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.
Jul 21, 2019, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Wendy Palmer. Wendy Palmer is a leadership coach who teaches how to become more connected with one’s strength, dignity, and warmth in order to be more “noble, awesome and shiny.” She uses the principles from Aikido and mindfulness to offer simple tools to increase leadership capacity. Wendy holds a sixth-degree black belt in Aikido and has practiced mindfulness for more than 45 years. Aikido is a non-violent Japanese martial art which incorporates the philosophy of "extending love and compassion especially to those who seek to harm others." When she first saw the movements of Aikido, Wendy “felt a sense of coming home – a returning – like waking up and remembering the part of myself that hungers for essential contact with the universe.” Wendy had grown up around horses and Aikido has a similar way of working with intensity and ... Read Full Story
Jul 14, 2019, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Kevin Adler. Kevin F. Adler is a successful technology and social entrepreneur who is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit working to end homelessness by rebuilding social support systems by reconnecting homeless people with their loved ones. Miracle Messages evolved when Adler heard from one homeless person: “I never realized I was homeless when I lost my housing, only when I lost my family and friends who supported me.” Adler says “relational brokenness is at the heart of homelessness: social disconnection is part of the experience. Along with this come feelings of shame, embarrassment, self-loathing, and uncertainty. A lack of reliable access to the internet and digital illiteracy combined with these emotional barriers keep many homeless individuals further isolated from their potential support systems.” Through tenacity and technology, compassion and community, Adler is showing us that everyone ... Read Full Story
Jul 10, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Kevin Adler: Rebuilding Social Support Systems For HomelessReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that relational brokenness, isolation and social disconnection, rather than merely the loss of housing, are at the heart of homelessness and many other afflictions. He uses stories to help us see that everyone is "someone's somebody." How do you stay genuinely connected with all portions of your friends and family, even those of different means?
May 16, 2019, 4 comments, 22 smiles Yesterday, 9 year old Fox asked, "Dad, when are we going to get hugged by that Indian woman again?" "Oh, Amma, we can go this summer," I replied. "How old is she, Dad?" Fox asked. "She must be 78 or 80," I said. "Whose going to hug everyone when she dies?" asked Fox. This made me think about our dear friend Pancho who is on his pilgrimage for one earth family. Our dear undocumented love warrior is walking towards what some have designated as the border to show support for all who seek refuge. When I told a friend about Pancho's pilgrimage, he asked, "Isn't that dangerous to walk toward the border if you are undocumented?" Pondering the absence of Amma, I began to worry about "whose going to do Pancho if Pancho isn't around?" Then I realized that my fears were ego-based. Pancho will always do Pancho wherever the road takes him. I just ... Read Full Story
Mar 16, 2019, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Tsering Gellek. Tsering Gellek works to preserve sacred Buddhist art, artifacts and culture throughout Asia in order to promote human dignity, tolerance and global engagement. She is director of the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute founded by her father, Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. She is a self-proclaimed bridge builder between cultures and time periods. From her first major projects directing the installation of large peace bells at the most significant Buddhist holy sites throughout India and Nepal, to being the first female director to lead the renovation of Nepal’s oldest monument, the Swayambhu Stupa, to her current role developing programs with universities and centers of learning around the world, and to harness the power of sharing between the East and the West, Tsering investigates how the past can “support the possibility of adapting to the present moment, and more ... Read Full Story
Mar 13, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Tsering Gellek: Preserving Sacred Culture & Building BridgesReflection questions: Our guest this week has focused her work on striking the delicate balance between conservation of historic sites and honoring them as places of worship, or what is known as ‘living monuments’” -- unique places where the visitor gains positive qualities towards enlightenment. In which places do you believe you have gained spiritual growth and that hold special qualities?
Nov 04, 2018, 6 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jessica Roach. Jessica Roach is the Co-founder of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT), a nonprofit providing community-based maternal-child health and birthing support in Columbus, Ohio. Roach's family stories reflect the communal birthing tradition that's rooted deeply in black history. Her great-grandmother was a healer who assisted local women in childbirth in an area of Irondale, Ohio, before women of color were admitted to hospitals. Roach came to appreciate the vital role her great-grandmother played in supporting the community only later -- after Jessica had her own varied experiences with childbirth, became a nurse, and embraced similar healing practices. ROOTT, a Black women-led reproductive justice organization, offers affordable doula services, healthcare provider trainings, and consultation to meet their clients' environmental stresses and to address the staggering infant mortality rates in the African American community. We'll post the transcript of the call ... Read Full Story
Oct 31, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jessica Roach: Midwifing A New Reality For Black MothersReflection questions: What new realities are you helping birth in your own life and in the life of your community?
Jan 24, 2018, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Clare Dubois: Toward A Nature-Based Feminine ConsciousnessReflection questions: What does feminine consciousness mean to you, and how can tapping into feminine energy help address planetary crises?