About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ...

A good day to me is when ... I can make someone laugh

My hero in life is ...I try to find something to admire in everyone

My favorite book is ...

One thing I'm grateful for is ... All the wonderful people in my life!

Introducing Leela!

Jun 14, 2020, 9 smiles Hi All, It's my pleasure to introduce Leela, who will be one of our summer interns! Here are some excerpts from her that inspired us: What does service mean to you? To me, service is a two-way street. It’s an act of kindness that has always served to replenish my own faith in the life and love around me. Today, the world is in an unprecedented industrialized age, where success is exemplified in constant hard work and productivity. For me, service has been a reprieve from this endless, often capitalistic, cycle of duty and production. Community service will always be a part of the career path that I plan to take, as it has allowed me to deeply understand my role in our broader global society. At the end of my tenth grade year, I was feeling over-stressed, anxious, and purposeless. These are feelings that come with the anguish of adolescence, however, I ... Read Full Story

Visiting Pancho In The Part Of The Planet We Call

Sep 04, 2019, 2 comments, 13 smiles Some of us were with Pancho over the long weekend, and here are some of the videos and photos. Some spanish required to follow along... stay tuned for more reflections. Adventures include (but not limited to): a running circle led by marathoner Jane, Pancho teaching the youth about the unknowable, yoga with the kids, trash pickup, discovering a bed of nails with 2-year olds, Pancho taking deep breaths with the kids, Tim giving piggyback rides, dolphins swimming like "what border?", Pancho driving a car into a ditch, eating papaya together........ aaaaaaand a special surprise video at the end. https://photos.app.goo.gl/fMvvufFhfE9hNT4g6

Happiness & Success From A 17-Year-Old

Aug 20, 2019, 2 comments, 17 smiles At the start of the summer, 17-year-old Arnav asked how he could be of service. We didn't plan to do a summer internship, but after reading his application essay and his core value on integrity, it was too hard not to be moved to explore how we could ripple more smiles into the world together! Over the last couple months, he interviewed everyday heroes and love warriors about their service journeys. He spent the summer experimenting with daily acts of kindness, daily stillness through meditation (or trying to :)), serving virtually with projects like KarmaTube, and diving into research on intrinsic motivations, compassion, wisdom, and happiness. On top of that, he got up at odd hours on weekends and holidays to spread smiles at local events -- like a unique conference and gardening at Banyan Grove! All this, too, while working an engineering camp job, completing a hackathon, hosting out-of-town-family, and leading ... Read Full Story

More From Hermano Pancho

Aug 01, 2019, 1 comments, 12 smiles [Pancho sent this yesterday night.] From hell on Earth to heaven on Earth... this is the look of a happy kid after he and his mom (and some other migrants) were released from the cruel CBP prison. That's how our youth need to be treated. Today I went to capture a bit of the magic and transformation... but didn't have the heart yet to take a photo when their eyes are lost and trusting nobody. Still, happiness in this shape and in this context is a real success and proof of the incredible resiliency of the human spirit. Edit: Pancho sent a link to more photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TtNtMebzhStwhSsL6

Losing By One Goal... And Winning

Jun 11, 2019, 2 comments, 14 smiles Recently read this insightful reflection from high schooler, Arnav, in response to the question, "What is one of your core values?" One core value of mine is integrity and ethics. [...] I learned this value throughout the various experiences I have had throughout my life at school, playing sports, and in other competitions. I have been faced with countless opportunities where I could have cheated or bent the rules for my personal gain. However, I have never taken them, and I feel like those experiences have helped me grow. Time and time again have I seen students cheat on tests and even steal tests early so they can get A’s. I realized that that is completely wrong and at the end of the day, does not help anyone. They don’t learn the concepts correctly and end up failing the next tests, and in competition they do not feel the true ... Read Full Story

Interns Serve Lemonade!

