I'm joining Service Space because ... I am learning to embrace service in every aspect of my life. The opportunity to practice generosity with Service Space as well as in my everyday life, has cracked my heart wide open.
A good day to me is when ... I am smiling and in my heart.
My hero in life is ...Mahatma Ghandi.
My favorite book is ...Peace Pilgrim. I am so inspird by Peace Pilgrim's trust in her path and the simplicity of her message.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... The community of noble friends, whose love and support have given me the courage to look deeply within.
Feb 13, 2017, 12 smiles It’s really quite simple, and also profoundly transformative; we gather in a circle, we invite the sharing of stories; stories open hearts; open hearts transform the circle into a sacred container of trust, trust invites a special quality of reflection, reflection invites transformation. Last year, our local “Kindness Team” joined forces with the students and staff at San Jose’s Sunrise Middle School for a memorable Kindness Day, which spilled into a school wide 21-day Kindness Challenge. The stream of ripples that ensued inspired us to return this year, with a request to offer a new theme. Why not follow-up with a Gratitude Day to kick off a 21-Day Gratitude Challenge? With fresh memories from last year of students creating their own “free hugs” and “free compliment” signs, gifting flowers and personal gratitude notes to teachers, janitors and our own Kindness Team, we know the wisdom in creating a Gratitude Day starts ... Read Full Story
Feb 06, 2017, 1 comments, 18 smiles Last Wednesday, our "Kindness Team" gathered at Sunrise Middle School to kick-off their 21-day Gratitude Challenge. More stories to come, and in the meantime, here's some smile-filled photos from the day! One of the beautiful ripples was how the student council spent two weeks beforehand crafting 190 unique gratitude notes (one for every student and teacher!) -- inspired by Vinny's "You Are Loved" wall. :) Several of the student leaders were eager to surprise their classmates, and they came in early before school to post all the hearts up on a wall, which began with the words: "Made by people who truly care and love. You are so valued here. Always be yourself and never change!"
Mar 12, 2016, 14 smiles On March 8, Sunrise Middle School in San Jose, celebrated Day 21 of their 21-Day Kindness Challenge by lifting their kindness wishes and adventures into the air. :) Here are some of the student reflections ... Before I thought that the people who needed the most help were the people who asked for it. But really, it’s the people who stay quiet and who struggle who need the most help. I really think this challenge had a big impact on me. It helped me feel like even if there’s only one of you, you can still make a big impact on others. – Pedro, 7th grade I experienced Kindness when a friend helped my clean up the cafeteria. Over the 21- Day challenge I saw kindness when students would help teachers. By experiencing kindness I feel closer to my friends because they didn’t leave me when cleaning the cafeteria even ... Read Full Story
Feb 12, 2016, 2 comments, 18 smiles A beautiful ripple from our Kindness Day at Sunrise Middle School is the daily and weekly updates from Teresa, the school's Director, where a school-wide 21-Day Kindness Challenge is underway. Today, Audrey and I received this sweet note: "After meditation here someone always blows out the candle and makes a wish. Jeremy, an 8th grader, today wished that 'everyone continues to do acts of kindness during the winter break.'" :)!!
Feb 07, 2016, 1 comments, 14 smiles “I felt the true joy of kindness when I left work today. Our hard-working custodian came up to me and was all smiles, laughter and bewilderment. He said so many students had come up to him and thanked him for his work. 'And one even gave me a card!'" – Teresa Robinson, Director, Sunrise Middle School Two years ago, I was moved to write an editorial to The Mercury News on behalf of Sunrise Middle School. John Malloy had sent an email to the 500 Mile Spirit Run community with a request to write to The Mercury News on behalf of Sunrise Middle School, who was on the verge of being displaced from their campus. It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the moment I read John’s words, I composed my letter to the editor. Within minutes, Teresa Robinson wrote to me, thanked me for my effort and invited me ... Read Full Story
Aug 27, 2015, 9 smiles "It really says something about our society if you give someone a flower and their first reaction is to think you want something from them," one student noted. On Tuesday, a group of local love warriors returned to SF Waldorf HS to explore radical kindness with the senior class, more than 40 students and their core teachers. For the past four years, Joan Calderera, a devoted Humanities teacher at the school, has invited our ever growing Kindness Team - an intergenerational family of love magicians of all ages - to come and co-create space with the students. At 8:30am, we circle up on the first of a 3-day senior class orientation designed to engage students in deeper thinking on how they live and learn. After a morning of inspiration - from Unsung Heroes to Free Hugs to college students gifting classmates cookies during finals, and ... Read Full Story
Jun 13, 2015, 12 smiles "One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness - and I set out to explore them up close, using tools of science to make art and to ponder personal and aesthetic questions," says Rose-Lynne Fisher. So she started The Topography of Tears -- a study of 100 tears photographed through an optical microscope. Below, for example, is a tear of grief next to tear from a "liminal moment of elation": "Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur," she adds.
Jan 03, 2015, 1 comments, 14 smiles We had a beautiful Awakin call with Steve Karlin this morning. Steve shared stories and experiences of how we can connect to our wild nature, our true nature. Something special happens when one being connects to another being. After the call, Steve was inspired to share a peom he wrote: Wild Eyes searching my being for intention. I look at their faces, they look into mine, searching the hidden I reply by quieting my mind. Wild Eyes searching for connection with confused humanity Burning into our hidden places filled with the breakable. Opening to what predators love. What prey love. What human’s strive for in the quiet moments To relax the walls To open the window To breathe new air To understand the unknowable The wild takes us over and we are free from social norms Free to live as wild eyes are searching my being for intention Alone in the recesses of my mind are Wild heart Wild intent Wild life Wild-erness Wild thought Wild beings and the human beings being ... Read Full Story
Sep 09, 2014, 4 smiles Nancy Mellon, a dear friend of the ecosystem, will be participating in an online global gathering for mothers, A Mother's TimeOut, September 15 - October 3. She and 14 other parenting educators will provide powerful insights on how to nourish yourself, how connect to your children in a more peaceful, playful, and present way of parenting. Nancy, an elder in the Global Renaissance of Storytelling, has a magical way of bringing out the inner child and storyteller in all of us. This event is offered as a gift.
Aug 31, 2014, 2 comments, 13 smiles From all angles of the Bay Area-- one car from Marin County, another from Fruitvale in Oakland, one from Mountain View and Berkeley-- our team of ten teens and adults assemble at the entrance of San Francisco Waldorf High School early Thursday morning. Veteran Humanities teacher and school leader, Joan, warmly greets us in the multipurpose room, where the chairs are already arranged in a circle for our morning Kindness Workshop. It all started over a year ago when Joan Caldarera asked her students, “Like Thoreau, what would you be willing to go to jail for?" The students could not answer, and Joan's response was to create a three-day orientation for the senior class on Thinking, Feeling, Willing. Earlier that Summer, Rahul had given a memorable commencement speech with resonant values for the school’s 2013 graduating class. So, at the start of last school year, a team of love warriors from the ... Read Full Story