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John Chambers: Art and Activism

Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes....

Hakim Ilyas: Traditional Islamic Healing

Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes....

Dr. Bill Stewart: Deep Medicine

Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Bill Stewart, a modern-day medicine man.  Dr. Stewart's journey spans the bone-chilling winters of his native Minnesota, San Francisco's patchwork of fog and sunshine, the blistering summers of southern India -- and more. He is a man...

Marianna Cacciatore: Generosity and Grief

Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes. Our...

Jayesh Patel: Living Service, at the Gandhi Ashram

Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...

Chaz Howard: Radical Joy and Holy Play

Our guests this week will be: Professor Charles Howard, aka Chaz!  After his early life struggles, he became a young leader and activist to uplift others.   He sang.  He preached in many places of worship on topics wide-ranging from Tupac and Hip Hop to poverty and...

Suzanne Toro: Surrendering To Bliss

Suzanne Toro is a creative global visionary and strategist who has a commitment to humanity and the environment with an emphasis on human spirit, global transformation, and assisting in healing the planet. Her life purpose melds writing, design, travel, teaching, and assisting in healing. Her...

Vinya Vasu: "Every Moment" Service

An Educator, Giver, and Seeker of Kindness, Vinya Vasu embodies a heart of love.    A special educator, former principal and founding teacher for students with severe trauma, abuse, and emotional challenges, Vinya finds herself drawn to work with kids who need it...

Murtaza: Movies for Healing

Working in a 5-star hotel, Murtaza found himself immersed daily in a high-stress environment. Eventually, his body broke down, and he was forced to leave his job. This propelled him down a trail of health and greater meaning, where he eventually encountered the Urban Ashram, began listening...

Hannah Brencher: Love Letters...to the World!

 Hannah Brencher is a writer, speaker, and creator pinning her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. After spending a year writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world, Hannah launched TheWorld Needs More Love...

Krishan Patel: Living Life Like a Pilgrimage

Krishan Patel is not afraid to search for the heart of life.  In his last year at the University of Michigan, he gave up his math major so that he could focus on writing.  During that time, he worked in a maximum security prison, where he learned about the human experience. As a child,...

Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion

James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...

Elizabeth Murray: Cultivating Sacred Spaces

Elizabeth Murray quit her dream job to volunteer in Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Her family thought she was mad to leave her comfortable horticulture job in California on a verbal promise for free room and board. But Elizabeth says her urge to work there was unbreakable. And she has...

Peter Bernhardt: Uncovering Systems IQ

Peter Bernhardt is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works in an emerging field of psychology, which is based on a combination of systems thinking, depth psychology, mindfulness and somatic psychology. Born in 1956, he grew up in many of the...

Americ Azevedo: Truth Demands to be Lived..

A few years ago, Americ Azevedo sat in a college classroom with about 15 students. It was a meditation class and he was the instructor. This past fall, that same class enrolled 603 students and took place in one of the largest lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus. A philosopher,...

Sheetal Sanghvi: Creating an Urban Oasis

The Urban Ashram, an urban oasis in the heart of the city of Pune, is a space to dedicated to the work of inner transformation. Sheetal Sanghvi, the founder of this space considers himself as a pilgrim on his way back home to the source. He remembers starting his spiritual enquiry early in his...

Christopher : Amplifying Altruism...

Christopher and his daughter Aubrey's mission is to generate altruism in others. They do this through their labor of love project, lovelist.org In their own words, "There are many people who need things. While we help people based on situational need, we primarily focus on people...

Patty de Llosa: Practice of Presence

Patty de Llosa is an author, a meditation teacher, and seeker of higher truths. After college, she worked as reporter for Time Magazine for six years, got married to a Peruvian and raised three children in Lima. When her husband became governor of Loreto province, she served as president of...

Anupam Pathak: Empathy Driven Technology Design

Anupam Pathak, Founder and CEO of Liftlabs, is an inventor and entrepreneur at heart and passionate about creating new technologies for social benefit. He founded Lift Labs with the intent to apply his broad scientific knowledge and engineering skills to improve our quality of life. In his own...

