About Me  

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

Heart Mob In Ventura California

Feb 08, 2019, 4 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

Two Shifts Inspired By The Ecosystem

Jan 07, 2019, 1 comments, 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

Buying Ice Cream For 4 Wet Guys In Saffon Robes

May 06, 2018, 13 smiles [I just received a really touching email from Sue, who attends our Church, titled 'How I Ended Up Buying Ice Cream for 4 Wet Guys in Saffon Robes'. Right? Sue's a great writer, occasional actress, speech coach, co-director of our High Spirits (fun) Ministry, Heart Sewing fan, and all around beautiful person. Most recently, she quietly collected and distributed over 700 books ("word capital') to a local jail. Her email really speaks to the contagious energy of good brought to us by ServiceSpace. Thank you!] Today I had the day off and the world was my oyster. I had been reading some of your blog posts and thinking about ServiceSpace and your India trip, and how it had all affected us in so many ways. I thought "I should do an act of kindness." I went down to the harbor to get my planner in order for the next few months. I ... Read Full Story

Heart Felt Investing :)

Mar 21, 2018, 16 smiles Recently, our congregation has started a sewing circle -- to stitch heart pins. :) I am so very grateful to the women of Wisdom Crafts and beloved Meghna, who have provided us with such a tender display of skill and goodwill. I really have not had an opportunity to go into depth about what the hearts mean to us. I did a sermon on them the other day, telling the story behind the hearts. People were so touched by the generous presence in India. We loved how you took a challenging situation and found reconciliation in the face of potential despair. Simply amazing. What I hope I conveyed in my sermon, and what I hope to convey here is that I am finding that the hearts are not just hearts. They are ways of seeing others. They are a means by which we can invest in priceless values. For example, I gave ... Read Full Story

Dear Friends, In Response To A ...

Dec 15, 2016, 8 smiles Dear Friends, In response to a recent surge of racist and violent acts in the U.S., our Spiritual Center is sending Love Mail to counteract potential or actual hate mail. I'd love for others to join in and get more love circulating. Here's the story, including input from The Interfaith Amigos and a sample letter. Love to all - Bonnie

Thank You Laddership!

Oct 12, 2016, 3 comments, 6 smiles This is a shout out to Laddership and all of the inspiring people I meet through this work.  The inspiration to do what is described in the letter below came during a Laddership Call.  I am so grateful to be part of ServiceSpace, where we know the power of small acts of kindness and appreciation; where we learn to see and trust the ripples.  Onward!  Love, Bonnie Dear Friends, Last summer, our Congregation studied Breathing Underwater, by Richard Rohr, a book about Spirituality and the 12-Steps.  During the course of our book study, our appreciation of the wisdom of the 12-Steps increased.  We were inspired as we remembered that this life-changing work happens in our Spiritual Center on a daily basis.  As a ripple of this inspiration, we would like to offer you some free copies of Breathing Underwater.  Anyone who wants one, on a first come first served basis is welcome ... Read Full Story

To Touch The Hem Of The Infinite

Sep 07, 2016, 1 comments, 13 smiles [As I promised Audrey, here's the transcript of what I was moved to share at the community night, at the annual ServiceSpace retreat.] Last Saturday night, exactly a week ago, I was at a motivational seminar in Los Angeles. I attend a lot of retreats and seminars for my work, and at this one, we spent two days talking about how we wanted to be more. Nine out of ten people who got on the stage said they wanted to write a book and they wanted Oprah to discover it. It was one of those seminars. I love the idea of aspiring for more; I love the idea of infinite possibilities. But sometimes motivational seminars create within me this paradox of how do you reconcile striving and surrender? Sometimes when I attend workshops like that where I'm told I need to be more, I leave feeling like I'm not enough. Fast forward ... Read Full Story

A Deeper Yes

Sep 03, 2016, 8 comments, 25 smiles Dear Friends, Audrey asked me to share a reflection on the ServiceSpace retreat.  This is about one of many insights on service from that most glorious weekend.  I miss you all!  Love, Bonnie A Deeper Yes “Just say yes.” That was my mantra for the ServiceSpace retreat. I was determined to leave resistance at home and serve with a new level of detachment and grace.  I was willing to be called and chosen, shaken and stirred, in whatever way would be most helpful.  That’s why on Saturday morning, when I was summoned to help prepare a feast for 50-plus people, I said “yes.”  I went to the kitchen, found a sharp knife, and stood before a mountain of broccoli.  It was mine.  I was going to scale it like a German Tank.  I would conquer the broccoli and have something to show for my effort.   Tangible results.  Evidence.  I picked up broccoli stalk number one ... Read Full Story

Community - Week 6 Call Highlights

Jul 23, 2016, 3 comments, 11 smiles Community - Week 6 - Call Highlights “You are the Sky – Everything else, it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chodron “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”― Mother Teresa “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden We began with a minute of silence. Then Somik offered two questions: What practice did you try this week? What did you notice about community? Amir resigned from his job.  His practice was vulnerability.  He has evolved authenticity in his career and beyond.  He feels ecstatic, nervous, and excited about what can and will emerge.  To practice vulnerability, he got in touch with his feelings and shared with his co-workers and others.  He sees expansive possibilities in this practice.  In terms of community, he sees that it will grow as he shares his true self.  ... Read Full Story

Wealth - Highlights From Laddership Call #4

Jul 06, 2016, 5 comments, 18 smiles Wealth – Highlights from Laddership Call # 4 “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” -  Mother Teresa “Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing.' Between the two, my life flows.” ― Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That Somik started the call by posing two seed questions: What is a practice you tried this week? What's an encounter with multiple or less obvious form(s) of capital you've experienced? He also mentioned that both our sacred intentions to work on ourselves and an awareness of systems need attention. Hang participated in no particular practice this week.  She stated that Vietnam is currently facing a serious pollution issue.  Many fishermen are losing their livelihood.  There has been an admission of fault and a desire to reconcile with millions of US dollars.  This reinforced for Hang that wealth ... Read Full Story