Less suffering, more peace

More than 100 years ago the pioneering psychologist William James wrote: “The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”  How true this is when it comes to suffering. “In life there is suffering.” We don’t […]

Using Facebook

Stephanie Dowrick writes: ‘Almost a year ago my Australian publishers nudged me to set up an “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page. They were confident it would be an easy way to communicate effectively with readers, people who come to my talks and those who are actively promoting similar values to mine. And they were right! […]

A lotus in a time of hope

A lotus in a time of hope

This exquisite lotus, which I photographed on a recent holiday, only shows its ravishing beauty at night. It seems a particularly apt reminder that at the most difficult times we are in greatest need of loving kindness, thoughtfulness, harmony and beauty. It is also a stark reminder that our world needs, that we need far greater […]

Universal Heart Newsletter Sept 2011

Welcome friends! Reading * Visiting South Australia * Peace-making * Mana Retreat Centre * You Tube talk * Elizabeth Lecoanet’s glorious singing * Special offer Seeking the Sacred * A poem from John O’Donohue * Service in Sydney One of the web tools I now have measures not just how many newsletters go out but […]

Reflection and action

In the short video Dr Stephanie Dowrick uses the familiar, yet wonderfully fresh “Mary and Martha” story from the Christian gospels to demonstrate the interdependence of reflection and action. It’s what she calls the “Yin and Yang” of spiritual life. Stephanie also points out that it is reflection that we often overlook or rush by […]

Renewal and inspiration

We are now in our  sixth year of interfaith services in Sydney. Yet sometimes even “interfaith” seems too much of a label (although I did use it on the census form when asked to nominate my religion…!).  Perhaps it’s enough to know that the spiritually inclusive services we offer each month, 3rd Sundays, 3pm, at […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Dear friends Books/Audio  * Events: Adelaide, Hahndorf, SA, Sydney, Coromandel * Sydney service * A positive view of our time Welcome! This will be a briefer Newsletter than usual, in part because I am experimenting with writing to you a little more often with less information. I hope this works for you. Several invitations follow. […]

First, do no harm

Can we any longer afford to ignore our power to harm one another? Or to recoil, helplessly? “Doing no harm” is an active choice, one which perhaps has a higher ethical and social value than any other, as suggested in this extract from Stephanie Dowrick’s latest and most overtly peace-making book, Seeking the Sacred. She writes: […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Reading activism – a request  *  “Speaking” the Sacred (Audio now out) *  Book now for October  Mana Retreat * Melbourne “Mana” group? *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 17 July  *  Share this newsletter! * Social media * On-line bookshop Dear friends Over the many years that I’ve been (first) a publisher and then a writer, […]

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 […]

Profound appreciation

Pioneering psychologist William James is best known for his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, where he wrote, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  Is this true for you? I read that line when I was seeking new inspiration on the perennial theme of encouragement. Thinking about it for […]

It’s a beautiful day!

Many years ago I remember listening to a singing group called “It’s a beautiful day”. Even then I had at least some realisation that it’s our inner attitude that lets us experience our days as beautiful and precious: each one of them.  When it’s “just another day”, my outlook and energy levels lift dramatically when […]