I'm joining Service Space because ... Bringing positive change and spreading kindness are infectious.
A good day to me is when ... The sun rises, the sun sets, and in between kindness is abundant.
My hero in life is ...My students and my Awakin' Family.
My favorite book is ...The Kite Runner
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Being given the ability and desire to change.
Sep 09, 2019, 2 comments, 8 smiles Going from no-where to now-here is a beautiful journey. Fresh off of an amazing 4-day (week?) retreat, I awoke this morning to an email from our ONEderFULL sistahhh Thu! This is the message I received: I went down to see Panchito yesterday and met Isaac Rosenbaum who told me how he got connected with your experiment in kindness ;) Yesterday they took all the kids to the beach to get baptized! It was such a special time and I was there for such a short time because I brought some co-workers (we are at a company retreat in SD for the week) but so incredible to see what's possible when we act with our heart and head and mind. I'm blown away by the smallness of our world and the hugeness of our collective heart! Click on the picture to get a glimpse of Thu's time in Tijuana.
Aug 17, 2019, 7 comments, 19 smiles Video from a visit to Pancho in Tijuana ... about his description of what occurred when he orchestrated a trip to the beach with many of the migrants in their community. Words cannot convey how much this has touched me<3.
Aug 01, 2019, 6 comments, 18 smiles It's been a day now since I've returned from SoCal and (my) thoughts have had time to marinate. The trip to Tijuana was about connecting with the other. On that front, I'd like to share a few stories. One intention was to drive from Fremont to Tijuana using none of my own money, of which I had plenty. After resting overnight in Bakersfield, I as off. With a quarter of a tank of gas and a couple hundred miles to go, I pulled into a gas station. I walked up to a couple of men filling up their tank and just asked, "Do you think we trust each other enough?" That ignited a 10 minute discussion. I told them where I was going and what I was doing and then asked if they'd fill up my tank and I'd mail them a check when I returned to Fremont. The trust just ... Read Full Story
Jul 15, 2019, 2 comments, 19 smiles This part of my journey began at 6:20 am Friday morning. Along the nearly 100 miles (we did take a few detours...some even intentionally) I never felt lonely, although often alone. Vishesh met me at the Kindness Temple. Of course, Harshida Auntie wouldn't let us go without a nourishing breakfast, both physically and emotionally. And she did this all as she was also trying to get herself off to work! The next stop was Pavi and Viral's, where a planned circle with Sr. Marilyn was in progress. We arrived after about 3.5 hours on the road. Riding along the Bay Trail, it was mostly relaxing. My mind didn't have to focus on pain or wind; I was just allowed take in the nature. And then we got close to Pavi and Viral's. OK, I had to walk my bicycle up several steep hills. For me, it was a decision that ... Read Full Story
Jul 11, 2019, 8 comments, 20 smiles Tomorrow morning, Vishesh and I will embark on a Ride of Trust from the Kindness Temple to Banyan Grove. A trust in our bodies, the kindness of strangers, and the universe, in general. Neither one of us has ever done anything like this before; 80 miles over two days will be testing our physical limits. We'll be carrying with us water, a few snacks (maybe for new-found friends!) and a bracelet making kit. The "plan" is to ask strangers to provide us with nourishment, or even just positive messages for our short journey. Some bracelets may find their way into the hands of others, too. The universe will guide us to a safe place to rest our bodies Friday night in SF, I am sure of that. Leon Legothetis has done an extreme version of this at least twice, documenting both in the Kindness Diaries, I and II, as seen on Netflix. As I watched it, I couldn't stop my mind from saying, "yeah, but he has a film crew with him." What would it be without that, I thought? Although a very shortened journey, I still have faith in humanity and its collective kindness and compassion.
Jun 13, 2019, 2 comments, 9 smiles I watched this short video at a museum here in San Jose, Costa Rica. This was spoken with peace and clarity at the end: When the kind souls go. From the Earth we are. From the Earth we come. And to the Earth we will return. When I heard it I immediately thought of many of you. On how we belong to the Earth...the Earth doesn't belong to us. The Indigenous people of Costa Rica seem to understand this better than most others. Maybe it's that way throughout the world. I'm still learning.
Mar 29, 2019, 2 comments, 23 smiles Yesterday, in the middle of an exciting lesson on the axioms of what makes a vector space, and how the zero vector isn't always (0, 0), which you might want, I received a call from our front desk. The voice began, "There is a group that belongs to the One Earth..." I cut her off and said, "I'll be right there!" Pancho, Erin, Shaun, Angelica, and Helen spent the last 30 minutes of class informing the students about their current journey, and what brought them here, and answering their curious questions. A couple of students stayed another 15 minutes after class to delve deeper. I can't think of a better way to spend class-time! In fact, one student commented, "We need to get speakers like that at our school!" I couldn't agree more
Mar 26, 2019, 2 comments, 8 smiles For the past couple of evenings, our home was blessed with the presence of Pancho and Erin, as they journey to "the part of the planet that we call the Mexico-U.S. border." In SSp mode always, they gave and served first. There are so many small stories to tell, as only Pancho can. There was the young man who swore at us as Sandy, Pancho, and I greeted him as he passed. And then he yelled to us, "I'm sorry!" He was in a place only he knew of. And then, as we had to meet with our tax guy to get those completed, Erin was cooking us up a delicious meal that was sort of like chana masala, but with her added extra veggies and love<3. Of course, who can forget the not-so-hidden acts of kindness and service, like always doing the dishes (no fighting over it, even:)), taking ... Read Full Story
Mar 17, 2019, 3 comments, 14 smiles [In preparation for Arun Dada's visit, and his airport pick-up today, :) I was reading up on his mentor, Vinoba Bhave. Below is a profoundly inspiring profile by Mark Shepard, reprinted from this page, that all of you might enjoy as well. Originally excerpted and adapted from the book Gandhi Today: A Report on Mahatma Gandhi’s Successors.] All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts. --Vinoba Jai jagat!—Victory to the world! --Vinoba Once India gained its independence, that nation’s leaders did not take long to abandon Mahatma Gandhi’s principles. Nonviolence gave way to the use of India’s armed forces. Perhaps even worse, the new leaders discarded Gandhi’s vision of a decentralized society—a society based on autonomous, self-reliant villages. These leaders spurred a rush toward a strong central government and an industrial economy as found in the West. Yet Gandhi’s vision was not abandoned ... Read Full Story
Feb 17, 2019, 4 comments, 9 smiles Around 5 Years Ago ... | KindSpring.org A place to practice small acts of kindness. For over a decade the KindSpring community has focused on inner transformation, while collectively changing the world with generosity, gratitude, and trust.