I'm joining Service Space because ... its good for me, its good for you, and its fun :-)
A good day to me is when ... I get to serve, sit, exercise, hug, listen, and love
My hero in life is ...Dr. V; and many of my friends!
My favorite book is ...The Great Disciples of Buddha; Autobiography of a Yogi
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I have a great idea about doing something beautiful
Feb 18, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Paul R. Fleischman. Dr. Paul R. Fleischman is a writer, retired psychiatrist, and Vipassana meditation teacher, who inhabits the intersection where science, poetry, meditation, and wonder meet -- with an emphasis on wonder. A Yale-trained psychiatrist who was in private practice for more than 30 years and honored in his profession as an “outstanding contributor to the humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric and medical issues,” Dr. Fleischman has explored the interplay between science, medicine and meditation, and vividly drawn out the contemporary relevance of ancient paths. Over the past decade he has lectured at 150 major American universities. He is the author of 9 books, including the acclaimed Karma and Chaos, a collection of essays that delve into the connections between psychiatry, science, and the Buddha’s teachings. Below are some of the nuggets from the call that stood out for ... Read Full Story
Feb 12, 2020, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder Of The UniverseReflection questions: Our guest has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He points to our sense of wonder as the apparatus by which we experience the intelligence of the universe within. "The wonder of the universe is wondering in us,” he writes. Has your own sense of wonder dulled or been enhanced over the years? When do you experience its presence most keenly?
Jan 05, 2020, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Lama Tsomo. Lama Tsomo, born Linda Pritzker, is an American teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an author, and a philanthropist living in western Montana. Her path of spiritual inquiry and study led to her ordination as one of the few female American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Known for her warm, candid and humorous teaching style, she often weaves scientific research findings into her teachings. She is particularly passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. Born into a Midwestern Jewish household, Lama Tsomo is an heiress to the Pritzker family fortune via Hyatt Hotels and other enterprises. She had no interest in joining any of the family businesses. As a teenager, she discovered a passion for the environment and came to believe that a civilization built on an ever-growing demand for material things (and ... Read Full Story
Jan 01, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lama Tsomo: Sustaining Spiritual PracticesReflection questions: Our guest this week became an ordained lama after nearly abandoning meditation practice. How has the discouragement and frustration over the sense that you are perhaps "doing it wrong" led you to abandon meditation or another spiritual practice, and what brings you back?
Nov 17, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Ocean Robbins. Ocean Robbins is a food revolutionary, author, speaker, and transformational social change leader. Co-founder of the Food Revolution Network, one of the largest communities of healthy eating on the planet, Ocean has touched millions of lives in 190 nations. His mission is to transform the industrialized food culture into one that supports healthy people and a healthy planet, through the two fronts of public policy and encouraging healthy eating habits. “We are everyday food revolutionaries with our knives and forks,” he says. Ocean’s family story is one of transformation. His grandfather co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, while his father forsook the wealth and the company's role in making people unhealthy to move the family to a one-room log cabin, where Ocean was born and spent his first ten years. His family lived simply, grew most of their ... Read Full Story
Nov 13, 2019, 5 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ocean Robbins: The Food Revolution: Heal Your BodyReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that "When you bring any area of your life into alignment with your values, your life takes on a potency, and a beauty, that you never could previously have imagined." Can you recall a time when aligning to your values added potency to your life?
Oct 17, 2019, 2 comments, 14 smiles In a TEDx Talk delivered in her hometown of Lincoln, NE, Preeta Bansal movingly shares what might be called a homecoming speech of the truest kind. Weaving her family's personal moonshot of arriving into America concurrently with America's (and humanity's) own literal moonshot through the Apollo 11 mission, she sets the stage for the gravity of heavy realizations from her own rocket-like career trajectory into the highest echelons of conventional power. It was a momentary glimpse of dissolution at at 10-day meditation retreat that catalyzed this and gave her the embodied experience of interconnection with the whole-- the breakdown of the separation that sits at the core of our self-view, and put her back in touch with the infinitely renewable fuel of love and connection within. Tasting a visceral insight into oneness, the priority shifted to a new model of social change: the quantum model where inner transformation ripples into ... Read Full Story
Sep 07, 2019, 8 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Pavithra Sundareshan. Pavithra Sundareshan was 22 years old when she and her husband started Vindhya, an outsourcing company in Bangalore, India, which may be the first and only for-profit enterprise in which the majority of employees are people with disabilities -- physically challenged, hearing or visually impaired, socially disadvantaged women, or on the autism spectrum. Since it began in 2006, the company is now comprised of 1600 employees, more than 60% of which (or 900 employees) are differently abled, and 70% of which are women. “Bringing business and philanthropy together for a cause, but helping people live with dignity. That is how we started the company,” the couple says. Pavithra has come to realize that “the only disability in life is bad attitude.” Pavitra has been selected by Times of India as one of the “25 Leaders of Tomorrow” and ... Read Full Story
Sep 04, 2019, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Pavithra Sundareshan: Dignity For The Differently AbledReflection questions: How do you bring a concern for social impact into traditional business and work settings? Are you able to find concrete expression for such concerns?
Aug 15, 2019, 3 comments, 7 smiles [P.K. Mehta has been a friend of the Servicespace ecosystem from its very beginning, even playing a key role in arranging for Nipun's first public talk. Yet the debt of gratitude we owe him is much greater due to his professional contributions. If you've ever been on a bridge or tall building during an earthquake, chances are you are alive because of Kumar uncle-- a fact I myself learned at his funeral. His groundbreaking innovations in his field remain the worldwide gold standard high performance, low emissions concrete, with his textbook translated into many languages and still in use decades after its publication. Much like his material contributions provided a sort of basic substrate that permeates all our lives, his blessings and quiet generosity provided another sort of basic substrate that allowed tremendous good work to happen in the world, and continue for decades to come. He passed away last ... Read Full Story