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 […]

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 […]

Stillness, steadiness, inner balance

Which of us does not want a greater sense of stillness – and choice – in our lives? Not least so that we can meet difficult situations with greater confidence – and experience more welcome situations with greater appreciation and pleasure. With a deepened sense of inner stillness, we are also far easier to be […]

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. […]

Saving peace of mind?

In this recent short talk, Dr Stephanie Dowrick discusses some of the common obstacles to our personal peace of mind. These inevitably also “disturb” the peace way beyond ourselves. With a possibly surprising lightness and even optimism, she brings our attention to anger, greed and ignorance – all well known to most of us, all […]

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: […]

Conversations – listen & read

We have a new feature on this web site which lists some of my public conversations and interviews – and the occasional blog mention. These include some wonderful spoken word from the ABC, including the interviews with Rachael Kohn (The Spirit of Things) and John Cleary (Sunday Nights) which gave me very special opportunities to […]