About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... its good for me, its good for you, and its fun :-) (temporarily borrowed from Rahul Brown) :-)

A good day to me is when ... I live from a space of alignment between head, heart and hands.

My hero in life is ...the ServiceSpace community.

My favorite book is ...Infinite Vision, Moved By Love, My Experiments With Truth

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I'm being of service. :)

Obama On Bob Dylan

Oct 17, 2016, 11 smiles [Fun reflection on this year's Noble Prize winner in Literature.] You had Bob Dylan here [at the White House]. How did that go?  Obama: Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his ... Read Full Story

When Moved By Voices (2010 Poem By Audrey!)

May 24, 2016, 3 comments, 18 smiles [We recently heard buzz of this 2010 poem by Audrey, so am I reposting here. :)] When moved by voices crystal clear crisp like a calling succumbs you and you fall fearless, love - a shield -  and you walk as if you can't fall because  you won't.   When you walk enwrapped in clouds grace surrounds you elegance nudging you along Nothing can break you. Fear and loneliness a distant memory when you know you can make a weathered old man laugh a recovering alcoholic smile light a spark in the eye of a stranger.   Like rising with the sun your thoughts first a vague pink dream in slumber light floods the valley last night's stars dissolve like dreams   When moved by stories our eyes dance hearts smile babies sigh like they know it all but we - our hearts heavy- breathe through stories   like a dream the monk told me: "Life is all a dream, it's just a matter of picking the one you want to be in."   So. Be moved by voices.   Let them call you to sing your true song. Let the cliffs of Mount Everest ring to the depths of souls like no light has ever seen like when the ... Read Full Story

The Present From Jacob Frey On ...

May 06, 2016, 1 comments, 13 smiles The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo. 

Movement To Pay Forward Coffee

Dec 24, 2015, 8 smiles On March 27, 2013, John Sweeney, a plumber from Ireland (and a friend of ServiceSpace), started a Facebook page called Suspended Coffees. His message was simple: Buy a cup of coffee for a stranger, because an act of kindness can change a life. Eight hours later, the page had attracted more than 20,000 likes. Suspended coffee, or caffe sospeso, is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, and dates to at least the turn of the 20th century. When customers buy coffee, they also pay in advance for a cup to be given to somebody else — usually someone who otherwise couldn't afford it. Movement to Pay Forward Spills in the US ...  

Does It Pay To Be Kind To Strangers?

Nov 27, 2015, 4 smiles Sandi Mann, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire, had just embarked on a new project to explore the phenomenon of “paying it forward” – a popular philosophy of being generous to a stranger, in the hope they will pass on the kindness to someone else. “The idea is to create a chain – a domino effect,” Mann explains.Mann’s idea was to try it herself for a couple of weeks and observe the way people react. After all, most people might have the intention of being a little bit kinder, yet we feel that we are unable to muster up the willpower. So why is it so difficult to both give, and accept, kindness?  Sandi Mann in BBC: Does it Pay to be Kind to Strangers?

Purpose Of Life: Mind And Life Converse

Nov 01, 2015, 2 comments, 11 smiles Came across a deep and profound conversation between Life and Mind. Mind: I wonder what the purpose of Life is. Life: Hmm Mind: I hear so many things: To realize your dreams. To improve yourself every day. To achieve wealth. To serve others. To make the world a better place etc.. Life: That's a whole lot of stuff to do! Mind: Tell me about it! Now, they all do seem to be related to each other, but you know I can't achieve all of them... Life: So who asks you to? Mind: Er, you ask of me to, don't you? Life: No. Mind: Wait a minute! There are religions founded on it, self-help books doing raging business about it - they all say deep, important sounding things about Life's purpose! And you are saying you don't ask any of those things? Life: Nope. All those things seem to achieve the purpose of your, the mind's, life. Mind: But you are my ... Read Full Story

Tzu Chi Video On Karma Kitchen

Sep 03, 2015, 9 comments, 24 smiles Came across this just-released gem as I was browsing posts on my lunch break. :-)

Buen Vivre ... The Good Life

Jul 30, 2015, 1 comments, 3 smiles On well-being ...

Warriors And ServiceSpace :)

Jun 17, 2015, 11 smiles I'm sure many of you watched Warriors win the NBA title last night. Dub Nation in the house! :) The whole season, the Warriors played selflessly and handled themselves with character. In the pivotal game 4 of the finals, coach Steve Kerr implemented advice from a 28-year-old: "Accepting and implementing strategic advice from your team DJ is kind of like President Obama making a major foreign-policy decision based on a suggestion from Lenny the White House rose-pruner." Yet, there it was, an ode to collective wisdom. :)  It was only fitting that Iguodala got the Finals MVP award:   All season long, Andre Iguodala had to answer the same questions over and over: How did he feel about not starting? How did he feel about coming off the bench? As an Olympic gold medalist and former All-Star, didn’t it bother him to sit? Iguodala, true to his nature, never once bristled at the line ... Read Full Story

Casa De Paz On Forum Today

Mar 24, 2015, 8 smiles Casa de Paz was mentioned on KQED's Forum show today around the police department -- by none other than Somik!  Here's the clip (at 43:00) when Somik called in with a question. :)