Choosing kindness

It seems so obvious to point out that our happiness largely depends on our capacity to offer kindness (thoughtfulness, consideration, good humour) to others – as well as our willingness to receive the kindness that others can offer us. That largely means getting over our temptations to criticize, disparage and disappoint… It doesn’t mean that […]

A very ugly swan

In the face of earthquakes, floods and fire, and the agonizing injustices and repression being played out in Libya and elsewhere as I write this, why would I care about a movie? Well I do, not least because this movie normalizes violence under a veneer of beauty and art. And I feel so strongly that […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Dear Universal Heart friends In this newsletter: Sydney support group for those suffering life-changing illness * Visiting Melbourne 10 March * Easter & Kyoto Retreats * Links to articles: Work/Life; Challenging religious bigotry * On-line book buying * Would you like to “like” Facebook ?!* Prayers and loving thoughts for all suffering nature’s disasters * […]

Choose life!

“When do you write? Do you make a time every morning…?” I was asked a couple of nights ago at a wonderful event at Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney. (The picture above shows me there with fellow writer Walter Mason.) It was a loaded question and I answered with a joke: “Morning, noon and night!” […]

Peace from the inside out

These words from Zen poet and teacher Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh have been the greatest support to me and countless others for many years. Let’s imagine the world we would live in if each day, several times a day, we paused just long enough to say the following four lines: Breathing in I calm my […]

Stella Cornelius: a tribute

(What follows is Quaker and development activist  Jane Sloane’s January 2011 eulogy at the memorial service for peace activist, Peace Prize winner, and conflict resolution writer and teacher, Stella Cornelius, founder of the Conflict Resolution Network and loved by so many. Stella died, still engaged with the activities of peace-making, aged 91.) Stella, beloved: Appropriately, […]

Religious bigotry: a global challenge

There are few expressions of human ignorance and misery worse than religious bigotry. Bigotry of any kind harms those who express it as well as those who are its targets. Religious bigotry, though, generally  comes heavily tainted with self-righteousness. At its worst, it’s sustained by the noxious belief that it expresses “God’s” will, or that […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Includes: Visits to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne – February 2011 * Easter Retreat and new Writing Retreat in Kyoto (Oct 2011) * Interfaith in Sydney 20 February 3pm * Renewing kindness? * Bookshop * Facebook * Iqbal Dear friends A rewarding and blessed new year to each of you. And I hope this newsletter finds you […]

Events, Retreats, Services, 2011-12

Dr Stephanie Dowrick accepts a limited number of private speaking engagements, not listed here (companies, schools, government and non-government organizations). Enquiries to uhn@stephaniedowrick. com or william@stephaniedowrick.com This list of public events is frequently updated. Please check with the sponsor/organiser for the latest information.  New events will continue to be added, including free public forums withBreast Cancer Network Australia. […]

2011: A year of kindness?

Is this the year for learning something fresh and transformative about kindness? Something that will enhance your life – and the lives of everyone around you? Maybe you have begun the year with a long list of worthy things you ought to be doing: improving your mind as well as calming it; listening more appreciatively […]

Retreats & events with Stephanie Dowrick 2011

Forthcoming events include the monthly Interfaith Service in Sydney (3rd Sundays of the month at 264 Pitt Street, 3pm; next service 18 December). Stephanie Dowrick writes: “Writing is at the heart of all that I do, but speaking and teaching have also long been central to my working life.  This gives me a wonderful chance to […]

Readers’ responses to Seeking

The following responses from readers mean much more to me than simple praise and encouragement – as vital as encouragement always is. If you have read Seeking the Sacred – or any of my other books but especially Seeking and In the Company of Rilke – you will know how mindful I am of the […]

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