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.
Jan 08, 2018, 1 comments, 11 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, 15 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, 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, 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
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