I'm joining Service Space because ... I have received so much in life and I would like to serve others.
A good day to me is when ... I can actually connect with someone and help
My hero in life is ...Scientists and Dreamers-people who believe that men are capable of anything they set their mind to
My favorite book is ...The 40 Rules of Love
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my sister and daughters
Jun 20, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, Cynthia Li and I had the privilege of hosting an incredibly inspiring and illuminating Awakin Call with Shay Beider. Shay Beider had a moment of clarity while still a pre-med college student at UCLA. Shadowing doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and watching a girl tremble with fear before surgery, she suddenly awakened: “It doesn’t have to look like this.” Shay realized she could serve children and their families with something she’d already been delivering—healing touch. To put herself through college, Beider had been working as a massage therapist. Why not bring gentle, caring touch directly into healthcare? Beider would eventually create a new therapeutic approach called Integrative Touch Therapy -- providing hands-on therapies for kids, as well as supporting families and communities at little or no cost to the families. Since its founding in 2005, her organization has become a leader in pediatric integrative medicine. The future of healthcare, ... Read Full Story
Jun 16, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shay Beider: What Critically Ill Children Can Teach UsReflection questions: In what ways have you been able to meet suffering with love? How has touch played a part in your healing journey?
Jun 23, 2020, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Selfless Service (Seva). Seva is a Sanskrit word that refers to performing "selfless service," work which is done without any expectation of reward for personal gain. It is a voluntary act of compassion and care for others' well-being above oneself. In this weeks' stories, we hear from people who are holding the heart of Seva, individually in their day-to-day lives or practicing it deeply within a community. --Guri
Jun 16, 2020, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Transformative Transitions. A few transitions in our lives are apparent, like graduations, starting a new career, or a relationship, whereas -- most are not. Every event, every occurrence, every challenge is a natural transition. We are summoned to be present, take stock of our lives, and consciously move forward with full integrity. We must decide, not merely what we are leaving behind, but what we are inviting in. --Guri
Jun 09, 2020, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Bold Hope. It feels different this time. There has always been injustice, and yet our collective response feels more widespread and urgent this time. But is it different? Yes, if we allow ourselves to transform and if we each commit to seeing and confronting injustice immediately around us. We co-create our future, and we are the ones who help bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice. - Ameeta
Jun 02, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: We Shall Overcome. People have been through a lot these past few months, and this has been an especially heart-wrenching week in the US. We are being called to be present to what is happening around us and do every bit that we can to help build bridges. As Jana Stanfield, so simply and yet profoundly, points out, "I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do." --Guri
May 19, 2020 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Beyond Perfection. Human beings are capable of great feats, incredible ways of contributing to our families, and communities. And yet at the same time, we can also be really messy, and bump up against each other's shortcomings. Our lofty ideals of perfection about ourselves and of others may be setting us up for failure. Perhaps it is not so much perfection that we should aim for, but simply just compassion. --Guri
May 12, 2020, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Indra's Net. Within the Buddhist/Hindu philosophies, there is a concept known as the Indra's net. Imagine a spider's web on a winter morning, covered with dewdrops, each drop containing the reflection of all others, and interconnected with the whole. A metaphor for the universe revealing that anything that we do to one part affects the whole web. This week's stories kick off virtuous ripples to that web. -Guri
May 05, 2020, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Of Life And Death. We lost one of our own members recently. Known by the alias, Leolady, Carole was a beautiful spirit, a devoted tutor to her students, many of whom stayed in touch long after their classes were over. Although she suffered from chronic pain these past few months, Carole never stopped showing kindness to others to the very end. This newsletter is dedicated to Carole. She will be dearly missed. -Guri
Apr 28, 2020, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: SUPERHERO. Regardless of their size, age, color, or whether they wear a cape, we can all agree that a Superhero is someone who uses their power to do good in the world. In these unprecedented times, people are making extraordinarily heroic efforts to help others. The stories below and the music video celebrate these heroes. On this National Superhero Day, take time today to reflect on your heroes. --Guri