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Aug 23, 2017, 2 comments, 14 smiles It is beautiful and heart-warning to witness again and again how simply holding space for an intention in unconditional generosity can move different people to tap into the inherent well of generosity which is deep in all our hearts to serve others and give of ourselves in creative and inspiring ways. Last week's Pop-Up Karma Kitchen was a heart opening experiment which took place at London's first "Happy Cafe", The Canvas Cafe. We were warmly invited back by Ruth, the owner -- who is wonderfully experimenting with generosity with ways in which the Cafe space can be utilised as a blank Canvas to bring about positive social change -- to be part of the Canvas Cafe's Summer of Change Festival. Small Things with Great Love... A spirited team of almost 20 volunteers, (with a wait-list of 12 others) -- almost all of whom had never served or dined at Karma Kitchen ... Read Full Story
Aug 23, 2017, 1 comments, 6 smiles The invitation to last week's Karma Kitchen event in London included links to RSVP to serve, or to dine, as well as suggested ways to be involved, such as making pay-it-forward gifts for the kindness basket or writing anonymous Love Letters ... One diner, who would have liked to have volunteered at the event yet had found the practicalities would not work for them, expressed their wish to serve in another way, by writing 10 Anonymous Love Letters, which they later refer to as Letters "From My Heart To Yours", to connect with and share loving kindness with another person, an act of service to hopefully uplift the heart of the recipient as well as warming and filling their own heart with gratitude and joy. In an email afterwards, they expressed all the details of the thoughtful process of aligning their head and hands with their heart, ... Read Full Story
Jul 13, 2017, 7 smiles Following a heart-opening Karma Kitchen pop-up in March this year, we're hosting another Karma Kitchen on the evening of Saturday, August 12th, as part of the Summer of Change Festival at The Canvas Cafe! We know many folks in the ServiceSpace community know others in London who might like to come along that evening and experience "growing in generosity" first-hand, so please do feel free to share the invitation below with them. You're all invited to join in at Karma Kitchen at The Canvas Cafe (just off Brick Lane in Central London) on August 12th. Run by volunteers, at Karma Kitchen our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To complete the full circle of giving and sustain this experiment, guests make contributions in the spirit of pay-it-forward to those who will come after them. In keeping this chain going, the generosity ... Read Full Story
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