About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... good place to dance :)

A good day to me is when ... I've used head, heart and hands in authentic service of truth, beauty and/or goodness

My hero in life is ...One hero is my brother, who quietly cultivates truth and consistently expresses love in his own way

My favorite book is ...One is Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

One thing I'm grateful for is ... A rock message I was once gifted that read everyone has something different to offer

Noirin Ni Riain: A Theology Of Listening

Jan 29, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Noirin Ni Riain: A Theology Of ListeningReflection questions: Our guest this week coined a new phrase for a keen way of listening for the divine in our world, including through silence. How do you engage in deep listening "to what the inner heart wants to hear"?

Nuggets From Home Nguyen's Call

Jan 24, 2020, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Home Nguyen. Dr. Home Nguyen was born in Vietnam in the middle of the War. When Saigon fell, his horrific story of escaping (with his parents having been imprisoned) culminated in his complete surrender to nature and to the divine after 20 days at sea – where he realized that what he thought had mattered (like money and even survival) didn’t matter. At the moment of complete surrender, young Home’s boat miraculously landed on shore and he was taken to a refugee camp. He later again learned that what seemed to matter doesn't matter when he took up meditation. He now has over 20 years' experience in personal leadership, mind-body practices, and executive coaching. His mission is to develop mindful, influential and compassionate leaders. He has coached senior executives from midsize to Fortune 500 companies and MBAs at Columbia and ... Read Full Story

Home Nguyen: What Seems To Matter Doesn't Really Matter

Jan 15, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Home Nguyen: What Seems To Matter Doesn't Really MatterReflection questions: Our guest this week has a powerful life story with frequent reminders that "what seems to matter doesn't really matter." When have you come face to face with this deep truth?

Nuggets From Lorenz Knauer's Call

Oct 27, 2019, 1 comments, 8 smiles Recently we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Lorenz Knauer. Lorenz Knauer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute for Animals, Wildlife and the Environment in Germany. He made the feature-length film Jane's Journey, and many others in his 35+ year career. Lorenz was born in Munich in 1953 – “only eight years after the end of World War II, when Germany was a traumatized country on all levels.” His father had been an anti-Nazi drafted against his will into Hitler’s army, a man Lorenz describes as “a very, very angry and violent man with a very short temper – his was reign of terror.” “It took me decades to even begin to understand where my father’s anger had its roots,” he notes. He came to understand "that it was not just my father who was so angry – it was the entire generation ... Read Full Story

Lorenz Knauer: Overcoming Transgenerational Trauma

Oct 09, 2019, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lorenz Knauer: Overcoming Transgenerational TraumaReflection questions: How has collective or personal trauma affected your life and family across generations? What tools or practices have helped you to uncover and address such trauma?

Nuggets From John Powell's Call

Sep 11, 2019, 3 comments, 9 smiles Recently we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with john powell, skillfluly moderated by none other than Preeta. john a. powell is one of the foremost public intellectuals in the areas of civil rights, racism, ethnicity, housing and poverty. Despite a distinguished career, powell spells his name in lowercase on the simple and humble idea that we are part of the universe, not over it. He has introduced into the public lexicon the concepts of “othering and belonging.” For powell, "othering" hurts not only people of color, but whites, women, animals and the planet itself, because certain people are not seen in their full humanity. Belonging is much more profound than access; “it’s about co-creating the thing you are joining” rather than having to conform to rules already set. Born in Detroit the fourth son of a minister and sharecroppers, powell has focused his life’s work on how a ... Read Full Story

John Powell: Othering And Belonging

Aug 28, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'John Powell: Othering And BelongingReflection questions: Can you recall a time when you viewed but did not really see another person? How might that have impoverished you, as well as the unseen person?

Nuggets From Kern Beare's Call

Aug 18, 2019, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Kern Beare. Kern Beare is the founder of Pop the Bubble, a personal initiative born in the wake of the 2016 election to help heal our national divide. “Tucked inside my cozy Silicon Valley ‘bubble,’ I'd become disconnected, oblivious to the experiences of millions of my fellow citizens,” Kern said. So with his 23-year-old son, Kern mapped out a cross-country route to Washington D.C. to talk with people of different backgrounds. Following their one-month, cross-country “conversation road trip”, they gained vital insights around our relationships with one another, and the need to develop radical new skills to heal our nation. With these learnings in mind, Kern created a free, half-day workshop to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts, and to look "beyond" our personal story to access more easily and deeply our ... Read Full Story

Kern Beare: Learning To Live Together

Aug 14, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Kern Beare: Learning To Live Together Reflection questions: How has a "difficult conversation" helped to pop your bubble and help you see across difference? What were the characteristics of a successful "difficult conversation"?

Nuggets From Angela Oh's Call

Jun 09, 2019, 1 comments, 8 smiles This past Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Angela Oh. Angela Oh is an attorney, ordained Zen Buddhist priest, and nationally recognized expert on race relations and conflict resolution across race and religion. Her work in holding space for peace began in 1992 during the implosion of Los Angeles after the acquittal verdict of four police officers following the videotaped police beating of Rodney King. She became a clear spokesperson and mediator, speaking to the precarious position of the Korean American community whose businesses had been destroyed during the riots, vis-à-vis both the white majority and the African American minority. In 1997 Ms. Oh was named to the Advisory Board of President Bill Clinton’s One America Initiative, which published “best practices” for racial reconciliation. Angela has been a practitioner of Zazen (sitting Zen) for more than two decades, since 1999. Her role in both mediation and meditation ... Read Full Story