I'm joining Service Space because ... Losing my sense of "self" through service is what inspires me to dig deeper and serve more. The people in this space, through their incredible acts of service, are a huge source of inspiration for my own service journey!
A good day to me is when ... I can touch someone's life, in some small way, and make them smile from within :)
My hero in life is ...All the people around the world doing small acts of goodness, right where they are right now. Because ultimately, it is these small acts that together will change the world.
My favorite book is ...Journey books like Siddhartha and Tuesdays with Morrie, Books on raising mindful children like Raising Happiness and books about going within like The Power of Now
One thing I'm grateful for is ... When I can tap into that place, deep inside of me, from which I can do things with a pure heart.
Dec 03, 2020, 1 comments, 6 smiles "I once asked a bird, 'How is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?' The bird responded, 'Love lifts me.'" - Hafiz In the midst of a global pandemic and lockdown in London, 31 noble friends opened their hearts and their complete beings by immersing themselves in a reflective process together during a 5-day Virtual Retreat. What a joy it was to serve as mirrors for each other's journeys through these 5 days, to bear witness to the reflections, insights and shifts that were unfolding organically, offering words of encouragement and support to our noble friends along the way. The final "Live Retreat" Day, last Sunday, was a culmination of days of deep inner work we collectively undertook that began at the Opening Circle, as we embarked on "A Journey Together", a pilgrimage without any seeking. Krishnamurti's words offered an open invitation to dive into our hearts: "If we could take ... Read Full Story
Jul 12, 2019, 16 smiles [At our last retreat last month, with Jin Wei and Nipun, one of the first-time participants shared a candid reflection to the tune of, "I've been meditating for 20 years, but to be honest, I've never been to a retreat like this. I'm not sure what will come out of it." A few hours after returning home, she sent along this thoughtful reflection.] Dear Trishna, Just a quick note to, again, say thank you for hosting the recent retreat at your lovely home. It has taken me some time to fully digest and appreciate what the event was truly about, and the energetic uplift it has left behind. It’s such a fantastic idea -- and now I can see it more clearly -- to have so many spiritual seekers to just sit down together for a day and share what they needed to share, from the heart. Even if we never ... Read Full Story
Jun 26, 2019, 16 smiles Nipun and Jin-Wei's latest visit to London last week offered us yet another wonderful opportunity to come together for a One-Day Retreat, where we collectively explored the theme Building Bridges in Times of Disconnection. Around 55 changemakers came together at our home in Pimlico from places near and far including Paris, Vienna, Australia, India, Brighton, Hertfordshire, Chippenham and all over London, to plant seeds of goodness in our hearts and co-create a more kind, compassionate and generous world by being the change we wish to see. This was the first of several gatherings planned for Nipun and Jin-Wei's visit and seeded many beautiful ripples over the course of the day. "Understanding is the bridge between two minds; love is the bridge between two souls." -- Matshona Dhliwayo Building Bridges with Love Jane and Kelly welcomed everyone into the space with their warm hugs and heart garlands as we circled up for 30 minutes ... Read Full Story
May 12, 2019, 1 comments, 7 smiles “Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” -- Alfred Adler Following our first two Kindful Kids Circles last year on kindness and gratitude, we recently hosted our third Kindful Kids Circle in London on Sunday, April 28th, when around 30 parents and children came together to explore the theme "Empathy Begins at Home". It was an amazing experience to collaborate with two mothers, Ankita and Sonal, who have come to previous circles, as we put our hearts together to design this entire circle completely from scratch including each activity, which was a very involved process :) The ripples of this true labour of love spirit were seen in how beautifully the circle unfolded and the depth of reflections shared and also to hear about how it was such a meaningful the experience for each family who participated ... Read Full Story
Jan 16, 2019, 8 smiles In recent years, I've thought about hosting an inspiring movie circle to engage with and learn from each other through a different medium, which can offer new ways to relate and bring up unique insights. In the spring of 2018, when Anne and Rajesh were invited to screen their labour-of-love documentary, Teach Me To Be WILD, at a resonant film festival in England later that year in November, their visit offered us the perfect catalyst to experiment with hosting our first Awakin Movie Circle in London! Awakin Movie Circle in Pimlico & Community Screening at the Museum of Happiness When a few of us had seen the first cut of Teach Me To Be WILD at a ServiceSpace retreat in 2016, we encouraged Anne and Rajesh to bring the film on a journey across the pond to London whenever it was in the flow for them and we were so grateful to ... Read Full Story
Dec 06, 2018, 5 comments, 19 smiles This month we celebrate 10 years since the first seeds were planted for a ServiceSpace community in London. Almost exactly to the day, on December 3rd, 2008, we hosted our first Awakin Circle in London and we are so grateful for every step of the journey since then including the beautiful people we've met along the way and the deep sense of community that holds us all together in the spirit of stillness and service. We are especially grateful for the incredibly inspiring and committed anchors behind all the magic, who serve so selflessly in holding space for many amazing gatherings over the years. This snapshot shares a bit about the journeys of each local anchor in London and how they got involved... London Community Snapshot - Anchors They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case I'd say that this picture above holds a thousand stories :) ... Read Full Story
May 21, 2018, 9 comments, 27 smiles Last week, my husband's car was surprisingly broken into in broad daylight, while it was parked in a safe neighbourhood in central London on a busy road with several shops and people walking by. Whenever something like this happens, our first reaction is of course shock when you return to your car, In this case, even moreso, as the staff at the dry cleaners nearby observed the whole incident and came running out to share every detail with him when he returned to his car. Two masked people on cycles came by with a crow bar, smashed his rear window and knew exactly what they were stealing -- his work backpack with his laptop and much more! They must have been watching him when he opened the car boot to remove a bag only 30 minutes before returning back to his car. A passerby tried to stop them and they ... Read Full Story
May 10, 2018, 1 comments, 13 smiles “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -- Angela Schwindt We are so excited to be planting seeds to come together with families for the first ever Kindful Kids Circle hosted by the London ServiceSpace community! One of our first "family-oriented" experiments in ServiceSpace started as a newsletter back in 2011 and more recently has been rippling into offline community gatherings like Awakin Kids Circles in CA and in Surat, Mindful Parenting Calls, Kindful Kids events and Conscious Mama's Circles! It's been so beautiful to watch this all unfold and I've been quietly holding onto an intention in my heart to pay forward this love and inspiration to families here in London for the past couple of years. My daughters are always wondering why they can't come to a retreat or stay up late at night for Awakin Circles, so ... Read Full Story
Feb 24, 2018, 11 smiles So moved to read this beautiful process one teacher has incorporated into her classroom every week as an antidote to school shootings, since the Columbine school shooting years ago. What a wonderful reminder to serve with what we have, do small things with great love and honour the role of community in collectively laddering journeys in any context. What a gift it would be for all teachers to take the time and to be present in a way that enables them to do this in every classroom in some way, to ensure that no child is left out, lonely or feeling disconnected for too long without someone taking notice and serving him/her with love.