Not just another Sunday at the Karma Kitchen, because every Sunday is a UNIQUE Sunday at the Karma Kitchen! 🙂
Every Sunday, in Berkeley, The Taste Of Himalayas becomes “The Karma Kitchen” for lunch, serving guests from 11:00am to 2:30pm for vegetarian and vegan Indian food. I have volunteered at the Karma Kitchen in the past and once again this Sunday, the 23rd I showed up at 9:35am to help setup the tables, chairs and the Kindness Table for guests who would be coming for lunch at the Karma Kitchen.
So far, every single time I have volunteered there, I have only brought back with me much love and good will from fellow volunteers and every guest who visits the Karma Kitchen. I have had the opportunity to serve with some really amazing people. They radiate energy and kindness all the time. There is so much I learn from every one around me.
Karma Kitchen is based on the “Pay It Forward” philosophy. When you go to Karma Kitchen to eat, they will give you a check at the end of your meal alright, but guess what!?! The check is for $0. The idea is that your meal has already been paid for by someone who ate here last Sunday and today you do not pay for your meal, but pay for the person who will be here next Sunday. You are free to pay whatever you feel like, whatever you can. So far, since first opening its doors to the Bay Area residents, there has not been a single Sunday that Karma Kitchen had to close its doors either due to insufficient funds or lack of volunteers.
I performed various tasks at the Karma Kitchen, from plating food in the kitchen to serving people out in the front. Each service I performed, I enjoyed very much. It gave me the opportunity to serve and spread some cheer and kindness.
From the Karma Kitchen website:
Run by volunteers, our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To complete the full circle of giving and sustain this experiment, guests make contributions in the spirit of pay-it-forward to those who will come after them. In keeping this chain going, the generosity of both guests and volunteers helps to create a future that moves from transaction to trust, from self-oriented isolation to shared commitment, and from fear of scarcity to celebration of abundance.
Some pictures from this Sunday at the Karma Kitchen:
Here’s a video of one of our guests who offered to dance. I believe she was tagged with a smile card. The way the smile card “tagging” works is that you perform a random act of kindness for any person (known/unknown) and ask them to pay-it-forward by tagging them with a smile card. For ex: If you’re ordering coffee at a coffee shop and for some reason (maybe you’re finding exact change to pay the cashier or can’t decide what coffee to get) you make the person behind you wait long before (s)he can order, you pay for her/his coffee as token of sorry and thank you for being patient and waiting. Then (s)he can pay that act of kindness forward.