I'm joining Service Space because ... my heart is naturally drawn to its langugage of love
A good day to me is when ... I am guided by my heart and not just my mind.
My hero in life is ...anyone who serves selflessly.
My favorite book is ...To Kill a Mockingbird
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I am able to find words to capture the inspiration and wisdom of others.
Sep 11, 2017, 1 comments, 13 smiles I receive a daily quote from "Peace on the Inside". The quote and reflections questions made me think of Awakin Circles and the companions I have found through this special space:) "Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." How rich an experience sharing a meal with others can be, yet most of us have grown to take it much for granted. The word “companion" actually stems from the Latin com, meaning “with” and panis, meaning “bread.” What do you imagine the quality of your next shared meal could be, if you regarded the act of eating together as an act of companionship... or intimacy?
Aug 23, 2017, 5 comments, 21 smiles How do I stay present when things become too stressful? This was a question posed to me by a college student that I've been mentoring as part of my current work. What follows is how a question about stress management turned into a conversation about intention and the changing nature of reality. Like many millennials, while this student is over committed with coursework and extracurricular activities, she also feels a deep sense of responsibility to help others. As a Fellow in our program, she is inspired to build a community of support for refugee students and help them through the college admissions process. In addition to preparing for the LSAT, she is also nervous about a fundraiser that she has organized for refugee students, where she's committed herself to raising $100,000. Knowing this about her, I wanted her to understand the deeper source of her stress. In our results oriented society, individuals ... Read Full Story
Nov 10, 2015, 2 comments, 11 smiles Tejas and I just came back from a "Fall Gathering" organized by Commonweal. It was a gathering of social justice activists from literally all walks of life coming together through shared poetry, song, wisdom, and stories...I feel what made the gathering so rich and powerful was the invisible current of the heart running through every interaction we had with each other. As a result, what was missing from the gathering was arrogance, resumes, and business cards...because we were connecting at the heart, what we cared about and why we cared about it naturally emerged and connections were made in a meaningful way. I also smiled softly to myself when I saw the ethos of everything Tejas and I have learned from the Service Space community finding its way naturally into this gathering. On the last day, when I wasn't looking, the next thing I know is that Tejas has organized ... Read Full Story
Nov 03, 2015, 3 comments, 14 smiles Most of us lead double lives. Mondays through Fridays (Mondays through Saturdays for some parts of the world), we are at work, caught up with our endless goals, tasks, and deadlines. It’s in our quiet times that certain questions are given space to arise. What is our larger purpose? Are we living in alignment with our values? How do we reconcile these two worlds? How do we bring our internal work into the outside world? How do we create a world that supports our internal quest? How can our work become a clear path to our own awakening and how can we become a more purposeful and effective instrument to change in the external world? On our Global Awakin Call, Mirabai Bush shared powerful and inspiring insights on these questions based on her lived experience. After studying and practicing meditation and other contemplative practices with S.N. Goenka and Neem Karoli Baba, she ... Read Full Story
Oct 29, 2015, 2 comments, 19 smiles A few days ago I experienced the gift of spending time at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The gift itself was the result of the cultivation of so many before me. What was most transformational about the trip was the invitation to invoke compassion in every thought for 30 minutes as we chanted together and walked through the powerful vibrations of the monastery. I realized in one mili-moment of insight that every second I spend not cultivating compassion and kindness is a waste of each breath that I take. What a gift I've been given in this lifetime to cultivate loving kindness. How can I waste that? This singular moment of insight helped to dissolve so much built up residue, all of the heightened emotions that my mind has spun into a whirl wind of turmoil inside of me, whether it's work related or personal. Many times, there is ... Read Full Story
Oct 03, 2015, 1 comments, 7 smiles A poem this morning, written for our Awakin Call guest speaker MIrabai Bush, has inspired so many. After completing the Awakin call, I already received 4 requests in my inbox, asking for a copy. Here it is: Deep in the center of my Being, where all things dwell is a place, is a space that is Silent in the noise of my day Patiently waiting for me to stop and notice the sheer beauty of it's Power Noble, watching, neutral to the costumes I wear, parading as me My Being knows my truth My Being knows my hunger My Being knows my strength My Being calls me to be alive in the newness of the struggle to remember my Name and the reason I was chosen to be here at this time and in this place. To look past the theater of my life and align with the sound of my soul From this place of remembrance It ... Read Full Story
Sep 08, 2015, 2 comments, 24 smiles “Iceland Said It Would Take Only 50 Syrian Refugees, So 10,000 Icelanders Offered Up Their Own Homes.” Thousands of Icelanders responded to the letter with comments on the page, offering their homes, services and resources, as well as symbolic hugs and kindness. Here are a few of their replies: —“I have clothing, kitchenware, bed and a room in Hvanneyri [western Iceland], which I am happy to share with Syrians. ... I would like to work as a volunteer to help welcome people and assist them with adapting to Icelandic society.” —“I want to help one displaced family have the chance to live the carefree life that I do. ... We as a family are willing to provide the refugees with temporary housing near Egilsstaoir [eastern Iceland], clothing and other assistance. I am a teacher and I can help children with their learning.” —“I’m happy to look after children, take them ... Read Full Story
Aug 02, 2015, 2 comments, 8 smiles In 1962, two weeks before Christmas, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon at a church in Philadelphia about the birth of a baby. He was born in a stable, on the dirt floor and surrounded by livestock, but under a star that served as a guide for the Three Wise Men. Coincidentally, this sermon was attended by a 17 year-old named Marty Krasney, who listened intently to Rev. King’s sermon, taking away a powerful message that has served as a through line in his own life. Today, 53 years later, Marty is the founding, Executive Director of Dalai Lama Fellows, a global community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical social innovators. On our Global Awakin Call, Marty’s humble, honest, and compassionate way of showing up in the world was deeply felt by our callers. The following blog hopes to capture the wisdom and stories that Marty thoughtfully shared, including the deeper meaning ... Read Full Story
Jun 20, 2015, 4 comments, 12 smiles You never know what can be the fruits of small seeds planted with no attachment, no long-term strategy, just faith in the ripples. Today I received an email from a Kindness Contest winner, Poornima, who was gifted $100 to help redistribute wasted food in India...no small feat. She diligently organized and helped to train young people in the city of Coimbatore that had the vision for No Food Waste. Poornima wrote to me to share that It is with Kindspring's $100 seed that they have been able to come so far. In 4 months more than 5000 people have been fed food that would otherwise been wasted. Today the founder of No Food Waste, Padmanaban Gopalan is a nominee for the Pollination Project's Visionary Award!
May 26, 2015, 1 comments, 20 smiles I know Tim Huang probably won't share this himself but our Dalai Lama Fellows team is proud to have him represent us in this morning's Huffington Post (sporting a Service Space T-shirt:)