About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... to bring my meditation practice outward into the world :-)

A good day to me is when ... HUGS

My hero in life is ...PANCHO

My favorite book is ...The Alchemist

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Today, I feel really grateful for my friends in life.

Stories From Spain: Emergination

Oct 22, 2018, 1 comments, 14 smiles For the past two weeks, I’ve been in Burgos, Spain. A place where 40,000 pilgrims walk through for the Camino de Santiago. It’s been blue skies and sunshine. But today, sitting in the living room of Casa del BienEstar, I’m surprised to see little rocks of ice are falling from the sky. I’m here in Spain because I’m looking for a place to continue in deep retreat, and dear noble friend Joserra said there could be the possibility of holding space for silence here in the expanding field of Burgos. Bloom Where You Are Planted Nimo was here a week ago sharing his music with the Spanish community. A painted quote he gave as a gift to Joserra reads, “Bloom where you are planted.” This is exactly what Joserra and many of the Spanish volunteers anchoring the field here have been doing in Burgos - Miki, David, Arianna, Quique, Pablo and Sabine to ... Read Full Story

Self-Trust In An Uncertain World

May 30, 2017, 9 comments, 10 smiles As I sit to write this blogpost with the help of a very good listener - an mp3 recording, I remember the examples of ladders like Audrey, Nipun and Trishna with their uncanny listening abilities and how blown away I've been by their follow-up emails or posts. This reminded me of a passage Zilong shared recently from Joanna Macy: ---- Joanna listened to me patiently and when I finished she put her fork down on the table decisively, looking straight at me with a hint of frustration, and said, “Yuka, you don’t have to be smarter than everybody. You don’t have to know all the answers. They already have their answers. What you have to do is to be loved by them.” “Be loved? How?” I asked, puzzled. “You are loved not because you are smart or whatever. People love you because they feel they can tell you the truth. That’s what you have ... Read Full Story

ServiceSpace Update: Becoming A Full-Time Volunteer

Dec 06, 2016, 6 comments, 14 smiles Dear friends, It has been a few months since volunteering on the June Laddership Circle and over a year now since my first encounter with ServiceSpace. Several things have unfolded but my intention remains the same. I’d like to share some stories and learnings over the past few months. Becoming a Full-Time Volunteer In the Laddership Circles I mentioned wanting to become a full-time volunteer. I wanted to live within a gift ecology because this way of living felt more in alignment with how reality actually is. And the more in aligned with reality I felt, the greater the harmony I felt with everything. The more serendipity and magic seemed to flow through my life. Walking with my friend David around London one day, we spoke about impermanence and reality. We were in Canary Wharf where the big banks have their headquarters. He gestured to the skyscrapers surrounding us and said, “Even these buildings ... Read Full Story

Week 6: The Many Edges Of Community

Jul 23, 2016, 4 comments, 11 smiles Going waaaaay over the scheduled 90 minute call, our sixth and final week of the Laddership AM Circle on the theme of Community has come and gone. With Bill dressing up as a rapper, and Nipun as our bald monk, we begin the call with an extra long minute of silence. As ever, our opening batsman, John, kicks us off. In London this week he tried “being a little bit more mischievous than I already am… One of the things I like to do is just talk to people and watch how uncomfortable they become.” During one mischievous adventure on the underground, John saw a man try to dive his hand into a lady’s handbag. He stopped him subtly and then engaged in a conversation with him. In his reflections he writes, “"As my stop came up, I wished him well and handed him one of my spare oyster cards which had ... Read Full Story

Week 5: Scaling And Ripples

Jul 12, 2016, 1 comments, 11 smiles Week 5 already! And another round of super rich sharing on the theme of Scaling and Ripples. Audrey offered us these seed questions to start out the first round of sharing. Can you think of a experience where you witnessed someone do an act where they'll never be around to see the fruits of? What is a question you are holding about scaling or ripples? What practice did you try this week? Our opening batsman John this week tried to be even more understanding, especially over his social media platforms. After sharing some thoughts about the negativity from the recent shootings in the US, one person felt angry at what he said and completely disagreed. He practiced making sure this person felt heard, and this person ended up opening up to John. He had been a retired police officer and was involved in a shooting in 1998 where a young African man was killed. ... Read Full Story

