About Me  

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

Rupa Marya & Raj Patel: How Our Systems Fan Chronic

Oct 13, 2021, 2 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Rupa Marya & Raj Patel: How Our Systems Fan Chronic IllnessReflection questions: In what ways have you observed or experienced “inflammation” in your body or in the collective body of your community? What practices allow you tap into deeper awareness of the systemic “groundwaters” that can potentially support your personal and community journey toward well-being?

Nuggets From Marilyn Turkovich's Call

Aug 23, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Marilyn Turkovich. Building compassion in communities may be vital to the survival of our species, according to Marilyn Turkovich. Compassionate communities more likely thrive, science informs us. Turkovich directs the Charter for Compassion International (CCI), which advances Karen Armstrong’s Charter of Compassion, a movement founded on “the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect” underlying the world’s religions and wisdom traditions. She has designed hundreds of curricula, training materials, and workshops to instill compassion rooted in local needs and knowledge. For Marilyn, “compassion is acting in solidarity with other people." Often “our own personal wisdom gets in the way of really being effective,” since compassionate action often flows from compassionate questioning and compassionate listening to those most proximate to an issue. Below are some of the nuggets from the call that stood out for me ... 400 cities are starting the Charter ... Read Full Story

Marilyn Turkovich: A Builder Of Compassionate

Aug 18, 2021, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Marilyn Turkovich: A Builder Of Compassionate CommunitiesReflection questions: How do you seek to cultivate compassion in your community? What are some tools that help you foster greater compassion in your life?

Nuggets From Sheela Murthy's Call

Jul 26, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sheela Murthy. When the artist husband of renowned immigration lawyer Sheela Murthy suggested more than 25 years ago that she should freely give away detailed information on the then-nascent Internet, Murthy thought, “If I didn’t love this man, I’d think he wants to bankrupt me.” But heeding his instincts, Murthy Law Firm began pouring informational resources freely onto the web to help would-be immigrants navigate real-life issues not necessarily requiring professional legal advice. Having been frustrated by her own experience, Sheela reveled in the opportunity to help immigrants feel empowered and respected. And the firm’s website soon became the most visited law firm website in the world. She now runs the world’s pre-eminent U.S. immigration law firm. She has compassionately guided clients through the changes following 9/11 and then the 2016 Presidential election with deep hospitality and trusted relationships. Below are ... Read Full Story

Sheela Murthy: Serving The Stranger & Extending

Jul 21, 2021, 1 comments, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sheela Murthy: Serving The Stranger & Extending HospitalityReflection questions: Have you ever taken a risk to give away more than you imagined you might be able to give, or beyond social norms, and had it come back to you many times over? How do you extend hospitality to those who might feel like strangers?

Nuggets From Jonathan Gustin's Call

Jul 13, 2021, 2 comments, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jonathan Gustin. Jonathan Gustin combines three disciplines – meditation, psychotherapy, and purpose guiding – to support individuals navigating the journey toward wholeness through what he calls the “three worlds” of the human experience – the “upper world” of spirit seeking transcendence and enlightenment through practices such as meditation (“waking up”); the “middle world” of personality and ego seeking emotional healing through practices such as psychotherapy (“growing up”), and the “lower world” of soul seeking embodiment and offering gifts to others through soul work practices (“showing up”). He has been called a “rare example of a seasoned meditation teacher who understands the spiritual necessity of the descent to soul and sacred darkness — as well as the ascent to the light and the One. He guides his students in both directions, down as well as up.” Below are just the top three ... Read Full Story

Jonathan Gustin: Uncovering Purpose: Embracing Descent

Jul 07, 2021, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jonathan Gustin: Uncovering Purpose: Embracing DescentReflection questions: How have you gone about uncovering, discerning and re-calibrating your answer to the fundamental life question: "what is uniquely mine to do in this world?" What practices support your discernment?

Nuggets From Awakin Hosts & Moderators Call

Apr 19, 2021, 7 comments, 15 smiles We had the rare pleasure of recently bringing a portion of the Awakin Calls host and moderator team together for a learning circle. It’s truly a privilege and an honor to be part of such an astounding team, where everyone has walked an extraordinary life journey and a fair number have shared their remarkable stories by being prior Awakin Call guests themselves. To say that on any given Saturday, we’ve got all-stars both in the line-up and on the bench would not be an understatement. :-) In this post-pandemic world, we’re living through a moment where so many podcasts pop up like monsoon mosquitoes, competing for our attention with flashy titles, polished graphics, and heavily marketed lustre. Yet what distinguishes Awakin Calls beyond our remarkable team is our focus and our context. While the filter criteria for mainstream podcast guests tends to aggregate around money, power, and fame first, our focus ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Michael Dowd's Call

Oct 04, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Michael Dowd. Rev. Michael Dowd is a Christian minister, author, and eco-theologian. He is known as a bridge builder connecting liberals and conservatives, religious and non-religious people, science and religion. He shows how a sacred view of Big History, human nature, and death can inspire each of us to live with greater joy, integrity, purpose, and passion. He accepts the "doom" predicament of modern human civilization, and engages in efforts to give voice to this context, along with his perspectives on a “Christian response”, grounded in compassion and goodwill. He supports audiences in transcending belief systems in a way that deepens connection to the core of their faith. This call will focus on his most recent “post-doom” work. What is overshoot, and how does it connect to a Christian minister? How can one become resilient in a way that is ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo's Call

Sep 09, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo. It was a timely conversation exploring insights, tools and practices to support ourselves and our communities in these times. For many of us, the pandemic has constrained our movements and confined our interactions -- turning our homes into seeming prisons. Many regions are also plagued with fires, hurricanes and other circumstances that force people into even greater lockdown in homes that may no longer feel safe. In conversation with Jacques Verduin, an expert in prison rehabilitation and Founding Director and Minister of Transformation of Insight-Out as well as the Founder of its GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program, and Lama Tsomo, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, we’ll explore questions such as: How do we remain sane in lockdown? How can we remain lifted up when everything around us seems to push us down? How does ... Read Full Story