I'm joining Service Space because ... I thrive off of serving & meaningfully connecting with others, and I am purifying myself through service.
A good day to me is when ... I go to sleep feeling alive and full of energy.
My hero in life is ...Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha
My favorite book is ...Digha Nikaya: The Long Discourses of the Buddha
One thing I'm grateful for is ... the ability to eat, drink, love, and have shelter.
May 24, 2012, 1 comments, 5 smiles I moved into a new apartment building this week. Today, my girlfriend and I prepared and delivered healthy, raw energy treats called Eternal Bliss Bars to our new neighbors to introduce ourselves and give an offering. One of the inhabitants, a wheelchair-bound woman with a speech impediment, said that she has lived in the building for several years but that someone knocking at her door at night has never happened before. Her life had dramatically changed when her illness prevented her from moving as easily as in the past. She seemed happy to have visitors and company to break up the isolation of "living in her own world" (as she described it) in her apartment. I pray that the bliss bars help her to heal from her physical illness and experience more meaningful connection in her life.
Apr 23, 2012, 1 comments, 7 smiles Last week, a man sat next to me on the BART. Immediately he asked me to move my leg out of his space, even though my leg was right around the border between our seats. I felt some unsettled energy between us, so I decided to engage him by bantering about the weather, then asking him what he did for work. We chatted, and he soon apologized for "being rude" -- this surprised me! He said he had some previous bad experiences on BART -- an older woman pulled a knife to his neck because he yelled at her to be quiet; a man would not move his bag out of an empty seat, so the man I spoke with moved it for him. I recognized aloud the frustration of these situations and said that while I may want to change another person's behavior, I don't have the authority to do so, and I don't know what is going on with that person (he may be facing hardship). This perspective seemed to land with this fellow, and I departed the train telling him that I hoped that he would help lots of people at work. I'm glad that I stayed present and engaged the unsettled energy with this man, even though I had no idea why I felt this energy.
Feb 16, 2012, 1 smiles Last week, I worked in the kitchen on a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains to prepare food and help nourish men as they opened themselves to greater authenticity, feeling, and purpose in their lives. Though I encountered personal challenges, the experience helped me practice humility and opened me to greater connection and bonding with fellow men. I even paid money to offer my service at this retreat, demonstrating the strength of my fire to help people evolve and be nourished with food and love.
Jan 25, 2012 "Must you not break through your environment by questioning it, by being in revolt against it? If you are not in revolt, if you merely accept your environment, there is a kind of peace, but it is the peace of death; whereas, if you struggle to break through the environment and find out for yourself what is true, then you will discover a different kind of peace which is not mere stagnation. It is essential to struggle with your environment. You must. Therefore peace is not important. What is important is to understand and break through your environment; and from that comes peace. But, if you seek peace by merely accepting your environment, you will be put to sleep, and then you may as well die. That is why from the tenderest age there should be in you a sense of revolt. Otherwise you will just decay, won't you?" - J. Krishnamurti, "Think on These Things" (p. 71)
Jan 23, 2012, 3 smiles Insight on nourishment from Neale Donald Walsh: "The mind and the soul must work together if you are to experience true bliss. Try not to spend too much time exclusively in your mind. It is a magnificent tool, but it has a limited perspective. Try not to spend too much time exclusively in your soul. It has a much wider perspective, but you cannot negotiate physical life from only that place. If you could, you would not have been given a mind. Here is the trick: balance. Spend some time each day nourishing and exercising the mind and the soul. You know how to do both. So do it!"
Jan 20, 2012, 2 smiles "Orderliness, tidiness, clarity of thinking are not very important in themselves, but they become important to a man who is sensitive, who feels deeply, who is in a state of perpetual inward revolution. If you feel very strongly about the lot of the poor man, about the beggar who receives dust in his face as the rich man's car goes by, if you are extraordinarily receptive, sensitive to everything, then that very sensitivity brings orderliness, virtue; and I think this is very important for both the educator and the student to understand." - J. Krishnamurti, "Think on These Things," p. 61
Jan 09, 2012, 3 smiles "To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel you are giving something -- and it is only such love that can know freedom." I gave a young woman I met randomly at the library this quote by J. Krishnamurti.
Dec 23, 2011, 2 comments, 3 smiles At present, every new day serves a challenge for me to come up with a random act of kindness (RAK) that is unique -- something that I have not done previously. One tactic that I've been employing is asking people whether they have ideas for RAKs and/or what they would enjoy receiving as a RAK. Today, I asked an older man sitting next to me on the bus whether he had any ideas and whether he'd ever received a RAK. He said no to both, and I felt sad to hear the latter -- that he had never received a random act of kindness from another. So I proceeded to chat a bit with this man, even though he was very closed and untalkative. He eventually revealed that he planned to spend the holidays at home eating, and the way he said this sounded sad. At the end of the ... Read Full Story
Dec 20, 2011, 2 smiles Yesterday, I rode by a store in Berkeley that caught my eye since it said "Tibetan Aid Project." Later, as I contemplated my unique act of kindness for the day, I decided to stop by this store to inquire about its mission and to ask whether it needs help with anything -- I figured that I and they only had something to gain from this inquiry. I learned that the project helps strengthen Tibet's spiritual heritage by donating sacred items to institutions and individuals in the Himalayan region, and I was given the opportunity to serve by stacking and folding large prayer flags in preparation for sewing. Though I crave opportunities to serve people directly in person, this task was a good meditation for me on impersonal service removed from a direct, personal payoff. I became aware of the benefit of what I was doing, i.e. ... Read Full Story
Apr 13, 2011 Last weekend, I volunteered at KK with Lotus Allen. She just shared the beautiful story of this past Sunday with our volunteer crew, the first of two back-to-back KK appearances to sandwich her birthday :). In fact, she was so inspired by Smile Cards, that she gave away three kindness bags to homeless people on her birthday! Lotus's "Be-Selfish Be-Generous" blog entry.