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 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

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....

Maya Soetoro-Ng: Pragmatic Peace Studies For Social

Aug 22, 2018, 1 comments, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Maya Soetoro-Ng: Pragmatic Peace Studies For Social ChangeReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that peacebuilding is teachable, and that "fear is at the heart of all of our conflicts and problems. If we can develop courage, moral courage and all kinds of courage, we can heal our community, our country, and our world." Can you recall a time when you overcame fear and built courage in order to resolve conflict in a peaceful way?

Nuggets From Michael Penn's Call

Jul 08, 2018, 1 comments, 10 smiles We had the privilege of hosting a remarkable Awakin Call with Michael Penn this past weekend. Dr. Penn's extraordinary life's journey as well his life's work embody the nature of hope, the theme of the call. Please forgive the extensive notes from the call, but there were just so many wisdom nuggets to savor and capture! By way of background – around the age of twenty-two, a near death experience transformed Dr. Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of sacred texts and the works of the founders of the world’s religions. Today, following a remarkable life's journey growing up in an abandoned school bus to seemingly miraculous and coincidental opportunities, Professor Penn is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College. His research interests and publications include works in the pathogenesis of hope and hopelessness, ... Read Full Story

Michael Penn: The Nature Of Hope

Jul 03, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Michael Penn: The Nature Of HopeReflection questions: What are some conditions and circumstances under which you have experienced hope as well as hopelessness, and what have been the effects of either experience?

Nuggets From Bonnie Rose's Call

Jun 25, 2018, 11 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting our weekly Awakin Call with Bonnie Rose. As a former registered nurse, actress, and opera singer, Bonnie Rose's career trajectory has been anything but run-of-the-mill, but through it all her life's purpose has stayed constant. Bonnie lives through love: being love, sharing love, and serving love. Currently the Senior Minister at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, Bonnie has dedicated herself to a ministry with roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s, believing "that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order." It honors all the world’s great spiritual teachings and all paths to God -- "whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence." She and her congregation believe that through study and spiritual practice, each of us can come to understand our oneness with this in-dwelling Divine Presence, because all people, places, and things emanate from ... Read Full Story

Bonnie Rose: The Power Of Sacred Irreverence

Jun 20, 2018, 5 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Bonnie Rose: The Power Of Sacred IrreverenceReflection questions: How has connecting with the sacred enabled you to overcome doubts and fears that arise in your life? How has sharing your stories of such experiences helped to instill courage and kindness in those you meet?

Nuggets From Awakin Call -- Rick Brooks

Mar 18, 2018, 1 comments, 7 smiles I had the pleasure of hosting this weekend's Awakin call with Rick Brooks, who was in conversation with expert moderator Aryae! Rick Brooks is a dedicated community builder who has initiated numerous community-based projects and experiments, including co-founding the Little Free Library project, a movement that has spawned 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all U.S. states and over 80 countries around the world over the last six years or so. He has also been involved in time-banking efforts in the US, among many other community-based projects. A few nuggets from our call: • Rick shared how he met Todd Bol, who had a little box of free books in his yard, and immediately foresaw (with Todd) the power of this simple action to spark neighborliness, generosity and sharing. Rick and Todd went on to establish Free Little Libraries, a movement that has spawned more than 60,000 officially registered free little libraries ... Read Full Story

Rick Brooks: Building Community With Free Little

Mar 14, 2018, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Rick Brooks: Building Community With Free Little LibrariesReflection questions: Our guest this week started a global movement to create simple gift-based book exchanges in localities throughout the world, on the view that community is built when we share with others that what gives us meaning and a sense of belonging, and that what matters to us. Have you ever had the experience of building relationship with a stranger based on common reading material or shared objects of meaning?

Nuggets From Awakin Call -- Patrick Cook-Deegan

Feb 22, 2018, 3 comments, 11 smiles I had the pleasure of hosting last week's insightful Awakin Call with Patrick Cook-Deegan, expertly moderated by Aryae! Patrick is an educator, speaker, and wilderness guide focused on helping young people live more meaningful lives. At Stanford’s Design School, Patrick launched and now independently directs Project Wayfinder, which seeks to inspire our next generation to become intentional meaning-makers empowered to contribute to the world around them. Project Wayfinder works with high schools, offering kits and educator workshops to help equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become purposeful navigators of their lives and the world. It also offers summer institutes at leading universities for high school educators, to equip them to lead students on the Wayfinder Journey and reflect on their own paths as wayfinders. The term “wayfinding” comes from an ancient, natural system of navigation used by Polynesians to voyage thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. Patrick also ... Read Full Story

Patrick Cook-Deegan: Re-Imagining High School

Feb 14, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Patrick Cook-Deegan: Re-Imagining High School Reflection questions: What would our education system look like if it focused on helping students develop purpose, a healthy sense of self, and a vision for their lives? Our guest this week believes that we have been conditioned by the rewards of our educational system to aim for "compliance and blind drive over purpose and self-actualization." How do you distinguish purpose from drive?