Introducing the people who changed my life
Lately, I’ve been writing about the people who changed my life. I refer to them as ‘teachers’ because of the knowledge they imparted to me – whether it be through what they wrote, what they said in a lecture, or taught in a teleseminar or workshop.
Reflecting on the events and timing surrounding how each one came into my life, I realise now that the circumstances were most unusual. For example, I found one teacher during a simple Sunday drive and a rare craving for ice cream, which in turn lead me to her flyer on the counter of the ice cream store. Intrigued by her offerings, I made a call and booked an appointment.
My love of horses lead me to a Natural Horsemanship Workshop in New Zealand. A fellow participant who was a Veterinarian randomly recommended a book. The author became my future teacher.
The list goes on and on and I’ll explain more when you meet them. I started to see a pattern forming, in which I just ‘happened’ to be in exactly the right place at the right time for our paths to cross. It reminded me of the Zen proverb – ‘When the student is ready the teacher will appear’.
My relationship with each teacher is different. Some I’ve never met. Others I’ve worked with one-on-one. A few have become dear friends.
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In my experience not ‘one’ of them had all the answers. But collectively they helped me understand my role in the way my life was unfolding and gave me the tools to turn the drudgery, discomfort and misfortune I was experiencing into a life filled with pleasure and meaning.
As I tell my story, I introduce each teacher and explain how they impacted my life. I’ve written descriptions and summaries of their books, programs and workshops. I provide links to relevant websites in case you wish to explore their material further.
I hope you find these people as inspiring as I do and gain as much from them as I have. My sincere hope is that they will provide you with wisdom and guide you to practices that will change your life too.