, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting a truly incandescent and soul-strumming Awakin Call with Vijaya Nagarajan. Vijaya Nagarajan is an environmental activist and professor who blends intellectual rigor with embodied ethics at the intersection of ecology and religion. She has written the first in-depth publication in English on the kolam. The Tamil word for beauty, kolam refers to the intricate rice flour designs created by women at dawn on the thresholds of millions of homes in South India. The title of her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India, refers to the Hindu belief that householders have a karmic obligation to “feed a thousand souls.” By creating the kolam with rice flour, a woman provides food for birds, ants and other tiny life forms -- greeting each day with “a ritual of generosity.” Kolams are a deliberately transient form of art -- as each day's ... Read Full Story
May 19, 2021, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Vijaya Nagarajan: Rituals Of GenerosityReflection questions: Do you have a ritual of generosity that has organically woven its way into the tapestry of your daily life? If not, and you could design one for yourself, what would it be?
May 18, 2020, 5 smiles [Below is a call summary from Sunday's webinar on What would Gandhi do, compiled by Tizz O'Toole and Gayathri Ramachandran] Following on last week’s inaugural Awakin Talks webinar, this weekend we continued the conversation on “What would Gandhi do?” In this round, we were graced by the wisdom and lived experience of senior Gandhians-in-action, Dr. Abhay Bang and Sister Lucy Kurien, and the touching enthusiasm and earnest spirit of everyday hero, Bhaskar Kulkarni. The conversation was masterfully moderated by the ecosystem’s very own gentle love warrior, Meghna Banker. What follows is a summary of the call in lieu of a call transcript. Meghna surfaced this powerful quote in her opening introduction: “The pre-corona existence was not normal, other than the fact that we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction. We are given this opportunity to stitch a new garment, one that fits all of humanity and nature.” She remarked that ‘a karuna-virus ... Read Full Story
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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