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

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

Angela Oh: Tools For Community Peace And Justice

Jun 05, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Angela Oh: Tools For Community Peace And JusticeReflection questions: In addressing conflict in your life, what has been the role of external tools for justice vs. internal tools for peace?

Tway Began Finding Heart-shaped Rocks On ...

Jan 30, 2019, 2 comments, 11 smiles Tway began finding heart-shaped rocks on her long beach walks, and soon was finding dozens, and then hundreds. Locals who had lived there for decades remarked on how unusual that seemed, but Tway wasn't surprised--she took it as an affirming sign of the leap she had made years earlier. After listening further, she felt called to match each heart rock with a story about an act of kindness, and birthed the project: heartrocks. She's taking her time, waiting for the right stories to come in--maybe you know one? (Hat tip to a certain anonymous member of KindSpring for initially sharing this story :)) And here she is sharing some of the background story on a recent podcast called "The Kindness Podcast". In honor of the power of small, a couple related quotes: "There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic." --Anais Nin "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." --Howard Zinn

Flip Side Of No = Yes, And Other Learnings From

May 22, 2018, 1 comments, 13 smiles "I knew you respected me, because [instead of getting us in trouble right away] you asked what happened first." I had asked a middle school student how he felt in retrospect about our ad-hoc restorative circle process, following a brief fight that broke out at the end of the first talking circle I co-facilated at that school. Not one to mince words--as I would come to learn and love--he reflected back a gem. I've been processing many such experiences from my internship at a K-8 school last year, and would like to try to summarize some of the learnings, as well as invite other learnings. In the context of addressing school climate, particularly in terms of encouraging healthy conflict resolution/disciplinary process & positive relationships, here are three summary points: Finding The "Yes" For Every "No" One major learning can be summarized with the phrase: the flip side of no = yes. Which is to ... Read Full Story