Writing (and reading) your life

There’ve been lots of questions in the twitter and Facebook spheres in recent weeks about why writers write. My own shortest answer would be: to know more. For me, there’s no better way to understand humankind as well as ideas in greater depth – and to use the gifts of mind and spirit that are […]

“The world is new to us each morning”

What is the universal message for “all humankind”  – regardless of religious labels? Surely the greatest challenge we face today is learning what the call to love asks of us, inwardly and outwardly. Learning what it might mean to love universally, regardless of “liking” or “agreeing with”. It’s the call that’s at the heart of […]

A universal message of love?

Is it true, asks Sufi poet Hafiz, that it is our destiny to turn into light itself? In this talk, filmed at Pitt Street Uniting Church on 18 December 2011, Dr Stephanie Dowrick talks at depth about the “unconditional welcome of love”so tragically often missed or forgotten in conventional religious thinking. Supporting this, she offers […]

Happy Christmas to Universal Heart Network!

Blessings of peace and kindness to you at Christmas. And throughout the coming year. Thank you so much for your continuing support of the Universal Heart Network. I treasure it. Thinking about what I wanted to send you as a special greeting, and knowing what mixed emotions many have at this time, I returned to these […]

Retreats with Stephanie Dowrick 2012

Australia? New Zealand? Japan?  You can join us from anywhere in the world! Early in the New Year, I will post a more complete list of retreats and workshops that I will be leading in 2012. Meanwhile you could choose to give yourself – or someone else – the priceless gift of peace of mind […]

Universal Heart gifts for mind & spirit!

Dear UHN friends,  Greetings!  With just days to go until Christmas, most of us have our minds on gift-giving and I’m aware how fortunate we are to live where most of us can so freely give and receive. With giving in mind, I am sending you some suggestions that I hope will be stimulating and appropriate […]

Gifts for heart, mind, spirit

It’s beautiful to give a thoughtful, well-chosen gift. And it’s wonderful to receive such gifts as a marker of affection and appreciation. I’m also aware how fortunate we are to be living where most of us can so freely give and receive, and take that for granted. I do hope that the breadth of suggestions […]

Everyday Kindness – new book & events

Dear friends On 10 January I wrote an article on my website proposing that 2011 could be (and ideally would be) “the year of everyday kindness”. I asked: Is this the year for learning something fresh and transformative about kindness? Something that will enhance your life – and the lives of everyone around you? I […]

Everyday Kindness: new book from Stephanie Dowrick

Everyday Kindness: new book from Stephanie Dowrick

Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s new book, Everyday Kindness: Short cuts to a happier and more confident life, offers short, wise and often very entertaining chapters on the great variety of experiences that we call “everyday life”. Adding kindness to the mix – or greater care, appreciation, good humour, respect – life itself takes a turn for […]

The sublime, infinite gifts of grace

Dr Stephanie Dowrick writes, ‘It was a reviving experience to prepare this short talk on grace – especially at the end of the year when I am feeling the weight of a busy year-long schedule and am looking forward perhaps more even than usual to the summer break. I wanted to affirm grace here, and […]

10 Commandments for reading activists

Invest in the writers you care about. Buy their books. Don’t borrow or boast of buying 2nd-hand. (Live authors need royalties.) Don’t assume that just because authors “love” writing, they can survive on inspiration alone. Step outside your comfort zone: read adventurously. Read and buy locally, especially if you live in a country with a […]