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 […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Dear Universal Heart friends In this newsletter: Sydney support group for those suffering life-changing illness * Visiting Melbourne 10 March * Easter & Kyoto Retreats * Links to articles: Work/Life; Challenging religious bigotry * On-line book buying * Would you like to “like” Facebook ?!* Prayers and loving thoughts for all suffering nature’s disasters * […]

Choose life!

“When do you write? Do you make a time every morning…?” I was asked a couple of nights ago at a wonderful event at Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney. (The picture above shows me there with fellow writer Walter Mason.) It was a loaded question and I answered with a joke: “Morning, noon and night!” […]

Peace from the inside out

These words from Zen poet and teacher Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh have been the greatest support to me and countless others for many years. Let’s imagine the world we would live in if each day, several times a day, we paused just long enough to say the following four lines: Breathing in I calm my […]

Stella Cornelius: a tribute

(What follows is Quaker and development activist  Jane Sloane’s January 2011 eulogy at the memorial service for peace activist, Peace Prize winner, and conflict resolution writer and teacher, Stella Cornelius, founder of the Conflict Resolution Network and loved by so many. Stella died, still engaged with the activities of peace-making, aged 91.) Stella, beloved: Appropriately, […]

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