About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I'm inspired to give back

A good day to me is when ... I get to meditate

My hero in life is ...Lily

My favorite book is ...Brene Brown - Rising Strong

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Being loved

Awakin Toronto New Year Smiles :)

Jan 02, 2018, 3 comments, 19 smiles I recently sent the note below to our local Awakin Circle community in Toronto, and just wanted to share how grateful I am for all of you, as the invisible hands and ladderers in cultivating this community. We're doubling in size in January after 5 months - generosity really does scale!! ;) I am truly blessed to be on this path of stillness and service with you. Sending you all much love, air hugs and blessings for the new year. --- Dear Friends, I hope that your holidays are going well and that you've had a chance to pause and rest. When I look back at this past year and what I'm most proud of... It is the seeds that we planted to connect us to sit in stillness, share our collective wisdom and meal together. Whether it was an email exchange to coming out to one or more of our sittings, it was ... Read Full Story

Starting An Awakin Circle In Toronto

Sep 05, 2017, 8 comments, 20 smiles The highlight of my past year away from home was Wednesdays at the Awakin Circle in Santa Clara. The silence kept me grounded; the noble friends nourished me with hugs, kindness and wisdom; Harshida Auntie's cooking and generosity filled my belly with love. No matter how busy I was and how far the commute was, I would plan my schedule around Wednesdays. I could never find the right words to describe my experience at an Awakin circle and found it easier to bring friends and coworkers to see for themselves. The Seeds Whenever I was in Toronto, all I would do is tell stories of my new Servicespace friends and Wednesdays. More and more friends back home were reaching out to chat about meditation or how to develop courage to get started on labour of love projects. I told my boyfriend I wanted to bring the Awakin Circle back to Toronto and ... Read Full Story

[Awakin Toronto] Opening Reflections

Aug 12, 2017, 11 smiles [Below was Dustin's beautiful share from our very first Toronto Awakin Circle in Regent Park while reflecting on pausing] I just want to share two aspects of my life where pausing has been very...sometimes painful but beneficial. The first is when I was making presentations at work. So I had this last job where I had to make a lot of talks. I actually hate public speaking with a passion and I had to suffer 11 years. It never got any better, quite frankly. I kind of noticed this pattern when I was making presentations where in the first parts of my preparation I would be focused on making the content from the presentation, I wasn't thinking of the delivery so much and I was so efficient during this time with all this content. And then, at some point I would go into this place of fear I would imagine myself up ... Read Full Story

Shortly After I Returned To Toronto, ...

Jul 20, 2017, 3 smiles Shortly after I returned to Toronto, Eddie Huang's tour of Toronto was released on VICE which I think accurately captures the culture and heart of Toronto, the diversity found here, our embrace and support of immigrants. Part of it features a friend's project, Newcomer Kitchen who has provided a place for Syrian immigrant women to cook, share meals and connect with the community. I thought I'd share it so have a watch and you're welcome to visit anytime!

Plant, Harvest, Share :)

Mar 29, 2017, 14 smiles I found this picture today that reminded me of ServiceSpace