About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I am inspired by the community of compassion, and service through inner transformation

A good day to me is when ... I have become aware of and peeled away another barrier to love

My hero in life is ...Gandhi and MLK Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My favorite book is ...so many - but maybe "Karma Yoga" by Vivekananda & "Small is Beautiful" by EF Schumacher

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Becoming conscious


In Memoriam: Makala Kozo Hattori

Mar 27, 2021, 4 comments, 21 smiles [Below is a note that was sent to our Awakin Calls volunteer team.] As many of you know, we lost a dear friend, brother, co-journeyer and co-servant earlier this month. Makala “Kozo” Hattori (1965-2021) was much more than one of the coordinators of our Awakin Calls team – he was an inspiration, guide, tireless volunteer, and cheerleader as well as purveyor/transcriber/translator of so much of the weekly wisdom that emerges from our collective efforts to bring forth sacred conversations into the world. Though I don’t live in the Bay Area, there was hardly an Awakin Circle or ServiceSpace gathering that I attended while in town where Kozo didn’t embrace me with his warm smile and big hug, his wry humor, and his boundless enthusiasm for some of the most recent Awakin Calls conversations he was listening to – the details of which he had an uncanny recall. “Wow – I’m still reeling ... Read Full Story

A Stunning Story By Rabbi Burger: Yearning & Becoming

Jun 16, 2020, 5 comments, 4 smiles A Stunning Story from the Jewish Oral Tradition -- Every week, we experience so many unexpected, hidden gems on our Awakin calls. This past week, we had an absolutely stunning call on Becoming and Witnessing in These Tumultuous Times, with Rabbi Ariel Burger of The Witness Project and Cleary Vaughan-Lee of the Global Oneness Project. Full of deep insight and stories, the call was truly transporting and transformative for all. Rabbi Burger closed the call with a story from the Jewish oral tradition, and so he couldn't point to a source or written version of the story. But luckily we transcribed it :). You won't want to miss it. Rabbi Ariel Burger: So this is a story about the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name, the founder of the Hasidic movement in Eastern Europe, 250 years ago -- a mystic, a storyteller, a deep, deep master. And this ... Read Full Story

When The Wind Stopped: Landing At The Foot Of A

May 01, 2020, 2 comments, 14 smiles What happens when a flowing stream comprised of space holders from multiple continents, each bearing their own questions, are transported to the foot of Mount Malloy, by the wind -- as guided by the skilled hand at the tiller of Pavithra, a wooden canoe? The answer is beautiful poetry! The PDF here is an assortment of the questions our group silently shared during the "Power of Questions" call, woven alongside John's unfolding wisdom: [download here] As shared in our follow-up note, who knew virtual could be so virtue-full? Truth be told we are still deliciously bewildered by it all -- John included :) This was an experimental call in many respects. And it went marvelously because all were patient, deeply present, and held space pristinely. Participants joined us from Austria, India, France, England, the Philippines, from the California Coast to NY Island and dozens of places in between. 11 of the group ... Read Full Story

Lemonade Of Virtual Space Holding :)

Mar 28, 2020, 2 comments, 19 smiles We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade." In so many ways, the current coronavirus disruption of our lives is inviting us to hold new questions and perhaps it might help us arrive at a deeper consciousness, as well as a greater skillfulness in holding space for ourselves and others. Yesterday, about 40 of us circled up to dive into a conversation on the "Lemonade of Virtual Space Holding". I'm still soaking in all the insights shared -- of the challenges and opportunities that are emerging from the unique situation of so many of our spaces being shifted into a virtual sphere, as well as from the deeper "space" between civilizational stories that is emerging and that we are being asked, in part, to hold skillfully. A few excerpts from the conversation [listen here]: "I'm trying to let go of the typical in-person Awakin format ... ... Read Full Story

Giving In The Conditioned World

Mar 22, 2020, 17 smiles [On our "How Does A Heart of Service Respond?" call last week, Rev Heng Sure shared illuminating insights that reflected back collective themes shared; described three forms of giving of wealth, insight and courage; and more. Below is the recording and transcript.] So I'm here in Gold Coast, Queensland [Australia]. I'm looking forward to hearing from Bonnie as well. Bonnie, glad to be on the panel with you. We've been part of ServiceSpace together for some time. And getting to hear from Preeta and Aryae and all our ... and also from Sri from the front lines. This is rich. So I'm a preacher and you have to stop me before I preach again, because I go long -- and I don't want to do that. My prep info was five to seven minutes, so I'll try my best. But looking at the luminary -- looking at the light gathered on ... Read Full Story

Parable: A Wise Woman Who Was ...

Mar 03, 2019, 5 comments, 29 smiles Parable: A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone." -- Author Unknown

Awakin Calls Record!

Feb 22, 2019, 2 comments, 14 smiles We had a remarkable Awakin call with Allan Wallace on Saturday, led by the volunteer team extraordinaire of Galaxy (biographer), Pavi (host), Richard (moderator), Vishesh (streamer) and Prabha (audio). And now another extraordinary volunteer team of scribes, anchored by Gayathri, will lovingly and deeply listen to the call and prepare a transcript of the wisdom. Hard to describe to the outside world how many moving parts, and how many loving hearts, help bring these offerings into the world week after week. Thanks for all the labor of love that occurs week in and week out by the amazing team of ServiceSpace volunteers. In all, 414 people RSVP’d for the call! An Awakin calls record. And far beyond quantity of participants was the quality of the feedback received, and the ripples that are already ensuing. Here is just a very small sampling of some of the feedback received from call listeners from this ... Read Full Story

Just Came Across This Wonderful Talk ...

Oct 08, 2018, 7 smiles Just came across this wonderful talk on Giving and Givers by the amazing VR Ferose -- at the recent Indiaspora Forum. Question is not how much we are willing to give, but how much we are willing to give up....