Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

As I sit here this very early morning, the house is quiet. The world outside is quiet. The air even now is hot and still. (I will go outside in a moment to water my thirsty plants – all in pots.) It is the penultimate day of what has been a long year, with personal […]

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 […]

Universal Heart Network March 2014

Hello dear Universal Heart Networkers, I do hope that this finds you well? Again thanks to the riches of the internet, comes an amazing picture that seems literally to “light up” our perceptions of the universe we share. Truly noticing that we are in this life together – and that our choices count, therefore – […]

Peaceful Mind retreat in beautiful New Zealand

The “Peaceful Mind” retreat is one of two retreats that writer and retreat leader Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads annually at the glorious Mana Retreat Centre in New Zealand.  This year’s dates are 4-7 October 2012. You are most welcome to book extra days on either side of the retreat. Mana Retreat Centre is a dedicated retreat […]

Every day, a Valentine?

Your physical health as well as your emotional wellbeing is dramatically affected by the quality of your relationships. As we approach Valentine’s Day 2012, it’s worth thinking hard about the people on whom we most depend, and that may be your partner. An intimate relationship can so easily be overloaded with a mountain of expectations […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Includes: Visits to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne – February 2011 * Easter Retreat and new Writing Retreat in Kyoto (Oct 2011) * Interfaith in Sydney 20 February 3pm * Renewing kindness? * Bookshop * Facebook * Iqbal Dear friends A rewarding and blessed new year to each of you. And I hope this newsletter finds you […]

Retreats & events with Stephanie Dowrick 2011

Forthcoming events include the monthly Interfaith Service in Sydney (3rd Sundays of the month at 264 Pitt Street, 3pm; next service 18 December). Stephanie Dowrick writes: “Writing is at the heart of all that I do, but speaking and teaching have also long been central to my working life.  This gives me a wonderful chance to […]