What a beautiful image to accompany one of the simplest yet so powerful prayers from my new book, Heaven on Earth. It gives me such joy when other artists collaborate with my work and take it in their own direction. Here it is photographer Brad Harris – who posted this on his inspiring It’s All One Song FB page. And the singer is my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Lecoanet who participated in our Heavenly concert in Sydney. Brad photographed her there. This is a prayer that you can use daily, write out, make your own. May it be a source of blessing and ease for you all.
Stephanie Dowrick is the author of many much loved books, from Running Backwards Over Sand to Seeking the Sacred and Everyday Kindness. Here she celebrates the publication of her newest book, Heaven On Earth, by writing frankly about her writing life and what has supported, allowed and inspired it.
Peacemaking in our personal lives, peacemaking globally: this is the most urgent challenge of our time. Happiness, wellbeing and safety depend on it. To consider others and treat them with respect; to lift other people’s spirits wherever we can; to keep them and ourselves safe: nothing else matters more.
The greatest gift you will ever give your children is your loving, safe presence. And treating everyone around you – especially your partner – with interest, kindness and respect.
Lots of parenting goes on in public, particularly as the weather warms. But watching children and their parents in cafes, parks and on the occasional visit to a beach or the zoo, I see that many parents are struggling with some basic issues. How could this be otherwise? We live in an age of anxiety and sometimes debilitating competitiveness. We have masses of information but often little trust in our own instincts and experience. The average age for first-time mothers is now on the far side of thirty. Fathers are no younger. Whatever else they packed in to the years before their first child arrived, there probably was precious little time spent with children. And, even if there had been, spending time with other people’s children hardly begins to prepare you for the awesome task of caring for your own.