Sep 10, 2017, 4 comments, 20 smiles On one fine Saturday afternoon (a couple months ago now), summer interns and mentors collected to share some lemonade with the community (at St. James Park in San Jose)! Here's what happened: At noon, our crew began setting up. Isabel, Sneha, Selena and Audrey were there at noon with tables and supplies. Priya, Maya, their brother Om, Shyama and her siblings were all there helping and getting the table ready. At 12:30pm, all of us had an opening circle to share our intentions for the day. By this time about a hundred people had already lined up for lemonade and snacks - I suppose they all knew the drill :) However, as we began giving lemonade to people, we found ourselves... unsatisfied. After all, the purpose was to use lemonade as a context to connect with those in the park! Someone remarked, "This feels sort of like a handout." And it wasn't just ... Read Full Story

Laddership Interns Week 4: Wisdom

Jul 09, 2017, 12 smiles In Week 4 of our Summer Internship, the interns were asked to drop into their own wisdom. They did this by doing 20(!) minutes of silence in the morning and night, practicing mindfulness and doing RAOKs every day, and reflecting on their current and future day every night. From there we had some beautiful reflections on our Interns Feed, and in the spirit of brewing that collective tea, the call began! Amit opened by asking an open, but important question: "How are you doing right now? What's at the top of your mind?" Apurva began by saying that he was enjoying sitting in silence! "It allows you to tune out, all the noise and things going on." And he felt that things were surprisingly okay! Amit commented that he could feel how well Apurva was doing through his smile :) Maya was enjoying a beautiful sunset in Utah, after going around national parks for a ... Read Full Story

A Story My Grandpa Told Me

Jun 30, 2017, 1 comments, 17 smiles In our summer internship last week, we all shared reflections around this question: How would you define 'renunciation' and 'simplicity'? What is the relationship between the two? I was reminded of a story my grandpa told me: One time there was a Brahmin who had a disciple. For some reason the Brahmin had to leave town for some time and he told his disciple: "Remember what I have taught you - live simply and remember to do your duties." The disciple agreed and the Brahmin left. Some time later the disciple went to go get his laundry and saw that it was full of holes. "Those pesky rats ate my clothes!" He thought. "Now what will I wear?" Pondering the situation, he thought "if only I had a cat, it could catch the rats and I wouldn't have this problem." So he went and found a cat and brought it back to his ... Read Full Story

Week 2: Interns On Moral Action!

Jun 27, 2017, 7 comments, 17 smiles In Week 2, the 2017 Summer Interns (Maya, Apurva, Isabel, Shyama, and Sophie) all dived deep into a difficult, but juicy topic: "Moral Action"! Nothing ever begins where it begins, and neither did this call. Before it, many invisible seeds were planted in discreet email exchanges, phone calls, and lots of smiles and hugs. Each of the interns upped their practices - doing an act of kindness a day, sitting for 10 minutes in the morning and the night, and making space for facing one of their fears, however small. We then gathered for a wonderful call at 2pm PT on a Thursday - see the smiling faces: Anne Marie opened our call with her warm presence, and seeded the space with some tidbits from the reflections! From Shyama - people develop their morals through their life experiences, and their decisions reflect their morals. It's not so cut and dry! From Maya - everybody ... Read Full Story

Zero Degree Thinking Project

May 19, 2016, 6 smiles From Dr. Shariq and Dr. Neeraj are trying to make a base for zero degree thinking - if you know any one from any bay area university that's interested, feel free to reach out to them! -------------- The Zero Degree Project aims to create an innovation ecosystem that fundamentally alters the way we implement human activity for its impact on climate change. We begin with a focus on food - growing, distributing and consuming food. Food is not only an integral part of our daily lives, but also the systems that produce and distribute food are an important contributor to climate change. We aspire to go beyond the current concept of safe and nutritiuous food that is expected to extend an individual human’s life, to one that can also extend human life on the planet. Is it possible to have a tomato on your dining table that not only extends your life, ... Read Full Story