I'm joining Service Space because ... I admire and want to emulate your commitment to service.
A good day to me is when ... I can feel the life force flow through me to another soul.
My hero in life is ...Gandhi
My favorite book is ...The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One thing I'm grateful for is ... haiku
Oct 08, 2017, 2 comments, 5 smiles What does one do when asked to grant respect by someone and the immediate response that comes to mind is "Respect!!??...to you who have disrespected me sooo many times in sooo many deep ways?" When I asked a close and respected mentor this question, she encouraged me to reflect and see if there might actually be a way into this practice, since deep down, everyone deserves a respectful acknowledgement of the divine spark within. So I did what I do when faced with needing to understand. I went to the dictionary to see if I could find a meaning for the word respect that I could open myself up to. At first, I found many meanings that just made me bristle even more because I could not imagine "honoring" or "having esteem" for this very difficult person in my life. But further down the list were other, gentler practices like "treating ... Read Full Story
Sep 07, 2017, 6 smiles ...even the misapprehension of meditation is all part of the lesson. There are some journeys we all have to make before we can come home to ourselves. Virginia May-Schiros What have i misapprehended as i sought to learn How can i embrace those turns taking me toward blind ends as lessons leading me to the center of the meditation on what is essential Essential experiences essential joys essential sadnesses essential transformations essential changes each and every one part of the journey home
Aug 27, 2017, 2 comments, 13 smiles Being new to the ServiceSpace community, I often struggle with an inner problem of giving my time over to sharing my experiences, reading posts and responding to others. I tell myself "I should be spending my time on acting in my small corner of the "real world" instead of reading and talking in the "virtual world". But this week I learned my humble lesson about the Huge benefit of taking the time to connect within the ServiceSpace community. With many post notifications piling up in my Inbox, I gave myself the gift of reading one. The Universe sent me Bela Shah's post about guiding a college student she is mentoring through the experience of an original intention to serve spiraling out into a stressful outcome-focused list of deadlines and worries. And there in her post were exactly the questions I needed to be asking myself regarding my actions in the "real ... Read Full Story
Aug 07, 2017, 2 comments, 16 smiles I am sure other DailyGood Quotepak volunteers know this but I suppose I am a "slow-to-glow" little firefly. Last weekend, as I was reviewing my completed assignments from July, I finally asked myself. "Well, if these be-the-change ideas you come up with each week are so good, why don't you use thm on yourself?" So I set myself the task to try at least one taste of my own medicine...and it was sooo hard! I simply had to "connect with someone who might be isolated" and found myself in the middle of the perfect opportunity. House sitting for a family whose elderly mother lives in a back-yard cottage and was not going on the weekend trip. Each day I would come up with some reason to knock on her door and invite her to spend some time with me...a cup of tea, just saying hello, just checking to see how ... Read Full Story
May 05, 2017, 5 smiles Meditation and Tea in Mississippi walks and then flies This week our group gathered for the third time. We started with a walking meditation again. I was tired and grateful to "give it over" to the gentle voice guiding us from the audio recording...changing focus from "leading" something to just "sharing" walking slowly together around the room. We sat down and shared reflections on how walking meditation felt in relation to sitting meditation. And then, after sitting, we read a haiku about opening up to spontaneous energy in our lives...what Tibetan Buddhism refers to as the masculine principle. As we went around sharing times such energy has flowed in each of our lives, there were tales of dancing in the grocery store aisles and childhood dreams of flying - with and without the aid of umbrellas. My gratitude to these wonderful souls soaring through our small corner of the sky!
Apr 27, 2017, 4 smiles Meditation and Tea in Mississippi Our second gathering - walking together Last week our group gathered together for a second time and practiced a guided walking meditation. The three of us wandered around the room coming closer and moving apart as we focused on the art of walking. I found myself so unsteady on my feet! Off balance, arms and legs out to the side trying not to fall. Then slowly slowly - walking and walking - the heart slows and the mind slows. When the voice of our guide invited us to stop and experience standing, I looked up thankful for this space and these companions standing together.
Apr 08, 2017, 3 comments, 10 smiles I've been inspired by the Awakin Circle for more than a couple of years. I check in with the weekly readings and have used many of them as inspirations for reflections in my journaling. I sat around yearning for something like that...waiting for it to come to me. Sitting and wishing. Three or four months ago I got brave enough to see if I might find a circle to join and fired off an e-mail to the closest one on the map...waiting for a reply to come to me. Looking at my inbox and wishing. Finally, the lightbulb went off and I stopped wishing for what I imagined was out there and got to work on what I could actually do with what I had right here. So I reached out to the yoga instructor asking if she would be interested in having a group in her studio. She welcomed ... Read Full Story