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
Oct 12, 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Connection To Yourself.Editor's Note: It has become increasingly clear that our connection to ourselves impacts our connection to others. While we are inherently social animals, our most extensive social network lies deep within ourselves -- making a solid foundation to stand on necessary for a meaningful life. This week's newsletter highlights stories of individuals trying to connect with the deepest parts of their being, whether in community, in their search for God, or in chance reflections in quiet moments. Enjoy! --Guri
Sep 20, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Cultivate Good Heart, Not Clever Mind.Editor's Note: "We have enough clever minds. We need more good hearts," Robert Thurman often said. A clever mind can help us dissect, but it takes a good heart to bind the pieces together into an inspired mosaic. Today's newsletter features those good hearts, from a delivery man who saves his salary to build a library in Ghana to a high-school student who won our kindness contest and helps build a bridge between generations. Enjoy! --Guri
Sep 12, 2021, 1 comments, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Heroes And Survivors.Editor's Note: Twenty years ago, on 9/11, I remember a friend calling me in the morning with the tragic news. For weeks, many of us were glued to the TV trying to process the aftermath, laden with stories of loss and heroism. Looking back at it now, I'm reminded that tomorrow is not guaranteed. And life shouldn't be taken for granted. We need to make every moment count and do what matters most. On this day of remembrance, we honor heroes and survivors who remind us that kindness is what carries us. --Guri
Sep 06, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Between The Darkness And The Light.Editor's Note: Our lives are an interplay between the shadow and the light. One doesn't seem to exist without the other. It's how we dance with it that sets the soundtrack to our lives. Do we have the emotional muscles to find hope when everything seems to fall apart? Can we face our own pain or have the wisdom to wait it out until the mud settles. Marianne Williamson fittingly shares, "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others." --Guri
Aug 31, 2021, 1 comments The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Six Habits Of Highly Empathic People.Editor's Note: Psychologist Daniel Goleman talks about three types of empathy. Cognitive empathy, the ability to understand another's perspective; Emotional empathy, the ability to feel what another person feels and; Empathic concern, the ability to sense what another person needs from you. Since no man or woman is an island, investigating empathy and consciously honing our emotional intelligence is a much-needed component for good relationships. Whether as a leader, co-worker, parent, student, or friend -- it's an essential predecessor to kindness. --Guri
Aug 15, 2021, 1 comments The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Love In The Time Of Chaos.Editor's Note: I grew up in a huge extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Last week I received one of the sweetest emails from a younger cousin I haven't seen for a very long time. I never realized that he looked up to me growing up or that I impacted his life at all. Being at the receiving end of his gratitude makes me think about proportions. How can something small that we do or say significantly affect someone else's life, whether we're made aware of it or not? I can't help but think about what seeds I'm planting in my interactions today. --Guri
Aug 08, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: The Kindness Games.Editor's Note: For the past weeks, sports enthusiasts around the world have found themselves glued to the television. After training for most of their lives, some of the fiercest men and women take center stage at the Olympics. It's a make it break it moment for many. As the pressure heats up and dreams are made or broken, this year feels a little different. There's more kindness in the air with truly inspirational displays of sportsmanship. Check out some of our favorite stories below. --Guri
Aug 01, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Moving Beyond Blame.Editor's Note: It's an understatement to say that things don't always work out as we had hoped. When faced with a stressful situation, many of us might first respond with, "Whose fault is it?" To blame someone or something for our afflictions may seem like typical human behavior. But Dr. Brene Brown's video below illustrates that such reactions signal a loss of control and disempowerment to our brains. This week's newsletter focuses on everyday individuals who were able to focus and galvanize their energies in finding a resolution. --Guri
Jul 25, 2021, 1 comments 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 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