I'm joining Service Space because ... I want to cultivate my capacity to serve, and connect with inspiring people who live their values each and every day.
A good day to me is when ... I am completely in the flow of life...unfazed by any small (or large) hiccups that come along the way, and view each moment with gratitude
My hero in life is ...my guru, who selflessly and tirelessly brings spirituality into the lives of thousands
My favorite book is ...The Power of Now
One thing I'm grateful for is ... connections to incredible communities (like this one!) that fuel my heart, mind and soul.
Jun 26, 2017, 16 smiles What an absolute joy it was to serve at Karma Kitchen yesterday! Despite a relatively new crew of volunteers, everyone embodied its spirit like it was almost second-nature - with their smiles, the way they helped each other and the way they served our guests. And it showed! From the little sprouts that dotted our guests heads and lapels (courtesy of Lawrence and Mandy from KK Valencia)... to Thu and her friend Chris who decided to have lunch at KK straight from attending a 10-day Vipassana retreat... to Manu, who comes to KK each month for the healing, positive vibes ... to Ram who is a neuroscience professor by day ... to the numerous new guests who experienced KK for the first time, and left with big smiles. Everyone co-created a beautiful space of generosity for our 90+ guests. Thank you all!
Feb 16, 2017, 14 smiles It was delight to receive this note, a ripple of many local connections from (Kai and Yuka to Hiromi and Pancho) ... From Kobe Japan, we're ready to open Karma Kitchen Hello there! I'm Kaori Tsuji, writing from Kobe Japan. A few years ago I knew about "Karma Kitchen" when I visited Berkeley for the first time. It spontaneously shook something on the bottom of my mind and I wished to open it one day in my area. After sharing the idea with my friends, visiting Karma Kitchen Tokyo, discussing for more than one year, it finally became ready to have one in my city on 9th Apr. Very happy to inform you this. We had the first staff meeting today and gonna develop more by the day. Thanks for inspiring us! Best, Kaori Tsuji
Nov 10, 2016, 9 smiles Flow is a word that was said a lot during our closing circle at Karma Kitchen Berkeley last week, and I think it's the perfect way to describe the beautiful day we had! The rainy weather, the guests and the energy of all of our volunteers working together was most certainly in a harmonious flow - and it was reflected in so many moments: from our dear Karma Kitchen veteran Bradley bringing homemade rice krispy treats, to our Japanese visitors, joyfully invited in by Alex, who were moved to tears by Karan's Google Translate skills (who was trying to speak in Japanese). One of the guests, Shika, lovingly gave out Spinspiration-inspired hugs to a few of the volunteers later. To Pete's 55th birthday and dynamite desert extravaganza made by Bonnie...and little girls like Haley and Saira who wrote thank you notes, drew beautiful pictures and tagged guests in the spirit of ... Read Full Story
Mar 21, 2016, 2 comments, 9 smiles I've seen this guy before on Hwy 101 in San Francisco and he always brightens up my day! :) "I believe what you put out is what you get back. So, I try to just give out good, give out good," Hatfield says. "It's all about the love, and that's what my message is." Full story here
Dec 28, 2015, 15 smiles At Karma Kitchen yesterday, we had many precious moments. One of them included crafting up a surprise song for one of the tables celebrating their second marriage anniversary. They later wrote: We feel blessed to be connected to you all and were surprised by the anniversary song and cupcake candle! We were so stunned we forgot to respond when you asked for words of wisdom, but for Chihiro and I it all goes back to Thich Nhat Hanh's 4 Love Mantras :) 1.“Darling, I am here for you.” Look into their eyes and say this with your full attention. When you love someone the best thing you can offer them him or her is you’re your true presence. 2.“Darling, I know you are there.” And I am truly happy because I know you are there.” You recognize the presence of your loved one something very precious. Embrace your partner with your mindfulness. 3.“Darling, I ... Read Full Story
Oct 23, 2015, 21 smiles We were honored to host a circle of sharing with Jayesh-bhai and Mukesh-bhai last night. From personal stories -- like how Ami does the Gandhi Ashram prayers with her kids every night -- to emergent ones -- like a gentleman telling Mark Dubois how his life work influenced billions of dollars of change at his work in the energy industry -- to the beautiful ways in which Jayesh-bhai has personally touched us, through a multitude of experiences -- and the informal stories that unfolded in the post-dinner hour, we were all felt grateful to share so much love with each other! Some of the questions in our minds were: "What inspires/motivates you into service on a day to day basis?" "You recently shared that the way to a person's heart is through the doors of their virtues, not the walls of their faults. Can you elaborate?" "In the US, many battle loneliness, isolation, ... Read Full Story
Feb 04, 2015, 1 comments, 3 smiles Recent studies show that the average smartphone/tablet user spends nearly 3 hours on their devices a day. While technology can be a powerful tool, could there be better ways to spend our time? What if we could transform the very tool that tends to distract us, into something that can improve our mindfulness around its use? Joel Kenny, a Bay Area software engineer and frequent Awakin attendee has developed a widget for Android users that allows you to see how many times you use your smartphone a day. The widget displays a simple counter that ticks up each time you turn on your phone's screen. We've tried out the widget at home, and were astonished to find that we open our phones 40, sometimes 50 times a day! You can download the widget (for Android only) here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.advancebeyond.grip
Jan 24, 2015, 1 comments, 10 smiles [For those of you in Berkeley, Karma Kitchen is on tomorrow from 11AM to 2:30PM. Do come by, and flex your generosity muscles!] In the last year, we were thrilled to pilot Karma Kitchen in many new countries like Singapore and France and Malaysia. In April, another KK is set to start in Bali, with Mexico and China on the dock as well. On our website, with some new features like an interactive map, you can see all the 17 locations with photos and stories -- like how the volunteers at KK Indonesia all ended up being CEOs who took on a challenge to serve at restaurant (which they had never done before). Let alone the 200+ guests that were served that day, the transformations in the volunteers themselves continues to ripple to this day. It's very inspiring to see the global -- and universal -- appeal of generosity. Some of you ... Read Full Story
Dec 14, 2014, 1 comments, 13 smiles Since the launch of Karma Kitchen, we've seen its ripples spread in so many directions. For so many, just knowing (via talks like Pavi's Reclaiming the Priceless) of its existence provides a ray of hope. Just recently, we have upgraded our website with new features, streamlined access to different locations and localized stories. A whole new backend too. The most visible addition is this inspiring map of various KK's around the globe: Karma Kitchen's have now been hosted in more than a dozen places around the world. In the next quarter, China, Thailand and Bali are also set to launch. We are getting lots of people requesting it in Australia and New York, and in many smaller cities around the world too. Looking forward to the journey! (For those in the Bay Area, next KK is on Dec 28th!)