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  Sangham Sharanam Gachhami - Laddership Retreat 2017

What does  it take for a tree to bear Fruits? Sun, air, water, fertile land, microbial activity below the earth, etc..and to top it all, a deep connection and harmony underlying the whole ecology :) What looks like a very typical process of flowering and fruiting on trees in nature by itself has the entire universe working in harmony behind it. 47 of us gathered in Sughad in Ahmedabad on a chilly winter morning with a very clear sky for a 3-day MBL laddership retreat. In fact, muc... read full story

Posted by Parag and Rahul on Jan 5, 2018 | permalink

  It is beautiful, when we pay it forward

When God or whoever created human beings, s/he smartly placed the stomach in the body. And since then, the small, little stomach has made human beings toil hard, from hunting to sowing, and from educating to earning. A significant portion of what we earn, goes to pay for our food bills. Every human being has found a way, to pay. Now, imagine going to a restaurant. There is fragrance in the air and flowers on the table. The menu is there, but the prices on the right are conspicuous by their abs... read full story

Posted by Manjeet Khurana on Dec 16, 2017 | permalink

  Tagore, a young man and a schoolgirl

Yesterday I gave myself a treat. I had not been in a bus for a long time so I decided to take the 37 Bus to Nehru Centre where I thought a lecture on Tagore was to be held. I left early and hopped onto a relatively empty bus. It was fun to be with people in an airy vehicle, instead of a stuffy taxi, even if air-conditioned.  I soaked in all the sights and sounds around me. I waved to the Haji Ali Dargah shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. The sea was calm and the waves hardly crumpled the... read full story

Posted by Aban Mukherji on Dec 8, 2017 | permalink

  Surrendering to Grace: A Pilgrim's Journey

On 7th November, 14 yatris (pilgrims) started on a sacred pilgrimage, walking the same path that Gandhi ji and many Satyagrahis had walked from Sabarmati Ashram to the coastal town of Dandi during Dandi Yatra in 1930. The pilgrimage started with many of us coming together in the prayer space at Gandhi Ashram, walled on 4 sides and open to the sky. While not everyone was walking, everyone felt deeply connected with the journey that was about to start.   Pratyush, one of the 14 yatris,... read full story

Posted by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2017 | permalink

  The Warmth of Coming Together - HHH Nov'17

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. I enjoy it when the world smiles, the more smiles there are, the warmer I am.” As 25 of us gathered together on a pleasant Friday morning around the Peace Pole at ESI, we felt held by the beautiful vibes of peace and love that enveloped all of us. After sharing a collective and individual intention for world peace, we walked towards the welcoming Maitri Space to be warmly greeted with a tika and hand-made name tags. Once we... read full story

Posted by Vidhi Desai and Ruchi Parikh on Nov 20, 2017 | permalink

  Aligning with Nature - MBL Laddership Circle

There is no better teacher than Nature.  We just wrapped up our second round of Mbl Laddership circle where 13 of us came together for creating a space of deep inquiry, holding space for each other and aligning ourselves to Emergence without any preconceived idea or achievement in mind. The space of deep inquiry is the space of not knowing, which is a space of creativity and innovations. The process was many-to-many learning, and people did connect deeply to support each other in vis... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Oct 13, 2017 | permalink

  When I met Radha didi

I met Radha didi on one of my field visits. She must have been in her late sixties and she was very beautiful. She was in one of those brothels where you find young girls only and when we first entered that brothel we were not welcomed so I tried to initiate talks from my side but nothing was working, I tried all my conversational tricks but the didis were running away from us like we were the ones who would bring the wrath of God on them if they talked to us, but we did not go away, I held my b... read full story

Posted by Sunidhi on Oct 10, 2017 | permalink

  Connected Deeply - within & without

On a misty Friday morning, when the Sun was playing hide and seek, 43 of us came together for a three-day Head, Hand and Heart retreat at  Sughad.  Both the participants and volunteers came from all corners of India and abroad. Amongst the participants were Anganwadi teachers from rural Gujarat, organic farmers from Saurashtra, a CEO of a prestigious football club, an educator from London, founders of a yoga studio in Ahmedabad and an NGO working towards women empowerment. The am... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya & Parag Shah on Sep 27, 2017 | permalink

  Small acts with great love

Atul currently works in a school, as part of Teach For India and has been sharing some amazing school stories during our Laddership Circle. While we pondered upon how the collective can be greater than the sum of its parts, while holding space, we had a chance to hear this amazing and heart-warming story by him. It was an everyday affair that the housekeeping staff of the school complained to Atul saying- “Bhaiyya, see what your kids are doing in the toilets!” Atul was aware of ... read full story

Posted by Pranita on Aug 23, 2017 | permalink

  Art and its infinite possibilities

Every moment is a possibility from the tangent of life, and each moment turns up like a dew drop to the present situation. Yet another evening at heArt circle helps me bring back my areas of possibilities through my life’s jigsaw puzzle. The inter-tangle pieces of mind land up in confusions and I can feel resonated as every time I come across a situation and its momentary joy. The colors help me portray the significance and connected-ness as life predicts different shades in so many way... read full story

