About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... This is a great space to be in. I've learned so much from visiting this space and feel so confident and calm when I read about everyone 's sharing, innovation and creation.

A good day to me is when ... I can reach out to others and make a difference, and also let others be of a contribution to me.

My hero in life is ...Book of Life

My favorite book is ...Krishnamurti

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Having amazing friends. Nipun being one!

Reflections On KarunaVirus Semester!

May 25, 2020, 4 comments, 5 smiles At the college where I teach, we’re at the end of our spring 2020 semester and it seemed we had two endings this semester; one was the end of the March and spring break and a new one after spring break. When I heard the news that we’re going to a distant learning/teaching mode, two things were important to me: (a) learning the technology to deliver my courses and, (b) how do I keep students engaged and get them to the finish line powerfully. I reached out to my ServiceSpace family for guidance and I received plenty of heartfelt stories to be inspired. I heard from students about their disappointments, fears, challenges and thoughts of abandoning their education all together to support their recently laid-off families. This I could not be a witness. I don’t mind students going away to find themselves, to experience the world, but going away from a place of ... Read Full Story

How To Hold Virtual Learning Space In These Times?

Mar 16, 2020, 13 comments, 2 smiles Hope all is well with you. I'm sure you're working on ceasing this moment of history when people are full of fear, and confusion to cultivate love and service. At our college in Southern California, our classes are being moved over to online environment. A lot of my students are very unhappy that we don't get to have the discussion and intimacy that we've created together for the past 7 weeks. I want to continue on being that way with them online. My material is already online for most part, so I don't have any problem with that, but I like to move myself in a loving way to online, so that we can have our conversations. I wanted to brainstorm with you, in how to create a caring virtual effect as in person. Would be great to hear any insights you have on cultivating intimate dialogue, dynamic engagement, and transformative learning in online classrooms!

Can You Spot The Smile Cards?

Oct 04, 2019, 5 comments, 22 smiles Can you spot the Smile Card below? Student on our campus did lots of acts of kindness, and spread a ton of Smile Cards too! I'll need to get a refill. :)

Our Ripple Effect

Sep 05, 2018, 1 comments, 14 smiles When you’re around service space, you hear a lot about the Ripple Effect and wonder how it works. This last summer, we were at lunch with Nipun and Audrey and many other love warriors who are part of the Service Space ecosystem. We were the recipient of a gift – a book called “A Greater democracy” by Sally Mahe & Kathy Covert. The discussion came up, how do you know the ripple effect of giving out a book like this? Well, it has been on desk and just about every day, I read a quote or two and get inspired by it. But the conversation was still there for me. How do you know? This morning as I opened my email from college and there was another instructor from a different college who shared with me from his online class discussion board. Evidently, I had given this book to students ... Read Full Story

At Golden West College, An Awakin Circle!

Mar 31, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles At Golden West College, in Los Angeles area, we just had our second Awakin Circle at the college. More people came than the first one, and even our President came in and had a great sitting. Someone from our College Newspaper came in and wrote an article. "You probably can't read it, but it opens with: "In 1996, three friends in the Bay Area decided to spend an hour in silence. They began to invite others to join them, and soon Awakin Circles became a worldwide phenomenon. On March 14th, the Peace and Leadership club brought it to Golden West ..." We'll have the next one (April 25). (And we're excited about the upcoming 12th annual Peace Conference as well, that many of you have spoken at!) Ripples all around.

Airport Giftivism :)

Jul 10, 2017, 6 comments, 17 smiles Last week, my husband and I were coming back from an out-of-town, and we had quite an encounter at the airport! :) At the airport counter, the young woman in front of us was checking in her baggage and realized that she had brought her Costco card instead of her real credit card! Embarrassed and frustrated, she didn't know what to do. My husband asked her what was wrong, and upon hearing her story, he instantly pulled out his credit card and said, "Don't worry, we'll cover you." While crying, the young woman asked me for our address so she could pay us back. Of course, I didn't want to miss my opportunity to practice Giftivism :), and I told her to Pay-it-Forward! :) Upon hearing that, she asked me if we could hug, and all of us found ourselves filled with joy and sharing happy smiles! The lady at the airport ... Read Full Story

Giftivism At Our 2016 Peace Conference!

Jun 10, 2016, 8 smiles On Earth Day this year, our Peace Studies program held our 10th annual Peace Conference! This year, for the second time, the event was offered in the spirit of gift for all students.  It was incredible how people were willing to give at the registration point.  We used these words of wisdom inspired by ServiceSpace on the registration page and it did capture people's hearts. There is always resistance from our committee about gifting to the students, however the distinction between gift vs. free also captured their heart.   There was a shift, I could feel it. As the committee shifted, naturally, registrants shifted and generously gave when they were registering.  It ended up being probably the first year (that I've heard) where there was no concern about money when the conference was over!  The conference was packed from the beginning to the end.  We went overtime and nobody moved!  Incredibly successful.  I used everything I learned from my laddership ... Read Full Story

Ripples At Our Peace Conference!

Jun 11, 2015, 3 comments, 13 smiles We had our annual Peace Conference back in April, and it was amazing! Not just because students showed up in record numbers this year, but more because the shift I experienced during our 6-week Laddership Circle, changed the way I approached the spirit of the conference this time. One thing I was sure, was that I wanted to have the spirit of giftivism alive. We decided to gift the students to attend the conference at no charge, despite the resistance from many who believed students will not have value if they don't pay and most importantly will not show up if there is no monetary obligation. They also were worried where would the funding come from? How can we afford this event? The amount of contribution and collaboration was unprecedented. Many actually donated their time, their gifts and talent to provide us with artistic center pieces, gifts for our guests, gifts for the participants, and ... Read Full Story

Yesterday I Went To A Restaurant ...

Jan 19, 2015, 9 comments, 18 smiles Yesterday I went to a restaurant and my food was under $10.00 and they said they couldn't accept Credit Card. So I purchased a desert to bring my bill up and asked to wrap it to go. As I was walking back to my destination (I was in an an amazing workshop by the way!) I passed through the bus station,... A couple and a child walking toward me, looked very depressed and low energy. The look on their face showed a level of stress that I couldn't mistake it for anything else. I immediately thought I should give them the desert, but I wasn't sure with that much stress if they would even accept it from me! As I extended my arm and invited them to take the desert, their faces changed. A big smile came over them and the child stood up from the stroller and said "Thank you". This all transaction took less than 1 minute, but the impact on me is still present and I'm sure it's the same for them too. I have to thank you all for taking the awkwardness of generosity away from me. I've been practicing this for a while and each time it becomes more and more the natural way of being for me. Thank you all.