I'm joining Service Space because ... It's fun and inspiring
A good day to me is when ... My face hurts from smiling and laughing so much :)
My hero in life is ...The many people who have inspired me, ranging from my family members and co-workers to Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
My favorite book is ...The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Nature, meditation, smiles, dancing, cookies, stars
Mar 19, 2014, 1 comments, 4 smiles For the past several months, a growing bunch of us at work have been holding a space for experiments with kindness during the lunch hour! Yesterday's WALK began with a moving opening circle around the question: how have you been touched by a random act of kindness? Whether it was a warm helping hand from a stranger on a wintery day, or a phone call from a caring friend in a difficult moment, each of us realized that we have been the recipient of a long lineage of blessings. Keeping this fullness in mind, it was natural to let our gratitude overflow into various unscripted acts of generosity at the Hospital for Sick Children and the subway station nearby. One moment that particularly affected me was watching how parents and caregivers selflessly give of themselves to their children. It was humbling to watch them take small steps with their little ... Read Full Story
Aug 25, 2013, 11 smiles Last Friday evening, a small group of us gathered for Awakin in Toronto after a 1 year+ hiatus! It was great to renew this circle that has brought together many kindred hearts in the city. Like most Awakin groups in the world, the evening began with one hour of silent meditation, a circle of sharing around last week's wisdom reading, and a meal together. At the end-of-meditation bell, everyone remarked how silence gives new rise to an understanding of time. Some comments in the circle of sharing revolved around stillness and the impact of technology, and while eating and watching the "7 billion others" video featured last week on KarmaTube, one person remarked, "I want to love everyone in the world." To which another responded, "Love yourself. Love your family. Love your neighbour." The evening winded down with Krisy and Cam playing guitar and singing two beautiful songs -- for the ... Read Full Story
Jul 23, 2013, 2 comments, 13 smiles A beautiful thing is percolating in Toronto. For over a year, we haven't held Awakin gatherings as a space wasn't available. In that time I have received over a dozen emails from Torontonians who are interested in the gatherings. Having recently moved from the suburbs to downtown Toronto, I prepared an invitation for Awakin at my apartment next month -- and within hours, I had received two messages from people in the east and west ends of the city who'd also like to hold Awakin in their homes! Such generous offerings are serendipitous, and perhaps a shift from scarcity to abundance... :)
Jul 21, 2013, 8 smiles A few months ago, somebody entered the HelpOthers $100 Kindness Contest with the idea of using $50 to do small acts herself, and the other $50 to equip others to do the same. When Bela asked her to elaborate on her idea, here is what she said: "actually, I am having a group tonight and we are talking about "seeds" of kindness and and discussing what the difference is between "charity" and kindness - I will give each of them $5.00 and ask them to find "small" ways to make a difference and have a collection of items to show them as examples. I live in an apartment and on Sunday I took the coins for a load of washing and drying and taped to a machine with a smile card and a note that I wanted to help with at least part of the load they were carrying - I ... Read Full Story
Jun 26, 2013, 11 smiles A few weeks ago, a bunch of ladders and guests gathered for the annual ServiceSpace "Laddership Retreat" in Carmel Valley. With the rugged mountains and starry sky as our backdrop, many beautiful, inspiring, and joyful moments arose in our discussions about servant leadership, social media, and community. Incidentally, when I wrote about the retreat for our department's newsletter at work, I came across another person in my department who cycled 200km to raise money for Seva Canada -- a charity that is closely tied to the work of Dr. V of Aravind (as written about in "Infinite Vision"). A few others at work also shared with me how they practice Robert Greenleaf's servant leadership principles in the workplace. We talked about the power of deep listening as one of the most important attributes of servant leadership, and at our next meeting, we're going to start with a few minutes of meditation followed by a circle of sharing -- Awakin' style! Amazing how this retreat is blossoming into serendipitous connections and the emergence of a small community of service-oriented individuals. :)
May 15, 2013, 1 comments, 7 smiles Wow! Today's DG shows stunning photos and places. It inspired me to reflect on this morning in Toronto: It is grey outside and as the train silently hums towards the city I can hear the generous drops of rain falling from the tips of the surrounding trees on to the windows. A loud clap of thunder woke me up this morning, as if the day announced with unabashed grandeur, "I am here." In this moment it was hard to believe that the same voice that whispers the silent flutter of a springtime leaf can also roar with such stunning displays of electricity. Such a beautiful day on the magnificent place that we call earth.
May 05, 2013, 2 comments, 8 smiles At Friday's noontime meditation circle at Trinity Church, elder Joseph opened as usual with a story to ground us in a silent, still space. This week he shared the tale of a man who walked into a store, where he could ask for anything he want and receive it for free. The man was taken with surprise and joy, and he asked, "Can I have peace and happiness for myself and for everyone in the world?" The shopkeeper answered, "Oh, I'm sorry, you don't understand. We don't sell fruits here, only seeds." With that reminder to be careful of the seeds that we water, we all closed our eyes and shared the silence for the next 30 minutes. :)
Jan 14, 2013, 1 comments, 4 smiles A sharing from a recent winner from the HelpOthers kindness contest: "I have sent out 50 holiday cards to strangers all around the United States so far! Every day for the past 30 days or so I filled out 1-3 cards with meaningful thoughts and words to lift the spirit.The holidays are so stressful, and it is a time when many people are feeling at the end of their ropes and hopeless, so I wanted to let them know that someone out there cares. I sometimes wrote about my own struggles, and how I overcame them. Other times I wrote down inspirational quotations and thoughtful, kind words. But, in every card I enclosed an stamped envelope to encourage the reader to send out a kindness note of their own. I plan on continuing this at least once a year, if not more. It may even become a daily habit, who knows!? I hope that the cards and my words make a difference." Amazing how far $100 ripples out!
Oct 28, 2012, 6 smiles Last month, HelpOthers.org received a bunch of amazing ideas for the $100 kindness contest that we couldn't just pick one winner -- there were two! One individual "Would go to a senior community and find out birthdays being celebrated that month.Then buy a flower for each that represents that month, attach ribbon, smile card and YOU ARE LOVED! to the flowers and deliver on their special day." Another wants to "Use 100 dollars to buy some mini notebooks, permanent markers and thick plastic bracelets. On a bracelet, I would write my initials in small letters with the marker. Then I would write about someone who means a lot to me in the notebook and give the notebook, marker and bracelet trio to them. Also, on the inside cover of each notebook, I would tape a smile card and an explanation of the trio to encourage the people who receive them to write their initials on the bracelet, write about someone who is special to them in the notebook and pass it on… If there were any money left over, I would use it on other Random Acts of Kindness such as smile stones and flowers."
Sep 03, 2012, 1 comments, 7 smiles Lots of sweet ideas flowing from generous hearts into the HelpOthers $100 kindness challenge! Here's a touching idea from August's winner: Random acts of cookie kindness After suffering a heart attack & brain damage in September 2010, I had to re-learn EVERYTHING. Included in this was my love for baking. This journey assisted in rehabilitation and now allows me to pay it forward to others. Random signature cookies are delivered in hopes to have an impact on others! This one reminded us how the deep craters of suffering often provides fertile soil for the fragrant flowers of service to bloom. Kahlil Gibran said it best, "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain". :)