I'm joining Service Space because ... It was thanks to the hidden ways of things leading to my meeting Nipun.
A good day to me is when ... I find myself present to this miracle of being alive
My hero in life is ...Hard to single out one
My favorite book is ...Nearly all of Henry Miller's books and essays. Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil. Many of the writings of Laurens Van Der Post. And there are so many others.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... There are so many things. Having so many noble friends is a big one.
Jul 11, 2019, 1 comments, 4 smiles This month's 'Conversations' newsletter is themed A Pathless Land. Borrowing from Krishnamurti's famous remark "truth is a pathless land," the thought comes up: "Yes. And yet it's still truth." If this land is pathless, it may be because it cannot survive being packaged for distribution. It doesn't scale that way because it lives inside being, not things. And it's essence may be more like a question than an answer...
Jul 03, 2019, 1 comments, 18 smiles Here's a recent interview with Nipun that's worth slowing down to read. Gift Ecology - A Conversation with Nipun Mehta, by Elizabeth Denley "As a society I think one of our biggest problems right now is that we’re disconnected. It takes many decades to destroy trust, which we have done, and now it’s going to take many decades to build it up." Conversations.org is a collection of interviews with social artists. Grateful that works & conversations has been connected with ServiceSpace now for over 12 years!
May 21, 2019, 8 comments, 29 smiles [Here's one of the stunning stories shared by Rachel Naomi Remen in a recent circle.] This story is about a guy who runs a large emergency room in San Francisco. Emergency room doctors are not soft and mushy. :) Whether male or female, it requires a great degree of toughness. It was a very busy night in the emergency room. It was so busy that they got him out of his office to go down and actually get in the trenches and help. He wasn't there for a couple of hours and they got a call from an ambulance coming in. They were bringing a woman in active labor -- very active labor -- in. They were concerned that the baby was actually going to be born in the ambulance as they were transporting her. They wanted the team to know that this was coming. So he went out to the ambulance bay, ... Read Full Story
May 16, 2019, 1 smiles This month's 'Conversations' newsletter is themed Work Of The Heart. Each of our four offerings tell of a life of meaning. Each tell of deep relationship. How else could the heart be engaged? And there are so many ways. In "The Secret of Bayou Teche," poet Ron Hobbs tells of childhood experience. "That morning cormorants lazed around in the sky; two old pelicans stood sleeping on a rock, and the trees were full with flocks of chattering passerines. ‘Watch the birds, chere they gonna tole you lots of things.’"
Feb 28, 2019, 1 comments, 16 smiles [At a powerful New Story retreat recently, I was really touched Frank's flute performance, which I experienced viscerally with Shamanic overtones, as well as Cornelius's multiple performances. In a passing conversation with Cornelius, I told him about my friend, Andy Couturier, who had written a remarkable book titled 'Abundance of Less' in which he profiled a legendary flutist named Kogan Murata. And he just casually responds, "Oh Kogan? Yeah, I've played with him." Honestly, I was stunned. To give you a flavor, below is an excerpt on Kogan Murata.] "It was a complete coincidence," he tells me when I ask him now about coining to the path of playing the bamboo flute. "I had been totally inside the 'do-re-mi’ world of Western music all through my twenties. But in that house you first visited me in, one day by chance I heard the real sound of the shakuhachi on a classical ... Read Full Story
Jan 21, 2019, 5 smiles This month's 'Conversations' newsletter is themed HIdden Things That Glow. Having the opportunity to present a fresh issue of our newsletter always is always a lift. For me, spending time with our stories is like being fed. To start off with the newsletter’s new look, we have four special conversations. Just listening to Eduardo del Conde describing his journey into the world of Los Hombres del Arroz (the men of rice) was a rare gift... read more
Jun 24, 2018, 5 comments, 14 smiles I got a last-minute invite to join a small circle of individuals who were going to meet the next morning at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. It was good timing. At 9am I joined Rev. Heng Sure, Nipun, Audrey, Rev. Bonnie Rose from Ventura, Janessa Wilder (former CIA analyst and founder of the Euphrates Institute), Fran Faraz, (director of Peace Studies at Golden West College in SoCal), Sally Mahe, (one of the founders of United Religions Initiative, now with 900+ chapters in 105 countries!) and Jin Wei Bhikshu, the monk from Poland. Things got rolling pretty quickly and picked up energy from there. Rev. Heng added some fuel in the form of tea. Sitting at one end of the table, he was carefully setting out 10 cups. He held up a silvery bag to get our attention and announced, “This is a very special tea! A rare dragonwell that has never been ... Read Full Story
Mar 10, 2017, 1 comments, 9 smiles [My friend, John, came to an Awakin Circle for the first time this week, and shared a beautiful story. I thought some of might enjoy it too.] My name is John, and I'm here for the first time. Thank you so much for this time, sitting together and the stories. I was reminded of a story -- a true story that actually happened to me. I went to New York for a special interview with the hopes of this wonderful result for me, advancement and good things. So I had this interview. The man interviewing me, instead of offering me this position, disrespected me and even accused me of dishonesty! This was the complete opposite of what I had dreamed on the way to this interview. I was so angry and left with a purple cloud around me. Just a few minutes later, I was on the subway just thinking about what I'd do ... Read Full Story
Oct 22, 2016, 13 smiles It's been my good fortune for many years now to be acquainted with ServiceSpace's weekly Awakin Circle. The original circle began almost 20 years ago and has inspired many others around the world. Generally, the circles facilitate a rich quality of shared experience among the people in attendance, but from time to time a featured guest may show up and present his or her story and enter into an exchange with those in attendance. Over the years, remarkable people have regularly appeared in the living room where these circles began. Often they remain anonymous, but when I learned that Larry Brilliant would be sharing his story with us in a few days, I was quick to send in my rsvp. This was a man I'd heard about for decades, but knew very little about. The name, of course, stops one immediately. Was it a real name? And if so, how would one live ... Read Full Story
Apr 28, 2016, 12 comments, 24 smiles The amazing Yoo-Mi Lee. Read all about her. A while back Yoo-Mi agreed to an interview and finally, it has been posted. As I said in a brief introduction, when I first met Yoo-Mi I was much impressed by her intelligence and self-possession. That's never wavered and other wonderful aspects have been added to my awareness over the years. It's such a pleasure to share this interview.