Profound appreciation

Pioneering psychologist William James is best known for his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, where he wrote, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  Is this true for you? I read that line when I was seeking new inspiration on the perennial theme of encouragement. Thinking about it for […]

Claiming our beauty

Taking transformation as her theme, in this short video Stephanie Dowrick speaks about finding a sustaining recognition of who and what we are. Once again, she draws on a brief teaching from Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan and also a powerful, radiant story from the Christian tradition (Acts 3. 1-8). These talks emphasize a rare […]

Sustaining our peace

In this short, encouraging video Stephanie Dowrick speaks about sustaining a sense of peace and inner confidence even in the face of difficult events. Combining practical support and rare inspiration, she draws on the teachings of Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan, Deuteronomy (“Choose life!”) and also reflects on the Four Noble Truths about the nature […]

It’s a beautiful day!

Many years ago I remember listening to a singing group called “It’s a beautiful day”. Even then I had at least some realisation that it’s our inner attitude that lets us experience our days as beautiful and precious: each one of them.  When it’s “just another day”, my outlook and energy levels lift dramatically when […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Sustaining our compassion YouTube talk    Easy communications via the “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page Australian Women’s Weekly: “The Case for God”       Easter Retreat (21-25 April) plus Writing in Kyoto (Oct/Nov)       Interfaith in Sydney 17 April 3pm        On-line book buying Inspiration from Gandhi      Stephanie’s website http://www.stephaniedowrick.com Dear Universal Heart friends Heartfelt greetings […]

Seeking the Sacred – reviews

Good books don’t get old. Or stale. Trivia does curdle. Or goes right off. But some of the books that I treasure most and refer to most often seem as fresh as dew and were literally written two or three thousand years ago. I don’t want to be asked what I am writing next when […]

Sustaining our compassion

From the Interfaith in Sydney service, 20 March 2011, this is most of a talk given by Stephanie Dowrick on how we can keep our hearts open and sustain our compassion in the face of so many public tragedies. Stephanie’s talk followed the disasters in New Zealand, Japan and elsewhere, and brings home to us the […]

Love is…

These beautiful images come from a shared project I created a few years ago with Sydney writer, photographer and “urban farmer” Jessica Perini who not only took the photos (more images follow) but grew the plants and waited – with loving patience – for the “moment” that illustrated our theme of the constant renewal of […]

“Support for Life” starting 11 April, Sydney

Dear friends This is to alert you to “Support for Life” in Sydney, but I will be in Melbourne this Thursday, 10 March, so have included details of that also. Some of you will know that I have worked with Breast Cancer Network Australia for a decade now, both as an ambassador for that wonderful […]

After the diagnosis

On 11 April Stephanie Dowrick will begin leading the first of six evening workshops in the “Support for Life” Sydney series. This is Stephanie’s first group with Petrea King’s Quest for Life Foundation. Stephanie has been leading other groups and workshops for many years and also working with Breast Cancer Network Australia where she remains […]

Choosing kindness

It seems so obvious to point out that our happiness largely depends on our capacity to offer kindness (thoughtfulness, consideration, good humour) to others – as well as our willingness to receive the kindness that others can offer us. That largely means getting over our temptations to criticize, disparage and disappoint… It doesn’t mean that […]

A very ugly swan

In the face of earthquakes, floods and fire, and the agonizing injustices and repression being played out in Libya and elsewhere as I write this, why would I care about a movie? Well I do, not least because this movie normalizes violence under a veneer of beauty and art. And I feel so strongly that […]

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