In this uplifting talk Dr Stephanie Dowrick reminds us that we can respond to daily life and meet even the most difficult situations with hope. And with a deep sense of connection to our inner resources. Paying attention to our strengths – to what’s needed – is literally empowering in the most authentic way. This talk significantly weaves spiritual and psychological insights for our shared benefit. Enjoy this video and let it support you. You can leave your comments on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page. The talk was recorded at Pitt Street Uniting Church in February 2012. Stephanie leads a spiritually inclusive service there each 3rd Sunday of the month, at 3pm.
Stephanie’s words include: “In each situation in your life, I don’t know exactly which strength you will need; but you do. I don’t know either exactly how this strength will manifest itself when it’s needed; but I do know that with patience, and some inner quiet…you will discover that.”
She continues, “We can also see that even in thinking about them a kind of spiritual shyness overtakes many of us because those of us who have been raised in religious traditions are more familiar with an underlying sense of unworthiness, inadequacy, even sinfulness, than we are with contemplating the notion that we have all the strengths we need – and have only to claim them.
“Or maybe it’s a version of psychological and spiritual perfectionism that holds you back, an inner voice that says, ‘If I can’t be generous/tolerant/thoughtful/good humoured all of the time….I won’t even experiment with it some of the time!’ This reflects our society, our social conditioning, our education. And it is quite wrong. Find courage in this teaching from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.’
“And remember: every day is a new beginning.”
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