I'm joining Service Space because ... I am inspired by the work and look forward to finding ever expanding ways to live and share kindness.
A good day to me is when ... I laugh a lot and spend lots of time with my animals.
My hero in life is ...Anyone who exhibits great patience, as I am often struggling with that quality.
My favorite book is ...Currently it is Tattoos on the Heart, by Fr. Gregory Boyle.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I am grateful that I've recently learned to noticed how much I focus on what I want to get from any given situation - and how everything changes when I adjust that to
Mar 07, 2020, 3 comments, 8 smiles My husband and I have a lot of animals so I spend a lot of time at our local feedstore. The one I use is run by a family with four children under the age of sixteen. The kids are home schooled so they help out at the store. It’s not unusual to have their thirteen-year old daughter ring up your Rabbit Feed; or to have their fifteen-year old son forklift a bale of hay over to your car. I’ve talked to their parents about this. “Your kids are getting quite an education here, right? I mean not only are they learning about math and writing. You’re helping them develop business and customer service skills. That’s an amazing gift you’re giving them.” The parents seem pleased. The kids shrug and carry on business as usual. One time their ten-year helped me load up my car. He carried a 30-pound bag of dog food ... Read Full Story
Feb 25, 2020, 6 smiles This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting ServiceSpace friend, Fran Faraz, at our Spiritual Center, The Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. Fran is the Program Director for a College Peace Studies Program. She did an amazing job of speaking – so warm, likeable, and knowledgeable. We explored the idea that a conflict with two opposing sides often has a third way embedded within it. Fran also spoke about the importance of saying “I AM the change I wish to see in the world” – and then taking actions based on that statement. She discussed authentic hope vs. inauthentic hope. Inauthentic hope pretends that everything is fine, even when it isn’t. Authentic hope addresses the reality of challenges and labors to gain the peace and understanding that lead to positive change-worthy actions. One of the best things about this gathering was the appreciation I felt for ServiceSpace. Fran, her husband Reza, ... Read Full Story
Feb 24, 2020, 2 comments, 5 smiles As most of you know, Fran Faraz is the Peace Studies Program Director at Golden West College -- and an avid ServiceSpace ambassador. :) She delighted us at our Church yesterday, and inspired us to go from "be the change -- hey, you over there, be the change!" to "I am the change I wish to see in the world." I don’t know who is rippling to whom anymore. All I know is that our ripples have ripples, and I'm grateful for it all!
Oct 30, 2019, 4 comments, 24 smiles About a week ago, I wrote a post describing the convergence of details that brought me to Jordan. Last night, I received more evidence of God's invisible possibilities - the possibilities that are always at play whether we see them or not. I never imagined I'd someday sing in a concert, in Jordan, 10 miles from the Syrian border, sharing the stage with brother Nimesh Nimo Patel. I never imagined that I'd someday use all of the good vocal training I received from Wm Beck to serve in this way. I never imagined that the stage presence I learned from my Church congregation would support me as it did last night. I sang back up for a couple of Nimo's songs; but I also got to sing a solo. I chose "The Circle Game," by Joni Mitchell and dedicated it to my friend Debbie, who died suddenly almost two years ago. Debbie ... Read Full Story
Oct 26, 2019, 3 comments, 17 smiles Thought you might enjoy this picture of 5th Year Medical Students in Amman Jordan holding heart pins. These young women are so sweet, and so much fun; and they were delighted with their heart pins. I’m in Jordan with Myron Eshowsky, who I met at Gandhi 3.0, for a trauma conference. So much ServiceSpace/G3/WisdomCrafts love circling the globe.
Oct 13, 2019, 6 comments, 13 smiles Ana Valdes-Lim and I were roommates at Gandhi 3.0 in 2018. We became good friends right away. Ana is an accomplished actress who also teaches acting in a prison in the Philippines. Some of the women in the prison make Wisdom-Craft-like Heart Pins. Ana very generously shared a bunch of them with me. Because Ana and I both like animals, I decided to offer them at our Pet Blessing Service at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. Each Pet got a pin from our sisters overseas. They were distributed by Amy Michelson, who helped us with coloring and encouragement at the Berkeley After Mindfulness Conference. Amy is an artist, designer, and color expert. At the Pet Blessing, she helped each person find the perfect pin for their pet. It's always an honor to join with others devoted to the blessings that flow to and from the Animal Kingdom. This year was most special, because of the heart pins and the web of connection, rippling back and forth across the globe, from India, to Ventura, to the Philippines, into people's lives, and who knows where else. Love and gratitude to all.
Oct 12, 2019, 2 comments, 16 smiles Thought you all might be interested in seeing this letter we sent to Ellen Degeneres, that features ServiceSpace, heart pins, and Be Kind T-shirts. In case you didn’t hear about it, Ellen got in trouble for saying George W. Bush was a friend. She did a monologue shortly after, where she encouraged folks to be friendly to those who don’t share our beliefs. She encouraged us to “Be kind to everyone.”
Oct 08, 2019, 3 comments, 17 smiles What a joy it was to have ServiceSpace energy in Ventura last Sunday, as Ari addressed our Sunday service with grounded insights, and we were all filled with unbounded joy! Below is the sacred reading that Hugh shared in our service ... Your browser does not support the audio player, but you can access it the MP3 here. The Change me Prayer – By Tosha Silver Divine Beloved, Change Me into someone who can give with complete ease and abundance, knowing You are the unlimited Source of All. Let me be an easy open conduit for Your prosperity. Let me trust that all of my own needs are always met in amazing ways and it is safe to give freely as my heart guides me. And equally, please Change Me into someone who can feel wildly open to receiving. Let me know my own value, beauty and worthiness without question. Let me allow others the ... Read Full Story
Feb 08, 2019, 2 comments, 15 smiles Dear Friends, One of our local synagogues was recently vandalized with a hateful message. Someone painted a swastika on their sign. The message was quickly erased. But Inspired by ServiceSpace, Gandhi 3.0 and Nimo Patel's We Shall Overcome video, our congregation decided to drive out hatred with love. We made a bunch of construction paper hearts and staged a Heart Mob. We went to the synagogue, took a group picture near the sign, and sent lots of love to our Jewish brothers and sisters. A local paper is going to feature the picture in a "Kindness Corner." So many ripples, inside and out. Thank you ServiceSpace! - With Love, Bonnie
Jan 07, 2019, 12 smiles As 2019 begins, I have been reflecting on some of the things that have emerged for me over the year. Here a couple of the many of shifts that came to mind, inspired by this ecosystem... Greater confidence in the small and ridiculous. During our Laddeship Circle, Sehr asked me to send her son Danyal pictures of my animals. This evolved into a collection from friends across the ecosystem and beyond, as a book of animal pictures and spiritual poetry. It was ridiculous – small, yet time consuming, costly, a bit like herding cats to get everything lined up. But after sending 50 or so books all over the world, I gave one to my UPS helper, a Sikh gentleman from New Delhi. The look on his face, when he saw the cover, a Water Buffalo photographed by another circle participant, was priceless. “I remember these from my childhood,” he said. And then, ... Read Full Story