I'm joining Service Space because ... this is a life-affirming ecosystem where we all are more than the sum of our parts! <3
A good day to me is when ... I've remembered to pause to be awed by the wonders of life all around -- and have contributed in some meaningful way.
My hero in life is ...fellow beings who live and love fearlessly and with radical generosity.
My favorite book is ...No one favorite -- so many books have provided so much insight, meaning and purpose. Currently, I am reading Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings - My Life Is My Sun Dance. Absolutely essential reading.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... growing with the inspiration and support of loved ones, friends, mentors.
Feb 04, 2018, 2 comments, 3 smiles Dear ServiceSpace family, I feel called to share this in our ecosystem to whoever feels called to join hands: This week, I received a letter from Jarvis Jay Masters - a fellow practitioner and an innocent man for 28 years on San Quentin Death Row - calling on friends to add their voice to call for his appeal to be heard. His appeal has been stuck in the system for over a decade. -> Link to his letter online: http://www.freejarvis.org In November 2017, Masters started a hunger strike to bring awareness to his and other cases of innocent people on death row, many of whom die before they have the opportunity to have their full appeals heard. Two hospitalizations and the loss of 60 pounds later, he has for now closed his hunger strike. The struggle for justice continues. Masters has written powerful books of his experience and life journey that shine a tremendous ... Read Full Story
Jan 27, 2018, 4 comments, 6 smiles TAGS: meaningful connections, podcast, love, purpose, NYC Dear ServiceSpace family, I've been in touch with a Finnish podcast host Johannes, creator of Lovepodcast (https://www.lovepodcast.fm) where he talks to people about "What is love and how does it appear in our lives?" So far, the conversations have touched upon topics like parenthood, acts of kindness, social justice and activism, masculinity, non-duality... Johannes will be in NYC on 17-20 February. He welcomes ideas on / connections to people to meet. (He & I will sit down to talk about www.buddhasondeathrow.com) Therefore, sending this little missive out to our ServiceSpace ecosystem. :) Whom should Johannes meet in NYC? Would love to hear from you and help make some meaningful connections happen. :) Sending goodness to all, Maria
Sep 16, 2017, 4 comments, 8 smiles Dear Servicespace family, here's a little story I wanted to share with you. About a month ago, I moved from Helsinki to New York City and recently, two places in particular have been landscapes of meaningful encounters for me. The first one is a bench here in our neighborhood, under a concrete ledge of a building that houses a post office and a grocery store, and looks towards a small park and apartment buildings and behind them, the great flow of the East River. The second landscape is a Midtown Manhattan rooftop, in the hem of the Empire State Building herself. As I walked one day in landscape #1, I was wished a blessed day by a man who sat there, in his hand a paper cup with some change in it. I smiled at him, took steps forward, then had the feeling that I should turn back. "Hey, how you doing, what ... Read Full Story
May 18, 2017, 2 comments, 12 smiles Dear friends in the circle of service. :) As I type this, I think with love and gratitude of all of you who have become part of the Buddhas on Death Row journey over the past months, and all of you who will. The ripples keep on rising, dancing, and expanding -- here's a story Lion's Roar just offered to the world: On Death Row, Creating Art from Pain. The back story of how this came about is also magical in itself, most probably to be shared some time soon as well. :) We keep in touch. PS: If so inclined, you can follow Buddhas on Death Row on FB here.