About Me  

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.

Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics?

Jul 13, 2017, 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?

Breaking Up A Fight Between My Two Sons

Mar 10, 2017, 4 comments, 17 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

Full Circle

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

From Stands With Fists To Dances With Wolves

Sep 16, 2016, 11 comments, 34 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

A Most Wonderful Gem :)

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.

Playing Catch With Jet -- And Myself

Apr 21, 2016, 4 comments, 24 smiles [Story I shared last night at the Santa Clara Awakin Circle.] Thank you for those lovely stories on relationships. I'm going to offer a story from the other end -- as a father. Just today, I was playing catch with my son, Jett. I hate baseball but he loves it and it became apparent why. I was playing catch with him, as he's learning to catch. Every time he tries to catch the ball, he steps out of the way so that if he misses, the ball won't hit him. So I told him: "Jett, you got to stay in front the ball. You're missing the ball because you're so afraid it's going to hit you." He's like, "Why? I can catch this way." "Yeah, but it's not efficient. You can even watch the pros and they don't catch like that," I said. He protests, "Why? Why? Why?" And at one point, I'm ... Read Full Story

Pay-It-Forward Healing

Mar 06, 2016, 6 comments, 35 smiles As some of you know, in July of 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colorectal Cancer. I got this diagnosis right in the middle of the Laddership Program I was taking. The timing of these events highlighted that the uncertainty and fear I had about embracing gift ecology paralleled similar fears and doubts about alternative healing modalities. Transaction economies promise you “guaranteed results and payments” in the same way that allopathic medicine offers prognosis with 89% survival rates. Stepping outside the traditional ways of living/making a living offered an opportunity to strengthen my faith in a universal good or divinity that doesn’t always look the way I think it should. Almost 8 months later, I have directly experienced how healing (as well as other forms of capital) embraces us in the most intimate and nurturing ways when we choose the path of natural healing and/or gift ecology. I have so ... Read Full Story

Gross Domestic Problem-solving With Lorenzo Fioramonti

Jan 30, 2016, 7 smiles Like most average Americans, I’ve always thought of GDP as a measure of success: The higher our Gross Domestic Production the better our country was doing. After this week’s Awakin Call with Lorenzo Fioramonti, I’ve realized that not only did I misunderstand GDP, but also this misunderstanding had huge political consequences that affected millions of lives globally. Lorenzo Fioramonti is a professor of political economy in South Africa where he directs the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation. His research interests range from alternative economic paradigms to the governance of the commons to global political innovations with its new forms of supernational regionalism. He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. He's involved with the European Union, does a lot of work around well-being economics, and has ... Read Full Story


Jan 20, 2016, 12 smiles Meditating with Dis-Ease. | elephant journal What I have learned is that living with cancer is like a meditation that lasts the whole waking day. In this sense, cancer is an opportunity and gift to awaken

A Lifetime Of Blessing: Pierre Pradervand

Jan 19, 2016, 1 comments, 10 smiles Pierre Pradervand is someone who has devoted his whole life to blessing. His website gentleartofblessing.org includes blog entries, videos, testimonials, audio blessings, spiritual texts, and blessing circles. He is also the author of The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World. On the last Awakin Call with Pierre Pradervand, we were able to glimpse just how deep Pierre’s life-long dedication to blessing goes. Serving the World, Not the Self Early on in Pierre’s life, he had a sense of service and what his role on this planet was. Growing up in England during World War II, Pierre received the blessings of love and compassion for others from his grandmother. After he finished college in Switzerland, he spent an entire year working in the slums of Marseille. When the U.N. offered him a lifetime contract with a salary twice the Geneva average, two months vacation per year, access ... Read Full Story