I'm joining Service Space because ... of noble friends
A good day to me is when ... I do an act of kindness.
My hero in life is ...
My favorite book is ...40 Rules of Love
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My family.
May 23, 2020, 1 comments, 8 smiles Art offers sanctuary to everyone willing to open their Hearts as well as their Eyes Last Sunday, Vidhi and I got an invitation to do our first HeART circle with the London community through art. With the uncertainty hovering around us, this was an opportunity to come together and ask, how each ones heart was doing. It was a family circle so we had kids and adults coming together. Before the circle started, we could see the kids ready with their art material and ready to jump in the pool of paints. It was an opportunity for us to learn from the little teachers to shed inhibitions and bring authenticity. Trishna di started the circle with a minute of silence and warmly welcomed Vidhi to lead us through a super fun icebreaker where we mentally painted different parts of our faces one by one with our favorite colors. This opened up the doors ... Read Full Story
May 11, 2020, 3 comments, 18 smiles Every week a few friends of the Vadodara ecosystem come together to cultivate stillness, community, and service. What started as a one time call in the first week of lockdown, has now become a weekly offering of love by Jaimit and Krunal. It is an evolving online circle for us to engage, share, spread joy, and rise through collective consciousness. The anchors have been beautifully holding the space exploring a different theme every week, pouring their love in writing the invitation, and also creating heArt offerings for every circle! As 10th May was Mother’s Day, this week our circle was a tribute to Motherhood. With that Krunal and Jaimit invited us to a heartfelt circle to presence/celebrate/hold space for Mother's Day and reflect on the experiences of “માતૃત્વ” (motherhood) in our everyday life. Krunal wrote: “We experience motherhood in many forms. One of the forms in which it comes to us is ... Read Full Story
Sep 22, 2019, 6 comments, 17 smiles Vinobaji once said, “If I get another birth, I will want to be born as a farm-labor and not a land owner. I would spend my time in the lap of nature cultivating and dissolve the sense of ownership.” Arun dada shared a couple of Vinoba stories. Vinoba did not mention about re-birth. However he would say that, there is not going to be a gap between his going and coming. He would say, "I am going to be here with all of you. I might not take birth in the human form but I will be living with all of you in the form of inspiration. I will be present with all of you till you are liberated. I alone do not want liberation." Arun dada with a graceful smile shared, Vinoba not only taught us how to live but also how to die. Most people who served us during our pilgrimage ... Read Full Story
Sep 18, 2019, 2 comments, 8 smiles Last Sunday a bunch of amazing HeArtist came together trusting the invitation, which led to a magical circle. The theme for this month was Free association via Art where each one had to pick a card with a word written on it and reflect. A few chose to journal beautiful poetry, rest chose to sculpt, paint and craft which led to colourful and creative canvases. Lokesh, with a big smile, shared how happy he was feeling in this space and he gave the credit to the power of the collective. He added, “If I was sitting all alone in my room it won’t have been possible for me to sit and process inpite of having access to all the material here.” Reflecting on the word ‘UNIVERSE’ which came to him he shared how he was taken back to his teenage days where except for the rainy days he used to sleep ... Read Full Story
Aug 10, 2019, 11 smiles “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”- M.K.Gandhi One day while Angulimala was on his way to the village to ask for alms, he saw a pregnant lady who was in a lot of labour pain. The condition was either the child or the mother might not survive. Angulimala’s heart was moved after looking at the suffering so he went to Buddha and asked what can he do to support them? Buddha with a compassionate smile asked him to retrospect all the good that he has done in this lifetime and share the merits of it. Angulimala took a few moments to retrospect on his past life and realized that he has only afflicted pain and have done no good to humanity. When Angulimala ... Read Full Story
Jul 30, 2019, 2 comments, 15 smiles About two dozen of us have been evaluating essays, as part of a "Kindness Jury" for a youth essay contest on the theme: Creating a Society Full of Kindness. While reading, I was inspired by some of these quotes, that different youth cited in their essays, and couldn't help but share the inspiration! “We need ‘strength’ while doing the possible but we need faith while doing the impossible”. -- Daleep Thakur “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -- Desmond Tutu “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have ... Read Full Story
Jun 22, 2019, 16 smiles During our last visit to Brahma Vidhya mandir, Pavnar I remember having a conversation with Usha tai around ego and relationships. To expand on the idea she shared about one of the practices that they follow in the ashram, Sarvanumati i.e consent of all. Which meant from the smallest to bigger decisions all were made only after each and everyone in the ashram comes to the consensus. There are thirty of them living in the ashram for many years practising the same principle. She explained further with an example saying, “If I want to conduct a workshop at the ashram, the proposal will be put across everyone in a meeting. If everyone agrees to it, I will go ahead. But if there is even one person who is not willing to have that workshop, the event will be kept on standby. Unlike the majority where 51% wins against 49% which happens ... Read Full Story
Jun 19, 2019, 2 comments, 11 smiles This Sunday a bunch of us got together for our first HeArt circle after a break of five months at an open garden to experience some time with nature which was our this months theme. The silent hour was accompanied by a few peacock singing and some jogging footsteps passing by our side. Siddharth shared, after silence when it was art time, the first thing he searched for was a quiet place to be by himself and picked up crayons just to get into a child-like mode. He later shared while thinking about nature, the very first thought that came to him was that it is always present. Immediately the all-seeing eye came to his mind which he made at the center. From his recent 10-day meditation retreat he remembered that nature is nothing but earth, water, air, fire and space and how universal and interconnected they are within and without. ... Read Full Story
Nov 30, 2018, 3 comments, 12 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