About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... it is a beautiful intentional community

A good day to me is when ... I can be without fear or anxiety

My hero in life is ...Anything by David Sedaris

My favorite book is ...A certain middle-aged Service Space volunteer who shall remain unnamed

One thing I'm grateful for is ... All the saints, seers and enlightened ones who inspire and show me the way

Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion To The Prescription

Aug 30, 2017, 1 comments, 12 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion To The Prescription TherapyReflection questions: Our guest this week found a skillful "middle way" between her structured studies/training in western psychology and her heart's commitment to deeper healing through love. How have you navigated your head and heart to stretch and reach more deeply in your profession or work?

Journey Of Viren Joshi: Heart Of Service

Jun 20, 2016, 3 comments, 9 smiles [Viren Joshi is the founder of Manav Sadhna, that has been serving slum communities for the last 26 years.  Below is a transcript of his talk at an Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, on his journey of service.] Thank you. What is service to me? Service to me is living life. What I feel is that the only way to live is to serve. It's so natural, it’s so simple. Not rocket science. It's the simplest thing because we’re surrounded with opportunities, all around us -- starting with nature, oceans and trees and jungles, and all life. They’re all serving us, so we recognize it right away. That’s how we are designed. I really believe we are designed to give and serve because that's how we're created, that's how we connect. Service makes us happy. We all know service makes us happy -- not just happy, but sustainable happiness. We look for happiness ... Read Full Story

Awakin South San Francisco: The Beginning

May 02, 2014, 4 comments, 15 smiles A small gathering took shape on an unusually warm South San Francisco evening. A gathering of eight, on this first night of what we called Awakin Lite – modeled after the more full bodied Awakin gatherings in Santa Clara, but with some adjustments. We lopped off a half hour of meditation here, tinkered with the start time there, stirred in a monthly time-table and adjusted down the caloric intake, to end up with what we hoped would be a winning formula – a monthly gathering for an hour and half of stillness, sharing and connection. While the evening does not set expectations or ask for outcomes, what spilled forth was what one may expect to happen when we are allowed to be still, when we are invited to think deeply and feel unselfconsciously. We become emboldened. To share our vulnerabilities. Emboldened to look into another pair of eyes and hold our ... Read Full Story