I'm joining Service Space because ... I met Nipun Mehta and Audrey Lin and was blown away by their selflessness and big-picture thinking. I also am completely on board with radical generosity and learning how to incorporate into my life, work, and family.
A good day to me is when ... I've spent the morning hiking in the mountains, had an inspiring deep listening call with a friend/colleague, and spent time playing with my three small children. Then, capping it all off with time out with my thoughtful husband.
My hero in life is ...Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science
My favorite book is ...right now it's The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my loving, supportive, and wacky family, and my great privilege to do the work I do. (peace building)
Feb 21, 2021, 3 comments Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Aqeela Sherrills. Growing up the youngest of 10 siblings in a Los Angeles housing project as a member of the famed Crips gang, Aqeela Sherrills lived the country’s most violent urban street gang war. By 1992, he had helped broker a historic peace agreement between the rival Bloods and Crips. He is now a leading campaigner against gang violence and the death penalty, as an expert on victim service and community-based public safety. A spirit-centered organizer, he promotes transformational change at both individual and community levels, coming from a place of love, healing, and reverence. Tragically, in 2004 his own 18-year-old son in college died to gun violence. In response, Aqeela visited sacred sites around the world, initiating a new phase of work and activism. He launched The Reverence Project to introduce those who suffer from high levels of trauma ... Read Full Story
Feb 17, 2021, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Aqeela Sherrills: Transforming Trauma In Urban War ZonesReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we are not our experiences and that "the harm we do and things we experience do not define us or who we are, they just inform who we are becoming." How have you risen from trauma and tragic experiences in your journey of becoming?
Nov 28, 2020, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Eddie Rodriguez. Five years away from a pension, Rev. Eddie Rodriguez walked away from an assured livelihood with Bellsouth, and stepped onto the path of “meaning and purpose” he had been looking for. For the last twenty years, based in south Florida, he’s worked worldwide as an interfaith minister. “I am challenged," he has said, "to find what we all share in common, regardless of different religious beliefs and cultures, and that is Love.” It was his profound connection to the book Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch that spurred him to make the change, and to embark on a personal journey that led him to become Rev. Eddie. “I remembered the words ‘it is not about making a living but making a life,’ and ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’.” “Taking a risk was at ... Read Full Story
Nov 25, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Eddie Rodriguez: Conversations With Many Faces Of The DivineReflection questions: Can you recall a time where you walked away from security to seek deeper meaning and purpose? What supported you and gave you strength in taking the step?
Nov 08, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Joan Blades, expertly moderated by Aryae! Joan Blades is an “accidental activist” leading movements that have shaped American culture and politics. A deep believer in ordinary people driving change, Blades in her latest endeavor seeks to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines – one living room at a time. An open source effort, Living Room Conversations offers an intimate structured conversation format to citizens as a powerful tool to rebuild respectful relationships and identify common ground. Raised in Berkeley during the civil rights era and having been active in the women’s rights movement, Joan has had a prolonged look at the dysfunction of partisan behaviors, as well as at the good will, intelligence and power of ordinary citizens. Dubbed the “mother” of digital mobilization as co-founder of MoveOn.org, which accidentally grew out of her online bipartisan ... Read Full Story
Nov 04, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Joan Blades: Moving On Post-Election? Transforming DiscourseReflection questions: How are you "moving on" from divisiveness in civic life and helping create a new reality? How can you be among the small group of people driving change in discourse from a grassroots level?
Sep 19, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Tuesday Ryan-Hart. Tuesday Ryan-Hart leads large-scale systems change with a deep practice of placing equity at the center of new movements. She believes that social, organizational and systems change often starts with a "big bang" -- "something urgent enough to make us realize the effectiveness and relevance of our systems is diminishing exponentially." But though we "like the drama of epic turning points," big bangs simply "force disparate groups into conversation." Her approach to longer term change processes is that finding a shared purpose or vision is not a prerequisite for doing work together; rather, doing work together is the prerequisite for building relationship and getting to shared purpose. Attempting to arrive at shared purpose too early can leave some voices marginalized -- thus holding groups back from doing the real work of taking the next step together. Below are some ... Read Full Story
Sep 16, 2020, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Tuesday Ryan-Hart: Equity At The Center Of Systems ChangeReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that working together drives collaboration and the discovery of shared purpose, rather than vice versa. The real work, she says, is that which drives collaboration (or perhaps paraphrasing Rumi, that which moves diverse groups beyond whatever stands in the way of love). With this framing, what do you see as part of your real work?
Aug 08, 2020, 2 comments, 8 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Paulette Pipe. “It’s time. It’s time to let it go,” said Rev. Paulette Pipe on trusting your deepest intuitions. And Paulette does just that. Her life embodies trust and faith, as well as surrender to the deeper forces around and within us. A UK-born minister who served formerly as Spiritual Director of the UK Unity headquarters, and then manager of the Retreats department at Unity Village, Rev. Paulette left her full-time job, with benefits, to follow her inner voice and work for free – “doing the thing I loved most.” She leads Touching the Stillness Ministries, a vibrant organization she created to make meditation and mindfulness both practical and accessible for daily application. She is a meditation teacher who acknowledges the challenges that come with learning to meditate when one is desperately striving for inner peace, but writes that “Meditation...is ... Read Full Story
Mar 26, 2020, 3 comments, 14 smiles A couple weeks ago, I shared, "Are you ready to live Gandhi's message?" about Gandhi 3.0 and Gandhian principles and ideas to a group in Redding, California. We also had the wonderful privilege of having Lewis Elbinger--former U.S. diplomat to India and U.S. congressional candidate, discussing his "encounters with Gandhi". Below is the transcript of the evening. Welcome and good evening. It’s been an amazing few months, where I’ve had the chance to meet or talk with several of Gandhi’s grandchildren, travel to India to take part in a unique gathering called Gandhi 3.0 held near the Gandhi ashram, and to delve deeply into Gandhi’s life and message. I also think it’s so special, someone reminded me, that today is the 90th anniversary of Gandhi’s Salt March, which essentially launched the non-violent action campaign in India against British rule. And friends of mine with young folks are even tracing the steps ... Read Full Story