I'm joining Service Space because ... Inspiration and full of positivity.
A good day to me is when ... I feel inspired, energized and satisfied with how I have spent my time.
My hero in life is ...Dr. Vijay Pratap (My 75+ year old yoga teacher)
My favorite book is ...The Power of Now
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I have made a difference in someone's life and brought a smile.
Oct 26, 2011, 2 comments, 1 smiles I am reading this amazing book: Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg Here is something on Empathy from the book. Empathy: Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the WHOLE being: "The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another. Bu the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear, or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind." In relating to others, empathy occurs only when we have successfully shed all preconceived ideas and judgements about them. The Austrian-born Israeli philosopher Martin Buber describes this quality of presence that life demands of us:
Jun 02, 2011 I watched a video on Ted by Srikumar Rao (who has also written about us in his book) on Happiness and it has helped me understand why being PROCESS focused brings us joy rather than being OUTCOME focused. Also, it left me to reflect on ACCEPTANCE. We accept nature as it is, we never question or resist it, like the rainbow or the ocean, we are in the now when we are blown away by nature b/c we are in full acceptance. How we can be more accepting of our own self and others as part of nature?
Dec 28, 2010 We got a great request for 175 Smile Cards today: "My husband is a filmmaker and we are having a screening of his new short film entitled 'Life After Dogma'. The message is to remind us of the golden rule to 'Be Kind, Be Compassionate' and not get caught up in who's religion is right. I thought it would be nice to tell everyone about Smile Cards after the screening and hand out 2 cards per person and start a local ripple of kindness. I will gladly pay for the cards and shipping. Our screening is Jan. 24th. Thank you for all you do...."
Dec 14, 2010 When I first got married, I was not inclined to cook every single day and in fact, was hoping to have someone cook for me. We tried eating out, get Tiffin service, taking turns cooking, however nothing really worked well. And even-though I continued to cook, I felt resentment, resistance and at times even anger. Recently, I have observed a shift in my perspective and attitude towards cooking. My observations of my own mother and Harshida aunty who cook with so much patience, love and joy made me question my own perspective. As I continued to go within more and more I learned to accept and love cooking and make delicious, nutritious and fresh food daily. This morning as I was cooking, I was reflecting and checking in with my own self. Asking myself, how am I feeling about cooking? I thought, wow, I get to "serve", I get to feed someone and that feeling made me feel on top of the world. Can't think of a better way to start every morning!