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
Oct 17, 2019 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
Jul 31, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mandar Apte: Beyond Reducing Violence: Creating PeaceReflection questions: What are some tools you use to create conditions for sustainable personal peace in your life?
Jul 18, 2019, 3 comments, 12 smiles To wield tremendous power evenhandedly with kindness and humility is a mark of a strong connection to oceanic truth. We're used to finding this rarest combination of traits among saints and social change leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, yet this week, the country lost a man who embodied them in a secular way from an exalted office. Justice John Paul Stevens was ahead of his time on many key issues and questions that faced the nation, and will be looked back upon by future generations as consistently and courageously on the right side of history. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald Ford and initially considered to be a solid conservative Republican, his judicial legacy is often regarded as leading the liberal wing of the court for 35 years. Its a characterization that he'd dispute, and those who knew him well would strongly attest that the guiding ... Read Full Story
Jan 26, 2019, 7 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shinzen Young. Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant who frequently uses concepts from mathematics as a metaphor to illustrate the abstract concepts of meditation and who is building a bridge between contemplative practice and hard science. His interest in integrating meditation with scientific paradigms has resulted in collaborations with neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere in the burgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. He aims to bring a secular mindfulness practice to a wider audience across faith traditions using revamped terminology and techniques as well as automated expert systems. He is well-known not only for his particular way of combining Eastern and Western science and thought traditions, but also for his categorical, systematic approach to meditation, outlined in his recent book, The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works (2016). We'll post the transcript of the call ... Read Full Story
Jan 23, 2019, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shinzen Young: The Role Of Compassion On The Spiritual PathReflection questions: Our guest this week has developed a widely used method of teaching mindfulness that draws on science as well as all spiritual traditions. He writes that in every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience. How does wakefulness and insight on your spiritual journey relate to compassion in your life, and vice versa?
Nov 25, 2018, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shabnam Virmani. Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, feminist, and singer of Kabir folk songs. In 2003, stung by the religious riots of Gujarat, India in 2002, she set out in quest of the 15th century mystic poet/saint Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion, nationalism, harmony, and impermanence. She “ventur[ed] into diverse socio-cultural, religious and musical landscapes, meeting with people who sing, love, quote, revere and make meaning of Kabir” in their lives. In 2009, following six years of journey, Shabnam and the Kabir Project team offered to the world a set of 4 musical documentary films, and several music CDs and books of translated poetry, for reflection and healing. In her quest, the magic of Kabir’s song and poetry began to slowly seep within, and to hold up a transformational mirror to ... Read Full Story
Nov 21, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry Reflection questions: How has particular music or poetry helped shake you out of a sense of fixed identity and into a vibrant, open place of "not knowing"? What about the work or the artistic experience cracked you open?