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
Apr 08, 2021, 2 comments The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Life Demands Presence.Editor's Note: Every morning the sun shows up at our doorstep with an invitation in hand. We are invited to wake up and show up with all our imperfections, in our less-than-perfect lives. Do you accept the challenge? Or do you try to go through the motions and get through the day as best as you can? This week's stories offer us inspiration to pay attention to small things, bring our presence to whatever party we happened to be invited to today. Slow down to make sure we don't miss the magical moments concealed in the mundane. --Guri
Mar 25, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight In Kindness: Sacred Reciprocity.Editor's Note: When people are kind, they don't want anything in return. It is simply an expression of their gratitude for being alive. Yet, what we put out has an uncanny way of returning back to us. Kindness comes back to replenish us, restore us, rejuvenate us -- in ways we might never imagine. Not only that, kindness has no expiration date. I'd like to believe that no act of kindness ever goes unaccounted, and sooner or later, like a boomerang, always finds its way back to the giver. This week's stories share the sacred reciprocity of kindness. --Guri
Mar 13, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight In Kindness: What Makes A Compassionate Man?.Editor's Note: My husband and I live on the fourth floor. A while back, we noticed that someone always brings up our mail deliveries and leaves them right at our doorstep. After many months, we realized that it was a man that we least expected to do this, who lives across from us. Although many cultures associate compassion and empathy with women, so many inspiring men also amplify kindness every day. How can we foster more compassionate men? The thoughtful article at the end provides a great perspective. --Guri
Mar 04, 2021, 2 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Superpowers Of Humility.Editor's Note: Growing up, I was taught that pride was something to keep an eye on, so I tried to recognize the thin line between confidence and arrogance. With the age of social media normalizing boasting about our achievements, how does humility fit in? Intellectual humility allows our curiosity to learn from one another and understand that our views are often limited. True humility offers us an openness to the interconnectedness that we have with each other. The article at the end shares a simple yet insightful look at the superpowers of humility. --Guri
Feb 11, 2021, 4 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Heart As Vast As The Sky.Editor's Note: Have you ever been surprised by another person's generosity? When someone you know does something so unexpected that their actions leave you almost stunned. They push the boundaries of giving and go from the usual give and take to a whole another level of kindness. These don't always have to be larger-than-life actions or involve many resources, but you can clearly see that they were able to dig deep into their hearts for someone else. These are the beautiful souls that carry a heart as vast as the sky. --Guri
Feb 04, 2021, 1 comments, 6 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Braveheart.Editor's Note: Kindness and compassion are often viewed as gentle and soft in our society, although they take center stage for all major religions. The ability to relate to someone else's suffering or reach out and help -- can anything be more human than that? Kindness is not a quality that comes easily to the weak, insecure, or selfish. It is not soft and gentle at all. The ability to choose kindness over and over in the face of life's challenges takes a lot of strength. The everyday heroes below that "show up", exemplify that bravery. --Guri
Jan 28, 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Against All Odds.Editor's Note: Have you ever noticed that some people walk around like they're carrying the secret to life in their little pockets? Nothing really seems to get in their way. Even if it does, it's just another obstacle that they climb over and joyfully move along to the next thing. It's not that they don't suffer the same fate as the rest of us, just that no curveball in life keeps them down for too long. This week's stories celebrate the strength of their spirits, conviction, their love of living, and loving those around them. --Guri
Jan 21, 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: 3,000+ Days Of Happiness.Editor's Note: How do you define happiness? It's an integral part of our lives, something we all strive for, yet we all kind of define it differently. In most languages, the word "happy" comes from the word "lucky." Could there be truth to that? Or does this point to the difference between us and how previous generations perceived it? This week we had a chance to interview someone who boldly sought out happiness every single day for the past nine years. She is wise beyond her years, and we are thrilled to share her story with you below. --Guri
Jan 14, 2021, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Lost And Found.Editor's Note: The very nature of life is riddled with ups and downs. Sometimes we lose our way or our sense of self. Sometimes our circumstances or the world around us devours us like a tidal wave. With the ground beneath our feet no longer supporting us, the path forward feels uncertain. It is those moments that someone shows up and points us in the right direction. It rarely matters if it's a friend, a loved one, or a complete stranger. Those moments when the haziness clears up, we no longer feel lost are sacred. We find ourselves again. We are home. -Guri
Jan 08, 2021, 1 smiles The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Do What You Can.Editor's Note: At the height of the Information Age, the 24-hour news cycle feels like a blessing and a curse. It's no secret that "bad news" has always dominated the headlines or that humans are highly empathetic to what we see or hear. How do we balance our need to be informed and contribute at a broader scale? And yet, ensure that it doesn't stifle our ability to do what we can, where we are? --Guri