About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... to be in community

A good day to me is when ... brought to bear, received, and appreciated goodness in the world

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 old favorite 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'


Nuggets From Nandini Murali's Call

Apr 23, 2021, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Nandini Murali. In spring 2017, Nandini Murali, a South Indian journalist and author, returned to an eerily quiet home and an unfathomable reality: T.R. Murali, one of the most prominent urologists in India and her beloved husband of 33 years, had ended his own life. “Space dissolved,” writes Nandini. “Time stood still. The axis of my life heaved, cracked and split.” It was the beginning of a spiraling journey that would plunge her world into darkness and the unique bereavement process for survivors of suicide, with its subtle and overt forms of social blaming and shaming. But in the wake of her overwhelming loss, Nandini refused to succumb to the paralysis of shame. Drawing upon her spiritual training and feminist consciousness, Nandini charted a path to change the conversation around suicide, cultivating awareness instead of stigma to break the taboos, ... Read Full Story

Nandini Murali: Breaking The Silence Around Suicide

Apr 14, 2021, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Nandini Murali: Breaking The Silence Around Suicide Reflection questions: What are some ways by which you’ve been able to transform or transmute felt judgment or the weight of social expectations? From what areas of your life are you ready and waiting for the blame and shame to be lifted?

Nuggets From Karla McLaren's Call

Sep 17, 2020, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Karla McLaren. Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. She is the author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), The Art of Empathy (2013), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012). Her most recent book is Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius of this Vital Emotion (June 2020). Karla’s lifelong work focuses on her theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC. Her work now focuses on teaching empathic mindfulness skills that help people interpret the messages and gifts inside their emotions so that they can increase their empathy and emotional awareness. Below are some ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Nóirín Ní Riain's Call

May 04, 2020, 1 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting our long-awaited, rescheduled-from-February Awakin Call with Nóirín Ní Riain. Nóirín Ní Riain (pronounced Noreen Nee Reeun) is an Irish spiritual singer, theologian, teacher, author and Interfaith minister. Known as the High Priestess of Gregorian Chant (plainchant, plainsong), she is also known as a singer of Celtic music, Sean-nós and Indian songs. Nóirín has released sixteen albums since 1978, including three with her sons Eoin and Mícheál (Owen and Moley) Ó Súilleabháin under the performance name A.M.E.N. Author of several books, including her autobiography, Listen with the Ear of the Heart, and Theosony: A Theology of Listening, she is currently compiling an Inter Faith Book of Prayer. In 2003, she was awarded the first ever Doctorate in Theology from MIC, University of Limerick Ireland. This was a theology of LISTENING to the Divine, for which she coined the neologism Theosony (Greek Theo (God) and Latin sonans ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Nóirín Ní Riain's Call

May 02, 2020, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting our long-awaited, rescheduled-from-February Awakin Call with Nóirín Ní Riain. Nóirín Ní Riain (pronounced Noreen Nee Reeun) is an Irish spiritual singer, theologian, teacher, author and Interfaith minister. Known as the High Priestess of Gregorian Chant (plainchant, plainsong), she is also known as a singer of Celtic music, Sean-nós and Indian songs. Nóirín has released sixteen albums since 1978, including three with her sons Eoin and Mícheál (Owen and Moley) Ó Súilleabháin under the performance name A.M.E.N. Author of several books, including her autobiography, Listen with the Ear of the Heart, and Theosony: A Theology of Listening, she is currently compiling an Inter Faith Book of Prayer. In 2003, she was awarded the first ever Doctorate in Theology from MIC, University of Limerick Ireland. This was a theology of LISTENING to the Divine, for which she coined the neologism Theosony (Greek Theo (God) and Latin sonans ... Read Full Story

Noirin Ni Riain: A Theology Of Listening

Apr 22, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles 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"?

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