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  With Dada Vaswani in Santa Clara

[Below is a transcript of an open-mic Q&A that Dada Vaswani held in Santa Clara, California. It was in front of a thousand person audience, featuring mayors from nine local cities, and moderated by Nipun Mehta.] Q: "Today's theme is self empowerment. Is that a continuous journey or a destination?" Dada: It can be both. If you get the grace of the guru of God, it can be a destination. If you are doing it on your own, it can be a journey. Q: "It's very ... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Jul 5, 2016 | permalink

  The re'love'ution is here!

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw, that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore~ Maitri Space in Sugadh, Ahmedabad was abuzz with 30 diverse individuals convening together from different parts of the world for yet another immersion into the alignment between ‘head, hands and hearts.’ The gathering began with a peace walk, collective prayers and a circle of sharing where each participant was asked to share... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Mar 3, 2016 | permalink

  Mihir and his train journey from Surat to Ahmedabad :)

In the opening circle of our ongoing Moved by Love retreat, we posed the following question to the participants "Could you please share a story of a time when you experienced "being the change?". Though I was deeply touched by many of the stories, Mihir's story in particular, brought a huge smile on my face as it is a situation I face often during my own journeys. Here is Mihir's story, in his own words: I'm geared up for attending my first MBL retreat in Ahmedabad, and am wa... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Nov 20, 2015 | permalink

  A Letter After Being Moved

Just felt like sharing this touching email from a participant at the October retreat. And a deep bow to each of you for invisibly holding this space of love. Generally, it has been so that when I go for a retreat or a similar gathering, I am some person with certain beliefs and perspective; and when I come out, I’m some other person with certain learned/unlearned beliefs and perspective. MBL was different in this way. I felt like I went and came out of this retreat and nothing seems to ... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Nov 9, 2015 | permalink

  Small is beautiful

  "You can do no great things, only small things with great love" Last week Sughad felt like a huge marriage venue as the bride’s side represented by the volunteers eagerly awaited the arrival of the groom’s party comprised of the Moved by Love retreat participants arriving from different parts of the world. The volunteers who had come in a few days earlier had created a festive atmosphere with rangolis, diyas, live music, ultra local food and thoughtful gifts ... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Sep 29, 2015 | permalink

  Peace Pilgrimage to Shirdi

Sometime during the end of September, a small group of friends started on a walking pilgrimage from Pune to Shirdi, with an intention to seek blessings from the beloved Sufi mystic Sai Baba. We decided to walk every morning from 5 am till 10 am, as well as keep the time until sunrise for walking meditation in silence. We also felt called to take a leap of faith and surrender in the Divine Providence of the Universe by leaving our food and stay logistics completely in the hands of the Univers... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Sep 29, 2014 | permalink

  Mujawarah in Udaipur

Last week, after an action packed day in Surat, a car load of us drove to Udaipur. Being process driven, lot of unexpected value emerged on the way.  At one point, our conversation went from laughing to super deep talk about Boddhisattvas.  It wasn't so much the content but the collective presence, that emerges and flows where it needs to. On the first day, we visited Reva who lives on an organic farm where they host 'Swaraj University'.  They have batches of 15 ... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Dec 11, 2013 | permalink

  One Day Retreat in Pune

40 of us from gathered in a beautiful nunnery in Pune just like we did at the Empty, Gather, Ripple retreat earlier this year. It's been a few days since the retreat we can all still feel the vibes of the beautiful day we spent together yesterday at the Sisters' Home.  So much happened, yet there was such stillness in our collective energy.. The silent walk up the hill, heart warming stories around Mujawara (or being better 'neighbours' in our communities), a love filled l... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Nov 23, 2013 | permalink

  Giftivism Ripples from a Young Service Rockstar

Earlier in the year, after Nipun's talk at Christ College in Bangalore, one of the Deans treated our whole gang to lunch. While we spent an hour dining, two beautiful souls were waiting outside for us the entire time. They had been following ServiceSpace for a while, and just wanted to meet and express their gratitude. Nivendra and Chandni were their names. Since then, Chandni has stayed connected and has truly emerged as a service rockstar, always ready to make someone's day. A few o... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Sep 23, 2013 | permalink

  'Stories from the Heart' with Uday-bhai

Love warriors Nimo and Udaybhai were in Pune recently to spread their magic. After addressing a 300 people gathering at the Teach for India gathering, they came over to The Urban Ashram to spend a day with us and I shared my intention of experimenting with 'Stories from the Heart'. Magically, a group of 6 friends organically came together to manifest my intention in the evening. We all sat together in silence first for 30 mins, followed by a check in from all 6 of us about a recent mo... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Jul 2, 2013 | permalink

  SpiriTed Circle with Anjali Desai

The Pune family was blessed to have Anjali Desai passing through our space. Those who know her, would have witnessed her unconditional service to communities from Kutch to the slums of Ahmedabad. The last decade has seen her working in Gift Economy spaces like the Seva Cafe to empowering women to serving slum children. For her, service has been a constant journey of self discovery. Here is a video from her SpiriTed circle, sharing insights from her pilgrimage last year at the Camino De Santiago... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on May 29, 2013 | permalink

  SpiriTed with Sudhakar

Sudhakar Ram, CMD and Co-Founder of Mastek, recently dropped by at one of the Awakin gatherings at Rakeshs home. As is the case with all SpiriTed circles - people huddled close in a living room, offering their attention to Sudhakars insights into his journey. Heres a video from the gathering. Sudhakar Ram, is CMD and Co-Founder of Mastek - a leading IT solutions company is a keen observer of domestic... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on May 1, 2013 | permalink

  "Father, My Life is in Your Hands"

Shaheen Mistri, founder of Akanksha and Teach for India shares her inspiring life story in a first ever SpiriTED Talk at The Uraban Ashram, Pune, India. It turned out to be an evening full of spirit, energy and inspiration as Shaheen walked in at the Urban Ashram to interact with a group of 30 people who had gathered to hear her life journey and understandwhat it really means to serve and make a difference. While words fail to capture the experience, here is anattempt to summarize those pre... read full story

Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi on Jul 23, 2011 | permalink