I'm joining Service Space because ... I love how we are all connected to one another by invisible threads and how our small acts can help us remember that. I would like to participate in local events as part of SS.
A good day to me is when ... I smile thinking of heartfelt connections that happened during the day.
My hero in life is ...My husband--his honesty, integrity and generosity are incredible, but even more admirable (to me) is the fact that he never takes credit for what he does!
My favorite book is ...The Lives of a Cell
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I'm sharing my passion for science with my students and also when I'm making music with my family and in nature
Aug 02, 2018, 6 comments, 17 smiles This summer, I signed up for a computer coding workshop, which was being offered by colleagues at my university. I was a little hesitant, having come of age pre-internet, and not having programed anything in about 3 decades! But with the encouragement of colleagues, and feeling excited about exploring something totally out of my comfort zone, I showed up ready to learn and work hard. The first day of the workshop was amazing---we were given ample time to learn the concepts and by the afternoon we were asking our own questions and analyzing data using the tools we had learned. It was exhilarating and empowering and I felt so excited that after the class was over I went home and continued my explorations, and I even emailed the instructor to share that with her! A week later we had another workshop with a different instructor. It was a totally different experience. I came ... Read Full Story
May 29, 2018, 1 comments, 13 smiles Earlier this Spring, after many days of protesting and showing up to events around the issue of gun control, I was blown away by the student leadership behind this movement and the vision I have of young people as real change-makers. I shared my feelings with my colleagues and students, and then, in my Intro to Microbiology and Public Health lecture class of 165 students, I asked a simple question at the beginning of one class: "How will you be a change-maker in your profession and what motivates you?" Most students will be entering health-care related professions such as nursing, so I wanted to give them a chance to reflect on why they were here and what keeps them going. They returned their answers anonymously on index cards. What I read brought tears to my eyes and gave me immense hope for the future of medicine! Most students expressed a strong desire to ... Read Full Story
Apr 23, 2018, 2 comments, 4 smiles Kindful kids in the park celebrated Earth Day weekend yesterday with lots of seeds (veggies and wildflowers) planted, many liters of homemade Meyer lemonade given away, and a relaxed time for parents to connect and enjoy the beautiful afternoon. Kids from the park were drawn to our table to plant, make cards, and chalk up the sidewalk! Ananya crafted a beautiful "free lemonade/earth day" sign, Fox eagerly found people to give lemonade (and smile cards) to, Simi was an enthusiastic gardener and helped a lot with the little ones, and the youngest of the crew (Vivaan and Avni) had fun planting, drawing and playing. Our canine companions drew lots of smiles and kids who wanted to pet them, and we had a lovely surprise visit from Harpreet (whom we have missed at Awakin circles due to his health). As usual in the ServiceSpace ecosystem, whatever we needed (or thought we had forgotten) ... Read Full Story
Apr 14, 2018, 2 comments, 6 smiles Kindful Kids Event in the Bay Area on Sunday April 22nd 4-6pm All are welcome to bring kids to Portal Park, 10225 N Portal Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 to sow seeds of gratitude and practice random acts of kindness Please share with your friends! With gratitude, Brinda & Kinjal
Aug 23, 2017, 2 comments, 13 smiles How do I love trees? Every single day I give thanks to at least one (usually more) tree. I marvel at their leaves, their bark, their life-giving oxygen and the carbon they take from the air to build themselves into magnificence. How do I love trees? I plant a seed here and there, trusting nature to its miracles. I gaze upwards at their soaring majesty, I touch their feet (or rather roots) in reverence. I hug them. I caress their bark. I walk among them every day, feeling humbled and grateful for their being. I give thanks to my grandfather, whose spirit I feel in every forest I walk in, for he was a protector of forests and a devotee of the science of trees.
Aug 17, 2017, 5 smiles This week's Kindful Kids Newsletter theme is Building Community in Your Neighborhood and I think it's really important to model for our children how to cultivate change right in your own backyards (literally)! I wanted to share some practical ideas for bringing a sense of community to your neighborhood -- all of these ideas have been tried and tested in our neighborhood and worked wonderfully! Organize an international potluck block party to celebrate diversity (everyone brings a dish celebrating their heritage; everyone brings own utensils, chairs, congregate in a driveway or street, kids play freely in the street which you block off to cars) Take turns to host a movie night for neighborhood kids Host a gingerbread making afternoon/other baking activity for kids Support/organize a kids lemonade stand for charity (or gift economy, pay it forward!) Share produce from your garden--leave in front of your home with a "free" sign or let neighbors know they ... Read Full Story
Aug 02, 2017, 9 smiles I have been feeling a lot of awe lately thinking about symbioses. You may not realize it, but you (and all other living beings) are literally being shaped by your microbes--those invisible critters living on and inside you, forming entire ecological systems in your body and acting as your invisible partner in everything you think "you" are and do. Breastmilk from your mother contained sugars that you couldn't digest, but your microbes needed in order to establish a healthy gut. Similar systems exist for plants, with microbes in plant roots converting nitrogen from the soil into a form the plant can use---we would not be alive without them! Whether we think about these examples or other more macroscopic ones, symbiosis is essential for all life. In fact you wouldn't be here breathing without your mitochondria---structures that generate energy within your cells which used to be bacteria about 3 billion years ... Read Full Story
Mar 12, 2017, 3 comments, 8 smiles A picture-perfect Spring day. Warm sunshine, shade trees, the sounds of children's laughter and play. All the most wonderful backdrop for our Kindful Kids event at a local park. Our opening circle was led by Kinjal who asked the children to think about someone for whom they are grateful and why. After the minute of silent meditation, there were many activities for both kids and parents: Kozo's lovely gift of teaching us how to make origami peace cranes, hand-crafted gratitude cards made by the kids to give out in person, a "pay it forward" style free lemonade stand, manned by the dynamic Atman, Jett and Fox....who handed out smile cards with the homemade lemonade and asked patrons to "Draw a smile and write what you are grateful for" on a poster board, sidewalk chalking smiles and positive messages along the walkway, planting flower seeds in small pots, and blowing bubbles during the final closing ... Read Full Story
Feb 20, 2017, 2 comments, 10 smiles On Sunday, March 12th (4-6pm) we invite all families with children to join us at a gathering where we plan to reflect on the themes of gratitude and happiness, and to have a joyful time together outdoors doing random acts of kindness and seeing the magic that unfolds! To RSVP to join the fun, please submit your email address using this link. We will craft and write personal thank you cards to those who have touched our lives (teachers, librarians, special friends...) and we will also make and deliver cards to those in public service who are all around us. Sidewalk chalk for positive message graffiti, soap bubbles, and other materials will be provided. We hope to host this event in a public park (weather-permitting) and will send details to those who RSVP once it gets closer to the date. We hope that you and your cubs (Ages 4+) will join us for a fun-filled afternoon! With smiles, Kinjal & Brinda To see photos and read about our February Kindful Kids gathering: http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20786 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20785 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20784
Feb 13, 2017, 14 smiles Kindful Kids eagerly sharing their creative talents....gluing, cutting, writing, drawing, sticking, beading....each valentine as unique and beautiful as the child who made it, and the child or senior who will receive it! Can you feel the LOVE?!