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

Nuggets From John Prendergast's Call

Jun 16, 2021, 1 comments, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with John Prendergast. John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., likens the investigation of the heart to “an archaeological dig.” Helping people excavate layers of the heart culminates his life’s work weaving together his various disciplines – as a psychotherapist, professor of psychology, somatic healer and nondual spiritual teacher – with his own deep self-inquiry. “The deeper you go, the more tender the layers,” says Prendergast. “We abandon ourselves when it feels too painful to remain intimate with our essential nature.” Author of The Deep Heart and In Touch, Prendergast is a retired adjunct professor of psychology and a soon-to-retire psychotherapist in private practice in the Bay Area. Inspired by a leading Indian guru of non-dualism, he has studied extensively with spiritual masters including Jean Klein, a master of Advaita Vendanta and Tantric Shaivism, and Adyashanti, a trained Zen Buddhist teacher. Below are some of ... Read Full Story

John Prendergast: Archaeologist Of The Heart

Jun 09, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'John Prendergast: Archaeologist Of The HeartReflection questions: What pieces of your identity cover up your true nature? What practices do you consciously or unconsciously use to connect your body and spirit, see through core limiting beliefs, and sit with an essential question?

In Memoriam: Makala Kozo Hattori

Mar 27, 2021, 5 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

Nuggets From James O'Dea & Nipun Mehta's Call

Mar 24, 2021, 3 comments, 3 smiles I came to this world with nothing at all And naked I wandered around If Azrael [angel of death] made a call on me How could I turn him down? The fire of love is in my bones The fire of love can burn Remember this in pleasure and pain To love we shall return. With this beautiful song offering, James O’Dea closed his unforgettable Awakin Call dialogue with Nipun Mehta, leaving it as he entered, with “nothing at all” – having left it all in the fire of love, peace radiating from the embers. Together, over the course of two meaningful hours that seemed to pass over into the realm of “no time”, the two friends and conscious activists explored their life’s wisdom and stories around living from a heart of service – in part through the lens of James’ “Soul Awakening Prayer”: Soul awakening. Heart opening. Light shining. Love flowing. Wounds dissolving. Peace radiating. The following are some nuggets from their conversation. **Important Note: ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Ryland Engelhart's Call

Mar 14, 2021, 3 comments David Hochschild and Rahul Brown recently hosted a beautiful Awakin Call with Ryland Engelhart. When entrepreneur Ryland Engelhart was feeling hopeless about the damage humans were doing to the planet, a solution so obvious was practically hidden beneath his own two feet: the soil. Discovering that healthy soil can help balance out gases in the atmosphere, Engelhart co-founded Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit seeking to awaken more “soil advocates,” educate consumers, and train farmers in regenerative practices to help sequester carbon from the atmosphere and reverse global warming. Engelhart was born into a family of love activists—practitioners of “sacred commerce,” who opened an organic vegan restaurant called Cafe Gratitude. Their experiment: What will happen if we use the workspace to cultivate love, gratitude, connection and trust? Engelhart’s foundation in service leads him to sow seeds of sacred commerce, gratitude, and the regeneration of our planet. Below are some of the nuggets from ... Read Full Story

Invitation To Special Dialogue: James O'Dea And Nipun

Mar 04, 2021, 5 smiles Conscious Activism and Active Consciousness A Special Mid-Week Awakin Calls Conversation with James O'Dea and Nipun Mehta Tuesday, March 9th at 11:00AM Pacific (convert timezone) To join, please RSVP here Dear Awakin Calls Friends, We are excited to invite you to participate in a special dialogue with two very unique change-makers. Both James O'Dea and Nipun Mehta have dedicated their lives to service as conscious activists as well as active agents for the awakening of consciousness, and will share life's wisdom and experiences around the heart of service. From front-line activism in violent conflict zones to leading key organizations (Amnesty International, Seva Foundation and the Institute of Noetic Sciences), to authoring several books on sacred activism, James O'Dea offers a unique insight from a life dedicated to conscious activism and service. About twenty years ago, while walking down the street, James saw an artist's humorous depiction of Nipun Mehta on the cover of a ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Don Berwick's Call

Feb 16, 2021, 1 smiles Recently, Pavi and Andrew hosted a beautiful Awakin Call with Don Berwick. For the past 30 years, Donald Berwick has been a leader and innovator in quality improvement in the healthcare system in the United States. A pediatrician by training, a professor at both Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health, and a leading health care official during the Obama Administration, Berwick challenges administrators, policy makers, and doctors to go beyond the standard discussion of systems, strategies, and statistics to something more essential, more human—something he considers moral. The secret to improving quality in medical care, he argues, is love. “Healthcare is more about love than about most other things,” Berwick says. “It’s not just the quality of mercy, it’s the mercy of quality.” He believes no one should be left behind. Among his numerous awards and honors, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005, in recognition ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Peniel Joseph's Call

Jan 28, 2021, 3 smiles We recently had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Peniel Joseph, author and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas-Austin. To most Americans, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. In his latest book, Dr. Peniel Joseph upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the 20th century's most iconic African American leaders, addressing the complex relationship between power and love in the defining American social justice movement of our times. Joseph reveals how both leaders furthered or clarified each other’s message. A scholar-activist, teacher, and leading public voice on race issues, Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin, and has spent much of his career bringing ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Matthew Fox's Call

Jan 26, 2021, 2 comments, 2 smiles We had the privilege of hosting a second Awakin Call with Matthew Fox. Last November, Matthew Fox had a riveting (and too brief) Awakin Call with us on the topic of "Fidelity vs Faith: Bowing to the Heart Over Authority." Matthew is a scholar of mystic spirituality whose theology was systematically singled out and denounced by two successive Popes, only to see a third Pope incorporate it into Church doctrine. Now he returns for a deeper exploration of his powerful views on the divine feminine. His most recent book, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic--and Beyond, is about a female medieval mystic who lived through the plague of the Black Death, drawing out timeless wisdom relevant to our modern COVID-19 era. "A theologian way ahead of her time," he writes, "Julian develops a feminist understanding of God as mother at the heart of nature’s goodness." Below are some of ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Antoinette Klatzky's Call

Dec 12, 2020, 1 comments, 1 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Antoinette Klatzky. When Antoinette Klatzky took a part-time job as a recent college graduate in a retail clothing store, she might not have imagined one day working with the iconic fashion designer, Eileen Fisher, to set strategy for Fisher’s foundation on human rights and climate justice. Nor might she have envisioned that her work with Fisher would lead her to help prepare changemakers around the globe for broader awareness-based systems change. But that’s what Klatzky has done. As the Executive Director of the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, she facilitates empowerment workshops for young women – having previously helped diversify the company’s supply chain for social justice. And as a co-creator with the Presencing Institute, led by Otto Scharmer of MIT, she co-anchors a worldwide community of nearly 13,000 participants engaging in shared inquiry: how can we be of transformational service ... Read Full Story