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  Jaideep 2.0: My story of turning Heartpreneur

inclusion retreat gang :) I had heard that there are many monks in the Himalayas who meditate deeply and pray for the well being of this world. I had never believed it because I used to only believe what I saw. Fast forward two months – now I see what I believe! How did this shift come about?  Let me walk you through my initial steps in the hardest journey of moving from Head to Heart! From Transaction To Trust Over the last 2 years, I have been fortunate enough to have... read full story

Posted by Jaideep Rao on Feb 15, 2017 | permalink

  Samdarshan - Learnings from ESI

Between October, 2015 and January, 2017, I spent a cumulative total of 13 months living at ESI next to the Hriday Kunj, in one of the “Be” meditation huts. What unfolded in between turned out to be a somewhat unexpected and arduous inner journey—the potency of which I am just starting to get a glimpse of now, having left that sacred space a little over two weeks ago. I want to share here what I consider to be the root of that experience. Root meaning the deepest learning, ... read full story

Posted by Christopher Lowman on Feb 14, 2017 | permalink

  Meals on Wheels Mumbai

Last Sunday, our dear Vidhi officially launched Meals on Wheels in Mumbai. Rupali and Ketan lovingly opened up their home (our home — as they put it) and 25 of us were there; the youngest volunteer was three (he was helping us shell peas) and the oldest, 80. Fragrant heart-shaped flower rangoli greeted us at the door and throughout the home (we also got a glimpse of Rupali's incredible paintings — she's a gifted artist). Vidhi steered us beautifully and Rahul as well as Darpan ... read full story

Posted by MBL Volunteer on Feb 8, 2017 | permalink

  Video on Safai Vidyalaya

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Posted by Ranjan Gupta on Feb 7, 2017 | permalink

  Principal’s Round Table of 2016

The last Principal’s Round Table of 2016 was an event to remember!  It was attended by over one hundred educators including many Principals and Heads, representing schools and institutions across Pune and even a Principal and teacher who came all the way from Mumbai, inspired by Nipun’s talk there. The evening was opened by Mrs. Malati Kalmadi who, on behalf of Kannada Sangha, warmly welcomed Nipun and everyone who was in attendance. Mrs. Vijayam Kartha introduced the ... read full story

Posted by Urmila Samson on Feb 6, 2017 | permalink

  Learning the Art of Surrender

[At the Laddership retreat held in November 2016, Sachi shares from a deep space about one key shift that she experienced in the past year. In her journey with Ashiyana and Shunya, she reflects about deepening her values and learning to let go and surrender to the higher design.] I don’t know what am I going to say and I have been trying to put this presentation together to make sense of what am I going to say in the next 15 odd minutes. One key shift that I felt in the last year was to... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Feb 3, 2017 | permalink

  heART Circle - expressions of love

My heart is happy for my dear friend Rupali whose long held dream finally manifested yesterday. A warm and sensitive being, intuitive and gifted artist, Rupali deeply understands the transformative power of art and wanted to share that with the world. Rupali had shared her dream with many of us at the recent Startup Service retreat and was encouraged by all. As one of the participant recalls, “I witnessed a big change in Rupali at the end of three days. Her body language was different, ... read full story

Posted by MBL volunteer on Jan 31, 2017 | permalink

  Can we work with the power of small?

“We are here to hospice the old systems, and midwife the emergent new ways” Typically the term “startup” connotes small groups of passionate people working away in obscure corners. They work and work, and after lots of sleepless nights and empty pizza boxes, aspiring to create something that would change the world. At some point, maybe earlier or maybe later, that innovation takes on a commercial component. This startup must grow! And the vehicle for this is inevitably... read full story

Posted by Goli (Rajesh Golani) on Jan 28, 2017 | permalink

  Seva Cafe on History Channel

Imagine a Restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads Rs.0 with only this footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you." That's Seva Cafe, a experiment in 'peer to peer' generosity. Driven by volunteers and operated by modest staff, our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To ... read full story

Posted by Kishan Gopal on Jan 7, 2017 | permalink

  One Small Step at a Time

"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower." - John Harrigan. Is the seed sown? I believe, yes. It’s only a matter of time that a beautiful flower blossoms. But do we wait before plucking the flower? Nimo answered this question beautifully as he opened the Surat retreat with these lines: I spent a long time running' I never knew then, what I know I know now That the fruits they always coming' But you can’t go around just knockin’ them down... read full story

Posted by Linkee Arora on Dec 27, 2016 | permalink

  Four Poems, When I Was Moved by Love

OM I was introduced to ServiceSpace last year, while I was preparing for my TedX speech. It was my dream to be a Ted speaker, and TedX was good enough to excite me if not the Ted. So I started looking for the best Ted talks to pickup some tips that I could use in my speech as well.  That is when I heard Nipun Bhai's Ted talk. And soon I was fortunate enough to listen to him in person at IIS 2015, where my mentor Ferose had invited him as a speaker.  I was blown away by his th... read full story

