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Towards Better Health, By Nisha

Oct 12, 2018, 18 smiles As many of you know, Nisha and Ragu have been on a journey of learning about and sharing what they know on Nature Cure or Life Natural. Last week, along with the whirl of a Circle with Nipun, Meghna, Swara and Rohit on Gandhi in Today's World in Hyderabad, we had Nisha share with a small audience of 20 or so, on Towards Better Health. It was an engaged group of people that lead to a helpful Q&A and discussion afterwards. Nausheen Ahmed kindly summarized the session. Please read it at: http://akarma.life/2018/10/10/towards-better-health/ Many in the audience left with ideas for small changes or resolutions that they can make to their way of eating, their way of living. What's yours? :)

A Mindful Families Retreat, December 2018

Oct 19, 2017, 3 comments, 13 smiles A child brings so much joy. So much laughter and unexpected insight into the little truths of life. There is also, nothing like having a child to bring things tumbling down – sleep, time with spouse or friends, your energy at work, fitness, and any efforts towards community-building, service or meditation. As parents, we want to nurture values of generosity, kindness, ethics and much else in our children and our families, but often just getting everyone to eat a meal, making it to school and work, bed and bath-time, can seem like a victory. Have you struggled with any of this? Would you like to delve deeper into the world of values and see how to weave it into the rhythm of our lives? We hope to do this at a Mindful Families Retreat in December 2018, in Ahmedabad. How can we, as parents within ServiceSpace, tackle some of these issues? Here are ... Read Full Story

Inclusion Retreat: Dreams Take Flight

Dec 06, 2016, 9 comments, 23 smiles It is the little things. The little things that catch your eye and insist that you pause. “Welcome Home” said a beautifully hand-drawn card on each of our beds at the retreat centre. Inspiring quotes decked all walls, including those of the bathrooms. We wrote in notebooks with hand-drawn covers. And were tagged with anonymous messages and gifts. All the rooms had names, as did the buildings. We met in Maitri hall, my room was called Karuna. Inside the hall was more beauty. The little touches once again. A circle of chairs and cushions and in the middle a beautiful white-chalk rangoli of a tree with flowers and diyas. On the inner edge of the circle, right by the floor mats are words: “Pilgrim”, “Planting seeds”, “Serve”, “Kindness”… What does your tree look like? It is easy when one meets a person with disabilities to notice what is “different”. The dark glasses, the ... Read Full Story

Hyderabad Circle: One Year Old

Sep 04, 2016, 4 comments, 29 smiles "Even if nobody shows up," I said to myself, "I will sit for an hour, do a reading and reflect on it." I then added: "I commit to doing so for a year." I needn't have bothered. :) What started with four individuals became ten, expanding to twenty-five or more when we had speakers. A year ago, I decided to start the Circle in Hyderabad. The need for a group sitting was growing in me, and I remembered the beauty of the Circle at the Santa Clara home, and the ones that I had been to with Pavi on our book tour. Since our house is far from the city, I asked a yoga teacher who has a beautiful studio in a green garden if she would host the Circle there. She immediately agreed. We made some local tweaks: since many participants had young children we decided to host it at 3pm and ... Read Full Story

How Do We Strengthen Our Inner Conviction?

Jun 27, 2016, 5 comments, 13 smiles How do we strengthen our inner conviction? Saraswathi Vasudevan is calm, soft-spoken, confident and filled with a wisdom that is deeply grounded in everyday experience. Through yoga she is a healer, teacher and researcher. For close to two hours the Hyderabad Awakin Circle were the beneficiaries of her words. Saraswathi began her journey on the path of yoga and healing 25 years ago. She trained under Sri TKV Desikachar for over 17 years in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya. It is a path that is strongly founded in the teachings of Patanjali and specializes in adapting yoga to the unique needs and abilities of the individual. In 2010, Saraswathi and her husband Sundar, founded YogaVahini, dedicated to specialised Yoga Training, Therapy and Research with centres in Chennai and Hyderabad. Here are the highlights of our afternoon together. (An audio recording of the entire talk including the question and answers session will ... Read Full Story

Space Greater Than Ego [Press Article]

Apr 14, 2016, 21 smiles Anyone who accompanies Nipun knows that a typical day is a sweet combination of hurly-burly engaging activity interspersed with moments of quiet and introspective depth. Last year Nipun was in Hyderabad for a day and among the many things we did was a quiet organic thali lunch with a local journalist.  She was amazed and moved by ServiceSpace values and the life Nipun leads. Here is the detailed article in a national magazine for breast cancer, Pink Connexion:   

Fruits Cleanse, Veggies Heal

Feb 23, 2016, 9 comments, 23 smiles Fruits Cleanse, Veggies Heal If you had come home two weeks ago, you would have thought that I run an organic market. The floor was covered with rows of thirty papayas, a hundred apples, a hundred chikoos, more than a hundred bananas and five big boxes of dates. A similar spread, of rice, greens, beans, carrots, raagi powder, jaggery, and cooking spices, was laid out in the homes of Abid and Shabbar (recent graduates of a Moved By Love retreat in Ahmedabad). Raghu and Nisha had been persuaded to travel from their organic farm in Coimbature and come to Hyderabad to lead a one-day course. Called, Hacking Health: How to be your own Healer, it would highlight what they have spent the past eight years learning and living – natural healing. When we first thought of the idea, my mother asked, “Should we rustle up our relatives to fill in the audience?”, sweetly concerned ... Read Full Story

Helping Nepal

Apr 27, 2015, 9 smiles A close friend in Nepal, Umanga Pandey, runs an NGO called Kehi Garoun, that supports poor, school-going children with simple but vital things: a healthy meal, a sweater, a notebook, shoes.... KG tries to tap into individual support (rather than institutional) and be volunteer-run. Here is a note that KG put out, especially regarding media coverage, that I thought would interest all of you. "We request that media facilitate healing for us, the injured people. As injured we all are - some through bodily damage, many through the loss of loved ones and many more through the loss of properties; still more through the shock of the ongoing earthquakes. We have lost much. But not all. And to heal, we must get in touch with that portion of our lives that is not yet broken. What is not broken? 1. Solidarity in our community and 2. Relief response from well wishers. 1. We ... Read Full Story

Walking Out Of Eden

Aug 25, 2014, 1 comments, 7 smiles I had sent this to Audrey, who loved it. So I thought there might be more people in the SS community who might enjoy reading about it: “Walking is falling forward,” wrote Paul Salopek in the December 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. “Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.” Salopek, 52, a two-time Pulitzer Prizewinning American journalist and National Geographic Fellow, has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, and African countries like Chad, Senegal, Mali, and Sudan. In January 2013, he returned to Africa—where he was detained in 2006 on charges of spying and espionage—to “retrace, on foot, the pathways of the ancestors who first discovered the ... Read Full Story

The Organic Life

Mar 29, 2013, 5 comments, 8 smiles The road from the Coimbatore airport narrows and the instructions grow quaint: “follow the main road” becomes “after the high school but before the bus stand, go over the first speed bump but not the second one, look for a bakery and turn right.” Coconut trees sway their welcome, hills mark the hazy horizon. At the end of a curving road, beyond thatched huts and banana orchards, sits a brick-and-stone house with a baby-pink roof. For those familiar with Indian architecture, it is unmistakably a Laurie Baker house. For those familiar with the spirit of generosity, it is unmistakably the home of Nisha, Ragu and their six-year-old son, Aum.   Our baby and the fierce summer sun keep us indoors. Conversations meander.   It is also fallow season. “The heat beats even the weeds down, so last year we thought we’d grab the chance to get a head-start on the sowing and planting. … ... Read Full Story