Stephanie Dowrick: Peace is the change the world needs

You are welcome to use this powerful poster. Please just let us know – we would be delighted to hear. It is time to speak up, act for, publicly endorse and live the messages of peace that have been part of our human story from time immemorial. But, in this critical global moment, they have […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on the sacred

Please enjoy this unusually frank discussion of what it means to commit ourselves to a deep appreciation of life: to see ourselves as spiritual beings – with human challenges – and to see all of life as sacred, including the shadow. Dr Stephanie Dowrick was being interviewed on her book Seeking the Sacred, but this […]

Seeking the Sacred: Stephanie Dowrick speaks

This is the talk given by Dr Stephanie Dowrick at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference, 2012, held at the Sydney Town Hall. What allows happiness? What are the obstacles? What do we most long for…and how will we achieve it?  How can we become the cause of happiness…rather than the cause of suffering for […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Living the Golden Rule

Please enjoy this talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what is universally known as “the Golden Rule“. Without an understanding and practice of “doing no harm” and recognising that your neighbour feels and needs as you do, our claims to spiritual or psychological maturity are so easily lost. However, we will never learn to live […]

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. […]

A whole life

Thomas Merton: “If you want a spiritual life, you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not at all. No man [or woman] can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” Desiring,seeking: this means giving […]

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 […]

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, […]

Retreats with Stephanie Dowrick 2012

Australia? New Zealand? Japan?  You can join us from anywhere in the world! Early in the New Year, I will post a more complete list of retreats and workshops that I will be leading in 2012. Meanwhile you could choose to give yourself – or someone else – the priceless gift of peace of mind […]

Gifts for heart, mind, spirit

It’s beautiful to give a thoughtful, well-chosen gift. And it’s wonderful to receive such gifts as a marker of affection and appreciation. I’m also aware how fortunate we are to be living where most of us can so freely give and receive, and take that for granted. I do hope that the breadth of suggestions […]

The sublime, infinite gifts of grace

Dr Stephanie Dowrick writes, ‘It was a reviving experience to prepare this short talk on grace – especially at the end of the year when I am feeling the weight of a busy year-long schedule and am looking forward perhaps more even than usual to the summer break. I wanted to affirm grace here, and […]