I'm joining Service Space because ... My life has been to serve, & you have gifted me with a new word- giftism- which captures so much of what I've learned. And I love the values imbued in ServiceSpace exemplifying the path of our evolution and flourishing collaboration!
A good day to me is when ... Dancing on the magic of a river, or co-creating solutions for the greatest challenges of our times.
My hero in life is ...Those who dare to dream visions commensurate with the challenges of our times
My favorite book is ...Gandhi the Man
One thing I'm grateful for is ... This Sacred Moment
Jan 21, 2016, 6 smiles Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University. The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”
Feb 12, 2015, 5 smiles Upon meeting a lovely Colombian (at Casa de Paz) doing transformative work in prisons, I was drawn to connect her to an old friend who’s shared NVC with prisoners for over a decade. Kathleen’s powerful prison work & profound reminder of the power of listening:
Feb 05, 2015, 2 smiles Charles' blog on touches on elements of serving and a more profound deeper activism. Including a fascinating report form Australia): Activism in the New Story, by Charles Eisenstein “The spirits of the land could now support us” One of the most triggering sentences of The More Beautiful World... was, “Let us be wary of any revolution that isn’t threaded with an element of play, celebration, mystery, and humor. If it is primarily a grim struggle, then it may be no revolution at all.” People find this naïve. Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine that recognizes no logic but the logic of force. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate? I think it is quite the opposite. If we turn the revolution into a contest of force, then we will ... Read Full Story
Jan 25, 2015, 8 comments, 12 smiles Those of you who know me, know that I love to hug. :) I think all of us in ServiceSpace love to hug and spread love! Well, a study from Carnegie Mellon University now suggests that hugs may help protect against infection. The researchers surveyed 400 healthy adults about the number of hugs they received over a two-week period, and then intentionally exposed them to the common cold virus. The study subjects were quarantined and monitored for illness. Those who reported having the strongest social support shown through hugs were less likely than others to catch the cold. Those who did get sick appeared to have less severe illness.
Jan 16, 2015, 2 comments, 12 smiles With 38 million members, Avaaz usually focuses and galvanizes support on critical issues, locally & globally. Instead of activism, it has been great to see them come from a place of giftivism -- a positive 'what are we for' place than being focused 'against' something. Here are the their three core values for 2015, that several hundred thousand people pledged for: Show Kindness and Respect: We will show kindness and respect towards ourselves and others whenever possible. And it's always possible, because everyone we meet is fighting a battle we may know nothing about. Strive for Wisdom: We will seek to be wise in our decisions, listening deeply to ourselves and others, and balancing our heads, hearts and intuitions in a harmony that feels right. Practice Gratitude: We will regularly reflect on what we're grateful for, because it brings perspective, dissolves negativity, and grounds us in what's most important. I was so moved to see them focus on kindness, respect and gratitude! You all at ServiceSpace are contagious. This is a definite sign about the maturing of the protest movement!
Jan 15, 2015, 13 smiles I thought all of you would enjoy article in The Atlantic, 'Masters of Love' ... Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth. Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages. [...] Science now says lasting relationships come down to -- you guessed it -- kindness and generosity.
Nov 13, 2014, 3 comments, 13 smiles My dear brother, Gar, just sent his beautiful Giftivism experience. You might enjoy hearing this example of the power of listening from the heart: Within moments of my getting seated in a pick up truck, while hitch hiking along the southern California coast in the early seventies, the driver angrily stated that he worked in the oil industry and that he hated environmentalists! My long hair, beard, overalls, and embroidered shirt, (the garb of the “hippies”) seemed to be the trigger for his rage. I was not surprised by the verbal attack as I’d often been on the receiving end of animosity, because my attire and appearance was by itself, in those days, a challenge to the status quo. He went on to say at great length, that his anger towards environmentalists was because they were working to bring about regulations that would impair his business from fairly competing in a ... Read Full Story
Aug 05, 2014, 8 smiles It was a delight to meet with various ServiceSpace interns last week at the Awakin Circle. As I shared with Vishesh, we spoke about emerging systems and internal transformation that reaffirm my optimism for our future. Here are few resources that I shared with him, that some of you may enjoy as well. First, Paul Gilding's The Great Disruption (with a great tagline: Why the Climate Crisis will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World!) In the first third of the book, he outlines the horrendous global problems we face; then, in a very linear fashion, based on years of working with business, he makes a powerful case for our most likely awakening and opportunity, with logical steps for the transition. Some of my favorite quotes: "Leaders and movements that painted a picture of hope... have driven all the positive changes in history. Gandhi, Mandela Kink and Churchill ... Read Full Story
Jul 22, 2014, 2 comments, 6 smiles I really enjoyed Maria Poppava's summary of Schumacher's vision on Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity What does it really mean to create wealth for people – for humanity – as opposed to money for governments and corporations? That's precisely what the influential German-born British economist, statistician, Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. F. Schumacher explores in his seminal 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (public library) – a magnificent collection of essays at the intersection of economics, ethics, and environmental awareness. One of the most compelling essays in the book, titled "Buddhist Economics,"applies spiritual principles and moral purpose to the question of wealth. "Right Livelihood" is one of the requirements of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path. It is clear, therefore, that there must be such a thing as Buddhist economics… Spiritual health and material well-being are not enemies: they ... Read Full Story