Sunaina Chugani: Psychology of Materialism

Growing up in a Sufi family on the border of Mexico in South Texas, Sunaina Chugani saw her parents start a jewelry business in her home town.  She saw all sorts of customers flow through the shop, but a particular type of customer frequently caught her attention: those who didn't seem...

Sara Schairer: Birthing a Compassion Revolution

Nearly five years ago, Sara was facing an unwanted divorce, taking care of her 18-month old daughter, and looking for a job during the economic fallout.  As she says, "I was depressed, and quite frankly, I was a mess."  Her picture-perfect life had been turned upside down, so...

David Levins: Deepening Our Social Bonds

Inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Steinbeck, Robert Pirsig and others, David Levins often rewrites excerpts from their books.  In 2011 he took one of his essays out of the commonplace book he keeps and used it to start a community garden where a large number of the city’s residents...

Vlad Moskovski: Building Community

Vlad Moskovski is a Yoga instructor and meditation teacher. Meditation and Yoga have been his life and passion for over twelve years. Vlad teaches public Yoga classes and offers private Yoga therapy sessions, individual meditation coaching, and workshops in Berkeley and the Bay Area. He is...

Krista Tippett: Meaningful Conversations

Krista Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she ended up in divided Berlin for most of...

Aisha Salem: Embrace of truth

Aisha Salem was born and raised in Denmark. At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Life broke loose eradicating every idea of individual existence through a year and a half of extreme spiritual unfoldment; dying into the flame of...

Rahul Brown: Money, Service and Stillness

If anyone were to make a file on Rahul, it would go into the folder “unclassified”. His interests and experiments reach far beyond his formal education and work experience. From working at a technology startup, advocating for alternative healthcare to working with a power company,...

Laura Lavigne: Can a Simple Sign Make Your Day?

It started in May 2012 when a friend posted a photo on Laura Lavigne’s Facebook wall. The photo was of a few people wearing bright orange jumpsuits and holding signs with cool messages over their heads. It seemed a great match to the Center for Happiness. A conversation started, fueled by...

Jay Chodagam: Fulfillment over Achievement

In 1998, while getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Janardhan (Jay) came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate...

Melina Uncapher: Neuroscience of Service

There’s a wonderful parable that compares lunch in heaven and in hell. Both places have the same set-up; large dining tables filled with delicious food. However, the forks are too long and it is impossible for the diners to eat with them. Those who dwell in hell live in eternal frustration...

Matt Kowalski: Service as a Vocation

Matthew Kowalski is a recovery coach, certified addiction counselor and motivational speaker who has worked with recovering addicts in both clinical and 12-step settings since 1998. Raised in a chaotic environment of generational abuse, he ran away at age 15 and spent the next 27 years lost in...

Rick Hanson: The Science of Happiness

Rick Hanson is a graduate of UCLA, a neropsychologist, and the author of several books, most recently “Hardwiring Happiness". Dr. Hanson is an authority on self-directed neuroplasticity - the effects of mental attention, focus, thought, and behavior on brain structure, emotional...

Janice Marturano: Finding the Space to Lead

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011,...

Siddharth Sthalekar: From Capital Markets to Compassion Capital

​Siddharth Sthalekar was flying high with a business school degree, a job as an influential banker, and a recurring television spot that allowed him to move markets.  And yet something inside him stirred -- this is not why he was here.  3 years back, after moving on from his work, he...

Jan Daddona: Control vs Freedom

Janis Daddona (NARRATOR) is a professional voice talent and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University.  She’s a regular blogger and interviewer for the weekly global “Awakin Calls”. She lives in Connecticut with her feline mentors,...

Jayeshbhai Patel: Love in Action

Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...

Jon Madian: Reflections on a Life of Service in Public Education

When a bio was requested, educator & author Jon Madian, our guest this week, introduced himself in this poetic manner.....   What to say about a long life just begun  so suddenly nearly over--   At 72, still climbing hills and drilling wells to make myself and the world...

Moin Khan: Dissolving Boundaries, One Heart At A Time

Moin Khan was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to Norther California in 2005 to go to Business School. He found himself depressed and hurt when he used to hear news from his home country and wanted to do something to change the image in people's minds. What better way than to touch their...

