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.
Sep 03, 2017, 3 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, 2 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
Mar 22, 2017, 1 comments, 15 smiles Dearest Friends, It is with great joy that we invite you to our first community screening of “TEACH ME TO BE WILD: A Story of Hurt Children & their Animal Healers.” This feature length (59 mins) documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Rajesh Krishnan and Anne Veh (filmmakers), Steve Karlin, John Malloy and other special guests. Sunday, April 2, 4:30 to 7 pm at The Lark Theater in Larkspur, CA To confirm your presence, please RSVP here Everyone is welcome, please feel free to share this invitation. There is no charge for admission, this event is offered in the spirit of a gift. We feel blessed to be the caretakers of this special story; we are grateful to ServiceSpace for it's example and inspiration. This five year labor-of-love project is a beautiful collaboration of noble friends. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, please visit our film website. FILM SYNOPSIS TEACH ME TO BE ... Read Full Story
Mar 08, 2017, 2 comments, 11 smiles Our Kindness Team received this beautiful note from Sunrise Middle School's Director today:) We had a beautiful closing to our 21-day gratitude challenge today. About eight students spoke to their peers about what the gratitude challenge meant for them. For many it was a chance to share deeply with their friends about something personal in their life. One speaker started crying when he expressed thanks for his uncle whom had died. Several spoke of how they realized they should be grateful for their parents, and how those changed familial relationships are now much improved. One said, “before my mom would just come home at 9 at night and go straight to bed (from work). Now she spends time with us.” The students then went outside and made beautiful tie dye shirts. Tomorrow they’ll write on these shirts the things they are thankful for and proudly wear them to school. Then we ... Read Full Story
Feb 13, 2017, 13 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, 4 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!"