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.
Oct 28, 2019, 3 comments, 27 smiles About 1600 budding social entrepreneurs just convened in Detroit for Net Impact gathering this weekend. Alissa Hauser, a long time friend of ServiceSpace and visionary behind the conference, was very committed to bringing the SSp values of kindness to the whole conference. I helped organize, Tejas took photos, Rahul hosted a workshop, Nipun did the opening keynote, and our local crew of volunteers (Tess, Nilam Aunty and Roshni) stepped up the kindness throughout the few days ... On our kindness table were Smile Cards and Decks, a laptop with KindSpring website, hand-made (by Nilam Aunty and friends!) ceramic pieces with positive messages, flowers that people could pay forward to others, 21-day challenge diaries, Hershey's hugs and other chocolates with smiley stickers, a gratitude tree where people could come back after doing acts of kindness and hang their reflections, a free hugs corner and so much more like flower mandalas on the ground. ... Read Full Story
Oct 05, 2019, 1 comments, 9 smiles This Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Narendra Kini. On the outside, Narendra Kini (Naren) is a successful Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, executive, and technologist. On the inside, he is an artist, poet, and heartful seeker of spirituality, peace, inner beauty, and truth. Naren has co-founded or managed thriving companies and startups in areas such as technology consulting and artificial intelligence (AI). Born an identical twin, he is a practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation and an imbiber of the writings of Swami Vivekananda for over 25 years. He gives talks and writes articles – on subjects including inner joy, true purpose, uncovering inspiration and creativity, empathy and compassion at workplace. Outside work, Naren takes an hour each day for artistic expression by sketching subjects inspired through inner silence and reflection. He is a volunteer trainer at the Heartfulness Institute, offering free training on wellness and meditation to individuals ... Read Full Story
Oct 02, 2019, 1 comments, 7 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Narendra Kini: Heartfulness And The Quest For Integration Reflection questions: How do you bring mindfulness and heartfulness into your work, especially in areas like technology or entrepreneurship? Have you had experience with human-centered workplaces and human-centered technology? How can "heart" be infused in those contexts?
Jan 13, 2019, 4 smiles Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sally Mahé . Sally Mahé is a founding staff member for United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network dedicated to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence, and creating cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Sally came to this work from the lens of social justice and democracy building. While teaching in an inner-city high school, her passion for teaching civics and democracy was sparked. She soon saw that the spark inside her students – and in all of us – had something to do with the Divine, and so obtained a master's degree in theology and spiritual counseling. She came across the term "spiritual democracy" and felt a bolt of lightning run through her. Her passions for democracy and spirituality – and for nurturing the “deeper values of democracy” ... Read Full Story
Jan 09, 2019, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sally Mahe: Building A Global Spiritual CitizenshipReflection questions: Our guest this week was a civics educator who has dedicated her life to building a "spiritual democracy" or global spiritual citizenship. What is the role of your spiritual practices in bringing to life your participation in the outer structures of democracy and governance under which you live and participate, and how do the outer structures provide space for your inner work?
Dec 01, 2018, 5 smiles This Saturday I had the privilege of hosting the Awakin Call with Denise Bonnaig! “Ignorance just means you don’t know that there is a way out of your suffering.” At once a lawyer, life coach, yoga teacher, and mother, Denise Bonnaig has been force of transformation in the lives of many. As a lawyer, Bonnaig works to give voice to the voiceless in the contexts of civil rights, immigration, and workplace litigation. She is also owner and teacher at Princeton Power Yoga and a life coach. What holds the threads of Bonnaig's work all together is a commitment to personal transformation. Her work is to help others “transcend limitations, transform wounds into love, power, forgiveness, and gratitude.” Her work as a trial lawyer, yogini and spiritual guide (not to mention her “life experience as someone who has experienced illness, death and has raised three successful black men ... against all ... Read Full Story
Nov 28, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Denise Bonnaig: Transcending Limits And Transforming WoundsReflection questions: What techniques have helped you shed the light of awareness on what holds you back?
Oct 29, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Simon Hampel. How do leaders become wise and compassionate stewards? The question has guided Simon Hempel in his work as a Partner of Leaders’ Quest, a London-based organization that trains leaders in business, government and civil society worldwide to become purposeful, conscious, and transformational leaders. And the question has also guided Simon in his own changing personal journey. Hempel became a serial entrepreneur at a very young age, resisting the traditional route to college. He created companies across UK, Europe, the US and Canada in the fields of financial services, leisure, consultancy and technology. After great success, in 2002 he lost everything and ended up joining an Amazonian expedition. And while this was a difficult place to be, it brought upon him a vital shift of another order -- a shift inward. It’s from this space of inner attunement that ... Read Full Story
Sep 09, 2018, 1 comments, 9 smiles On September 1, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Kevin Hancock. Kevin Hancock is the CEO of one of America’s oldest companies, a 6th generation family-run lumber company in Maine founded in 1848. In 2010, at the height of the economic crisis, Hancock was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a rare neurological disorder that makes speech extremely difficult. So he had to reinvent his leadership style by speaking less and listening more. Hancock Lumber made it through the economic crisis. Kevin then embarked on a Vision Quest and successive trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation "where I met an entire community that felt as if it had no voice" and realized "there are lots of ways to lose your voice in this world. The traditional leadership model often quiets the authentic voices of others." He now helps empower the Sioux of Pine Ridge via housing, health, and education ... Read Full Story
Aug 29, 2018, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Kevin Hancock: Strengthening The Voices Of OthersReflection questions: In a corporate world hallmarked by the never-ending quest for bigger, better and more, our guest this week -- CEO of one of America’s oldest family businesses -- contemplates an organizational structure where the goal is to do less, not more. When has your "performance" at home or work improved by doing less, rather than more?