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  Outsmarted by Love

[Originally Posted by Kavita Rajavanshi]Last month, me and my husband, Rakesh, were visiting our son Pratyush in Ahmadabad. Every visit to Ahmadabad is filled with lots of stories of love but something extra special happened this time. It was Rakesh's, birthday. Some of his batchmates from BITS Pilani, who are now staying in Ahmadabad, gathered to make this a wonderfully memorable day for us. It is a totally no fuss group. We all met at Gandhi Ashram. Prat... read full story

Posted by Kavita Rajavanshi on Feb 16, 2018 | permalink

  Heartist's Expression

“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love you have got.” Recently I was at a cancer home where kids and parents live together. Every day these families fight the struggle against cancer, together.  I feel blessed that I get some time with these kids living with cancer each week, and we find joys in those little hours.  Last week  we did a heart circle where the kids got an opportunity to just be the way they are. They were to... read full story

Posted by Vidhi Desai on Feb 14, 2018 | permalink

  Going Back: A journey of surrender, hope, love, and generosity.

(this is a transcript of Zilong Wang’s talk on 13th January’18, as part of the one-day Youth Retreat in Surat)  Zilong: I feel so blessed this morning going around in the circle - hearing the question what breaks your heart and what gives you hope - if you are like every time I hurt,  it is a crack opened up within you, so that the hope can come in. There is a song called 'There's a crack in everything and that's how the light comes in.'  S... read full story

Posted by Kinnari Mehta and Rupali Bhuva on Feb 12, 2018 | permalink

  Six Things I Learned At Gandhi 3.0 This Year

This year, I felt quite fortunate to get another opportunity to volunteer at Gandhi 3.0 retreat. What did I learn this year? When I sit and think about it, below are some reflections that stand out. The stories that spoke about human connection touched me very deeply. I try and practice to build connections (beyond transactions) with people in my day to day life. I draw a lot of value from the MBL community when it comes to having connections with people, I felt that this retreat in many ways... read full story

Posted by Vinit Gujarathi on Feb 9, 2018 | permalink

  First Restorative Justice Retreat!

Basking in the energy from Gandhi 3.0 behind at Sughad, we just concluded a 3 day "Restorative Justice" retreat. It featured a wide-range of NGO founders, researchers, policy makers, lawyers and state advisors! What began as a gathering with room full of people behind their designations, degrees and organizations ended as a room full of people who called each other their family! The moment people stepped into Sughad, they were moved by the place, by Jayesh Bhai’s talk on da... read full story

Posted by Sachi Maniar on Feb 8, 2018 | permalink

  Magical Heartpins

I finally got the opportunity to visit a residential and daycare center for the differently abled children and what a blessing it was to spend the morning with them. Getting permission to make the visit was an answer to a prayer, hence, I wanted no stone unturned to make it the best experience. It called for quite many late nights of designing cards and writing messages. However, the heart’s desire was the heart pins from Wisdom Crafts. So, I poured my grievance (in an email) to the gre... read full story

Posted by sunita Lama on Feb 8, 2018 | permalink

  Sachi's TedX Talk Just Released!

Hot off the press ... :) ... read full story

Posted by Yash Maniar on Feb 7, 2018 | permalink

  Startup Service in Auroville: Designing for Generosity

"Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages." - Auroville Charter "For in this ideal place money would no longer be the sovereign lord; individual worth would have a far greater importance than that of material wealth and social standing. There, work would not be a way to earn one’s living but a way to express oneself and to develop one’s capacities and possibilities while being of service to the community... read full story

Posted by Zilong Wang on Jan 29, 2018 | permalink

  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 Rahul Mehta 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 Suratvanti Thakkar on Dec 16, 2017 | permalink

  Tagore, a young man and a schoolgirl

[Originally Posted by Aban Mukherji]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 ca... 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 Bhatt 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

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