Claudia Horwitz: Spiritual Activism

Claudia Horwitz was one of the first people to speak about the concept of “spiritual activism” and is the author of “The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World.” (Penguin 2002).  Having stepped down from the Executive Director...

Vinciane Rycroft: A Mind with Heart

Vinciane Rycroft is trained in international environmental law and education for sustainable development, and has worked for non-governmental organizations in this field for twelve years. She is also passionate about the human mind. A particular interest is whether developing our understanding...

Bidyut Bose: One Breath at at Time

After his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Bidyut Bose spent many years doing research and development for Silicon Valley's tech companies.  However, in 1998, he started paying forward a gift that his father (and later monks from the Himalayas) had endowed him with -- gift of...

Emma Seppala: Science of Service: Why it's Good for You & the World

Emma Seppala speaks 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, English & Mandarin.   She's got three degrees, from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. And she's got many awards for her research on meditation, happiness, social connection and compassion -- and yoga-based interventions for war...

Robbie Stokes: Talking with Strangers

After graduating from Florida State, Robbie Stokes helped the president of national fraternity, started a consulting group and moved to DC to work in the political arena.  At some point, Robbie started talking to strangers, and enjoying the genuine connections that emerged through it....

Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal the Community

Thuy Nguyen has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years. Through her experience, she has developed a simple but profound understanding of medicine and healing: that we are sick from the notion of separation -- from our bodies, from one another, from nature, from the present moment, from...

Shirin Subhani: Transforming Our Story

Shirin works on building collective synergy and community around stories of courage, creativity and change, as well as creative approaches to parenting and growing children and youth with special needs, specifically, those on the autism spectrum. Shirin’s work in community service for...

Lilou Mace: Art of Interviewing People You Just Met

Lilou Macé is a French-American author, webTV host and international Internet video blogger since 2005 with over 25-million video views on YouTube.  Back in 2006, Lilou met Oprah Winfrey which then inspired her to start interviewing and a few months later, with no television or...

KindSpring Challenge: How 21-Days Can Change Us

KindSpring has created a series of 21-Day Challenges designed to help individuals and groups grow in values that help create positive change. Irrespective of profession, age, culture or geography, when we commit to cultivating certain values we unleash a ripple effect that has the power to...

Marilyn Schlitz: Tools for Transformation

Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Marilyn Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades. As an author and past president of Institute of Noetic Sciences, she has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies...

Randy Taran: Accessing the Happiness Within

Randy Taran is a filmmaker, author, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and communities to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. Drawn from research in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, Project...

Duane Elgin: Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin is a social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. He has met the heads of state, he has bent the laws of physics under research settings at Stanford Research Institute, and he has co-authored a...

Garth Gilchrist: Everyday Harmony

Garth Gilchrist grew up roaming the woods and mountains of western Washington and California’s Sierra. Ever more amazed by the beauty of wildness, Garth has worked to spark and grow reverence for nature and a sense of connection with what he calls “The Great Life” in people of...

Anne-Marie Bauer: An Ethic of Care

In any given encounter with Anne-Marie Bauer, one is inevitably left with a warmth of heart. A nurse by profession, nurturer by nature, and generous giver of small acts with great love, any environment that bears witness to her presence sooner or later beams a-glow with her motherly care,...

Michael Lerner: Wounded Healers

Forty years ago, Michael Lerner, a Harvard- and Yale-trained political scientist, left a promising academic career to start Commonweal that would serve at-risk children, help adults with environmentally related health problems and promote public education about environmental health. Today,...

Otto Scharmer: Egosystem to Ecosystem

Growing up on a farm in Germany, Otto Scharmer noticed a lot of unsettling divides in society that ultimately led him to his PhD thesis titled: "Transformation of Capitalism as a Revolution From Within." As he jokes, "No one read it, so I went on another pursuit to make such ideas...

21-Day Challenge: Garden of Simplicity

KindSpring has created a series of 21-Day Challenges designed to help individuals and groups grow in values that help create positive change. Irrespective of profession, age, culture or geography, when we commit to cultivating certain values we unleash a ripple effect that has the power to...

