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Di's story

 "The journey of self-discovery is absolutely unique to each individual but the core truths remain the same for all of us." 

Progressing from an almost idyllic childhood into my teen years, I became aware of the disparity between my life and those of the black children who lived on our farm, Willowdale, in East Griqualand, South Africa.

I lived with guilt and began to query my place in the world. Why should I be treated better than people of another colour? This questioning led to further introspection. Why am I here? Who is God? Where did my soul or "spirit" come from when I was conceived? Where will I go when I die?

This questioning brought with it a restlessness, and I would ride on horseback into the hills on our farm, with Shadow, my border collie, loping along at our side. Being on my own with nature was settling and helped clarify my thinking. As an adult, a married woman with three children, the guilt associated with being white-skinned under Apartheid continued and so did the restlessness.

 

The more I read and sought answers from many teachings and disciplines, the more I realised that although we can be guided by the writings of others with wisdom and insight, ultimately the answer to living with joy is an inward journey.

This journey of self-discovery is absolutely unique to each individual but the core truths remain the same for all of us.

Meditation has been a daily practice in my own life for many years and has resulted in my living a richer, more meaningful and creative life. Ultimately, my own path in embracing meditation has drawn me closer to finding peace, joy, love and compassion. I am now devoting much of my time to teaching mindfulness through guided meditation and the release of my second book, A Lighter Way of Being. I hope A Lighter Way of Being gives readers an insight, into the life of an ordinary woman who has learnt to live with joy in a country which is incredibly complex.

I have based my mindfulness teachings on those of Joseph Goldstein, Dan Harris and Thupten Jinpa. I am deeply grateful for their guidance imparted through their books. I would also like to acknowledge those whose personal journeys, practical advice and wisdom have guided my own path to a deeper understanding of self-awareness. These mindfulness meditation sessions are a testimony to the profound teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Osho, Michael Singer, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Steven Harrison, The Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Rob Nairn, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Deepak Chopra, among others.

I am truly grateful that through their wisdom and leadership I am able to guide others along an inward journey to a richer, more meaningful and creative life.