I'm joining Service Space because ... it helps me stay true to my heart.
A good day to me is when ... I have helped someone smile.
My hero in life is ...Mom, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and you!
My favorite book is ...Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I remember how small I am in relation to the universe.
Apr 04, 2021, 5 comments, 1 smiles It's been a week since the Compassion in Education Pod officially came to a close, but we are still riding the waves from the shared learning journey. In our closing call, we had the joy of hearing insights from guest speaker Navin Amarasuriya's journey in nurturing values of contentment in education, and some invisible elves have transcribed it, below! [view in browser] Navin: Good evening from Singapore, everyone. I feel like I’ve come into someone’s house, and there’s this beautiful family having dinner together; and I’ve actually come bearing a gift. The gift that I have is that as each of you were speaking, I tried to feel into what resonated with me. So I’ll go backwards with some stories I wrote down that each of you already expressed, and it’s all linked to the theme of tonight as well. Starting from the last share, Kristen was talking about compassion to oneself. One ... Read Full Story
Jan 15, 2021, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Ruth Pittard. Ruth Pittard has practiced learning and transforming in love for most of her 74 years. A forward-thinking educator, she spent over 30 years supporting service-learning initiatives in her community and professional home, Davidson College, near Charlotte, NC. In leadership positions at the College, including as Assistant Dean for Community Service, Ruth chose to use love as her organizing principle for programs based in care and compassion. After 30 years of service to the college, Ruth's life took on the air of a pilgrimage as she wandered with a heart open to service opportunities as they arose. She bartered for housing, food and necessities for about five years. Often referred to as "The Love Lady", she practiced trust and cemented her belief in love as an operating system in her life. She is a raconteur of stories of ordinary ... Read Full Story
Nov 26, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Fabiana Fondevila. Fabiana Fondevila is an Argentinian writer, speaker, teacher, and all-around wonder activist. She began her career as a journalist and war correspondent, working for the main outlets in her native country. Returning to spiritual questions, she then spent years interviewing some of the world's top thinkers, mystics, scientists and philosophers in search of a map. And then, life transpired: her older sister took her own life after a lifetime of mental illness, and Fabiana’s parents died shortly before and after, undone by the pain. This led Fabiana deeper into the path. But this time, no books or schools or lineages seemed potent enough to shine a light in the darkness. By chance, she stumbled upon weeds in her garden that steered her to a treasure trove of ancient plant wisdom. Weeds led to trees, trees to birds, birds ... Read Full Story
Nov 18, 2020, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Fabiana Fondevila: Embodied Spirituality & Flavors Of WonderReflection questions: What are some everyday practices or rituals that generate feelings of awe and wonder within you? What are the effects of such feelings in your day?
Nov 10, 2020, 4 comments, 15 smiles [Below is a stunning story from Ruth, on her experience receiving a priceless gift, that surfaced in the Priceless Pricing Pod that began this week.] Paradoxically, my most priceless gift involves a gift of money. The year my husband and I divorced, our daughter entered college and our son exited into the world. Despite the fact that my position at the college where I had worked almost twenty years contributed toward children’s college tuition as a benefit (one of the reasons I had stayed easily in high satisfaction work that paid a low salary), my daughter's first comprehensive college bill was a larger amount than my entire yearly salary! In the emotional turmoil of our divorce, my husband had opted not to pay any college expenses because both children were over 18, so legally he did not have to provide college funds. No amount of my normal creativity, organization and determination partnered ... Read Full Story
Aug 30, 2020, 4 comments, 18 smiles Couple weeks back, fifteen of us completed a memorable summer internship. Across seven seemingly unstoppable weeks, 7 interns and 8 mentors came together to deepen in service. What transpired moved all of us, and we continue to be disarmed by the ripples that flow on. When summer internship applications came in this Spring, Vishesh noted: "It's hard to say who's going to be the intern and who’s going to be the mentor this summer." Indeed, the service-hearted intentions and experiences these young hearts articulated was so telling. As we dove into the summer, they showed up in full form every week. Rolling up their sleeves in concrete action, they served on existing ServiceSpace projects, as well as initiated their own service projects -- some of which are slated to continue throughout the year! Expanding their thinking, they'd read a new book every week related to values of service and kindness, and took ... Read Full Story
Apr 25, 2020, 10 comments, 38 smiles 2020 will certainly be a year to remember. In our ecosystem of aspiring generosity entrepreneurs, it also marks our fifth year of Laddership Circles. Couple weeks back, 30 project initiators and 14 volunteers across 11 countries have circled up for 3 more rounds of these virtual circles. Each of us signed up to give 7-10 hours weekly to the six-week learning journey through the hands, head, and heart. With hands, we engage daily practices in our lives; with head, we share reflections on uncommon articles and case studies; with heart, we explore the intersection of inner change and outer service. Through it all, we learn from and inspire each other, tuning into patterns of positive deviance that our collective consciousness is surfacing. From that space, it's been remarkable to witness everyone's budding intentions converge around questions of: How do we design for inner transformation? Can we innovate in a gift economy? What would ... Read Full Story
Mar 20, 2020, 1 comments, 26 smiles Dear ServiceSpace Fellows, Just this week, we shared an invitation to dialogue that received a tremendous response from the community! How do we respond, in such turbulent times, with a heart of service? The many beautiful reflections and responses inspired us to host a more global call on March 31st: RSVP here. To further respond to the needs of the hour, we have also just soft-launched a new website: www.karunavirus.org Karuna is Sanskrit for compassion, and the website will feature stories of how people are responding to a crisis of uncertainty with an open heart and grounded wisdom. For many weeks now, so many of our volunteers in India have been particularly reflecting on the play on the words -- and the opportunity to create a pandemic of kindness. Moreover, for couple years now, we have been working on a "compassion bot" that leverages AI and machine learning to understand the ServiceSpace lens of ... Read Full Story
Mar 14, 2020, 1 comments, 8 smiles A few stories some of us stumbled across, around constructive (and beautiful!) responses to coronavirus: Kindness Proves Contagious As Coronavirus Spreads 10 Heartwarming Ways Everyday Heroes Are Helping People Affected By Coronavirus Also, a 1.5-min video of the woman distributing masks, featured in story above How To Keep The Greater Good In Mind During The Coronavirus Outbreak After coronavirus cancelled their daughter's bat mitzvah party, a family turned the food into meal deliveries for people in quarantine Coronavirus acts of kindness: Are you committing them? Have you witnessed any? (They're polling readers, via form submission, for any acts of kindness done!) Stories of Kindness From Wuhan Also, few educators have been dialoguing on how to hold space in suddenly-turned-virtual classrooms for intimate sharing, dynamic engagement, and transformation: How To Hold Virtual Learning Space In These Times? If others have thoughts, insights, stories or resources that come to mind, would be great to hear more...! :)