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 […]

Breast Cancer Network Australia

One of the themes I always talk about at the BCNA forums around Australia is the “best friend” rule: treating ourselves with the same consideration, respect and kindness that we would treat those we are lucky enough to call best friends. It is such a simple insight but potentially transformative, especially when we are feeling […]

Singing & praying for peace

Saturday, 29 October, 7.30pm, there will be a concert for peace in the “Spirit of Assisi” at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, hosted and presented by the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Holy Spirit. Stephanie Dowrick will MC this significant evening which features a range of community and professional choirs, instrumentalists – […]

Are you easy to like?

Are you easy to like? Think for a moment about the people in your life who are genuinely self-confident (not bombastic or self-important!). Are they also the people who are easiest to like?  If the answer is yes, here’s why. You know you can trust them. You enjoy their company. You don’t have to walk […]

When change is needed

Feeling stuck, trapped, or helpless?  I’m inspired today to remind you of what you can change. 1. Your mind (your way of thinking). 2. Your spirits (through what you pay attention to). 3. Your power to assert your needs confidently and wisely. 4. What you permit (and don’t) from other people. 5. The way you […]

Do you really want to be well?

In a series of five audio files, recorded at Mana Retreat Centre, NZ, October 2011, Dr Stephanie Dowrick teaches on the spiritual as well as psychological dimensions of what it means to be genuinely “well” – even when your physical health is compromised or uncertain. She also teaches on the vital topics of healing, the nature […]

Q&A: Identity & self-awareness

Q&A: Identity & self-awareness

What would you like to ask Stephanie Dowrick? What do you want to know about identity, self-awareness – and even how and what to question? In this hour-long MP3 file, you will hear others’ personal, courageous questions, asked in a safe retreat setting. And you may benefit from Stephanie’s considered responses. Stephanie says: “One of the […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks with Kathryn Ryan

Recorded late in 2010, this is a particularly wide-ranging interview with Stephanie Dowrick on contemporary views of the sacred, Stephanie’s journey towards writing about the sacred dimensions of life in Seeking the Sacred, and particularly about the inevitable social impact of our personal philosophies. Stephanie says:“This interview was recorded under quite difficult circumstances at both […]

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