He Who Dies With The Most Toys, Still Dies, Week 4

Jul 07, 2016, 5 comments, 15 smiles Super rich shares on this week’s Laddership call on the theme of Wealth and Money. Audrey kicked us off with seed questions for the first round of sharing: How was this week’s practicing of converting one form of wealth to another? What questions emerged from the theme of the week? What are examples of multiple forms of capital that you encountered this week? John, our opening batsman started off with a very genuine share on his relationship with money. “I get so frustrated by money because it just complicates so much of what I want to do and where I want to go... People are always saying to me, "John if you don't value yourself nobody else will value you." But i don't feel valued when I get money, I feel valued when I look someone in the eye and realise that I've impacted them.” Coupled with needing to provide for his wife and ... Read Full Story

Week 2: Designing For Collective Transformation

Jun 23, 2016, 5 comments, 10 smiles This week’s Laddership Circle theme is "Inner Transformation", and with the seed question of, “What is one small way you pushed your edge this week?” We began making our way round the global circle, laddership-style. Diving deeper within, John shared about spending more time meditating this week. He noted how challenging he found it, but also how tremendously grounding and peaceful he feels after doing it. Joserra shared his practice of stillness in action. During the last Karma Kitchen Burgos he reflects, “it was really beautiful to see, when people were almost shouting at me and I was still quiet and calm.” Offering a very reflective moment, Laurie shared about doing yoga and meditation for many years, but “about a year ago I decided that I had to stop all practices.” She shared how the questions themselves challenged her, “I’m always asking myself if it’s time to re-join a practice of some ... Read Full Story

Week 1: The Stories Begin!

Jun 16, 2016, 3 comments, 13 smiles From across the United States, over the pond to Ireland, England and Spain. All the way to Lebanon and India. This week marks the start of our June 2016 Laddership Circles. After a minute silence, Mihir kicks things off with a deep share as a new rockstar anchor. “Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? Where am I going? What is the truth?” He reflects about how what he is actually looking for is something unknown. And that he is actually “trying to explore if and how I can be free from the known, and what it means to be rooted in the unknown.” With an intro like that, the first call of the Laddership looks prime to be a good one ;-) John calling in from Ireland, noted how he arrived here after meeting Shamash from our last Laddership Circle. He shares about believing “your greatest asset is ... Read Full Story

Post-Laddership Glow!

May 02, 2016, 1 comments, 18 smiles It’s now a month since Week 6 of Laddership ended. We had our final Week 7 call two days ago and here’s a short write up about my journey since. If there is one word to use as I continue my ServiceSpace journey, it’s possibility. My eyes are opening up to tons of possibilities - no longer just in the theoretical sense, but an experiential sense of it. Coupled with support from all the other ladders in the circle and learning a new language to articulate these things I feel more and more armed to explore territory I've not been to before.  I had to miss two calls due to meditation retreat I had planned few months back, but I caught up by sending in my reflection questionnaires early, and joined the other group's week 6 call. On my first day back from retreat, Laddership seeds started to sprout. My younger brother, Lewis, was watching YouTube ... Read Full Story

Reflections After Three Months Of ServiceSpace

Jan 22, 2016, 7 comments, 22 smiles It’s 10:15am on a clear Sunday morning. I sit cross-legged, trying to meditate. My eyes are half-opened and I see Nipun in front of me. I’ve just been welcomed into a beautiful home and I’m not even sure who the owner is! There’s a loving atmosphere about the place and something in my mind tells me I’m meant to be here. I continue meditating in earnest. I feel a tinge of excitement. After a very serendipitous exchange of emails, I am now sitting in front of Nipun, who I have described to people as a personal hero of mine. The first email I sent to him in October last year reads: Hey Nipun, When asked what I want to do career wise I reply with, "I want to be Nipun and Pancho” After learning about the gift economy a few years back I’d been looking for role models who actually live in it, not ... Read Full Story