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 perhaps
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Becoming conscious
Mar 28, 2020, 1 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
Mar 22, 2020, 14 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
Feb 24, 2020, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting a truly beautiful Awakin Call with Gert van Leeuwen, moderated by Pavi -- full of wisdom and insights about the body, the release of tension, and moving from strain to strength from this master teacher who founded a unique style of yoga – one in alignment with what he saw to be yoga’s true principles, and based on a rigorous, multi-decade long study of anatomy, movement principles and psychology that continues to this day. As a young man he trained for a decade in the Indian classical dance form. As an adult he studied yoga, and ran a studio of his own. Until one day he decided to put aside every shred of training he had received to observe his students in silence, and see what arose …it was a radical decision, and for Gert van Leeuwen, it led him to found Critical ... Read Full Story
Feb 19, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Gert Van Leeuwen: Moving From Strength Instead Of StrainReflection questions: Our guest this week has pioneered a mind-body approach that invites confrontation with the deepest layers of tension in the body. Practitioners learn to systematically observe and transform these patterns of tension through a process that releases habitual willpower from movement. What approaches have you found helpful in interfacing with, and transforming, the pain of deep-seated patterns in your own life?
Dec 29, 2019, 6 smiles Last Saturday, Pavi and I had the privilege of hosting an absolutely beautiful Awakin Call with Sue Cochrane. Sue Cochrane served as a judge on the Family Court Bench in Minneapolis for 18 years, pioneering a new model on her cases to transform the structure and practice of Family Court into a holistic, empowering, client-centered model. She has worked with leaders from around the world on innovative ways to incorporate love, forgiveness and compassion into the contentious divorce process, both in and out of the courts. Growing up, Sue experienced firsthand many of the same challenges her clients faced: poverty, violence, addiction, divorce and sexual abuse. Through exposure to the Japanese art of Kintsugi, Sue came to embrace the imperfections, suffering and pain of the early part of her life. Sue’s childhood experiences inspired her to use her law degree and the court to bring compassion, dignity and empowerment to families ... Read Full Story
Dec 25, 2019, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sue Cochrane: Embracing Imperfections: Compassion In CourtsReflection questions: Our guest this week is a retired family court judge who learned to embrace the imperfections of her childhood and life through exposure to the Japanese art of Kintsugi, and has used her career and platform to champion a more compassionate model for family courts. How are your life's imperfections a precious part of your story and vision?
Nov 29, 2019, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jude Currivan. What follows is a very extensive summary of some of her shared words of wisdom, but words on a page cannot begin to capture the sheer delight and warmth of her being; please do give the call a listen to tap into some of Jude's lively and loving energy, which was so skillfully drawn out by our wonderful moderator Andy Smallman ((kindness warrior and past Awakin call guest). Dr. Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, futurist and healer. After a corporate career culminating in the mid-1990s as one of the most senior business women in the UK, she chose to pursue a calling to serve the emergence of a global shift of awareness. With a masters' degree in quantum physics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in archaeology and ancient cosmologies, she has researched the physical science of ... Read Full Story
Nov 22, 2019, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last week, we had the privilege of hosting a beautiful and inspiring Awakin Call with David Bonbright. As a professional grantmaker and manager with some of the world's leading foundations, David Bonbright sought innovative approaches to strengthening citizen self-organization in place of prevailing bureaucratic, top-down models. While with the Ford Foundation, David was declared persona non grata by the apartheid government in South Africa for helping fund the liberation struggle. In 1990, in the final years of that struggle, he entrepreneured the development of some key building block organizations for civil society in the new South Africa. He then founded and now runs an international nonprofit dedicated to bringing constituent feedback to social change practice. He had an unexpected invitation to speak with Nelson Mandela, who reinforced that development aid and philanthropy run aground because those on the receiving end have no say in it, and that "in social change, as ... Read Full Story
Nov 20, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jude Currivan: In Flow With The UniverseReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that synchronicities are the "way-showers" when we are in attunement with the highest flow of the universe, and that we are to show up and get out of the way of the universe's evolutionary impulse. When has a synchronicity revealed to you a deeper flow?
Nov 06, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'David Bonbright: Sustainable Social Change And PhilanthropyReflection questions: Can you recall a time when, in order to become an "effective giver", you engaged in the slow work of deep listening and relationship-building with the receiver? How did the focus on relationship transform the interaction and the intervention?