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Dec 05, 2016, 2 comments, 17 smiles A few weeks ago, about 20 young people aged between 16 - 25 years old came to-gather in a Circle of Sharing with Nipun, engaging in conversation, sharing inspiring stories of how small acts of generosity and kindness can plant seeds of goodness in ourselves and the world around us. The intention behind holding the circle, was no other than to simply allow young people an opportunity to share Nipun's presence. Nonetheless, as the day approached, I wondered how it would all unfold, especially since Nipun's initial idea had been to simply swing by our home, on that Sunday morning, before we went to a gathering where he would be speaking at later that afternoon. And, when I'd suggested holding a circle with youth, without skipping a heartbeat, he'd said yes. :) Deep in my heart, I'd felt a tinge of something, something like guilt, for filling up 3 precious empty ... Read Full Story
Jul 11, 2016, 2 comments, 14 smiles One of the questions on the Laddership Circle last week was on the theme of Emergence and Ripples-- how ripples can emerge in unexpected ways. Was moved to share a ripple inspired from this ecosystem. :) Every Friday, the day homeless shelter I volunteer with, hold a women's group where 30-40 women come together to share a hot lunch, participate in activities and find community. The diverse backgrounds and cultures, together with the struggles of striving for basic survival needs often causes misunderstandings and friction within the group, and volunteers are challenged in maintaining healthy dynamics. A couple of years ago, an inspiring singer had been invited along to the session, and the afternoon of inspiring songs and stories on kindness and gratitude had been powerful in opening many hearts, left them overflowing with love. The women had cried. They had hugged. They had felt gratitude for having each other. Beautiful and amazing to witness. At the ... Read Full Story
May 17, 2016, 3 comments, 15 smiles Every Awakin Circle is unique. A mystery of the universe's forces which have aligned to bring each person to offer their spark of presence to co-create a space that holds and nurtures. Last Sunday in London, at the Awakin retreat, 27 noble friends came to gather, in a simple intention to share stillness and presence, to serve and hold space for each other, to explore and cultivate the theme of "Small Things with Great Love." It is often said that small is beautiful, however this can easily be overlooked in the busyness of our day-to-day lives, when we can sometimes be led to believe that bigger is better without even realising. In stillness, reflection, gratitude and service, we dived deep into our own being to find ways that we can cultivate the awareness to organically practice small things with great love to serve our own journeys together with our friends, family and our ... Read Full Story
Apr 13, 2016, 2 comments, 16 smiles Before saying bye she places a heavy object clad tightly in a brown cotton rag into my hand and says, "Jayesh Sir had given this to my Dadi (grandmother). My Dadi passed on recently, and left this for me. I want you to give this to Jasmin didi (older sister) and ask her to look after it for me." Now, I know both her parents had died when she was young, her Dadi who had raised her was her closest of kin. I know the hostel where we are standing, nurtures and educates underprivileged girls from the most challenged and poorest families in and around Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. I also know when Jayesh Bhai, a Saviour to the girls, comes to visit, the girls wallow in an ocean of his compassion and love. There cannot be many possessions in their lockers which they treasure more than a gift from ... Read Full Story
Oct 15, 2015, 7 comments, 29 smiles We've just had the most remarkable couple days in London -- it's amazing how much love can be packed in two short days! We'll be sharing more soon, but here's a video of our retreat on Sunday (with surprise guest Satish Kumar!) that many called the "one of the most extra ordinary days of my life": And it was all anchored by our one and only "superwoman" Trishna. Liz, one of the participants, says it perfectly in her thank-you note:
Sep 07, 2015, 9 comments, 20 smiles There were many insights and learnings from the beauriful and enriching ServiceSpace retraet last weekend. Being with a circle of people who are so deeply rooted in their values, principles and intentions in service, brought about much self enquiry with many questions to be asked. Amongst many, one of the biggest takeaway learnings for me personally, was about allowing myself to become more visible to others. I notice my resistance to be visible, to be seen. Whether it's by sharing stories in large circles, or by writing a blog post (like as I'm doing here). :) It is an edge I've been working on and one which still requires a humongous amounts of courage and effort at times. Quite often, I'm moved to share, yet by the time my mind has done all the mental exercises and thinking about whether I should share, how I should share etc etc, my ... Read Full Story
Jul 27, 2015, 6 smiles There is something truly beautiful about an act that comes from spontaneity. The action comes from the heart; it is effortless and it leaves no space for expectations. Last week, a spontaneous email from Delhi, inspired a beautiful and spontaneous Awakin Circle of Sharing with a very inspiring person, Ritumoni Das, whose service journey and uplifting work in the largest red light district in Delhi is transforming the lives of thousands of women and children. Last Tuesday, about 25 people were inspired to join the gathering at very short notice; shifting things around in their diary to make the gathering. One young man shared he had arrived that morning from Chicago, then joined his team in a game of rugby before making the 2 hour journey from his home. As the circle opened, we accompanied Ritu on a journey that began 4 years ago, to when, as a Social Work Student, she ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2015, 3 comments, 16 smiles A few years back when I first joined ServiceSpace, there were often posts from members who quoted they had "done an Audrey". From the context of the post I understood this referred to random acts of kindness. I am so deeply grateful to have had an opportunity to carry out many "Audrey's" with Audrey last week in London and ripple out laughter and love. Audrey's joyful spirit, bubbling with laughter and kindness was truly infectious. One of the days, we had set out for a kindness flash mob we'd planned to have in front of the Nelson Mandela statue at the bustling Southbank Centre on the Riverfront. It all started on the Jubilee line escalators going down at London Bridge underground station, where noticing the tired faces of commuters Audrey holds up the poster saying "Smile! You're Perfect" for people on the escalators opposite going up. One could almost feel the energy ... Read Full Story
Apr 25, 2015, 2 comments, 12 smiles This past week, we were gifted the opportunity to host Audrey at our home in London. It was a gift bursting with bubbles of joyful laughter and pure goodness. Lsst Wednesday we were honoured to share this gift with the monthly Awakin Wednesday Circle at our home in the prsesnce of 20 lovely noble friends. The reading, Life is baeutiful, chosen by Audrey, evoked much heartfelt sharing. Audrey opened the circle with some beautiful spirited sharing of seeing the unseen with stories of Birju's promotion to meditate at work; stories about Pancho and Kevin's "trade" at Karma Kitchen. As we went around the circle, there emerged a richness of sharing from the heart, including a sharing from Bhawna (who was attending for the first time) of how she thinks she may have met this guy Audrey had just spoken about, called Pancho. :) Some goldem gems from the circle... Suhas shared how her ... Read Full Story
Apr 17, 2015, 2 comments, 7 smiles “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” The truth and depth in these words, handed by my tutor in notes I’d missed at class last month, made me reflect on a few people that have touched my life and opened my heart recently. Last month, during time spent at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, I spent some time with a young girl named Jayshree. During an introductory circle of sharing on where happiness comes from, she spoke of how giving away her possessions made her feel happy.She went on to share that on her last birthday whem she turned 14, she made a commitment to give away anything that another person asked for or admired of her belongings. This touched me deeply, especially knowing that she came ... Read Full Story