Updates from the Moved By Love family | April 2014
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Holding Each Other in Maitri

31 noble friends from across the country came together in early March to hold the circle and deepen their commitment to service. From eager volunteers serving communities of sex-workers in Delhi, to a song writer from Canada, to a monk in Gujarat and a home-maker in Mumbai, there was incredible diversity, all of it held through our ties of Maitri
Audrey, a volunteer from California reflects on what she learnt from her 30 Day fellowship, or what the Moved By Love family called the In- Turnship!
Anna, a volunteer from Delhi writes about an encounter with Saeed-Ji, a man who lives in poverty on the street, but had insightful thoughts on what it means to be human.

It's been more than a month, since Sheetal-Ben left her home to journey across communities in India. From visiting Karma Kitchens, to gatherings or simply cooking meals with communities, she's been blessed with the opportunity to learn wherever she's traveled. Here are some reflections from her first few days on the journey!


'Breathing Love into Money'

The 30 Day In-Turnship offered an opportunity for all the In-Turns to explore different parts of their service journeys. Often, we tend to neglect the material, particularly Money! Here's an interesting experiment that the In-Turns took on through a casual conversation with Siddharth - on exploring our relationship with money.

'Compassionate Clowning in Bangalore'

Nivendra and Harish have been experimenting with a new way of bringing joy into people's lives in Bangalore! By assuming the role of 'Clowns' they've been experimenting with making themselves vulnerable to inspire laughter in the lives of ailing hospital patients.

'A Gift Circle in Pune'

Sheetal and Khushmita decided to hold an experimental 'Gift Circle' at the Urban Ashram in Pune, and were amazed by what emerged. Read more here! 
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Karma Kitchen and Seva Cafe: Volunteer or visit the Gift Economy restaurants in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Baroda and Mumbai. Details here.

Awakin Gatherings: Several groups sit for an hour of meditation in cities across India. Join them here.

Moved By Love Retreat: Join us for the next 3 day gathering in June/July. 
To hear about local events in your city, email us at dosti@movedbylove.org.
Profiles: Bela transcribed a beautiful Awakin Call with Jayeshbhai Patel on what it has meant to be in this journey of service for so many decades. 

Videos: Just released! Nimo Patel's TEDx talk has been doing the rounds - on his journey from Solving to Serving to Surrender!

Articles in the Media: A Bangalore Newspaper recently covered an initiative by Nivendra and a few other volunteers to bring back the art of letter writing to friends! 

Honouring Gopal Dada: To honour the journey of Gopal Dada who passed away last year, Rajshree from Mumbai will be going on a walking pilgrimage on his birthday to his hometown - more here.
"No one has ever become Poorer by Giving"