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 felt and acted in accord with the goodness of humanity
My hero in life is ...Gandhi and MLK Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
My favorite book is ...so many - but perhaps but perhaps "Karma Yoga" by Vivekananda and "Small is Beautiful" by EF Schumacher
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Awakening
Jan 18, 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sarah Peyton: Why Self-Compassion Can Be HardReflection questions: Have you ever struggled with self-criticism and tried to be kinder to yourself? Which tools and techniques have you tried, and which have you found to be helpful? What has been the role of offering kindness to others as you have tried to experience kindness for yourself?
Jan 03, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'David Haskell: Interconnections Between People And TreesReflection questions: Do you have a special relationship to a tree or a particular piece of your natural environment? How do you connect or communicate with it?
Nov 29, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jasmin Singer: Compassion Unlocks IdentityReflection questions: Our guest this week was led to animal rights activism through the practice of self-care. Compassion bestowed on herself blossomed into compassion for all sentient beings. In your own experience, what is the relationship between self-care and service, or self-care and taking a stand on behalf of the well-being of other beings in the world?
Nov 08, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Laura Delano: Recovery From Psychiatry Reflection questions: Our guest this week believes we must reclaim a sacred connection to our inner compasses in the face of a false story that suffering, mental breakdown and spiritual crises are “medical conditions” requiring professional and pharmacological treatments, as opposed to signs of aliveness, sensitivity, and spiritual connection to what’s happening in our world that requires our attention. When has breakdown in your life been a sign of awakening?
Sep 14, 2017, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations In The Edge Of SelfReflection questions: Our guest this week is an award-winning science writer who uses neuroscience to examine the nature of the self. How do you think about the content and boundaries of your "self" -- is it physical, or social, or narrative (based on a story of your sense of self)?
Jun 20, 2017, 4 smiles Thom Bond, Director of the New York City Center for Non-Violent Communication, and a student of Marshall Rosenberg, will be our Awakin Call speaker on July 8. But before then (on June 21, 2017) is the deadline to sign up for his online 52-week Compassion Course, which has received general and widespread acclaim. Please join us for the Awakin call with Thom on July 8, and consider enrolling this week in his gift-economy online compassion course!
May 24, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ken Cloke: From Conflict To TransformationReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we often "delude ourselves" into thinking we are handling conflict well when we are "only withdrawing from our opponents, remaining silent, and avoiding engagement or controversy." Instead, we need to engage with the conflicted parts of ourselves. Can you recall a time when you might have pacified a conflict situation rather than getting to a stable peace by working through it?
May 12, 2017, 17 smiles This message we received from the mother of a teenage daughter contains a beautiful and powerful ripple from last fall's Awakin Call with Jeannie Kahwajy -- the edited transcript of which recently ran in Daily Good: "Read your interview with Daily Good on “Catching Everything as Help”, and loved it. It resonated deeply with me, and I found myself wishing for an example of how to be this way with teenage daughters. Later that night… on my way home from work my 18 yr old daughter sends me very angry texts which escalated and triggered anger in me. This night could have gone frighteningly wrong.Instead, I channeled Jeannie's mantras, and decided to find out what was really going on. She tried to get me to fight with her. My feet wanted to run. I stayed, and asked, and listened. She opened up about the perfect storm of a horrible day she ... Read Full Story
Feb 07, 2017, 3 comments, 31 smiles I am still processing the magic and many shifts emanating from our week together at Gandhi 3.0. But as I am about to go off-line for a bit, I wanted to write at this still-early stage to share preliminary reflections and to express my profound gratitude and humility for all that continues to arise within me as a result of our time together. My journey with ServiceSpace is such that the unexpected and sublime (or, more accurately, the unexpectedly sublime and mind-blowing) continues to meet me at every turn... Before arriving in Ahmedabad, I thought I was well on my way in beginning to grasp the profound principles that guide ServiceSpace and the ripples and tsunamis it is creating in the world. And I enjoyed watching a few of the other participants start to grapple throughout the course of the retreat with the dance of the inner and the outer, and the wisdom ... Read Full Story
Nov 20, 2016, 1 comments, 8 smiles Several of us shared space this morning for a revival of the periodic calls of volunteers of the Global Awakin Calls Team! From Washington, DC and Boston to Lima, Peru – from a cattle ranch in Idaho to the Bay Area – our team members gathered to reflect on and share about their “aha” moments that have arisen from, and been made possible by, the labors of love of countless behind-the-scenes volunteers of the Global Awakin Calls. Among the nuggets shared: Kozo’s experience reaching out to and connecting with Jeannie Kahwajy, a guest whose call he heard after-the-fact, only to learn that they share experiences about health issues involving themselves and loved ones; Lynn’s experience of “just doing it” in jumping into her moderating role, and so expertly doing so in the recent call with Bonita Banducci; Matt’s experience connecting with Carol Ruth Silver for clarification while transcribing her call, only ... Read Full Story