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.
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:)
May 24, 2015, 9 smiles What is possible in a classroom when a teacher becomes the facilitator of learning and when the students learn to become their own teachers? What becomes possible in our world when we are given the tools to courageously interact with life, even when it’s painful? On our Global Awakin Call, lifelong learner Ward Mailliard shared his experiences as an educator at the Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to "whole child education". Drinking in all of the wisdom from Ward’s interview will leave you in a state of awe. But if you ask him, Ward says, “Most of what I’ve learned, I’ve probably learned from students.” Ward has taken his students to meet with and interview both Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa as well as His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in India. Yet he describes the sequence of events and circumstances that led him to teach the Values ... Read Full Story
Apr 21, 2015, 2 comments, 8 smiles Once in a while we are blessed with the opportunity to listen to and learn from spiritual beings that are truly walking their talk. Listening to Swami Vedananda on our Global Awakin Call felt as if we were sitting under an ancient banyan tree, the kind with roots reaching deep across Mother Earth, committed to a purpose of life giving truth. Swami Vedananda is a senior monk of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, which was founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900. Belonging to an order of monks of an unbroken, ancient lineage dating back to the pre-BC Vedic period, Swami Vedananda holds a Ph.D. in physics, a compassion quotient that overflows from his heart, and a sense of humor that will fill you with lightness and joy. Commitment and Inspiration Our conversation with Swami Vedananda covered everything from atheism to the existence of free will, illustrating the breadth of the wisdom he ... Read Full Story