Posted by Vidhi Desai on Aug 10, 2017 | permalink

  Surrendering to the emergence

This weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with Shri. Babulal Gandhi, a living legend. Babulalji, now 90 years old ,has had the good fortune to be a part of the Bhoodan movement and walk with Vinoba throughout the journey. Babulal ji was sitting at the gate waiting for us when we walked into his beautiful lush green organic 100 acre farm that he has developed over the last 50 years in a small town and rain shadow region called Phaltan, in the interiors of Maharashtra. Th... read full story

Posted by Neerad Trivedi on Aug 7, 2017 | permalink

  Life is indeed a song to sing…

[Rahul Hasija volunteered for the first time at a recent Moved By Love retreat and shares his heart-warming reflections and insights post three days of serving with love.] As little Reva would often say, "I am half volunteer and I am half participant" - I feel volunteering indeed got me more participating than I was when I actually attended the retreat as a participant. All the days of retreat and preparation taught me many beautiful insights that I feel were my takeaways for my lif... read full story

Posted by Rahul Hasija on Jul 23, 2017 | permalink

  Here Comes the Rain: Two Laddership Circles!

"Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better" - Albert Einstein There is no better teacher than nature. When we align ourselves with its myriad ways, we witness the silent offerings of abundance, patience, surrender and harmony it brings with itself. As we entered the month of June, the whole of India welcomed its first rainfall. With a cooler beginning, a fresh dose of inspiration from the rains and after an incredible pilot circle, we are back with a stronger c... read full story

Posted by Meghna, Swara & Parag on Jun 23, 2017 | permalink

  Feeling the Flow of Grace: One-day MBL Retreat in Mumbai

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us. – Anne Lamott All of us have felt the power of that mysterious “invisible hand” of grace in our lives, weaving together incidents and people in remarkably touching and inspiring ways. On a sunny Sunday in April in Bombay (30th), at the Narmada Niketan home for seniors in Belapur, forty people from all across the city felt connected through gra... read full story

Posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2017 | permalink

  Unexpected kindness and grace - One day MBL retreat in Mumbai

Can you believe that 40 people met as unknowns one morning and felt like a family the same evening? Believe it or not, that’s what happened at a recent one-day retreat in Mumbai, on April 30, 2017. The venue was Narmada Niketan, a Senior Citizen Home to almost 180 elders, designed mindfully for the convenience of its residents, run in the spirit of trusteeship and funded by the generosity of noble souls for the past 3 decades. Few of the volunteers and participants chose to come a day b... read full story

Posted by Vinit Gujarathi and Vidhi Desai on May 23, 2017 | permalink

  Morphine Patch

Recently Po was admitted to hospital for kidney stone pain. As there was no special room available and admission was required he was given a sharing room with one more patient. This was an old lady suffering from cancer. Around 3 am. She started talking loudly mostly questions like “when will she go home”? “ why is she made a prisoner here”? “ who is behind all this happening in her life”? “why is she suffering, if she has been good person throughout&rdq... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Vaidya on May 3, 2017 | permalink

  The Power of Perspective

In this moving TEDx talk, Preethi Sreenivasan talks about the power of perspective, the unconditional love of her parents, her near death experiences leading to fearlessness and discovering purpose in her life with Soulfree after a spinal injury confined her to a wheelchair.  ... read full story

Posted by Neerad Trivedi on Apr 29, 2017 | permalink

  Happiness Unlimited

Happiness is contagious and is one of the precious gifts that each one of us possesses. It is important to have unshakable faith to create happiness for ourselves and others. Moved By Love is a space that creates a ripple effect through various initiatives and spread smiles. I am grateful to the universe and people who have connected me to this beautiful space whose only religion is to spread happiness and work for people’s welfare and wellbeing. Recently celebrated my younger brother&r... read full story

Posted by Poulomi Robin on Apr 12, 2017 | permalink

  Conversations with Arundada (March 30, 2017)

This afternoon I had lunch at Arundada’s place. Post lunch, after I finished washing the dishes, Arundada asked me if need a napkin to wipe my hands. I replied with a smile (wiping my hands on the skirt that I was wearing) it’s ok, I’m wearing a napkin. This reminded Arundada of a few incidents. These are simple stories with deep message hence I felt like sharing with you all. Story #1 Once Arundada was at an ashram in Budhol, Karnataka, India. The Swamiji at the ashram a... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Apr 4, 2017 | permalink

  We are all ‘inter-be’

As 35 of us came together in the sacred premises of ESI, Sughad, we could all at once feel the connection with the space. Our hearts were connected as we gathered in front of peace pole, holding hands, offering our gratitude for the seeds sowed by our ancestors that led to this day and time in our journeys. As we entered the Maitri hall, we were greeted with this quote: “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into an instant flame by an encounter with another HUMAN BEING... read full story

Posted by Ashima Goyal on Apr 4, 2017 | permalink

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