I'm joining Service Space because ... my purpose to be alive on this Planet is to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.
A good day to me is when ... the awareness of breath removes duality.
My hero in life is ...this portal of love! :-)
My favorite book is ...the book of life (and the perhaps Hind Swaraj).
One thing I'm grateful for is ... we touch the heart of people, specially the so called "opponents".
Jan 08, 2018, 4 comments, 14 smiles [At last Wednesday's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, brother Miguel shared this humorous and touching story below, of how his father taught him the "Platinum Rule", prompted by last week's reading on the nuances of universality.] Sometimes if we get too caught up in the Golden Rule we assume that we can understand what other people want without asking them to tell us what their suffering is. And that can lead us to problematic territory. My dad used to tell me this story when I was a kid. His dad worked at a restaurant when he was in college and became a chef. He was a very active political leftist. So part of the benefits of working there was that they were able to prepare a meal for themselves and everyone who worked there. The chefs could get steak filet mignon or lobster or whatever choice cuts they wanted. But the owner ... Read Full Story
Nov 20, 2017, 3 comments, 4 smiles [reposted from the Earthling Opinion blog] Please take a look at the next drawing. What do you see? Is it that for you these lines are just random patterns of shades and lights? Do you see an old person or is it a young person? Are you able to see both at the same time or none of them? Are they part of one another or are they even the same person seen through the lens of time? Given my cultural background, when I looked at this drawing, the first thing that came to my mind was the image of a young woman, looking sideways exposing the left part of her neck. But then later, seen from another perspective, the chin of the young woman could be also the nose of an old woman. Or the left eye of the old woman could be the ear of the young woman. Let me say ... Read Full Story
Nov 01, 2017, 8 comments, 10 smiles [This post was sparked after reading this week's Awakin Reading on "Welcoming Fear As A Friend"] Greetings beloved family! :-) May this message find you living the journey of full liberation. Transcending Fear Somehow felt the strong need to comment around fear, otherwise this passage feels quite incomplete. Below is my attempt to make this analogy: befriending fear is to fearlessness as violence is to nonviolence. In this way, the experience of apathy/cowardice precludes that of nonviolence, in similar form as the experience of denying/been paralyzed by fear precludes that of fearlessness. While it is better to befriend fear than to deny it or be afraid of it, it is far from not experience it at all and to be fearless. That is, far from embodying love and compassion. From Vimala Thakar to Peace Pilgrim, to Thich Nhat Hanh, to Martin Luther King Jr., to Gandhi, to Vinoba, they all speak of having a mindset ... Read Full Story
Sep 06, 2017, 4 comments, 10 smiles "Scaling in time" seems to be a great way to describe, or rather, to be embracing today's circumstances, from political to physical hurricanes. Scaling in time feels as it were rooted in deep spiritual grounds hard to destroy with any storm. People familiar with the facilitation of the growth of soil, know about the cycles of Nature, how seasons hold space for different manifestations of the Web of Life to decay and emerge. For Natural Farmers, scaling in time is an integrated form of being. If we entertain the thought that the seeds of satyagraha (also known as disobeying with Great Love ;-) ) have been planted long time ago and their sprouts have been lovingly cultivated as we speak, it is not surprising to start seeing more and more fruits of that labor of love. Here's where the fresh Cosecha Movement --with its sound (r)evolutionary 14 principles and a 4 ... Read Full Story
Aug 02, 2017, 5 comments, 23 smiles Rumi once said, "A heart filled with Love is like a Phoenix that no cage can imprison.” That is how I felt after spending few powerful days at ServiceSpace retreat last weekend, nourished by all the raw inspiration, joyous playfulness and profound commitment to a new paradigm. In the context of such untiring minds, hearts and wings of the indomitable Phoenix coming together, I'm reminded of this video by dear brother Estas Tonne (whose other music can be received here) ... Here's a loosely-edited transcription of the video in the form of a poem: In a silent space, I hear a voice It whispers...it sings...at times it even cries out like a wave when it breaks on the ocean shore, it falls into pieces of that, which is called "me" Particles of "me", particles of "you", particles of "we" the endless facets of a diamond united in one breath The beat of my heart echoes yours a rhythm that resonates ... Read Full Story
Jan 25, 2017, 1 comments, 15 smiles "But what if someone comes and robs all your stuff?" It's one of the most common questions kids ask when they come to Casa de Paz and learned that we don't locked the door at all and that, during Spring and Summer, the door is even wide-open most of the time. Yesterday, was not the exception when our local consistent contributor teacher Raj brought again his 5th grade class from the nearby government school. At the beginning many of the kids were expressing their fears about brother Donald deporting them and their families. So there was an extra smell of fear in the air, nothing that a few minutes of receptive silence cannot deal with ;-) In some schools every so often the principal of the school chooses to be "the shadow" of one of the students --following the student everywhere--, and this time it happened to be one of Raj's students. ... Read Full Story
Oct 28, 2016, 5 comments, 25 smiles As water protectors stood their ground in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the police continued their macing, tasering, and beating. In between, the satygrahis prayed. Herds of bison appeared over the hills as they prayed. #Solidarity As I'm getting ready to head to Standing Rock to join a group of satyagrahis who have been there since April, I'm sending you all my love and blessings.
Oct 20, 2016, 1 comments, 16 smiles What a BAAMplex evening last night at the Kindness Temple again, this time with Larry Brilliant! Here's the transcript ot the magical encounter --including the audio!-- and our Jai Jagat photo at the end of the night ... And an excerpt from his talk ... I was invited to the Pentagon for an award, and I was invited to speak about atypical, unusual threats to national security. By that I meant climate change, and pandemics, and hatred, and selfishness. That was pretty strange; I talked on the Armed Forces TV to three point five million marines, and soldiers, and sailors, and then I gave a talk in the Pentagon main auditorium to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all the Department of Defense, and all the Brass. I had a slideshow. The first slide that I showed was that picture of my wife and I in hippie gown and our "magic bus", smoking a joint ... Read Full Story