Cheers, anyone?

One in 8 Australian adults drinks alcohol to excess. Fourteen per cent of our children live with at least one parent who drinks to excess. (And is frightening, sometimes violent and always unsafe and self-absorbed.) More than 3000 Australians die each year as the result of excessive drinking. Alcohol abuse and misuse is estimated to […]

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 […]

Universal Heart Newsletter March 2012

Dear Universal Heart Networkers “Well and happy”  *  “Time?”  *  Sydney service, 18 March 2012  *  Forthcoming events, including 31 March, Sydney; 5-9 April, Easter Retreat; 12-13 May, Byron Bay  *  How to meditate: ideas & guided CDs * Books on-line * “May peace prevail” I hope this finds you well? And that you are […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Our power to help and heal

In this uplifting talk Dr Stephanie Dowrick reminds us that we can respond to daily life and meet even the most difficult situations with hope. And with a deep sense of connection to our inner resources. Paying attention to our strengths – to what’s needed – is literally empowering in the most authentic way. This […]

Stephanie Dowrick reflects on perfectionism

In our breathtakingly competitive society, children as young as 6 or 7 are increasingly refusing to learn something that could be rewarding or even tremendous fun because they can’t do it instantly or be the immediate “best”. And some adults – who should know better – behave similarly. Perfectionism has its compelling side, of course, […]

Overworked? Make a list!

If the day feels impossible and it’s hardly begun, take charge. Make a list!  Invest a few minutes to identify and write down those “countless” demands. Look hard at them. Strike out any that are not 100% necessary. Consider what you could pass on to other people. Think creatively about how you could do something differently […]

Everyday Kindness: new book from Stephanie Dowrick

Everyday Kindness: new book from Stephanie Dowrick

Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s new book, Everyday Kindness: Short cuts to a happier and more confident life, offers short, wise and often very entertaining chapters on the great variety of experiences that we call “everyday life”. Adding kindness to the mix – or greater care, appreciation, good humour, respect – life itself takes a turn for […]

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 […]

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 […]