Posted by Ashwin Karthik on Dec 12, 2016 | permalink

  "We Redefined Disablity"

Inclusion Retreat was one of its first kind organized by Service space in Ahmedabad. It was a chilled morning when I landed at Ahmedabad Airport where my friend and volunteer of Service Space Madhur was waiting along with Devasish Bhai. The journey of hugs and act of kindness began from here. We entered ESI, in Sugadh and I was moved by its scenic beauty. At breakfast table I met Nipun-bhai and all other guests and volunteers. Here I met Varsha who is an aspiring scientist. We became fr... read full story

Posted by Priyanka on Dec 8, 2016 | permalink

  "There is fun in being ordinary" (Awakin Talk with Jayesh bhai)

A couple of months ago, Jayesh bhai was in Pune silently serving many in the community there by his presence. Here are some excerpts from his Awakin talk at the Urban Ashram. In a separate post, we will publish the Q & As that followed after. God is the smile on someone’s face; God is the compassion in his heart. I don’t know if God has a form but it is definitely in the form of values. Praying to the form is religion and going beyond the form to look at inculcating values is ... read full story

Posted by Neerad Trivedi on Dec 1, 2016 | permalink

  Planting Seeds

Yesterday was one of the most memorable days of my life. We were planting seeds literally. For over a year, I have been feeling helpless with this urge to do something every time I visited the Matunga Children’s Home.  Why? because: 1. the children there have a hunger to do something and learn something but lack opportunities and 2. the children are mostly addicted to churan (bhang goli), are just waiting to pass their time, sitting idle and have nothi... read full story

Posted by Sachi Maniar on Nov 30, 2016 | permalink

  Inclusion Retreat in Bangalore

We had a half-day ‘Inclusion retreat’  on 2nd  October, 2016 in Bangalore. Jaideep, Priyanka and I invited few guests and it was a close gathering of 9 of us with Deepa, Ajit, Ashwin & Bharat, and Madhumitha as participants and Sreepriya, Vinoth, Jaideep and myself as volunteers. We also had few people from the apartment complex walking by and spending some time as audience. All the guests were completely new to such programs and also our team. Yet, in-spite o... read full story

Posted by Madhur Khanna on Nov 24, 2016 | permalink

  Maitri Inside and Maitri Outside

The gathering opened with a sharing on the story of the mythical bird 'simurgh' from the classic poem of Persian poet Fariduddin Attar. 30 birds undertook an arduous journey to meet the Simurgh who eventually was a reflection of themselves wrote Attar, in a way 42 of us gathered to dip into the river of 'Maitri' as we opened the circle with a seed question on - What was a key shift that took place in our lives in the past year and any ripples from it. As we all entered the Maitri hall for... read full story

Posted by Moved by Love on Nov 23, 2016 | permalink

  Now I’m inspired even when I lose!

How happy can we ever be , if we lost a game? I was wondering this when I was reminded of a very sweet experience. I met my friend Reva , a five year old girl who taught me the happiness in losing. One day I visited her, and we played games after games. Initially she won, but later she started losing the games and still she was really happy. I was amazed to see that how a five year old can not get upset over losing. When I questioned her that why are you not sad after losing the games, her an... read full story

Posted by Vidhi Desai on Nov 18, 2016 | permalink

  Transformation without and Transformation within

Just as the Navratri celebrations culminated signifying the ending of the old and beginning of the new, it was time for another Head, Hands, Heart retreat from October 14-16, 2016. With the festivities still lingering on, about 40 of us gathered at ESI, Sughad to explore these new beginnings – Rebirth – Transformation, whatever one may choose to call it. With the Peace Pole as the witness, Madhusudan led us into a beautiful opening as we began with the peace walk in silence arou... read full story

Posted by Aabha Gupta on Nov 1, 2016 | permalink

  Maitri Meals - Meals for Friendship

A Maitri Meal as the name suggests is meal for friendship, a meal which not only connects friends but connects the cook with the one who is enjoying it. This friendship is not an ordinary friendship, in Maitri you connect with those beautiful souls whose beauty has always been hidden. These women spend their life in just nurturing their outer beauty, they never get a chance to really feel how beautiful their heart is. But with every box of Maitri Meals, these women are getting that chance to con... read full story

Posted by Gitanjali Babbar on Oct 25, 2016 | permalink

  Beauty in Monotony — Teach for India Retreat

Teach for India teachers were recently in ESI Sughad campus for a 2-day service retreat. Whether it was sitting in silence, picking rags, serving food, prayer rounds or interactions with local heroes and children; every activity led to exploring, reinforcing and even challenging their values and beliefs. Lovingly served by volunteers and staff at ESI, these gardeners (as teachers truly are!) left with a renewed sense of purpose, commitment and inspiration. Below are some pictures and a bouquet o... read full story

Posted by Teach for India team on Oct 18, 2016 | permalink

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