Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

On 19 June 2016,  the tenth anniversary of our services at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick spoke on the beautiful topic of deep appreciation. This is a radical, transformative quality when we allow it to be, dramatically challenging the competitive, aggressive, cynical way of life that can come to seem “normal” […]

Want your children to be happy?

Want your children to be happy?

You can certainly help your children to be happier by becoming happier (more engaged, more considerate, and kinder) yourself. Of course you want your children to be happy! Whatever our culture, we share that. But do you know how? Endless gratification of “I want” certainly doesn’t do it. In fact, it makes monsters of even […]

Stephanie Dowrick rethinks “harmony”

In the first of her “Interfaith in Sydney” talks for this year, Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick shares some surprising thoughts about harmony, and especially the need to embrace and even rejoice in difference. Harmony – inner and outer – is essential for our safety and our wellbeing. We hope you enjoy this talk and share […]

What is an adult? Stephanie Dowrick asks

What a wonderfully provocative question: “What is an adult?” Someone asked this recently on my Facebook page and not entirely tongue in cheek! Countless people go to the grave without appreciating the gifts that adulthood allows…and perhaps also without some of the exuberance and enthusiasm of childhood that can, wonderfully, also endure throughout our lives. […]

Stephanie Dowrick on choice and freedom

Most of us talk a great deal about freedom. And regard it as an ideal. Living that ideal though – and the sense of choice and inner authority that it implies – is something else altogether. In my own life I struggle not to use the “slave” words: “have to”, “must”, “can’t”. And I try […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Gaining simplicity

Stephanie Dowrick writes: “To open and inspire this talk on simplicity, I used a teaching from the Upanishads: “There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. That is the light that shines in your heart.”  Later in the talk I reflect on how unconsciously we sometimes […]

Take charge. Stay calm.

1. Come into the present moment. When you panic, your thoughts break time barriers. You imagine, “This will go on forever.” Or, “Nothing will ever change.” Take as much time as is needed to move your awareness around your body, noting where you are in time and space at this very moment. Breathe slowly into […]

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 […]

How to save your marriage!

If your marriage or love relationship is worth saving – and many are! – then these steps may help. They will take you towards a renewed awareness of how you can lift your partner’s spirits – and your own – with consistent, trustworthy attitudes and acts of kindness, consideration and thoughtfulness. These are the most […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Appreciation and why it matters  *   Sept/October Retreat *  YouTube link on Transformation *   Visiting USA 12-17 June  *  On-line book buying including Bread of Angels *  An appreciation reminder from Sufi poet Rumi  *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 19 June  * Peter Damo “Sunrise” Dear friends My thoughts and prayers are with you […]

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 […]

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