I'm joining Service Space because ... I am interested in the opportunity to expand and deepen my practices of kindness, mindfulness, and gratitude.
A good day to me is when ... I have made someone smile. :)
My hero in life is ...my parents!
My favorite book is ...The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my health.
Jan 13, 2020, 15 comments, 15 smiles On the first Friday evening of the new year, 7 teens from around Silicon Valley came together for an Awakin circle led by former ServiceSpace interns Vishesh and Priya. We kicked the circle off with 5 minutes of guided meditation, took a break to make some care packages to give out as random acts of kindness (with an origami heart making session led by Maya!), did 10 more minutes of guided meditation, and then did a 'reverse brainstorm' to make a plan for future circles based on the teens' shared desires for what kind of a space they wanted to create for and with each other. And then, of course, we ended the evening by enjoying some delicious homemade snacks!
Apr 27, 2018, 2 comments, 12 smiles In November 2017, I brought my family and roommate to enjoy a meal at Karma Kitchen in Berkeley. As we were waiting for our meal, we played the spin challenge game at the table. I landed on “Give a hug to someone.” My siblings’ eyes lit up, claiming that I could not use it on someone I knew already and that they would be in charge of picking out my ‘victim’. :) As they were surveying the restaurant to decide on who I should surprise with a hug, one of the musically-gifted KK volunteers broke out into song on his guitar. Everyone (servers, dishwashers, plater, guests) joined in, singing and clapping along. One of the chefs even came out and started dancing! At the end of the song, the Maitre d’ thanked the volunteer for performing and the guests for coming. Turns out he had also heard that I had yet to give ... Read Full Story
Jul 23, 2017, 4 comments, 15 smiles Yesterday, our summer interns, along with siblings and friends, gathered at a local park to gift lemonade and smiles. :) Inspired by stories of similar experiments that came before, we all jumped at this opportunity to practice giving unconditionally. :) And on this balmy Saturday afternoon, Shyama streamlined our lemonade-serving process with her Jamba Juice expertise, :) Maya and Isabel created bright, beautiful posters, Sophie and her dad cooked up 60(!) hearty boxes of fried rice to gift to the homeless, Shyama's siblings folded peace cranes, Kozo connected with strangers with his receptive presence, Vishesh orchestrated all the logistics with an enthused heart, and many of our siblings and friends joined in the fun! More reflections coming soon, and in the meantime, here's some photos from the day!
Jul 28, 2014, 8 smiles After yesterday's Karma Kitchen, I was telling my Dad some stories and was excited when he forwarded me a pay-it-forward story in the paper this morning that included anecdotes like this: We were driving home from L.A. on Interstate 5 and stopped at the Starbucks off Laval Road just after the Grapevine. Going through the long drive through queue we get to the window and the cashier says, "The car in front paid for your order. Would you like to pay it forward to the next car?" Thinking that was such a great gesture, we did. Driving home, I wondered how many cars ahead of us that pay-it-forward string started and how many cars behind us did it last. It made the drive on I-5 bearable knowing a good deed was done to you and that you're doing one as well.