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DailyGood Ripples In Louisville, KY

Sep 06, 2016, 4 comments, 11 smiles A few months ago we ran a DailyGood story on Moina Shaiq, a Fremont-based mother, grandmother and community activist who, galvanized by recent tragic shootings, initiated a "Meet-a-Muslim" event at a local coffee shop, to foster deep dialog and understanding. Last week we received this touching note from one of our readers in Louisville, Kentucky, as a ripple from that feature -- a beautiful reminder of how inspiration travels far beyond our ability to map or measure:   Hello, I just had to share my story with you¦.You sent this story about Moina back in May, and it really resonated with me. With all the hatred, fear, and misunderstanding we have seen through the media lately, I wanted to do my part to increase dialog, mutual respect, and understanding. This past week, I hosted my own "Coffee & Coversation with Muslims" session at my workplace. I reached out via our internal social media site ... Read Full Story

The Privilege Of Living Whatever Life Brings

Feb 18, 2016, 29 comments, 53 smiles As most of you know, mid-August of last year, Viral was very unexpectedly diagnosed with an acute form of bone marrow suppression. The past six-months we've been in near-seclusion. With the help of many skilled health practitioners, a detailed regimen, and the invisible support of the community, Viral has been slowly getting better. Updates from this journey to recovery are archived here. Below is a conversation that explores Viral's grounded perspectives on this latest surprise twist in the road.   Very early on in this experience with serious illness you referred to it as a privilege. Can you expand on what you mean by that? I think our core happiness is determined more by the ways in which we respond internally to the situations we find ourselves in, than by the situations themselves. As Viktor Frankl put it, "No one can take away man's last freedom. The freedom to choose his or her own attitude given ... Read Full Story

How To Run A Company With (Almost) No Rules

Feb 22, 2015, 2 comments, 15 smiles Interesting TED talk by Ricardo Semlar, a Brazilian who talks engagingly about designing for wisdom, in the context of businesses and schools. Love the principles that he weaves into his work -- including "terminal days", "an empty bucket list", radical trust and generosity. Operating a complex, thriving business (and running successful schools as well!) he up-turns conventional rules, and demonstrates the power of a different approach. Well-worth a listen. Here's my favorite excerpt from the talk... "I accumulated a lot of money when I think about it. When you think and you say, now is the time to give back -- well, if you're giving back, you took too much. (Laughter) (Applause) I keep thinking of Warren Buffet waking up one day and finding out he has 30 billion dollars more than he thought he had. And he looks and he says, what am I going to do with this? And he ... Read Full Story

Introducing DailyGood Audio!

Jan 29, 2015, 3 comments, 25 smiles We are thrilled to share that more than 17 years after its humble beginnings as a service called Quote-a-Day, DailyGood has just released a new audio feature on its website! Yes, you heard right --- DailyGood Audio! :)  Select stories that DailyGood features will now be available online as high quality recordings offered up by one of our newest volunteers. About a week ago Nick O'Kelly wrote in the following to DailyGood: "I am a professional voiceover artist and Daily Good fan. Your email has been the first thing I read for many, many years. Frequently, I read the story to my wife over coffee in the morning. It starts the day off right. I'd like to produce an audio version of your stories...on a daily basis. What do you think?"   Short answer: We thought it was a GREAT idea :) Within the week Nick was a profiled, oriented and newly-minted ServiceSpace ... Read Full Story

May You Who Find This...

Dec 10, 2014, 3 comments, 21 smiles I received an email from our library today. It informs me that A Thousand Mornings, the beautiful collection of poems by Mary Oliver that's on my shelf, is due back in a couple of days. I'd read the book when it came out a couple years ago, and had wanted to read it again. Because reading Mary Oliver's poems is like sipping a hot, fragrant beverage on a cold, rainy day. It nourishes, comforts and gives you reasons to be grateful. I go online, log on to my library account and try to renew the book. But there is a hold on it. Someone else is waiting to warm their hands with these words. So this afternoon I pick up A Thousand Mornings and begin to read. Marveling all over again at this poet's wise talent for holding up to the light, this ordinary, magical world. I read one poem, ... Read Full Story

Not "Mere" Coincidence

Nov 12, 2014, 6 comments, 26 smiles Came across this quote today that made me smile: "Coincidence is God's way of staying anonymous." :) Moments of serendipity, whether you believe in a higher power or not, give us an opportunity to pause and reflect on what a wonder-full experience it is -- simply to be here together in all the marvelous mysterious ways that we are. Had a moment like that  a couple of months ago that I've been meaning to share. Last fall in southern France, I met a guy named Gunther. We were co-speakers at a conference and I enjoyed learning about his multidimensional work in the world while he really resonated with the work and ethos behind ServiceSpace. We meant to reconnect after the conference but didn't quite get around to it. Months passed and then one night this past September I saw a little post and photo on Gunther's Facebook feed that caught my attention:  Today ... Read Full Story

Crazy Wise

Jun 16, 2014, 11 smiles Gifted photographer Phil Borges was a guest speaker at one of our Awakin Circles last year. He's now completed work on his first feature-length documentary: Crazywise. It deals with an important subject that in his own words, "grew out of my fascination with shamanism and the way indigenous cultures often look at severe mental disorders. Until I started working on this film I didn’t realized the severity of the mental health crisis in our country. My goal is to create a powerful film that will spark a long overdue conversation for change. Most importantly, it will explore successful programs and methods for addressing mental illness. Since some of these solutions are new to our country many people have never heard of them until now." Meditation is one of the paths to healing that's deeply explored in the film.  You may enjoy the trailer: 

Serendipity & Smiles At KK!

Dec 30, 2013, 3 comments, 16 smiles Serendipity often makes the best plans. This woman had organized a birthday gathering yesterday at a local temple in Berkeley only to discover that morning that the temple was closed! She had never heard of Karma Kitchen but a random sequence of events led her and the birthday gathering through our doors -- where they received a warm welcome, heart pins, a bouquet of roses, a delicious meal and of course a Happy Birthday song from a packed to the gills restaurant :) Serendipity struck again when this little munchkin lost her her very first tooth at Karma Kitchen! The happy smiles say it all :)

Casa De Paz: Pollinating Peace

Dec 12, 2013, 1 comments, 13 smiles Casa de Paz was recently honored by the Pollination Project, a unique initiative that gives away a seed grant of $1000 every single day of the year. Here's a beautiful video they put out highlighting the regeneration of soil, soul and society that these "lovealists' are facilitating against the odds in a turbulent corner of East Oakland. As ever Pancho's spirit shines through with fierce, yet twinkle-eyed compassion. Such a privilege to be connected in service to a heart full of such unstinting courage and conviction.

Every So Often We Receive A ...

Oct 16, 2013, 9 smiles Every so often we receive a DailyGood thank you note that's just too sweet Not to share! Here is the latest in that category: "How good is daily good?! I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to daily good and all the beautiful volunteers who make it happen. Life has been an interesting challenge in the last few years as in my thirties I experienced some emotional health issues for the first time. Lots of soul searching.....Am trying to meditate regularly but...... I know, I know! But in finding daily good I created a ritual with my daily emails. Every morning I get up early and sit with brekkie and read my "good" I always try to think of at least one friend who that days message might be relevant to and I share it. This simple little ritual which is also about carving out a little "me" time in a busy life has been wonderful. I often sit with tears of joy, gratitude even sort of happy sadness while I ponder that days "good" So how good Is daily good? Very! I am very grateful. Thanks everyone. Love, D"