I'm joining Service Space because ... It makes me happy!
A good day to me is when ... I wake up smiling
My hero in life is ...my father
My favorite book is ...Life
One thing I'm grateful for is ... all the gifts I've been blessed with
Mar 14, 2020, 3 comments, 10 smiles “Even after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.” – Hafiz About a month ago, a couple of us gave voice to a deep desire — of holding a one-day retreat in Houston. We didn’t know where to begin, where to host, whom to invite - to volunteer and to participate… except for a desire and a need to cultivate an intentional community. We put that intention out and just like that the whole universe conspired to make it happen.Michael (Venu’s Aikido teacher) offered his studio for the entire day to host the retreat. Audrey, Trishna, Birju, Amit, Jasky were more than forthcoming in sharing resources, suggesting ideas for flow, activities, videos, even food menu! Someone tagged us with diaries for the retreat, and from different corners came heArt offerings for tagging the participants! It was ... Read Full Story
Nov 29, 2019, 2 comments, 11 smiles In September, a group of amazing pilgrims boarded the laddership train! 8 participants and 6 volunteers embarked on this co-learning, co-creating experiment that changed us beyond what we could have imagined as we set out! We began with a simple intention: “we don’t have the answers to all the questions that are emerging, but sure we can contemplate them together.” In an alive Lab (as Joserra calls it) we came together on thought provoking readings and a shared context of values, practices, and reflections. As we contemplated on the questions we came in with, the collective wisdom led to even more questions. It’s a tall task to present what transpired in those 7 weeks in one blog post but to share the goodness (and the richness) of this circle with the wider community, here are a few threads that resonated with the group throughout the different themes of the 6 weeks and the ... Read Full Story
Oct 09, 2019, 3 comments, 15 smiles In one of our current Laddership Circles, it's been amazing to learn from synergy of wholehearted intentions that everyone brings to the circle! In our first two weeks alone, here's some inspired quotes heard around our circle: And a few (of many!) resources we're beginning to surface from each other... Dialogue vs. Debate: What's the difference? Arnd shared an elegant slide deck with some thoughts: (And also more on Transformative Listening. :) How Sweet It Is: Inspired by a practice of listening deeply this week, Shaylyn recalled of how sincerity and listening transformed a relationship with a neighbor: "Jameela and I might be the only two women in this entire town who could have a conversation in Arabic, and it took me half a year to figure that out." Compassionate Systems: How do we design for wholeness? Andy created a school to experiment: Grateful for the opportunity to learn from so many "love warriors" and from the circle! :)
Sep 24, 2019, 5 comments, 15 smiles It’s been some time since I put pen to paper (in the digital world!) but yesterday something beautiful happened and I felt I had to share it. I am currently volunteering in a public school taking an after school class, for elementary kids, which combines Social & Emotional Learning and gardening. It’s a 6 week program and I am planning to move through themes like kindness, compassion, self awareness, gratitude and interdependence. In yesterday’s class our theme was Kindness. One of the games I planned was a STEP-In-STEP-Out activity. It is something I learned from an SEL curriculum. The learning outcome of the game is that the students will recognize that we all want happiness and kindness. But this simple game led to so much more learning last evening. To explain the activity in short: Students and facilitators all stand in a circle. Everyone steps in and out of a circle depending on ... Read Full Story
May 16, 2019, 8 comments, 20 smiles Life is beautiful and we are blessed to be part of such a loving community! We arrived in Houston last Sunday and since then almost everyday is a day full of gratitude. A day when someone or other reached beyond to embrace us in the warmth of human connection. Yesterday, we hosted our first Awakin Houston circle. It was just me and Sikander and an empty cushion for the invisible :-) We hope to re-start the circles from next week but we wanted to host one for ourselves before or rather host ourselves to ground us in the spirit of these circles before we are worthy of hosting others. For at least a month our home will just be a mattress and these few cushions until our stuff arrives from Romania. I was getting a bit conscious of starting Awakins without having any cushions for people to sit on but after yesterday we felt we should just send out the invitation and see how the universe responds. The space organizes itself so beautifully that we will be fine :-) Thank you for all your good vibes!
May 05, 2019, 3 comments, 17 smiles As we head out on our way to the airport, to move to Houston, here's a pic of our last Awakin circle! And I am so excited with all the things happening in Romania, including the ongoing Karma Kitchens with kids, a local laddership circle (wow!) coming soon, and an educators retreat during Nipun's visit in October, and more. I'll miss Romania, but am looking forward to starting Awakin Circles in Houston!
Feb 18, 2019, 9 comments, 24 smiles [Originally posted in January 2019] “You left the door open and I walked in” So many of us walked into that open door and found ourselves at home in the circle. “There is an immediate sense of trust and respect and everyone feels belonged.” From 3 people sitting in silence on a Wednesday evening in a home in Santa Clara, Awakin circles have organically spread to 100+ cities around the world and every week so many people come together to co-create the circle. One person at our circle recently shared, “It’s small and yet it is so big!”. I don’t think I can find the right words to describe the extraordinariness of the ordinary Awakin circles. Which is why we asked Awakin hosts from around the world to share their reflections of 2018. Below are some highlights from those reflections! The journey of self Reflecting on the 10th year anniversary of Awakin circles in ... Read Full Story
Sep 13, 2018, 2 comments, 15 smiles Veritas school in Romania hosted a Karma Kitchen last year, and they are now keen to several times in the coming year and are brainstorming an entire conference on generosity and kindness. Here's a video from Leila and Richard about the first KK with the kids:
May 25, 2018, 13 smiles At our Awakin circles, we have a team of Romanians who have offered to help translate the passage every week. One of the most regular "translator volunteer" shared this with me today: "Translating Neruda's wonderful poem was a breeze, but it took me longer to reflect on it. Deep... Honestly, I'm not sure anymore what I like most about your Circles, the silence, your cooking, the intellectual depth or being exposed to such various intellectual exercises, new horizons and new ideas... Awakin' Circles are making my Wednesday evenings worthwhile."
May 14, 2018, 3 comments, 13 smiles About 6 months ago, as I was emptying my bag, I found a SMILE card. I kept that card on the entry cabinet and every day coming in and out of home, that card would make me smile and also invite me to pass it on. Except that I was too shy. New country, new language, new culture… how will I explain it? How will the idea be received? I had too many self-doubts that were holding me back. As days passed, I started feeling guilty for not having used the card since so long. One day as I was going to meet Sikander at his regular Starbucks for coffee, I took the card with me. But I chickened out again and asked Sikander if he will go up to the cashier and pay for an extra coffee and leave the card with them. And he did. It took him some ... Read Full Story