Universal Heart Newsletter March 2013

Bellingen Writers Readers Festival 22-24 March 2013  *  Last reminder for the 2013 Easter Retreat  * Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 17 MARCH 2013, 3pm  * Universal Heart Book Club – wonderful new reviews *  YouTube talks *  Enduring or beyond a crisis? * On-line discounted Bookstore * Visit Stephanie on FACEBOOK

Dear friends
Welcome back to the Universal Heart Newsletter. As I sat down to write this today I realized that I have been writing these newsletters for nearly 13 years! I wonder how many of you have been with me that long? These days I also write short inspirations on Facebook virtually every day, as well as articles for my website and for your very own Universal Heart Book Club.  That means that despite my delightful “grandmother” times, I am spending many hours at my computer…never mind writing my books! So please understand if this newsletter today offers links rather than lots of words, with – of course – a little additional inspiration at the end.

Are you within range of Bellingen in mid-North NSW?  If so, I will be talking about my writing at the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival in New South Wales NEXT weekend, 22-24 March, with lots of time to meet readers and sign books.  I’ve heard such good reports of this Festival so if it is accessible for you, please come on Saturday at the very least. And don’t hesitate to say hello! Bookings and information: http://bellingenwritersfestival.com.au. My special event is 11-12 on Saturday 23 March at Bellingen Youth Centre. (Very appropriate!) This is a Festival small enough to meet and hear writers at close quarters and the volunteer team who make it all happen are truly to be applauded.

With only days to go this is your last chance to check for a space at the Easter Retreat for 2013 at glorious Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand (28 March – 1 April).  I will be teaching on the theme “Messages of love”, and how we can bring those timeless teachings on love into our minds, hearts and lives and allow them to heal and strengthen us. Body treatments are also available at Mana, and this is a fine retreat for those who haven’t been to a retreat before. It offers enduring peace of mind and inner refreshment in an environment of great beauty. Shuttles or ferry available from Auckland. Mana can help organise that.  Retreat details and booking at their website:  web address is http://www.manaretreat.com  Telephone: (NZ) 07 866 8972.

We have several wonderful books leading our reviews this month at the Universal Heart Book Club. Saved by a Poem, Writing Down Your Soul and Minding the Earth are all books from exceptional writers that invite deep reflection. I think they are real finds – and there are now more than 60 articles on the website, with so many choices to guide you towards books worth reading. You can comment on any of the choices at the Book Club site or, of course, on my Facebook page.  Jane Goodall has also launched a lovely new feature on the “Reading life” which is all about enhancing and sharing your reading experiences. Through the Book Club or directly you can also support this Network by buying virtually any book through the “Stephanie Dowrick Bookstore” which is efficiently run by Collins/Seek. All books are discounted, and each book sold returns a small % which is our sole support for this Network. Big, big thanks to those of you who are choosing this way of buying your books. I am so grateful.

A reminder, too, for those of you who can get to Sydney that our spiritually inclusive INTERFAITH service is this Sunday, 17 February, 2013, at 3pm. All details below. And if you cannot join us in Sydney then at least catch up with the talks that are on the interfaithinsydney YouTube channel. For more support please visit my website or Facebook. Your thoughtfulness in using and sharing these resources makes them worthwhile.

Details follow in full for Sunday’s interfaith service. And I want to add two extra links: one to a recent article I have written about moving through a crisis; the other an earlier article on 10 days to greater calm. You can let me know via Facebook if either of these has come at the right time for you.  I’d love you also to take a quiet moment to think who might benefit from your sharing of any part of this email.  Finally, some words below on “words” – and their power to heal.

I wish you peace of mind and courage in the month ahead,

 Interfaith Service, this Sunday 17 March 2013, 3pm
These services are genuinely inclusive and may meet your needs for a time of peace and renewal. We offer readings and reflections from different traditions, shared prayers and brief meditations, a short inspirational talk and always beautiful music. Please send this information to anyone who may benefit.
Interfaith services. 3rd Sundays, 3pm. Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000. Nearest cross Street is Park. Some street parking available. (St Pat’s parade restrictions OVER by 2pm!!)  Excellent public transport (nr Town Hall). We do ask you to arrive a little before 3pm if possible as we must start promptly. The service is about 75 minutes with tea and coffee afterwards for those who can stay. You can also join the community singing with Sydney Sings director Liz Lecoanet at 1.15-2.15pm (before the service). A lovely treat.

In New Zealand?  Similar services are offered at the Subud Centre, 19 Formby Ave, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, NZ, each 2nd Sunday at 6pm, led by my dear colleague and friend, Rev Hilary Star. To join the mailing list contact Patsy Sim psim@orcon.net.nz
On choosing words wisely: a simple invocation that may benefit you…and those around you.
May my words today heal myself and others.
May my words today calm myself and others.
May my words today create insight for myself and others.
May my words today express and affirm the very best of who I am.
May my words today affirm and respect the very best of who you are.
May our words today uplift our world and bring happiness to all who live in it.

Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick