I'm joining Service Space because ... of noble friends
A good day to me is when ... I do an act of kindness.
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My favorite book is ...40 Rules of Love
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My family.
Nov 30, 2018, 4 comments, 10 smiles At our recent HeArt Circle, we wrote gratitude letters for our mothers, grandmothers, and maternal role models. It so happened that only a couple of us made it that day -- but what transpired was such a powerful, deepening experience. One of the participants wrote recently of this ripple, 1500 kilometers away, in his family's village: The letters were delivered when I was in my village. I didn't tell my mom and grandmom that I'd written them. They were amazed to see those. My mom was saying that grandma was first frightened to receive a letter, as she never gets letters on her name, later my mom noticed my handwriting and said it was from me. She was so happy. My neighbourhood people were asking my grandma whether she received any benefits from government or what?? :) My grandpa, brother, uncle, aunt were asking her what was in that letter. Everyone rounded her ... Read Full Story
Oct 29, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles This Sunday @ HeArt circle the invitation was to dive deeper into the love that we have been receiving from our mothers since inception and to pour it out in the form of words and post it to our nearest postbox. The invitation was to take his opportunity to share our gratitude, our favorite memory of her or say all that we feel for her but never told her. It was one of the most intimate circles which I experienced so far. The process itself brought so much warmth in the space. We shared smiles, apologies, tears of gratitude while sharing our memories and associations with our mothers. One thing which struck me was that each one of us has felt “that” unconditional love from our mothers but to put “that” love into words is a challenge. And the beauty is in that nameless, formless, colorless yet universal feeling that ... Read Full Story
Jul 23, 2018, 3 comments, 12 smiles Self-care is never a selfish act. It is simply good stewardship of the only gift that I have, the gift that I was put on earth to offer other. -Parker Palmer Inspite of rains, last Sunday, a bunch of us came together to cherish 'My-time' which was this month’s theme for Heart circle. Personally, I could think of my school time when after a series of lectures suddenly we would get a surprise free class. I am sure all of you must have experienced the joy of that priceless ‘time’. These two hours was like a speed-breaker on the road of our life where at times we miss to put a tick on our leisure-time wish list. Research also shows how taking out leisure time elevates one’s physical and psychological health thus the intention ... Read Full Story
Jun 19, 2018, 1 comments, 13 smiles As I sit near the window, I see the clouds arriving. The child inside me is waiting to be drenched in the first rains, splash my feet in the puddle, make some paper boats and let it flow with the water. This Sunday, at HeArt circle, a bunch of us came together to cherish that child within each one of us waiting to dance, sing, love, paint, smile and break free. As children, we all had our own small world of imagination and fantasies that we might have created with our own little hands with broken twigs or a torn cloth. Today we wanted to bring our childhood on canvas especially about the wonderment that each one of us held as children. Karan shared how he was a good student in his college days but what made him worry was his drawing exam. Inspite of his anxiety towards art and craft it ... Read Full Story
May 17, 2018, 7 comments, 28 smiles [During our Gandhi 3.0 gathering in January, Teach for India founder, Shaheen Mistri, shared these three stirring stories of gratitude below -- on arranging shoes, a boy who played, and the quiet capacity of one grandson's heart to give. Originally posted Feb 25, 2018.] We were at the ashram yesterday, and right outside Gandhiji's room, Jayeshbhai — with his normal big warm smile — said, "Chalo, Shaheen, let’s start arranging the chappals [shoes] in order!” We started arranging the chappals, and my mind went back 20 years to my first Jayeshbhai encounter and story — a time when I brought a group of children from my organization, Akanksha, to Ahmedabad. We were at the Gandhi Ashram. The kids were about to enter the ashram and they (as kids would be) took off their chappals, and they threw them here and there. Jayeshbhai just went and arranged all their chappals in a straight line. ... Read Full Story
May 17, 2018, 8 smiles During a recent conversation with Arun dada he shared three words that serve as pillars to his life: Satya-Prem-Karuna On truth: What is your definition of truth? Truth is different for every individual. Truth is our lifeline. Each person should follow his definition, his base of truth. When he does that, day by day the layers of ignorance will keep shedding depending on the level of inner transformation (antar-shuddi). As one deepens in the practice of inner transformation the aashudhi will start peeling away. Today you may see the truth in a certain form. But there will come a stage when it will become formless (vastravihin) and colorless (rangvihin). Dada sang few lines from a song to explain further: "Sat na meli rang sogatha, khelu neet chopat." (In the game of ludo there are different coloured pawns. For each individual his colour is his truth.) "Jeevan ne jeeti lidha mein janam janam ne ghat." (When I play ... Read Full Story
May 07, 2018, 1 comments, 8 smiles As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a great sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow- A. C. Benson Word of mouth caused a snowball effect where 36 people ranging from the age of 7 to 70 years decided to say yes to a half a day walking pilgrimage on the banks of Narmada river. What all of us experienced was the generosity of Mother Nature and local people staying along the banks of Narmada river who served complete strangers wholeheartedly. I realized that the more you trust and surrender, the more generosity you experience. River Narmada which along its course of 1740 km originating from Amarkantak flows westwards into the Arabian Sea. The belt that we walked is the only place, where it flows ‘Northwards’ and so it is called as ‘Uttarvahi Narmada'. 'Chaitra' month in the Hindu calendar is considered to be auspicious for doing this ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2018, 6 comments, 15 smiles "Your heart is aching to be What you are, to be Everything that you are, on this breath. Don’t put it off another instant." - Scott Morrison This month’s seed question for HeArt circle was: Recognizing what is alive in you at this moment which was based on this passage. After thirty minutes of silence, all of us chose the most comfortable corner of the room for the next hour. As an observer, it was so interesting to witness various themes that were emerging on the blank canvas while each one was engrossed tapping into what was really alive in them at that moment using paints, clay, coloured strips. As we all gathered back for reflection some of my key learnings from their sharing's were: Unconditional presence of grace: One of the local volunteer Siddharth shared, “ After the meditation, I wanted to share silence because that was what was alive within. So, I just stayed there ... Read Full Story
Apr 19, 2018, 3 comments, 19 smiles At one of the recent Awakin circle Arun dada shared one of his experiences on interconnectedness with nature. In his home town, he had a huge Neem tree in his compound. It started getting affected by the termites so for the first few days he tried to remove them gently but the termites kept coming. One day he decided to deal with them in a different way. He went to the tree and started having a conversation with the termites. He said, “I understand that you must be feeling hungry and to survive you have been feeding on this tree but this tree should also survive right? The termites in return asked dada, in that case what do we eat? Dada replied, I will keep other pieces of dry wood for you to eat. You eat those and not the tree.” After this conversation dada placed some dry wood besides the ... Read Full Story