I'm joining Service Space because ... it inspires me on a consistent basis and in a profound manner.
A good day to me is when ... I have contributed to some positivity rather than negativity in our world
My hero in life is ...the seed of good in each of us
My favorite book is ...Siddharta
One thing I'm grateful for is ... the company of a noble community of friends, colleagues, neighbors and family
Mar 31, 2017, 21 smiles It was touching to witness these amazing human beings give each other good bye hugs filled w/ tears of joy on the Silent Monday, as this evolution of Casa de Paz comes to a close and their paths transition forward. Sam and Hiromi headed off to Japan for a few months as they prepare to give birth and be in tender family care post-birth; and Panchito and Eva will be birthing the next chapter in the Casa de Paz legacy of serving the East Oakland community from a different home in the same neighborhood. Ways in which they have anchored the beautiful work in the community have touched countless hearts and inspired so many of us so often!
Jul 31, 2016, 1 comments, 10 smiles Daily Good often recieves notes of appreciation and gratitude from it's subscribers. Here is one such note that tugged a heart string and made me feel so grateful to get to be a small part in the hope, inspiration, joy and positivity that gets planted in our world every single day through the DG platform. I am also in awe of the careful attention, sensitivity, wisdom, relentless service, and ultimately just tremendous amount of love, that gets put in by the DG editors in choosing features: Note from the reader below: "Thank you so much for all you do to produce good news on a daily basis. I want to particularly thank you for this piece: see link Wow! I sobbed through the entire thing. As someone who started blogging when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and couldn't find any resources for singles and ten years and three recurrences later, is still doing it, giving hope to those who also felt alone and needed support, I so value the excellent writing, and the content of this piece. YOU guys ROCK!"
Jan 05, 2016, 3 comments, 19 smiles A couple weeks ago Karma Tube featured a beautiful video, titled Invisible Wings, about a simple husband and wife who have a small tea shop in India and the story of how they follow their dream to travel the world. One of the "Be the Change" actions was to contact the filmmaker, Hari Mohanan, and I was deeply inspired by the video so I sent Hari a gratitude email. What followed was sheer serendipity -- I happened to mention that we were at an ayurveda facility in Bangalore, and he happened to be in town, in fact just 5 kms away, so he came over for lunch! This young filmmaker was quite extraordinary -- and within just a few minutes of chatting, it was clear that alongside his talent in making films, he had something much deeper. Something beyond just the technical knowledge of capturing beautiful images or editing hours of footage. Hari's ... Read Full Story
Nov 28, 2015, 10 smiles One of our subscribers shared this wonderful note recently in the spirit of Thanksgiving: I bless this day in the fullness of good it already contains, in the many occasions it offers to listen deeply, to be of service to others, to express gratitude moment by moment and to keep my mind so filled with love, beauty and joy that no negativity can find even the tiniest crack in which to set foot. I bless this day in the infinite opportunities it gives me to love: to love and bless every human I meet, every beast or bird I pass by, every plant I behold, for all are but the manifold expressions of the infinite Life that undergirds all. Truly, I bless this day for the wonderful adventure it can become as I walk through it with the eyes of wonder rather than boredom, use every opportunity to express peace rather than irritation, and chose love over fear. Thank you, Life, for this day.
Oct 07, 2015, 5 comments, 21 smiles It all started a few weeks back with a simple rekindling of an idea: "We invite you to join us for an opportunity to engage in deep listening and sharing presence with our brothers and sisters without a home. "From the early days of Hear the Homeless, to the insightful reflections of our young interns a couple summers ago who interviewed the homeless -- what stands out clearly is that when we come together with an intention to connect and share, there is a shift that happens in our own being -- and the giving and receiving becomes hard to measure : ) "To add an even more personal energy to this event we will be making sandwiches ourselves and sharing them with the homeless in the Berkeley area with all our love and presence." Various folks answered the call, and this past Saturday, all 20 of us packed into Vinya’s apartment in ... Read Full Story
Sep 26, 2015, 21 smiles A beautiful quote shared by our wonderful and deeply inspiring guest speaker Aryae Coppersmith during this morning's Awakin Call: "We walk with two notes in our two pockets: 1. For my sake the universe was created; 2. I am nothing but dust and ashes. We need both of those notes." Aryae shared many other gems of wisdom interwoven through rich stories, and left many of us feeling like children sitting around a fire and listening with silent wonder, to the voice of a warm and compassionate elder.
Aug 17, 2015, 2 comments, 13 smiles A super sweet note of gratitude from a super sweet family touched by Nimo's music: "Hi there- we saw Nimo Patel in Seattle at Our Lady of Guadalupe in June, 2015. This experience and this music set a wonderful tone for our summer and is repeated joyfully each day in our home. Lyrics in his song "Gratitude" led us to you and to learning about Karma Kitchen. Inspired by this idea, my daughters (6.5y,2.5y) hosted a 'Grateful Lemonade' stand (and cookies and goldfish) outside of a local park today. Our intention was to give the refreshments as a gifts of gratitude and state that the person who came before them bought their items and just allow that space to be filled with what came. We had widely ranging responses (all very positive) and many, many people gave generously to buy lemonade for those to come after. We gathered nearly $55! We will send this to Empty Hands Music as a donation filled with deep gratitude and a commitment to never, ever stop dancing. Thank you!!"
May 19, 2015, 4 comments, 9 smiles Just received this note from the Awakin website ... My name is Kevin Nevel; I'm a songwriter deployed here in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. 1st I'd like to say how lucky I am to find your great site of divine wisdom. I recently learned of my of Mohawk Indian ancestry as a part of my heritage which; was been hidden from me by my family for so; many years because; of unwarranted shame on their part. I believe truly there's a reason I was drawn to Awakin.org. I just wanted to share a song that I wrote; "Only Love Survives" with you.
May 14, 2015, 2 smiles A brilliant poet, author, psychiatrist and meditation teacher -- there are likely other fans of Dr. Paul Fleischman's writings and lectures in this community. He will be in the bay area at a few upcoming events hosting a reading and discussion from his new book Wonder. More details here.
May 10, 2015, 6 smiles A recent article featured on DG about the inspiring elderly duo consisting of a blind man and an armless friend who planted trees in China, inspired a DG subscriber to share an old Academy Award winning short film from 1987 that shares a beautiful story resonant with the DG piece. My husband and I watched it and were touched by the simplicity of the animation visuals of the 80's but mostly by the heart-warming story it narrates. Here's the video.