Ward Mailliard: Nurturing Values-Based Learning Journeys for Tomorrow's Citizens

This Saturday, we will hear from ​Sadanand Ward ("Ward") Mailliard, one of the founders (in 1978) of the Mount Madonna Center near Watsonville, California, and Vice President of the Board of Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to "whole child education"...

Deidre Combs: Conflict as a Call to Sing Our Proudest Souls' Anthems

Deidre Combs provides leadership on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and to overcoming challenges.  She is a management consultant, coach, mediator and professor.  Her approach to conflict resolution integrates wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural...

Dawn Agnos: Surviving Life, Surviving Death, and Transforming Through Acceptance of What You Are

Dawn Agnos is a seeker and healer who draws upon her own personal healing journey to help individuals and groups in their journeys.  Among her guiding principles are J. Krishnamurti's words: "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are...

Polly Letofsky: Walking the World at 3 Miles Per Hour

On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her home in Vail, Colorado, and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and...

Summit Shah: My Journey With Smile Cards

Back in 2009, when Summit Shah was in college, he heard about Smile Cards. The idea behind Smile Cards was to do an act of kindness anonymously and invite the recipient to keep the goodness flowing by paying it forward. The idea deeply resonated with Summit but it wasn't until several years...

Kay Sandberg: Supporting Loving, Gentle Birth as a Force for Global Transformation Through Love

Kay Sandberg is the Founder, Chief Visionary, and President of the Global Force for Healing, an organization based in Ashland, Oregon that aims to create, connect, and communicate about grassroots projects that demonstrate love as a primary force for healing, transformation, and...

JG Larochette: Healing Children and Communities One Breath at a Time

JG Larochette is a former classroom teacher, community organizer, and mentor in Richmond, CA who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mindful Life Project.  Since its founding in the Fall of 2012, Mindful Life Project has focused on empowering underserved students through...

Lorenzo Fioramonti: Value That Can't be Counted

Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of...

Giang Dang: Development With Local Resources

Lifelong resident of Vietnam, Giang Dang came from a traditional background in development.  After some years of working in a multi-national aid organization, she started to notice a need for depth of local connections and started Action for the City in Hanoi.  Showing how small scale...

Maki Saionji Kawamura: Power of Prayer

Maki Saionji Kawamura is the Managing Director of Goi Peace Foundation in Japan, that brings “together people in wisdom, united in their hearts toward the common goal of peace on Earth” with events that have included the likes of Bill Gates and Nobel Laureates. She is also the Vice...

Ashton Applewhite: Anti-Ageism Crusader

Ashton Applewhite is a Brooklyn-based writer whose subjects range from family policy to science and technology. Since 2007, Applewhite has been writing about ageing and ageism at her website, This Chair Rocks. Ashton is the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well....

ServiceSpace Volunteers: Most Inspiring Stories of 2015

Throughout our various online portals from DailyGood to KindSpring, to our offline spaces like Awakin Circles and Karma Kitchen, to our retreats like Laddership Circles and Moved by Love, we witness the emergence of a lot of stories that touch our core and offer modern insights into ancient...

Pierre Pradervand: Gentle Art of Blessing

Pierre Pradervand has worked for decades in personal development and social justice. His career includes work on nearly every continent. He is the author of The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World, in which he posits that making the conscious choice to...

Mirabai Bush: Reforming Secular Institutions Through Contemplative Practices

Mirabai Bush has focused her life on the interdependence of social change and individual consciousness, and the potential for reforming secular institutions through practices that once existed only behind monastery walls. She responds to the speed and fear that drives much of American life...

Chase Bossart: Coming Alive With Every Breath We Take

Chase Bossart has devoted over 20 years to living and teaching therapeutic yoga in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya/Viniyoga. First introduced to Yoga as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India in 1991, Chase became hooked on its simple yet profound teachings and returned repeatedly...

Jeffrey Smith: Taking On the Food Industry

Jeffrey Smith is a leading American consumer advocate who has opposed the use of genetically modified foods since they were introduced in the 1990s. Smith authored the books Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re...

Cierra McNamara: Building a Community Sanctuary for Stillness and Inner Wisdom

Cierra McNamara is a meditator, inventor, and Denver-based entrepreneur.  She believes that each person has within themselves a “reservoir of wisdom, creativity and resilience that is cultivated through moments of stillness and silence.”  This belief has driven her to found...

