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


Nuggets From Sunita Puri's Call

Jun 15, 2019, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sunita Puri. Sunita Puri, M.D., is a palliative care physician and writer. She writes about what she has learned while working and practicing medicine “in the borderlands between life and death.” Dr. Puri stands in the tension between medicine’s impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life’s temporality. Her memoir, with stories of patients and families, has been called "a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us." Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she has appeared on PBS. A Yale College, Oxford University, and UCSF Medical School graduate, Dr. Puri was born ... Read Full Story

Sunita Puri: A Palliative Care Doctor's Learnings On

Jun 12, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sunita Puri: A Palliative Care Doctor's Learnings On DeathReflection questions: What have been the sources of some your life's learnings and lessons on impermanence?

Nuggets From Timothy Harrison's Call

Apr 21, 2019, 2 comments, 9 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Timothy Harrison. Timothy Harrison of Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics currently serves as the associate director for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). Inspired by the works of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, the Center offers programs focusing on the interdisciplinary investigation and application of compassion in secular contexts. Tim oversees the teaching and research programs of CBCT. He teaches the program regularly at colleges of medicine, law, and spiritual health, and in the Atlanta Public Schools, and he guides the CBCT teacher certification. Tim also contributed to founding SEE Learning (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning), a framework for teaching compassion-based ethics in K-12 schools. A longtime practitioner of both lo jong and Zen meditation, he initially learned to meditate by stumbling into Kopan Monestary in Nepal after a hiking trip was cut short due to a ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Timothy Harrison's Call

Apr 20, 2019, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Timothy Harrison. Timothy Harrison of Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics currently serves as the associate director for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). Inspired by the works of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, the Center offers programs focusing on the interdisciplinary investigation and application of compassion in secular contexts. Tim oversees the teaching and research programs of CBCT. He teaches the program regularly at colleges of medicine, law, and spiritual health, and in the Atlanta Public Schools, and he guides the CBCT teacher certification. Tim also contributed to founding SEE Learning (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning), a framework for teaching compassion-based ethics in K-12 schools. A longtime practitioner of both lo jong and Zen meditation, he initially learned to meditate by stumbling into Kopan Monestary in Nepal after a hiking trip was cut short due to a ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Grayson Sword's Call

Apr 18, 2019, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Grayson Sword. Grayson Sword is a 18-year-old high school senior and open-heart surgery survivor. At 13, she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Given almost no chance to survive, she lived, finding strength in compassion and resilience. Now 18, she's on a mission to raise compassion in the world. Grayson grew up an avid athlete. When she was thirteen, she fainted in gym class, prompting a cardiologist visit that resulted in a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect called Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from the Right Coronary Sinus, which affects about .047% of the population and often leads to sudden cardiac death, especially in teenage athletes. Grayson had never experienced heart pain prior to her fainting spell, so the news of her defect turned her world upside down. As part of her healing process, Grayson found strength in connections ... Read Full Story

Timothy Harrison: Compassion Based Education

Apr 17, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Timothy Harrison: Compassion Based EducationReflection questions: Can a person actually “train” in compassion, and what practices and "ingredients" have helped you to cultivate compassion?

Grayson Sword: 18-Year-Old Wisdom

Apr 10, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Grayson Sword: 18-Year-Old WisdomReflection questions: Our guest this week writes that "in the age of social media and materialism, our culture tends to ignore the effects of compassion, but I have seen how integral it is to extend it in order to aid others in their own healing experiences and to further personal healing." What has been the role of compassion in healing yourself and others?

Anil Sachdev: Cultivating Inspired, Mindful Business

May 23, 2018, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Anil Sachdev: Cultivating Inspired, Mindful Business LeadersReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that "business is the vehicle that creates the culture of our time" and that businesses must lead in creating the conditions for peace and compassion because we spend more time in our workplaces than in our communities and homes. Have you found that greater meaning, harmony and purpose at work leads to greater well-being and sense of abundance at home?

Karen Lischinsky: From Organizing To Healing

Apr 25, 2018, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Karen Lischinsky: From Organizing To Healing CommunitiesReflection questions: Whenever you have tried to ease tension or improve life for others, to what extent have "material" interventions or assistance to improve the external environment been important, as compared with dialogue and other processes to heal the interior landscape and relations of the group? Can a person or community be healthy or thriving in material conditions of confinement, hardship or deprivation? How do you choose to serve?

Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion To The Prescription

Aug 30, 2017, 10 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?