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
Jan 05, 2021, 4 comments, 2 smiles As human beings, making our way in a complex world, we naturally want to make sense of life. We do this by unconsciously picking one perspective and clinging to it. We say, “This is Truth,” when really it is just true for us. Your “truth” depends on your perspective. Perspective influences our seeing and our relationship with what is. It’s not wrong to have a perspective. We don’t have to labor to eliminate them. We all have perspectives that help us navigate. But we can apply skillfulness to our relative perspectives. When we refrain from clinging to our perspectives, this creates room for others. In back of all perspectives, all relative truth is Absolute Reality. Absolute Reality, or pure awareness is the Truth that encompasses all perspectives, all possibilities. It is the consciousness that says “yes – and.” Mystics use words like Absolute Reality, Awareness, Consciousness, Source, or in my case “Rumi’s Field” as ... Read Full Story
Nov 30, 2020, 2 comments, 7 smiles Dear Friends, A friend of a friend sent me this and I thought of you: When Giving is All We Have poem by Alberto Ríos One river gives Its journey to the next. We give because someone gave to us. We give because nobody gave to us. We give because giving has changed us. We give because giving could have changed us. We have been better for it, We have been wounded by it – Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet, Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails. Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too, But we read this book, anyway, over and again: Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand, Mine to yours, yours to mine. You gave me blue and I gave you yellow. Together we are simple green. You gave me What you did not have, and I gave you What I had to give – together, we made Something greater from the difference.
Aug 12, 2020, 7 comments, 7 smiles “Nothing is Everything.” I gleaned this phrase from a talk that my friend Kusala Bhikshu gave at our Spiritual Center last Sunday. Kusala serves the world by “doing nothing.” He feeds feral cats, birds, and squirrels at the Zendo. He continues his nothingness-practice by posting pictures and quotes on Facebook. “The pictures make people happy,” he said. “The happiness ripples around the world.” Later, I asked him, “Do people ever say you’re not doing enough? That happens to me when I preach the gospel of small acts of kindness.” He smiled and said, “Everything I think, say, or do, makes a difference. One way or another. Not everyone understands that.” I see now that I have chosen to make wearing a mask a deep practice of “nothing is everything…” The spectrum of reactivity around mask wearing is broad – everything from anti-maskers who believe wearing a mask violates their civil rights, to those ... Read Full Story
Jul 31, 2020, 10 smiles The first Laddership Pod was conceived and implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 28-day process, it included 260 participants from 25 countries, dedicated to transformation. The time was ripe. So we gathered via technology to envision a new future. I’m sure many of us thought we’d find answers – solutions for personal and world problems. Instead, we wrestled daily with unanswerable questions. We stayed “in the grey” and pondered the nuances of transformation. “When do I surrender, vs. when do I apply tenacious grit?” “How do we navigate giving and burn-out?” “Where is the balance between inclusion and boundaries?” The result was magical. Our willingness to embark upon this journey of unknowing delivered us to a realm of shared emergence. Emergence looked like deepening friendships, radical acts of kindness, personal revelations, learning from each other, a brilliant on-the-fly tech platform that supported our global embrace, support for personal aspirations. The ... Read Full Story
Jul 16, 2020, 14 comments, 17 smiles Last summer, the Awakin Calls team held an illuminating call with john a. powell on Othering and Belonging. Recently, in our Laddership Pod, we spent some time exploring this topic, and I was reminded of particular highlights from that conversation that stood out to me. Sharing an edited and condensed transcript of those highlights below, in case it is of value for others, too. Preeta: Let’s start with your vision of race in this country. From the lens of some, there's been a grand story of halting but real racial progress -- from ending slavery, to eliminating legal segregation, to seeking integration, to working towards tolerance and diversity, and maybe inclusion and equity. From your perspective, what are the realities or limits of our current narrative? John: If we go back to the founding years of the slave trade in the New World, 400 years ago, we see that race as we ... Read Full Story
Jul 10, 2020, 3 comments, 9 smiles Dear SSp Friends, This was from my friend Jen and I had to share it. Picture of her dog too, just for fun. :) I have to tell you a little story... With Spencer recently moving down here after being away for several years, and most of his friends having moved away, he has been looking to make new friends. Covid has made it a little tricky, but he managed to make a few friends while out rock climbing and they go out together to climb outdoors a few days a week. He asked me if I knew any other ways to meet people, while also staying safe. The only thing I could think to say was, "Be kind. Kind people attract other kind people." A few days later I saw him writing in the 21-Day Kindness book (from Service Space) that I stuck in his stocking ... Read Full Story
Jun 15, 2020, 20 comments, 32 smiles [A stunning true story that recently came my way.] I was a fierce, unhappy, intellectual twenty-eight-year-old, still uneasy with all things “mystical,” stalking in old jeans and cheap army boots around Jerusalem. My guide to the mysteries of the Old City was “Isaiah,” plump, bald, late-middle-aged Israeli poet and mystic who looks, as he himself says often, “like a semi-enlightened sunburnt frog” and who has, over two days, become a friend. I love his sardonic wit, his baroque flights of phrase, his kabbalistic learning, the way his eyebrows twitch asymmetrically when he gets excited, which he does often. Today, he is wearing bright red sneakers and a short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt with great orange suns on it. Our talk is light, fact-stocked, and airy until we find ourselves in the early afternoon on the Mount of Olives, and stand, suddenly silent, in the sunny ochre olive grove where Christ wandered on the night before ... Read Full Story
Jun 10, 2020, 10 comments, 17 smiles Sweet are the uses of adversity. – William Shakespeare Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi Reality goes by many names – God, Spirit, The Absolute, Love, The Tao, Awareness, The Universe. Reality is perfect, meaning inclusive of everything. Reality is an unfettered field “out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing.” Opposites arise in the field – good, bad, darkness, light, joy, sorrow. These qualities arise in concert, each a complement to the other. But the human brain struggles with opposites. We attach to one side of an equation and call it Reality. Our point of view is never the whole picture. Fortunately, the Universe is maintained by scientific/spiritual laws. We’re familiar with laws of science. The laws of physics get us where we need to go. The laws of gravity help us stay where we need to stay. A spiritual law, the Law ... Read Full Story
Jun 08, 2020, 4 smiles So happy to post this reading from our friend Brian Conroy's book. The world needs our metta practice! One year, at the beginning of the rainy season, the Buddha sent a group of monks to practice meditation in the nearby forest. There the monks took shelter beneath the branches of an ancient tree. The monks had no idea this enormous tree was home to several tree spirits. The tree spirits resented the arrival of the monks, and, realizing they were likely to stay for the entire rainy season, devised ways to scare them away. Every night, when the monks were fast asleep, the tree spirits climbed down from their tree and harassed the monks with terrifying howling and screaming. After a few nights of this, the frightened monks hurried back to the Buddha and pleaded with him to allow them to practice in a different part of the forest. The Buddha told them ... Read Full Story