I'm joining Service Space because ... “Noble friends are the whole of the holy life,” said the Buddha. I've found quite a few of them here at ServiceSpace. :-)
A good day to me is when ... I have been fully present to the most ordinary of moments.
My hero in life is ...Jayesh Patel, whose love knows no bound; Nipun Mehta, whose Iife I feel privileged to share -- and witness all the beautiful unfolding.
My favorite book is ...The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (I try to read it at least once every few years).
One thing I'm grateful for is ... hiking on trails, sitting on a meditation cushion, witnessing compassionate and
Jul 25, 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Lived Compassion.Editor's Note: All major belief systems agree that "compassion" towards others is generally a good thing. However, in the West, the definition usually involves the words sympathy or even pity. Whereas in the East, daya (compassion) is quite different from kripa (pity). Since all living beings are ultimately seen as a part of one's own self, ahimsa (compassion-in-action) becomes more than just sympathy or pity. It is actively living in a way that prevents suffering for others. This week we explore the subtle nuances of this word in the video below. --Guri
Jul 18, 2021, 1 comments The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: The Book Of Delight.Editor's Note: When running errands this week, I noticed three kids standing at the corner of a street. They held up homemade signs with carefully drawn letters. As each car drove by, they yelled, "brownies and lemonade" for one dollar. Their spirit and teamwork were so infectious that I had to pull over and support their merry little gang. The delightful exchange with them pulled me out of my routine and colored my day differently. As I learned about Ross Gay (in this week's video), I can't help but wonder how many moments of "delight" we miss daily. --Guri
Jul 11, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: The Art And Practice Of Joy.Editor's Note: When life challenges us on multiple fronts, our mind can feel like it has been led into a narrow tunnel of despair and left there. Problems outweigh solutions and we find ourselves chewing over the same issues like a piece of gum. What often helps checkmate such paralysis is consciously injecting joy into our days. Like the crack of dawn, joy can illuminate a pathway out of the tunnel. The NPR article at the bottom shares more about how we can tackle the pandemic rut with a little bit of joy. --Guri
Jul 04, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Wisdom At Work.Editor's Note: Much of our life our lives are spent working, and usuallyinclude partnering with others. At every position I've been in, the human dynamics have always been interesting to see. I have had the fortune of working in some great teams with a sprinkle of one or two challenging colleagues. I'm amazed by how much one individual can bring to a group. The ones dedicated to the collective goal, always looking at the bright side with humor, are such a joy to work with each day. Given the time we spend working, it's a precious gift to grow together. --Guri
Jun 27, 2021, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Best Doggone Therapists Around.Editor's Note: This week's newsletter focuses on our four-legged friends who provide so much unconditional love. They meet us at the door like we were the most amazing person to walk the earth. They make us feel okay about ourselves and the world. During the pandemic, they have been the steady anchors, ready to play, go on walks, and love unconditionally. Their joy is infectious. And it's hard to repay their kindness. If you have a story of how an animal has helped you or someone else in your life, we'd love to hear it at kindspring.org. --Guri
Jun 20, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Hidden Influence Of Social Networks.Editor's Note: The nature versus nurture issue has been debated in Psychology pretty much since the beginning of this field. Are we predominantly the products of our genetic makeup or our environment? However, for this week's newsletter, I was more curious about how our current social networks (or community) impact our behavior. Does it predict our current or future behavior? This week's video brings up interesting questions and offers an insightful reflection on the hidden influence of our social networks. --Guri
Jun 05, 2021, 1 comments, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Kindness Ninjas.Editor's Note: In the 1800s, Emily Dickinson wrote: "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain." The individuals in this week's stories seem to live by a very similar philosophy. I'm especially amazed by the teens featured in this week's video and their sense of maturity, clarity, and conviction. --Guri
May 27, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Teaching Kindness.Editor's Note: Time and again, we run across stories of children and youth showing wisdom beyond their years. Most of them have an innate ability to express compassion and love. As much as we like to think that we are teaching them, more often than not, I find myself learning from their unsullied hearts when it comes to what is essential. Although their lives are no less complex than our own, their ability to remember kindness received or creatively express their own empathy at such a young age is inspiring. It gives me hope in the coming generations. --Guri
May 20, 2021, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Random Acts Of Kindness.Editor's Note: Those who value kindness try to practice it in their own special way according to their capacity, personality, and skills. I'm often inspired by those who can spontaneously go up to a stranger and do a random act of kindness to try to make their day a little brighter. I am part of the camp where I feel more comfortable doing it anonymously if I can help it or as the need naturally arises. This weeks' stories highlight those stepping up to do a random act of kindness, which is as unique as they are. --Guri
May 06, 2021, 3 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Hope In Hard Times.Editor's Note: For the past year, the pandemic has taught us many lessons, including how little control we have over our lives. What helped us grow through it has been our ability to adapt to the changing environment. While covid-19 is improving in some countries, unfortunately, the struggle worsens in others. What remains constant is the strength of people's ability to come together and try to lift each other up. This week's stories highlight the spirit of those who rise to meet life's challenges and provide hope to others during hard times. --Guri