I'm joining Service Space because ... it inspires so many people around the world.
A good day to me is when ... I remain balanced all through out the day
My hero in life is ...Vivekanand
My favorite book is ...The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my ability to breath peace and harmony
Aug 03, 2017, 18 comments, 46 smiles It was a routine Wednesday morning. I had just finished playing tennis and intended to pick up Nipun from the Bart station for our usual Awakin Circle prep. In between, I happened to have 30 extra minutes, so I opted to sit in my parked car and meditate. Suddenly, I hear a loud thud. Entire back window of my car shatters. It's a kind of sound that would jolt anyone, but perhaps because I was meditating, I find myself holding it with a sense of curiosity. Immediately, I open my car door and see an old man on my trunk. It's an odd sight. It appears that he was riding his bicycle, and somehow crashed into the car, and his helmet landed on the back windshield -- shattering it in an instant. "Are you okay?" I ask him gently. "I think so," he replies. One of the passerby offers to call 9-1-1, but ... Read Full Story
Mar 23, 2017, 8 smiles Few tidbits heard in the after hours at our local Awakin Circle ... Science of gratitude and to cut through the chase, 10 ways to be more grateful. Birju on the power of a humble minute of silence (and well-being at work); Thu on her journey to ER that changed her life and Kozo on Healing Gift of Cancer. Speaking of food, the NY article on The Nun Chef and Kunal explaining food source to 6th grade students in India. Anil's Ted talk on extreme physics and his neuroscience book on Man Who Wasn't There. Roshni wondering about how Cesar Chavez came to volunteer for John, Angela reflecting on education at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Vasantha moved by Vinoba: King of Kindness. Nimo's inspired jour ney and the song that has inspired Prahlad and thousands more around the globe -- Grateful -- as Vishesh and Bradley were wondering if he'll be singing at Sunday's Karma Kitchen. No pressure, Nimo. :)
Mar 16, 2017, 5 smiles Few tidbits heard in the after hours at Awakin Santa Clara ... Donna's book on inner life of pets -- and on that note, an adorable dog giving hugs to strangers in NY. March 14th was Pi Day -- why PI Matters: "Beauty of pi is that it puts infinity within reach." Like Laurel, a local Kindergarten teacher who had alumni reunions for the community of toddlers! Kanchan's work with Spiral Gardens and food security in Oakland. Is this right -- Economist article on aliens? :) What about a robot that can fold your laundry in 3 minutes? Cynthia remembered Nipun and Guri's wedding vows -- and a talk in Taiwan on "loose, deep and noble ties". Audrey was reflecting on systems thinking, while Thu shared the journey of going from Wifi-whiz to returning to Vietnam, losing 50 pounds and changing her life. And some inspiring stories from across the ServiceSpace ecosystem.
Mar 09, 2017, 8 smiles Every week, in our thank-you email after the local Awakin Circle, we include a paragraph with various interesting links that emerge in the circle and post-circle conversations. We thought we'd start sharing them with the larger circle as well ... Few tidbits heard in the after hours last night ... John's retelling of old Japanese love warrior, Michelle reflecting on mindfulness at work (Birju's talk), in line with Dustin's insight on grass versus trees -- an ode to being like bamboo, Nipun's conversation with a cabbie in Atlanta, Richard's interview with Mary Stein on Gift of Danger, Sairam's journey of going from scarcity to abundance, how millions of kids are shaped by voice assistants and a fascinating article on Why Fact Don't Shape Us, and a kindness story about an unsuspecting restaurant table.
