About Joy Rains

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In my late 20s came a deep yearning for peace of mind. I became intrigued with the idea of meditation and devoured a myriad of meditation books, articles, workshops, events, and retreats. But an understanding of the essence of meditation still eluded me, as if the practice was veiled in mystery. I’d find small pieces of the puzzle but could not see the whole picture clearly.

So I started exploring meditation piece by piece until a coherent picture emerged. I discovered that meditation was not about stopping thoughts, but about becoming aware of them. I learned how to watch these thoughts and allow them to pass. I learned how to focus on my breath and steady my mind. I became less reactive. Less judgmental. Less stressed. More grounded. More accepting. More relaxed.

Mindfulness not only enhanced my home life, it also made a profound difference in my work life. As a sales professional, mindfulness helped me reach sales goals well beyond my quotas. After a successful career selling computer products to government accounts, I sold millions of dollars worth of advertising by using mindfulness principals.

I think of mindfulness as a way to tune up your thinking. People often have regular medical checkups and regular dental visits. Many people work out to keep muscles toned and eat healthy foods to keep bodies in tune.

But one area that can get overlooked in the self-maintenance department is keeping your thinking running smoothly and effectively—so you can reduce stress. Increase focus. Achieve your goals.

My hope is to offer you ideas and practices that can transform your life—and help you flourish. I specialize in corporate and community mindfulness programs, and have held programs at diverse locations including  Marriott International, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and American University.

If you’d like to find out more information, I’d love to hear from you. Hope to see you at an upcoming program!

Joy

Testimonials

“Your talk was pitch perfect. It was instructional and experiential. You gave clear directions, scientific justifications, memorable examples, and well-thought answers. Everything was just what our group of busy minds needed.”

Program Liaison, The Wednesday Morning Group Lecture SeriesProgram: Introduction to Meditation

“I wanted to tell you how much I loved last evening with you and the rest of the group. I had a delicious sense of peace during the hour and I carried it away with me when I left…It is still with me today. Thank you so very much.”

Program Participant, Montgomery County Recreation DepartmentProgram: Four Week Labyrinth as a Meditation Tool Series

Background and Affiliations

  • Professional Speaker and Member of the National Speakers Association
  • Trainer for Key Seminars Inc., a training company Joy founded in 1989
  • Life Coach and Member of Spiritual Directors International
  • Graduate of the Contemplative Leadership Program at the Shalem Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Facilitator trained in Mindful Schools Curriculum
  • Facilitator trained in the Veriditas (“greening of the human soul”) method for teaching labyrinth walking
  • Graduate of American University, Washington D.C.
Joy Rains in Newgrange

At the ancient monument Newgrange in Ireland, standing by 4000-year-old spiral patterns, each design like the pattern of the labyrinth’s path.

Mindfulness Training for the Workplace, Healthcare, and the Community