I'm joining Service Space because ... it's a beautiful thing.
A good day to me is when ... i am able to embrace what's in front of me.
My hero in life is ...if it's someone i know, it would be my godmother. she is just an exceptional person who inspires me. then, of course, there are the notables in everyone's pantheon. author caroline myss has had a terrific impact on me and she is a hero of sorts.
My favorite book is ...too many to choose from!
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my health. i am so blessed.
May 10, 2014, 6 smiles On May 18 our dear Nimo will be rapping and speaking at the Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose, CA. He will be performing with gospel queen Michelle Jordan and the Global Heart Choir. WOW! If you can't make it to the 9:30 or 11am service you may click on the link to follow to share the experience via LIVESTREAM or watch the archived services at your leisure. CSL welcomes and celebrates the many paths to the Divine and hosts Awakin Thursdays. The center is at 1195 Clark Street, San Jose, CA. Here is the link to watch it online: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2549563
Mar 07, 2014, 9 smiles A few months ago I posted about an open-source altar that I was starting at my local spiritual center, which also hosts a Thursday Awakin circle. The altar debuted in early January and it has held a fascinating flow of objects as they have been offered and taken. In fact, the energy of the altar has transformed an entire corner of the main room into an intimate chapel of sorts. We asked that objects not be something that had been purchased, rather a one-time gift that one was ready to pass along, a found object or a self-made creation. The community has embraced the project and we'll continue keeping the wooden table available for as long as the space feels like it's breathing.
Jan 31, 2014, 2 smiles I found the following article really inspiring about the '180' a young Wall Street trader made with his relationship with money. The essay he wrote, which is linked within the link below, brings me hope. http://www.today.com/money/former-wolf-shuns-money-addiction-tackles-hunger-2D12024397
Jan 29, 2014, 1 comments, 2 smiles Another tidbit from me: a friend gifted me with a massage yesterday. The music that was playing ended and we rested with the silence..until we heard an om... and began to giggle because we couldn't figure out if the next song had begun and was chanting monks or the motor of some farm equipment in the distance. the laughter was beautiful and the reminder that all sounds are ultimately a divine om.
Jan 29, 2014, 4 smiles On Monday, i had the privilege to read a story to my son's Kindergarten class called "The Kindness Quilt" about kids who engaged in acts of kindness, drew a picture of it then created a wall collage that looked like a quilt showing all of their gestures. After that, we sang a song I wrote that talks about colors, toys, friends, games, feelings, and hugs being for everyone.... the message is that nothing is specific to a boy or a girl, inclusion is important, and this truth is universal. On Tuesday, I was in the car listening to an interview with Pete Seeger and was not aware he had died. I was marveling at his amazing generativity in his 90's, his legacy, and the incredible power of song to change the world. I'd seen him interviewed a year ago and he was still so ALIVE that it didn't even occur to ... Read Full Story
Jan 13, 2014, 133 comments, 14 smiles Last week I was on my way to an appointment and at the last minute decided to take an alternate route. It led me to a stoplight at the freeway entrance where a Vietnam Veteran was sitting with a sign asking for help. I rolled my window down and offered him the snack I had prepared for myself and he seemed grateful, but his eyes still held sadness. I felt caught in the charity vs service split and with quick thinking, I was able to grab a smile card. I told him that I had something else that was much better than a snack and gave him the card, explaining that it turned him into a powerful giver instead of a taker. He lit up and I asked his name... Carlos, and I reminded him that he had a lot to give including his smile, wishes to others entering the ... Read Full Story
Dec 23, 2013, 5 smiles Last Saturday I received an invitation from the mother of one of my son's kindergarten classmates to come have hot cocoa and support her daughters who were raising money for children in need. Well, of course we attended... armed with smile cards to purchase cocoa for others behind us in line. This event turned out to be so much more. The mother, Savira, is a kindred spirit and was thrilled to learn about smile cards, Ssp, kindspring, etc. She also sent a note out this morning that over $300 was raised and that in addition to her daughters purchasing art supplies for children at the family shelter, her young daughters will give them an art lesson so they have the opportunity to create masterpieces. I love that she is moving her family beyond 'charitable giving' to compassionate service that is empowering to all participants in the experience and may result ... Read Full Story
Dec 16, 2013, 3 comments, 16 smiles Getting excited for the first Thursday Awakin San Jose. The circle is about 20 minutes from the Wednesday circle... and 24 hours :-) I am inviting your sweetness to be with me in spirit as i prepare a meal for 50 and read the reading. May the circle nourish all and the ripples flow onward. The open-source altar experiment I previously mentioned is being unveiled on January 12. I look forward to sharing more about what evolves out of it. I am grateful for the inspiration and clear principles of service space that are guiding and sustaining me as I step into ... the next step...
Dec 09, 2013, 3 smiles This saturday is the one year anniversary of a terrible event in America in which 20 children, 6 educators, the mother of and the gunman were all killed. I am moved by the request that was made by united families of the survivors of this shooting: please do an act of service in memory of our loved ones on the anniversary. They are asking the media to stay away, they are lighting candles at home. There is a great dignity in the way this is being navigated and I find it beautiful that from the ashes of their grief, this community has come together to create something good out of something so painful. I will be dedicating an offering of service in honor of this event and invite you to join me. To follow is a link to the mainstream news piece i watched that was powerful in a quiet way.
Nov 28, 2013, 1 comments, 6 smiles hi friends, some friends and i are going to be experimenting with an open-source altar. take an object (shell, stone, bead, etc) bring an object, share energy with the objects, rearrange objects as spirit inspires, etc ... we're curious to see what evolves and how it might create sacred ripples. stay tuned! i'll hope to have a beautiful picture sometime early in the new year.