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In January of 2015, after selling all her possessions, Dr. Diann Schindler left St. Petersburg, Florida, on a solo journey to travel the world.  Five continents, over 45 countries and 4 later, she's still going strong!

Meanwhile, she published her debut novel, "Just A Girl"< ) which ranked 6th best coming-of-age fiction in 2017 by Amazon.

Two months later, Schindler published "The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel: the ABC's of International Travel."  

She continues to travel, photographing and chronicling her experiences through her website, DiannAbroad, blogs and podcasts...following her passion to learn and to grow.

Diann's podcasts are fun, information and lively, focusing on her travels; personal experiences, challenges and reflections; travel tips; wannabe love stories; writing tips and thoughts; and intriguing wonders she often faces.

Her podcasts play on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, YouTube, and more!   

You can reach her through her website, DiannAbroad, or at  She would love to hear from you! 

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Apr 12, 2019

This podcast is one in a series of podcasts designed especially for my "Cultivating Compassion through Travel" online course, which will be offered by the Charter for Compassion.  

This is a simple guided meditation for Giving and Receiving Compassion.  It is designed to allow for relaxation and absorption of self-compassion and compassion for others, such as friends, person(s) you know who may be struggling, and/or to more than one person.

Compassion is so important in our lives.  It enables the infinite capacity of human kindness and creativity to relieve suffering, connect us to ourselves and to each other, create justice, heal our planet, and protect the natural world with all its inhabitants.

Here is a brief introduction to "Cultivating Compassion through Travel": 

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”   — Anthony Bourdain

Travel, it is well known, is transformative in a variety of ways.  However, for significant, meaningful transformation, the traveler must have an open heart.  That is, a heart receptive to tolerance, empathy, appreciation and, ultimately, compassion for others and the cultures in which they live.  Without this, travel is mere sight seeing...a missed opportunity to embrace our complicated, challenging world and to learn to love one another.

This course will take participants through processes that bring awareness to any personal biases regarding practices and ideals of other countries, work through those thoughts to break through fears and/or negative views and see, more clearly, that people and cultures from all over the world, often are very much the same.  They want to be happy, healthy and safe.  All people want to take good care of their children so they also can lead happy lives, now and in the future.

"Cultivating Compassion through Travel" will be offered in the fall of 2019.  Fee:  $25

For information, please email me at

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