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
Jun 26, 2017, 20 smiles Some of us had a chance to hear Dale Biron share some powerful poetry yesterday. And it was a delight to sit next to him during dinner afterward, especially since I didn't catch the name of the poem that deeply touched me. I was glad to have a second chance to ask him about it: LOST, by David Wagoner Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree of a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.
Apr 17, 2017, 3 comments, 27 smiles [On my way home today, I heard this beautiful description of gift-economy in Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass. Thought you might enjoy it too. --Guri] In a way, I was raised by strawberries, fields of them. Not to exclude the maples, hemlocks, white pines, goldenrod, asters, violets, and mosses of upstate New York, but it was the wild strawberries, beneath dewy leaves on an almost-summer morning, who gave me my sense of the world, my place in it. Behind our house were miles of old hay fields divided by stone walls, long abandoned from farming but not yet grown up to forest. After the school bus chugged up our hill, I'd throw down my red plaid book bag, change my clothes before my mother could think of a chore, and jump across the crick to go wandering in the goldenrod. Our mental maps had all the landmarks we kids needed: ... Read Full Story
Dec 04, 2016, 2 comments, 2 smiles "I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better on the planet, but what we tend to concentrate on is the bad news that is immediate." -Danny Dorling Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) | TED Talk | TED.com What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map t...
Sep 24, 2016, 1 comments, 28 smiles We often receive touching notes from the KindSpring community, but this one especially made me tear up and pause. Although she is pretty new, (thanks to Mish) we were moved to highlight her as a "Community Member of the Week." After she realized we'd honored her in this way, she wrote this note: "I wanted to thank KindSpring for the honor of being a Community Member of the week! I was very surprised and humbled as there are so many deserving members! My son directed me to this site after he joined. He was so big on passing out smile cards, in fact, he still had some in his wallet!! I hope you don't mind if I share it (Community Member of the Week) with him... he was so big on PIF and did so many, every day if possible. Thank you again. Brought tears to my eyes with all the ... Read Full Story
Sep 05, 2016, 4 comments, 20 smiles Our community weavers recently noticed a sweet post on KindSpring: I went to my local library and picked up the book, "Simple Giving", by Jennifer Iacovelli, and from there I read about this site. Since we have two young kids in the house, I got them involved. We read through some of the ideas, printed 10 Smile Cards and went out to do acts of kindness. :) We headed to a local flower shop, and told Ginny at Ousterhout's Flowers that we wanted to randomly hand out a flower, with a Smile Card stapled to it. Ginny liked that idea and also decided to be kind by selling us 12 big, beautiful sunflowers at $25 (my budget) instead of the $3/each!! Yay! The kids and I went for a walk down the boulevard and randomly passed out these beautiful flowers, telling everyone that we hope their day was great! We had fun, and it felt great to ... Read Full Story
Mar 05, 2016, 24 smiles Few updates from this month that recently went across some of the email aliases ... Audrey spoke at Raj Ragunathan's business school class at UT Austin, on "Laddership to Leadership"; right after class, Raj fired off an email titled 'Awesome Audrey': "Just a quick note to let you know that Audrey just finished guest-lecturing in my classes and she was absolutely AWESOME. Thank you so much for recommending her to me ... she's definitely one of the kindest and sweetest persons ever." In Dubai, Neha and Natasha hosted the 2nd Karma Kitchen Dubai. Here's some smiley faces from the volunteers that day: Birju spoke to Anne Firth Murray's students at Stanford, who later wrote: "The students loved meeting you! In fact, I had lunch today with three of them, and we talked about your journey and your visit to the class, which the students enjoyed thoroughly. The students are always asking about what they ... Read Full Story
Feb 01, 2016, 5 comments, 42 smiles As Nipun and I drove off around midnight, after the meditation circle, we wondered what time Pancho would get home on his bike. Ever since he decided to stop contributing to the oil wars, and not use any gasoline, he has been pretty much biking wherever he needs to go. This caused a conflict with attending Awakin circles in Santa Clara, which he rarely missed in the past 7-8 years. He decided that he would bike down from Oakland to Santa Clara and still attend once a month. It's a good thirty-five miles (one-way), even on the backroads. Initially, we all thought it was a crazy idea, especially because we end so late at night, not to mention that it's 70 miles of biking in one day. But Pancho in his crazy, stubborn ways, kept at it and has been showing up on the clock every month. Many like Sam, have accompanied ... Read Full Story
Jan 01, 2016, 3 comments, 26 smiles The hands of time keep ticking forward without the slightest bit of assistance from us. Still we can’t help but use the passing of days and years as markers, the important moments, and milestones in our lives. Starting with the day that we arrived in this world, to when we started school to the multiple graduations. The day we got our driver’s license and wreaked havoc on unassuming drivers or said “I do” to someone for the rest of our life. To the usual birthdays and anniversaries. Then there are the special occasions, the holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve -- when the whole world is aware of the specialness of the day. I once tried to figure out how old my grandfather was, he told me he was born during the “harvest season”. Very quickly realizing that I was not going to get an exact day/month/year, I inquired, “but which year?” ... Read Full Story
Dec 09, 2015, 2 comments, 31 smiles I'm excited to share that The Today Show featured a great article on KindSpring today. It's currently on their homepage: "5 fast, easy ways to show kindness this season (that you can do right now!)" They interviewed our very own Audrey Lin for the article. Big kudos to her and the entire KindSpring team for working hard to keep all the wheels moving, every single day. From the story editing, to 21-Day Challenges, to shipping smile cards, social media, to managing an 80K member online community... the team always does it with a smile! Thanks to all your hard work, we can make kindness go mainstream. :-)