I'm joining Service Space because ... I feel the call. I love what Service Space is doing with pay it forward ecology.
A good day to me is when ... I stay in Light.
My hero in life is ...My Hawaiian Grandfather
My favorite book is ...Anna, Grandmother of Jesus
One thing I'm grateful for is ... being a father.
Dec 25, 2017, 3 comments, 13 smiles Dear Service Space Community, On this holy day, I can't help but think that I might not be here today if it weren't for all the blessings and support I received from this ecosphere. I can never pay back the kindness I received during my healing journey, but I will continue to try and pay it forward. On that note, I would like to offer anyone and everyone a copy of the book I just published about the healing grace of cancer. Please share this link with anyone who might be served by this humble offering. Click here for a free copy. The book will be free for the next five days starting on Christmas. Thank you all for all you have done visibly and invisibly for me and my family these past few years. I love you all. With Aloha, Makala Kozo Hattori
Dec 06, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sharyle Patton: Understanding Our Chemical BurdenReflection questions: Our guest this week helps spread awareness about the toxic chemicals in our communities' landscapes -- chemicals that make their way into our bodies. What tools (inner and outer) do you have to be aware of the exchange of particles inside and outside of our bodies, and to address the toxicity within yourself?
Nov 28, 2017, 2 comments, 24 smiles After four years, I'm still in awe of ServiceSpace. Not casual, leisure-time awe, but jaw-to-the-floor, rock-your-world awe. This weekend, my son, Jett, and I went to Karma Kitchen. Jett loves Karma Kitchen even though it is an hour drive each way on a Sunday when he could be playing video games. I have a feeling that he thrives off the energy and smiles, but he also really likes the food. :) After making the rounds of hugs from Joserra, Richard, Audrey, Fab, Sangeeta, Maya, and so many others, we sat down to eat. Samantha, our server, was so calm and smooth that it settled Jett down when he was starving. While stuffing himself with buttered naan, Jett asked, "Dad, does this restaurant serves the same food when it is not Karma Kitchen and charge for it?" "Yes, son, it is called Taste of the Himalayans," I replied. "How much does it cost to eat ... Read Full Story
Nov 01, 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness--Being More CompassionateReflection questions: Our guest this week has researched and written extensively on how to turn passing experiences into a resilient happiness hardwired into your brain. What techniques or practices have you utilized to hardwire your brain for happiness?
Sep 07, 2017, 8 comments, 38 smiles Last night at Awakin Circle Santa Clara, the Awakin Reading was a poem by Parag Shah for his sister. I don't have any sisters, but the first person who came to mind was Pavi. Pavi is my sister because she treats me like a brother--looking out for me, checking in on me, sending me prayers and blessings, and sharing sympathic joy or compassion with what I am experiencing. Then I realized I had other sisters. Guri is my older sister. She is firm in her insistence that I take care of myself. Trishna called me from London when I was having a real tough time in Hawaii during my illness. It was like we suddenly became family. Audrey is like a cute younger sister. She brings so much joy into our family. It felt wonderful to think about all the sisters that I now have even though I come from a family ... Read Full Story
Jul 13, 2017, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics?Reflection questions: Our guest this week believes that mainstream economics is founded on the misguided notion that more consumption is better, and that more and more material wealth leads to well-being in all circumstances. What are the most salient factors contributing to your personal well-being?
Mar 10, 2017, 5 comments, 19 smiles [Below was my opening for last Wednesday's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara.] I'm just amazed at the timing of these Awakin Readings for me. Just the other week, I had a similar experience of encountering aggression. I walked into my son's room and my older son had hit (or poked or something) my younger son and my younger son was screaming and crying. I ran in there, held my younger son and I yelled at my older son, "What are you doing? How many times did I tell you you don't hit people?" He was like, "He was antagonizing me." (He's got all these fancy vocabulary words for the ways people torture him.) I said, "No matter what he did, you can't hit him!" I was almost in a fighter mode, ready to hit him myself. I didn't do that, but I had that energy like, "You do that again and you're ... Read Full Story
Feb 13, 2017, 6 comments, 30 smiles After a month of recovering from surgery, I felt strong enough to attend a ServiceSpace event, so 9 year old Jett and I attended the Valentine's Card volunteer event hosted by Kindful Kids editors Brinda and Kinjal. Brinda will post more about the event, but I wanted to share one of those magical, serendipitous events that happens so often with ServiceSpace. When we got to Kinjal's beautiful home, a bright spirited woman smiled warmly at me and said, "I'm so glad to see you again. I attended one of your Raising Compassionate Boys talks a few years ago. I'm so happy you connected with ServiceSpace." It turns out this woman, named Linda, was the one who told me about Awakin Wednesdays over 2 years ago. After giving a talk at a local school, I sat down in the auditorium because the school was having a meeting after the talk. I just happened to sit ... Read Full Story
Sep 16, 2016, 11 comments, 35 smiles In a conversation this morning, my dear soul sister, Pavi, pointed out to me a deep transition that is happening on my healing journey. Sensing how I seem to be less aversive to allopathic treatment than I was a year ago, she shared a beautiful quote about the difference between “taking a stance” and holding sacred ground. Taking a stance involves an other with whom we are in opposition or conflict, while holding sacred ground is more inclusive. Everyone can hold their sacred ground without stepping on anyone else’s toes. This really resonated with me because I have been sensing a sea change in how I show up in the world. For three quarters of my life, I have been like the character in the film Dances with Wolves whose Lakota name translates to “Stands with Fists." As many of you can attest (Mom), ever since I was young, I stood with fists ... Read Full Story
Jun 10, 2016, 12 smiles We recently go this email, which by itself was heartwarming to know that people enjoy our rich Awakin Call archives ... Today, was the first that I learned of Awakin.org and listened to my first Awakin call (pre-recording). The Awakin call was held on May 14th, 2016 titled 'Ripples of Reverence'. In the call, the call host read a story of a lady who was greeted by 4 sound birds while receiving an epidural in her neck. Would it be possible to send me a copy of this story? It really moved me. Blessings and peace to you, Carrie We, of course, responded with a link to the story. And then came her sweet reply ... Awakin.org is the most wonderful gem that I have discovered in a very long time. I plan to be a life-long member practicing and sharing what I learn with those I meet. Thank you, you are a true blessing to me.