Matt Walker: Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

“The evidence is overwhelming, it is irrefutable.  Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health each and every day,” says Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of...

Philippe Simonin: A Dream to Share Dreams

Philippe Simonin had a dream to share dreams. Driven by a faith in creating a collaborative community where people support and help each other actualize their dreams, he founded Dreemit.org, a personal social online project aiming at creating hope and community.  Originally from a little...

Kristi Nelson: Grateful Living As A Foundational Practice for Every Moment

“Even in the most challenging of times, there is the opportunity to learn, to love, to breathe.… I do not want to waste my time wanting, and waiting for, reasons for gratitude. The gift of my life is at hand, and it wants me to be fully alive, and wildly grateful, now. And again now....

David Milarch: Obtaining New Life By Giving New Life to Trees

David Milarch hovered above the bed, looking down upon his own lifeless body lying there. A loving husband and father, a life derailed by alcoholism, a life saved by a seemingly divine plan to clone trees. From a life-threatening trip to the emergency room -- to building a “Noah’s...

Nilima Bhat: Men, Women and Shakti Leadership: Exercising Power Regeneratively

A facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima Bhat facilitates leaders in achieving self-mastery in the areas of business and leadership. Her book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (co-written by Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious...

Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking the Great Vow Not to Burn Out

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a sansei (third-generation Japanese American) poet and writer, social justice activist, diversity and inclusion consultant, secular mindfulness coach and core Buddhist teacher based in Oakland, California.  She teaches primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center...

Makala Kozo Hattori: Healing Gift of Cancer -- And Life

Makala Kozo Hattori is a healer, counselor, host and writer who was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in July 2015. Rather than pursue traditional Western medicine’s allopathic treatments, he chose a path of natural medicine, diet, spiritual practices, and relational healing....

Charles Halpern: Cultivating Wisdom for Justice and Social Transformation

Charlie Halpern is a public interest pioneer and an innovator in legal education. Author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, he has made multiple big waves in the public sector – as the "father" of the public interest law movement, as a...

Liz Mitten Ryan: The Wisdom of the Herd

In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, traded in the secure terrain of her known life to move with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise...

Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees

“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...

Frank Ostaseski: What the Living Can Learn From the Dying

“Dying is much more than a medical event. It is a time for important psychological, emotional and spiritual work – a time for transition. To a large extent, the way we meet death is shaped by our habitual response to suffering, and our relationship to ourselves, to those we love, and...

Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations in the Edge of Self

Anil Ananthaswamy is a science writer and author of The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of Self (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2015), which has been described as “revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self” via an intimate look at the latest neuroscience...

Sharyle Patton: Understanding and Reducing our Communities' Chemical Burden

Sharyle Patton is an environmental advocate who has spent much of her life working to remove toxic chemicals from the landscape and to empower communities to monitor their toxic burdens.  She led a network of 350 nongovernmental organizations from around the world in Stockholm in...

Maya Breuer: Listen to Spirit and Take Action

After embracing the yogic lifestyle and becoming a successful yoga teacher, Maya Breuer was visited by her grandmother in a dream, having fallen asleep with the question on her mind, “what will my work be?”  In the dream, her grandmother told Maya to be herself and to...

Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman: Walking the World of Suffering with Both Compassion and Indifference

Suzuki Roshi walked up to Mel Weitsman one day and said, “Just being alive is enough.” This became a touchstone for Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman who, after more than 50 years of practice, continues to draw on Suzuki Roshi as his role model. He tries to be as simple as possible when he...

Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion to the Prescription Therapy List

After formally training as a psychologist from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), Trupti Pandya from Gujarat, India started working with special needs children. She noticed, among professionally trained psychologists, a tendency to label such kids has having mental...

Peter Kalmus: Being the Change: How I Dramatically Cut Fossil Fuels and Increased My Joy

Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s systems, Dr. Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes.  He stopped flying...

Two Trees (Kaylynn Sullivan): The Practice of Living

“By birth, education and experience, my identity is shaped by a life spent at the crossroads - the place where cultures, ideas and beliefs collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the...

Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness -- Rewiring Our Brain to be More Compassionate and Happy

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author.  His best-selling books, available in 26 languages, include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence;...

Jonathan Rose: Well-Tempered Cities That Harmonize Humans

Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. Our Awakin Call guest Jonathan Rose has a vision to transform these cities into well-balanced, nurturing, sustainable...

Sarah Peyton: The Riddle of Self-Esteem: Why Self-Compassion Can Be Hard

Sarah Peyton is a certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication who has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. She aims to integrate teachings from brain science and the use of resonant...

Jasmin Singer: Compassion Unlocks Identity

"What I want to stand for is compassion for myself first, and then for all those other individuals, humans and non humans whom we so easily cast aside. The ones we marginalize, the ones we choose not to see, the ones we don't call beautiful." -Jasmin Singer from her TED...

Phil Cass: Transforming Leaders and Communities

Phil Cass is a host, facilitator/trainer and consultant, a mentor and part-time college level instructor, a constant advocate for community, and a life-long student. For the past two decades, Dr. Cass has put into practice methods of leadership throughout his community of Columbus, Ohio that move...

David George Haskell: Songs of Trees: Interconnections Between People and Trees

"He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist." --A profile of David Haskell by James Gorman in The New York Times  David...

ServiceSpace Interns: Beginners' Minds in Kindness and Generosity

Once again this summer Service Space hosted a 10-week internship for students, with ages ranging from beginning high school to upperclass-persons in college! Each week, the interns were given readings and reflections, opportunities for silence, and experiments involving various personal...

Mark Whitwell: The Heart of Yoga

Mark Whitwell is a world-renowned yoga teacher and master who has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the spiritual teachings of some of the world’s greatest masters.  Born and raised in New Zealand, Mark has studied yoga intensively in India, in the home of the...

Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness and Kindfulness

Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness experts, is an accomplished mindfulness teacher, coach, speaker and author.  He is author of the international bestseller Mindfulness For Dummies, and more recently, of The Mindful Way through...

Patrick Cook-Deegan: Re-Imagining School and Wayfinding Purpose

“So much of our current high school system values achievement over exploration and competition over cooperation. So it is little wonder that many students leave high school and continue to drive toward external achievement without a true sense of self or deeper level of motivation."...

Aarti Kuber: Healing through Acceptance and Forgiveness

Mumbai-based 22-year-old Aarti Kuber likes to call herself a Planeteer and believes her life’s mission is to help our planet and its people heal. Having experienced child sexual abuse, she went on to peacefully confront the person who violated her, ten years after the incident took place....

Sandra Waddock: Intellectual Shaman: Healing to Create a Sustainable World

An intellectual shaman is an academic or other professional who takes on the three roles of the traditional indigenous shaman: healer, connector, and sense-maker -- or someone who makes sense of the world in the interest of the greater good. The intellectual shaman takes on this role to mediate...

Roger Walsh: From Altered States to Altered Traits

"Contemplative practices aim not merely to induce altered states but to induce altered traits -- or as Huston Smith so eloquently put it, 'to transform flashes of illumination into abiding light.'" - Roger Walsh Dr. Roger Walsh is not your everyday MD. A former circus...

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a Stanford University-based psychologist and scholar who combines disciplines of Western science with Eastern healing modalities.  With a doctorate from Harvard University, Stephen has trained in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation, and Chinese...

Myron Eshowsky: A Deeper Listening: Hearing's Loss to Healing's Gain

Myron Eshowsky embodies many roles -- among them, that of mediator, shamanic healer and co-director of the Social Health Care Program for Syrian Refugees based in Jordan, which provides direct services and training in trauma treatment for Syrian families displaced by the conflicts....

Michael Penn: The Nature of Hope

Around the age of twenty-two, a near death experience transformed Dr. Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of sacred texts and the works of the founders of the world’s religions. Today Professor Penn is a...

Mandy Catron: A Better Way To Talk About Love

“It seems like we want it both ways: we want love to feel like madness, and we want it to last an entire lifetime. That sounds terrible.” -- Mandy Len Catron Driven largely by her attempts to make sense of the divorce between her parents as well as the end of her first romantic...

