I'm joining Service Space because ... everyone here inspires me to stay connected to my heart
A good day to me is when ... I've been in alignment with my highest self
My hero in life is ...anyone who can give selflessly and love unconditionally
My favorite book is ...More than one; White Clouds, Old Path by Thich Nhat Hanh, Peak of Eloquence by Imam Ali
One thing I'm grateful for is ... this beautiful life :)
Mar 13, 2016, 2 comments, 16 smiles Over the course of the last two Karma Kitchens Dubai, it's been an incredible journey for ourselves to really explore our own connection to the values around KK, and ask ourselves what they truly mean to us. And we realised that the experience for guests is far deeper when each one of us is operating from that space of purity, inner transformation and love. So this time we decided to hold a deepening session for everyone who will be volunteering at the upcoming Karma Kitchen on Friday. 16 of us came together in a park, surrounded by trees and the lively chirping of birds. Few of us reached earlier to decorate the space MBL style and Sonia, Chandni and me commented on how we felt like we were back in India :) Once everyone was there, Natasha invited us all to hold hands and we held a few moments of silence and ... Read Full Story
Feb 06, 2016, 6 comments, 12 smiles It was a beautiful day for a Karma Kitchen – cloudy skies with just a hint of sun gracing us every now and then, a cool breeze and a serene location near a waterway. Many volunteers arrived earlier than their assigned time with the biggest smiles and joyous energy, ready to dig into their own intentions for service, kindness and generosity. But the ripples for a second Karma Kitchen to happen had begun long before the day itself. From Natasha’s ongoing, deep conversations with the restaurant, to the collective intentioning, to all of the love we carried back from our India trip all the way to a by-the-chance email sent to Meghna, requesting if we could have Wisdom Craft heart pins for guests and their arriving just in time – all the way through, it felt like flow, not work. :) For our volunteer briefing session, due to a roadblock for a ... Read Full Story
Jan 06, 2016, 10 smiles Today's Humans of New York post is a lovely random act of kindness! And the comments seem like a circle of sharing of each person's own act of kindness received or given :) For those who aren't on FB; “I’ve always liked to do nice things for strangers. I worked in the mail room at my college dorm, and whenever I emailed a package notification, I’d always add a little something extra. Like an awesome shark pic. Or a link to Japanese jazz. Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I buy really weird antique post cards, write poems on them, and mail them to random people I find in the white pages. The first time I sent one, I added a full-page disclaimer because I was worried some old person would think it was from ISIS and call the cops. I basically wrote: ‘Don’t worry. It’s art. Everything’s cool. You won’t be hearing from me again."
Mar 17, 2015, 3 comments, 11 smiles This past weekend Karma Kitchen opened its doors in Dubai. And it couldn't have been more wonderful! It still feels like a dream that everything came together so seamlessly and in the process touched us all so much that we're still carrying the joy well into the week. The space was offered to us by a simple Gujarati restaurant here, run by Nitin bhai whose smile reminds me of Jayesh bhai. He and his wife treat every customer like family and always insist that they eat "just one more chapati". Many a times if a customer doesn't have enough money on them, Nitin bhai will lovingly tell him it doesn't matter, he can pay next time. Overall, it couldn't have been a more ideal space for Karma Kitchen to start :) The 22 volunteers came together so naturally, we'd got all the positions filled in 2 days! And even though most of ... Read Full Story
Sep 14, 2014, 1 comments, 12 smiles Hallo all from Awakin Dubai! :) After returning from yesterday's Awakin, I asked myself, "what would our world look like if every place we went to was like an Awakin Circle?" A space to share stillness with strangers, deeply personal reflections, sometimes half-formed thoughts, without any fear of judgment and come together for one purpose only - to transform from within. Our circle began with some insightful and beautiful thoughts on the "tricky business" of happiness and ended with uncontrollable giggles and belly laughter. With our 5th gathering here in a very toasty Dubai, Awakins are beginning to feel a lot like home! Except it's a home without any doors and everyone is invited :)
Jun 14, 2014, 18 comments, 14 smiles A few of us gathered once again on Saturday to share space and sit in stillness. It was the second Awakin in Dubai and yet another unique and beautiful experience. As always sitting in a group was powerful and our hostess, Sandhya’s home has that special magic which helps quiten down my mind much faster. The circle of sharing was an enthusiastic one this time - where we spoke about how being aware of the triggers and sensations that lead to anger, acts as a great pause button to change reaction to response. Everyone had insightful comments to share and I took away nuggets of wisdom from each person's authentic expression. One person shared how he felt “stiller” as a result of sitting together as a group in silence, while another lady who has attended the original Awakin Wednesdays at the Mehta home was overwhelmed by gratitude and kept saying she ... Read Full Story
May 12, 2014, 3 comments, 11 smiles We had our first Awakin Circle in Dubai today after lots of serendipitous connections and I just wanted to share an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to the Mehta family for starting these 16 years ago! It was incredible how a room full of strangers could feel like family in such a short time, simply by sharing silence and a spirit of service. My heart's overflowing with gratitude and I just had to share it with all the beautiful ServiceSpace folks. We spoke much about the ripples of inspiration you're all spreading into the world!! For the next one, we are trying to trust the process and see what will emerge. :) But till then, lots of warmth, smiles and love ...
Nov 21, 2012, 1 comments, 5 smiles Hi Servicespace team, Someone sent this through email and thought it would be nice to share with the rest of the team, of how the ripples spread far and wide :) "Dear Daily Good, I do not have a question nor a suggestion... just a thank you. I found you by accident while one day looking for news that would make me smile. The world is filled with so much goodness, so much joy and much more positive than the average person is exposed to by the mainstream media. My work often involves tragic and devastating issues because I volunteer as a nurse in areas suffering from natural and man made disasters. However, something odd began happening over the past two years I have spent in Haiti. I noticed that without the constant negative media, the overwhelming fear the media reports about and the threats of horrible things to come.... I was ... Read Full Story