Aug 18, 2016, 8 comments, 33 smiles If you've been to an Awakin in the last year, you're likely to have spotted Ted. He usually sits in a corner spot by the speaker, and he unfailingly opens the circle by expressing gratitude for everyone present. In fact, every week, I send the standard email with directions -- and Ted is the one person who responds to that email every single week with a word of thanks. Every time. It just seems like he doesn't take any week for granted. Last week, after the circle, Ted came up to me with a bag of LED bulbs. 19 of them, in fact. All different shapes and sizes. "I noticed that one of the bulbs in the bathroom was out, so I thought that perhaps I could upgrade all the bulbs in the house?" he asked me after the dinner hour. How can one say no to that? :) In the process, ... Read Full Story
Apr 12, 2016, 3 comments, 20 smiles [Below is a transcription of a beautiful share in last week's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, with a reading on vulnerability.] Hi everyone, my name's Travis. Thank you for all your stories. Very touching. When I was really young -- eight or nine maybe -- my father told me to clean my room. I really never liked cleaning and I always found certain shortcuts. I always half assed it, as they say. I would do like fifteen minutes of cleaning and go get my dad and tell him it's done. He comes back to do the check, looks around and I am still tucking things under the desk and this and that -- just not doing it right. And I knew it. He points out like 3 different things, and says, "I said I want your room clean, Travis. Not Mexican clean." This really hit me cause my Mom was Mexican. It was ... Read Full Story
Mar 24, 2016, 2 comments, 15 smiles [At a recent Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, Anne-Marie shared a beautiful story with her patient. Below is a transcription.] I really, really love this passage. It reminded of a very dear patient that I take care of -- who is very dear to my heart. When I think of solitude, I'm reminded of just how much of a gift it is not only to ourselves but to others as well. I learned this through caring for this pre-teenage boy, a remarkable spirit for whom I've been the primary nurse for almost two months now. When he first came to us, he had suffered from a very traumatic and inoperable brain tumor which left half of his body paralyzed, unable to speak or breath on his own, and not be able to perform his basic functions like eating or going to the toilet. He's basically bed-ridden right now. But he's full of wit, still ... Read Full Story
Jan 10, 2016, 5 comments, 22 smiles [Aryae opened our circle last Wednesday, at our local Awakin Circle, as he has graciously done on various occasions, and moved us with the retelling of this profound story.] My first reflection speaking is in here, in the Temple of Kindness, there are so many teachers about strong love. Thank you everyone here, for being teachers for me and for all of us, for each other. For those of you who may be my age or close to it, you'll remember when Dr. King was speaking these words, similar words and how electrifying it was for America and maybe for the world when he was talking about strong, demanding love and putting his life on the line and inspiring so many others to do it. I was living in San Francisco at the time. I was a college student and I was not quite courageous enough to go down to Alabama or Mississippi but ... Read Full Story
Sep 17, 2015, 2 comments, 22 smiles [Below is a beautiful story that Alam shared in our Awakin Circle last night! It felt like a blessing to hear it.] Good evening everyone, my name is Alam. Thank you so much for the beautiful reading and reflections. It brought up something very deep in me which I'd like to share. About 50 years ago, my Dad got a call. He was wearing a white lab coat as well and he was a doctor in training. On the other line was his brother who said, "I want you to come immediately." When my Dad flew from London to Nairobi, his brother told him, "My baby daughter was just born but the strange thing is she isn't reacting to anything. She doesn't seem to cry very much. Can you have a look at her?" My dad examined her and he said, "I'm afraid to tell you that your daughter will never ever be," and ... Read Full Story
Aug 26, 2015, 1 comments, 15 smiles As we get ready for another Awakin Circle tonight, few of us were reflecting on a really powerful circle last week (with stories like Aryae singing his brother out) ... and this touching share from a gentleman who, after dinner, said, "Being here today has changed my life." Hello everyone, my name is Joshua. This is my first time here, also. And it's been a miraculous experience for me. When I was in meditation, this question came through, which was, basically: where am I not being as compassionate as I could be? The response that came was this: towards my stepmother. I realized that I'm civil towards her, but I don't think I've ever truly included her, in my heart or in our family. Then, another question arose which was something like: how positive am I towards her? Even just in my own mind. And more broadly, how much of my mental space is ... Read Full Story