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!
Jun 11, 2019, 3 comments, 13 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
Sep 10, 2017, 4 comments, 19 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
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
Jun 30, 2017, 1 comments, 16 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
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
May 19, 2016, 12 comments, 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
May 09, 2016, 10 comments, 30 smiles I’ve been giving hugs every Thursday for the past quarter, but things have really gotten interesting when Kozo-ji encouraged me to do them blindfolded on his weekly Monday calls. It’s been four weeks of doing the blindfold practice now, and I was inspired to do something a little different this week. Rather than just make hugs a practice of giving, I made it also a practice of inviting! I’ve wanted to do this for a while and go from hugs 1.0 (just me giving hugs) to hugs 2.0 (1-1 links between me and others doing similar practices), and everything lined up for this experiment, as you’ll see: There were 11 hours of preparation that just happened (didn’t plan this) from 1PM -> 12AM on Wednesday, starting with Dr. Shariq. I went to go see him since he was back from his trip and he gave me some really, really amazing wisdom (subject ... Read Full Story
Oct 04, 2014, 1 comments, 12 smiles A ministory after Karma Kitchen this Sunday - I had a bag full of leftover food and didn't know what to do with it, so I decided I'd pay it forward. It was actually more food than any one person could eat so I was hoping to find someone and tell them to share the food or find a couple people and share the food with them. Now, I had only 15 minutes to reach the BART station before the next train, and I needed to get back in time for a meeting. As I kept going down the blocks and not seeing anyone I started to get worried and thought 'eh, I guess its fine, I can always give it away my dormmates and they'll gobble it up.' But lo and behold, there was a guy sleeping on a sleeping bag by himself with a couple grocery bags of what appeared to ... Read Full Story
Oct 04, 2014, 3 comments, 10 smiles On Wednesday, I saw this on the school newspaper! You can read the story here. Leslie did a really good job with the article in my opinion :) It was actually the top headline for the day! Can't wait to see the ripples.
Sep 27, 2014, 4 comments, 14 smiles At the end of the day of giving free hugs, I got a text from my sister with a screenshot of an email that said 'There's a guy running around giving free hugs. Can someone put me in touch with him?' My sister gave her my email, and she emailed me saying she was a reporter for the Daily (the stanford newspaper) and wanted to interview me about the Free Hugs day. Turns out I had hugged her that day and she thought it was a wonderful idea. I met her, and she basically had 2 questions: 1. How many hugs did you give? 2. What inspired you? For the first question, I was prepared - I expected she'd ask something like that and I just shook my head and said "that is not important - and I honestly don't know. I wasn't counting". She still pushed it - dozens of hugs? hundreds of hugs? 30 ... Read Full Story