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 […]

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 […]

On writing (and reading) Rilke

This portrait of 20th-century European poet Rainer Maria Rilke is by his friend the Expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted when both were adventurous idealists in their 20s. I have a particular fondness for it because it was when I working at The Women’s Press in London in the early 1980s that we published the first-ever monograph on Modersohn-Becker. Through that […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Appreciation & hope  * US publication In the Company of Rilke * Bookstore specials and new recommendations * “Stillness” on YouTube  * Interfaith in Sydney Sunday 20 November 3pm * Lines from Rilke * Stephanie Dowrick on Facebook Dear friends  Does this email reach you on a hopeful day?  That’s certainly what we would wish for, […]

Interfaith service Sydney, 20 November 3pm

Interfaith services with Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Music: Kim Cunio & Heather Lee.  Let’s leave our “labels” at the door and come together as a single, marvellously diverse human family seeking the sacred. All welcome. Are you in or near Sydney? Then do join us this Sunday, 20 Nov, at 3 pm, for our spiritually inclusive […]

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Anna Funder’s All that I Am

(This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, October 2011) What kind of people dare to dream of a better world than the one in which they find themselves? Ruth – one of this immensely fine novel’s two narrators – names empathic imagination and the actions that arise from it as critical: “Imagining the […]