I'm joining Service Space because ... I want to learn and grow and align myself with the love and soulforce of the world...
A good day to me is when ... I meet someone new and connect with them.
My hero in life is ...my mom and dad
My favorite book is ...Winnie the Pooh
One thing I'm grateful for is ... all the children in the world
Jan 14, 2019, 6 smiles For 3 hours every week, students in my daughter's public elementary school leave their homeroom classroom to be with students across all grade levels and explore different art themes in small groups. They call this time Arts Focus. Themes include kinetic art, weaving, sewing, photography, drawing, sewing, painting, paper, global beats, 3D art, art and tech among other themes. The whole program is taught by parent volunteers and some themes stay the same and some change every year. Parents commit to teaching a course based on previous curriculum and their particular passions and skill levels. Every year the themes change depending on parents skills and passions. This year there was a parent who is a playwright, so they added a performance and art class. This focus on art keeps the parents and students alive, while teachers get a chance to plan. There is a buzz in the air when arts focus ... Read Full Story
Dec 03, 2018, 1 comments, 9 smiles Awww yay!!!!! Last weekend, my dear friend Ritu suggested we figure out some way to make the holidays about service again. I was touched by her reaching out to other moms like this. We discussed how so many feel helpless about the world, but by doing something tangible with the kids that we could help ease some of the pain of this helplessness. So Ritu had a great idea to meet with our kids and fill bags of food to donate to a food pantry. I added to this idea and suggested we also make a kindness calendar for the month of December--an idea I saw on the internet. We held a circle for our kids and attempted to do these two activities. The adults had great intentions. :) I decided that we should hold a circle, as I often do when I find myself upon a group of kids. To my surprise, (since they ... Read Full Story
Sep 10, 2018, 6 smiles I shared this poem I wrote to a new friend who held what I shared so lovingly, and encouraged me to share. This summer I had a love affair with Rabrindhra Tagore's writings and poetry. One evening I wrote this poem to help me capture my vision for learning & education and synthesize so many of the themes I learned through his work. This poem helped me capture the magic I imagine true education to be about. Thank you for reading :) I believe in a spiritual world. We are born into a world where we are already in harmony with it. Children are lovers of stardust. They thirst for sunlight as flowers do. It is where instinct is born. In trees. In nature. Where the sunset and sunrise and the silent glory of the stars are not ignored. The teacher and student are both in study of the eternal life. They eat food together. They learn ... Read Full Story
Mar 20, 2018, 6 smiles Yesterday was a beautiful day of painting in the park with children. It begin with a day off for my daughter, some large canvas, paint, and tarp set up on the green space in front of our house. Some beloved neighborhood children came by and saw what me and my daughter were doing. We realized we only had one large canvas, and my daughter without thinking twice invited the older two girls to paint with her. (how beautiful to witness this moment to share!) I made a request that we do this in silence so we could connect with the artwork that was emerging with us. They were intrigued and ready to try it out. I played some nice music for us. This was the only condition set for the day. The children figured out quickly they would have to collaborate without words through the colors of the art. I immediately felt so relaxed. I ... Read Full Story
Mar 16, 2018, 5 smiles This is part 2 of my story meeting Joshua as I wrote about in Revolutionary Amongst at Kindness in the Park . We see our brother Joshua again at Kindness in the Park the following week! What a joy to see him! As we stand chatting, we stare at my youngest daughter playing freely by the tree. She is looking up at the sky. She is making funny expressions and practicing difference stances and walks. We were both looking at her while we were talking and catching up and laughing. I was telling him a bit about my family and he was telling me about his. As we Indians and Africans both do, it was important for us to talk about our family history. It is important, he says, to tell me about the meaning of his name and all the names of his children and parents. They all have meaning. He said ... Read Full Story
Feb 19, 2018, 10 comments, 8 smiles He came walking toward us. I said “Here. Please take a flower.” He said “oh wow. I will, but I have nothing to give back.” We said that is ok. There is no agenda here. It is kindness in the park. My sister Marie holds space like this regularly in the park. We call it Disruptive Kindness. He said he comes from South Africa. He had lived in the US for many years, but then he went back to his home in South Africa. He is now back in the United States just for a few days to finish up some work. He has no place to sleep, he said casually and with a big smile on his face. He said he is facing some hard times. Again that smile. He said: “Challenges are opportunities upside down, right?” You really made my day, he said. His smile got bigger. He said he would tell his family back home ... Read Full Story
Jan 30, 2018, 3 comments, 8 smiles I woke up this morning feeling the world feels different today. We had our first Soulforce young adult leadership retreat this weekend. The first thought I had this morning was: “This weekend was truth!” When I woke up this morning, I felt so honored and privilege to have served these young leaders. So grateful. I also found myself having more compassion to myself and my family and even to strangers. I felt a shift in myself. This weekend we trained leaders in our community to create change in the world drawing from the deepest individual and collective wisdom they had. We called the retreat: Breathe, Connect, & Disrupt. It was about nonviolent resistance through self-transformation. It’s hard to find the words to describe how I feel right now, but I felt I must write it down so I don’t forget. I feel love flowing from my heart. I fell in love with these youth ... Read Full Story
Jan 17, 2018, 2 comments, 5 smiles It was a beautiful morning of hiking and playing at the park with my family. My cousin and her family joined us and there was a big group of us. We decided to go to Whole Foods for lunch. It was nearby and kids were starving. As my family and I were getting settled and getting our food at Whole Foods, my son started singing jingle bells. He was being a 4-year old and entertaining himself. In the corner of my eye I saw an elderly white woman. She looked like a grandmother. Very professionally dressed. Many times grandmothers approach us to give love to the children. I immediately felt open and warm to her and gave her a smile. She slowly came up to me and said: "Does your son know the song Make America Great Again?" You know when you don't understand what someone said, and you awkwardly laugh....well I did that. ... Read Full Story
Dec 22, 2017, 4 smiles We set ourselves on a mission that morning to go for a group hike on our last day in Hawaii together. Our group consisted of my 1-year old baby daughter, our parents, my husband and and our other two children. We were a big group of all generations! Our mission: see a waterfall. Be together. When we realized the hike was up a mountain and it was rainy and cold, I offered to stay back with the baby. I was skeptical, but my husband kindly offered to pick up the baby and hike. Everyone said let's all try together. One step at a time. Let's see. Up we walked together. The rain continued to fall. When we walked a little way, our first view of the mountains and trees took our breath away. Lush foliage. Overlapping tree branches. The sound of rain. Streaming water. So much greenery. Wow this must be what nirvana feels ... Read Full Story
Nov 18, 2017, 1 comments, 5 smiles A Thanksgiving Wish: We brush history under the rug. We celebrate death. We don't acknowledge the death. It becomes about buying stuff and sales. We eat turkey but don't know why. We don't know the turkey. We don't see his eyes. We don't say thank you. We meet with family, play football, and celebrate. We need this. Yet it is so little. But we need a break. We call people pilgrims and Indians. False names. We don't know why. Thanksgiving. A time of thanks. Deep thanks. For the sacrifice, the lives lost. For the time with each other. For the break. God give us a break. We find gratitude in our hearts. Deep gratitude for each other. For all we have. Time off. Desperate need for time off. Many people have time off. God give us a break Thanksgiving could be about reconciliation. A promise not realized. To Forgive someone. Which we still haven't done. A time to admit the tragedies, listen to the pain, ask for forgiveness and move forward together. A deep sigh of relief to admit it. not in shame. But in truth. massacres upon massacres. And move ... Read Full Story