Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Today's Seva story #52 comes from Naomi who lives in Lake Tahoe. I am collecting 100 Seva stories to share ideas, inspiration and positive news.
Naomi teaches yoga at a community center where she meet a young women who had a bad injury. This women received the injury while she was making an arrest as a police officer. The injury resulted in several surgeries and chronic pain as well as emotional discomfort. Her workmans compensation did not cover all the expenses so Naomi offered her Karma massages once a week for about three months. Naomi felt good about the gratitude she received from the women as well as being able to participate in a karma exchange instead of a currency exchange.
This is a great example that it is a privilege/blessing/honor to be in a position to give. Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva. Aloha and Namaste, Johanna email@example.com
Monday, May 2, 2016
Today's Seva story #51 of 100 is from Richard who lives in Kihei. Seva means selfless service for the benefit of community and the environment. Seva is anything we do without expectation for compensation. I am collecting 100 stories to spread ideas, inspiration and positive news.
Richard recently chaperoned 39 Kihei charter students to the island of Kahoolawe. The group got the opportunity to learn about the island while visiting Hawaiian historical and cultural sites. They all participated in helping clean up a trail that went around the whole island, in which they cleaned 3/4 of a mile. Richard enjoyed being with his son, who is one of the students and being part of plans for the future of Kahoolawe.
Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva! Aloha, Namaste and Mahalo, Johanna Waters firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 25, 2016
Today's Seva story #50 of 100 is from Marc who lives in Oregon. Seva means selfless service for the benefit of community and the environment. Seva is anything we do without expectation for compensation. I am collecting 100 stories to spread ideas, inspiration and positive news.
"Litter isn’t a big thing, but it sometimes feels like it’s everywhere. And nobody is responsible for dealing with it. So, I do what I can, in a very simple process.
When I see a piece of garbage out of place, I pick it up and deliver it to the next available garbage can on my way. I like to always have ONE piece of litter that I’ve picked up, ready to drop it at the next garbage can. One delivered, I’m once again open to pick up another piece of litter – perhaps the most obvious, perhaps the first one I see, or maybe the most egregious.
I don’t try to get it all – just one little piece at a time."
This is a great example that we may not be able to solve a problem but we do what we can to make a difference and bring a little more beauty and order to the world.
Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva! Mahalo and Namaste, Johanna email@example.com
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Chris belongs to Maui quilt guild redwork group and they recently got together to sew pillowcase dresses for disadvantaged girls in Africa. You can find more infrmation about little dresses for Africa under the website here:http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/pillow-case-pattern/
founded in 2008 by Rachel O’Neill is a registered non-profit 501c3 Christian organization. Our mission is to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond. Volunteers from all over the world join together to make little dresses out of pillow cases or other simple patterns. Some sew. Some donate. Some go to Africa, and some send others. sends the donated dresses through misions teams, mails them directly to verified communities and takes them personally with their short term teams. Your donations are distributed through orphanages, churches, and schools
Check out this slide show: https://youtu.be/LebKFbp3weI
Chris enjoyed getting together with friends while sewing to make a difference. Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva. Aloha and Mahalo, Johanna Waters firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 8, 2016
Rebecca writes: "Two years ago, my friend Lynette's husband, Carlos, underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove a cyst from his back. At the time they did not know that what appeared to be a cyst, was a rare form of cancer, called lyposarcoma. In the two years that have passed, Carlos had to quit his job while his wife has been dedicated full time to driving him to appointments, administering medications, as well as being PTA president.
Many friends knew of Carlos' initial diagnosis, and over time people assumed he would recover, but he hasn't. This March they discovered that the cancer has spread aggressively into his lungs, and is probably not treatable. After two years of doing every cancer treatment possible, the family is heartbroken and financially destroyed.
I wish there was more I could do to change the outcome of Carlos' cancer. I wish I could remove his pain and ease their financial burden. But I can't. So Lynette asked me to have people bring them dinners. Using the website MealTrain.com,I organized this. There are times in our lives when people ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer can be to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train.
Thus far we have had nine people sign up to bring meals, and 3 cash donations. Though it is a small thing, I am certain Lynette and Carlos are grateful to know that others care and remember them through this challenging time and the struggles that await them in the future.
Here is a link to the mail train in case you want to participate with this one or start one for someone in the future.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Today's Seva story #47 of 100 comes from me, Johanna and I live in Kula on Maui. I am collecting 100 Seva stories to share ideas, inspiration and spread positive news, Seva means selfless service for the benefit of community and the environment.
About one year ago I joined a non-profit called "Buds to Blossoms" to massage orphans in Vietnam. I started early with fundraising for the program and was able to raise twice the amount of my fundraising goal. Most of the orphans were easy to work with and a few were not. I enjoyed their diversified personalities. They all reminded me of what a great life I have. I enjoyed seeing another country that I may not have been able to visit if I wasn't volunteering. I would recommend this program to anyone, you don't need to be a massage therapist to participate. Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva! Mahalo and Namaste, Johanna Waters - email@example.com