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.
Nov 02, 2018, 1 comments, 13 smiles Delighted to introduce ImageSeers: We create labor of love documentary films and offer them as a gift in the hope that it becomes a quiet vehicle for transformation and healing. Dear Friends, Greetings! We are breaking our long silence with some exciting updates — UK Film Screenings, a new short film "Betty Peck's Magic Mirror" and a new website for our labor of love production studio ImageSeers. TRANSITION TOWN TOTNES (DEVON, UK) FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING Totnes is the world's first Transition Town — community-led initiatives that strengthen the local economy, reduce environmental impact, and build resilience for a future with less and cheap energy and a changing climate. They have a unique selection criteria for the films they screen and we are honored to be included along with such important social documentary films. The screening is on Nov 18 — we will attend in person and anchor a circle of sharing afterwards. Please tell ... Read Full Story
Sep 17, 2018, 6 comments, 15 smiles Few weeks back, our Kindness Team visited SF Waldorf High School for a Kindness Circle, which has become an annual tradition there. :) Here's some photos from the day, as well as some touching reflections from some of our Kindness Team volunteers! Pancho, Liz, Helen, and Dustin arrived early in the morning to meditate a full hour before we even began! Beforehand, Helen baked some delicious treats to share, and everyone came with flowers, and gifts to use for our kindness activities. At 8:30AM, we began, with some sweet stories from Dustin and Ana (who came all the way from the Philippines)! Then we broke into pairs to reflect on a moment of kindness we've experienced in our lives, followed by a circle of sharing on what our partners spoke about! By this time, we'd done quite a bit of sharing, so our movement expert Ana led us in an energizing activity and Andy ... Read Full Story
Jan 08, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles In November, a few of us visited a local library to share stories around the themes of gratitude and kindness. A librarian there had invited us to speak with their community on those themes, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving and holiday season. We'd planned a presentation with a bunch of stories from experiments, like our school Kindness Circles, the love warriors in Teach Me To Be Wild, and even a gratitude card-making activity. On the night of the event, it turned out that the audience ended up being quite an intimate bunch: two very sweet grandmothers in attendance. :) For us, it's always been more about depth than breadth:), and It ended up being the most beautiful evening! We scrapped our presentation and simply had a circle of sharing and conversation around all of our experiences in gratitude and kindness. The librarian actually had to (very kindly) kick us out ... Read Full Story
Oct 01, 2017, 1 comments, 16 smiles Yesterday I was at Wendy Johnson’s garden sale (Wendy is one of the founders of the Organic Farm and Garden Project at Green Gulch Zen Center) and I was sharing with her about our Kindness Circles. Earlier this summer I had participated in a “seed blessing ceremony” in Wendy's garden and she had gifted us “peace rocks” gathered by an elder in Mill Valley. I brought several of the peace rocks to our Kindness Circle at SF Waldorf HS in August, and shared the story with the students. Wendy loved hearing the student's reflections and the activity of writing an intention for the year. Right on the spot, she invited me to share this story at today’s "Harvest Ceremony" in her garden. So I brought the student intentions with me and everyone at the ceremony, gathered under the apple and pear trees in the garden, held the bowl and showered their ... Read Full Story
Sep 03, 2017, 8 comments, 20 smiles On August 24, the Kindness Team circled up with a new class of high school seniors to practice radical kindness. At the beginning of each year, and again at the end, Joan Caldarera - a humanities teacher at SF Waldorf HS, invites our ever growing and changing Kindness Team to come and share silence, presence, stories, and engage in random acts of kindness. It is so simple and equally profound. This year, Elijah - a former SF Waldorf student himself returned in the spirit of generosity and reciprocity. Sitting in the circle, eye to eye with each student, he shared the different perspectives - as a student and now an alumni - openly sharing the challenging and negative attitudes he once held and how they not only changed but helped determine the direction of his life passion. With an open heart, Elijah shared, "You can fight your teachers or you can ... Read Full Story
Aug 25, 2017, 12 smiles Our spirited Kindness Team gathered for another Kindness Circle with the senior class of SF Waldorf High School yesterday! Photos coming soon -- and in the meantime, one of the teachers found this spontaneous post on a neighborhood social network -- about the random acts of kindness that the students did together! :)
Aug 07, 2017, 3 comments, 23 smiles Yesterday, while talking with Pancho, a few of us got to hear stories from his afternoon with Fruta Gift -- and we were blown away by the photos! From the initial inspiration of gifting surplus fruit from local trees to neighbors 5-6 years ago, to gradually forming friendships with farmers at the local market who now regularly offer up their extra produce, the weekly stand outside Pancho's home is now looking like a mini-farmers' market itself! And below is Liu, one of the rockstars behind the magic, who hasn't missed a single Fruta Gift in the last year, and has been helping anchor it for almost 5 years! Feeling full of gratitude and inspiration to witness to such a grassroots, labor-of-love offering in one of Oakland's most gang and violence-ridden neighborhoods. :)
Jul 19, 2017, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Meredith May: Why Mercy MattersReflection questions: Our guest this week wrote a book about a remarkable pair of men who were slated to be enemies in war and yet became bound together in a profound act of mercy. They met each other serendipitously two decades later on the other side of the world. Can you recall an act of compassion or mercy in your life that transformed a seeming opponent into a soul that became mysteriously bonded together with you in the universe?
Jun 05, 2017, 7 smiles Dear Friends, We are happy to share an upcoming community screening of Teach Me To Be WILD on Wednesday, June 14 at 7pm at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. The screening, followed by a Q+A, is in support of Karma Cinema. Tickets are pay what you want at the door or buy in advance. 20% of the proceeds support a local Oakland organization with the rest supporting this wonderful community theater. Everyone is Welcome! The New Parkway Theater 474 24th Street, Oakland CA 94612 Directions To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, please visit our film website. FILM SYNOPSIS TEACH ME TO BE WILD explores the work of a sanctuary in Northern California, where a team of injured, non-releasable wild animals become Wild-Teachers and are helping heal generations of hurt children (at-risk teens, justice-involved youth, foster kids and others). The traumatic histories of the creatures, who range from an Andean condor to a two-toed sloth, ... Read Full Story
May 16, 2017, 9 smiles Last Friday, we circled up with the senior class at San Francisco Waldorf High to share a gratitude circle, what has come to be an annual practice; in August we gather to practice Kindness and in May we meet again to reflect on gratitude before these beautiful young men and women begin their journey in the world. What comes to mind immediately as I reflect on our day together are the visible and invisible threads that bring us, as a Kindness Team, together to share presence with our youth. There are the ripples of love from our Kindness Day last August with the seniors: In January, SF Waldorf High seniors Yomi, Audrey and Milo collected oranges from Yomi’s family tree to gift Casa de Paz (leaving the oranges in a basket on the kitchen counter as not to wake a sleeping home, with a sweet note of gratitude!) There are ripples of ... Read Full Story