Timber Hawkeye: Beyond the American Dream to the Zen of Daily Life

Timber Hawkeye is the author of the bestselling books Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless, a memoir. From an early age, Timber recognized the contradictions inherent in our world and society, noticing that society’s endorsement of wealth, possessions, and career are...

Terry Patten: A New Republic of Heart

Terry Patten is a philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. Over the last fifteen years he has devoted his efforts to the evolution of consciousness by facing, examining, and aiming to heal our global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism. He...

Jeff Warren: Becoming One's Own Consciousness Explorer and Teacher

“We are here to learn from each other, to share our various neurotic life strategies in a safe space, so we can then laugh uproariously at them together, in a spirit of dumbfounded incredulity.” – Jeff Warren   Jeff Warren came to meditation by chance, while working as a...

Daya Devi-Doolin: All I Need to Know is Inside

Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin is known as a “Doctor of Thought." She is the co-founder, with her husband Chris, of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary International, a center established in in Deltona, Florida in 1989 that offers alternative modalities of healing and Gentle Hatha Yoga, including free...

Kevin Hancock: Straining My Vocal Cords And Strengthening the Voices of Others

“I could see a universal, human story unfolding in the extreme example that was Pine Ridge.”   Kevin Hancock is the CEO of one of America’s oldest companies, Hancock Lumber, a 6th generation family-run lumber company in Maine founded in 1848.  Standing before a rapt...

Dimple Parmar: Marrying Into Cancer -- and Finding Love

The founder of Love Heals Cancer based in Delhi, India, Dimple Parmar is a force to be reckoned with. Determined to serve humanity and bring a smile to everyone's face, she is a person who believes in letting the power of love and care engulf one’s life. After losing her loving partner...

Jessica Roach: Midwifing a New Social Reality for Black Women and Mothers

Jessica Roach is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT), a nonprofit organization focused on providing community-based maternal-child health and birthing support in Columbus, Ohio.  As a Black women-led reproductive justice organization,...

Denise Bonnaig: Transcending Limitations and Transforming Wounds

“Ignorance just means you don’t know that there is a way out of your suffering.”   At once a lawyer, life coach, yoga teacher, and mother, Denise Bonnaig has been force of transformation in the lives of many. As a founding member of the boutique law firm Bonnaig &...

Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding Excess, and Communicating Our Needs

Miki Kashtan is a self-described “practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, exploring the application of the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to social transformation.” In 2002, she co-founded, with her late sister Inbal Kashtan, Bay Area...

Jane Murray: Moving from Headspace to Heartspace and Midwifing the New

Jane Murray, a former commercial lawyer qualified in the UK, Ireland and New York, and now a start-up entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, has shifted both in her life and in her career from inhabiting the head-space to the heart-space. As she's sought connection and belonging in a...

James Stark: Opening Windows to Wonder, the Miracles of Life and Nature

James Stark, M.A., F.E.S., has committed his life to exploring how we – our selves, our communities, and our species -- might move into greater harmony with who we are and reignite a deep connection with the rest of the natural world. Stark is the co-director of the Regenerative Design...

Shinzen Young: The Role of Compassion on the Spiritual Path

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant who frequently uses concepts from mathematics as a metaphor to illustrate the abstract concepts of meditation and who is building a bridge between contemplative practice and hard science. His interest...

Alan Wallace: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness

In 1970 when he was just 20 years old, Alan Wallace said to the universe, “I need to meet a wise old man and I need it quickly!”  He was hitchhiking alone in Norway.  After several hours of waiting to catch a ride to Oslo, a little old man in a Volkswagon picked him up. As...

Parker Palmer: An Elder's Look Back at Healing Our Divided Selves and Worlds

Parker J. Palmer is a renowned writer, teacher, and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. For more than five decades, he has written and spoken about subjects ranging from contemplation to community, the inner life to public life, education to social change. He is...

Mary Pipher: Women Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

When Mary Pipher, a New York Times best-selling author, told her friends she was next writing a book on older women “like us,” they immediately protested, “I am not old.” What they meant, she says in a recent New York Times opinion piece, was that “they didn’t...

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