Book Testimonials

Joy Rains has a gift. A gift for explaining abstract concepts like meditation through clever analogies and metaphors. FOR THE FIRST TIME in my hectic, harried life I actually UNDERSTAND how meditation is supposed to work and WHY I should give it a TRY! This book is fabulously basic yet beautifully profound. I was skeptical that I could learn something like meditation by reading about it. I thought surely I’d need a guru, a sage, to meet with me in person and show me the way. WRONG! Joy IS that person, one of the most sought-after meditation coaches in the nation’s capital… now available to YOU and ME! Read Meditation Illuminated and let her guide you –with wisdom and humor– toward a less cluttered, chaotic mind.

Elisabeth Leamy, Correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show
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Programs and Events Testimonials

Joy was the keynote speaker at our hospital for Nurses’s week in May, 2017 and 102 Nurses attended the event. Joy captured the full attention of every nurse in the room as she guided us through a mindful meditation exercise. Weeks later, we are still talking about Joy and how she inspired us to all to calm our busy minds through the power of meditation. It really works. Thanks Joy!!!

Denise Rouse-Meekins, MSN, RN, PCCN Nurse Outcomes Educator at Sinai Hospital

Joy is a teacher who really makes you think in new ways. She led a 3-part class on Mindfulness for Sales Professionals at my office. I was skeptical that I would be able to meditate at all, and I had no idea what mindfulness is or how it might help me, but her clear explanations and examples showed me how useful these techniques can be in my interactions with clients and in other parts of my life. Her books are excellent too. She would make a fabulous keynote speaker at any meeting of sale professionals, and her classes are very worthwhile. I highly recommend Joy.

Sharron CochranLong & Foster Real Estate/Christie’s International Real Estate

I had the pleasure of taking Joy’s three-day mindfulness training sessions and it was an excellent experience. The sessions were helpful in understanding the importance of meditation, both in business and every day life. Joy passed along tips on different meditation methods which I’ve already started putting to good use! Her friendly and inviting manner helped to make the class very interactive and fun. Highly recommended!

Robyn Porter, Realtor & Team Lead The Porter Group - Your Home TeamLong & Foster Real Estate/Christie’s International Estates

The programs Joy provides convey an “attitude of acceptance” and are very inspiring at the work place and in every day life. I highly recommend Joy’s training program and was especially impressed with benefits I experienced from breath awareness meditation.

Judith Dausch, Ph.D., R.D. Consumer Safety Officer at US Food and Drug AdministrationProgram: Stress Management through Meditation

Joy led a wonderful experiential introduction to meditation session for the Cathedral Crossroads program at Washington National Cathedral. Several participants commented afterwards that it was the best introduction to and explanation of meditation they’d ever heard–and many were long-time meditators already. Joy provided grounded, professional, accessible leadership and was, as her name indicates, a joy to work with!

Dr. Terri Lynn Simpson, Owner, Anam Cara Retreats and Consulting for The Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral CrossroadsProgram: An Introduction to Meditation

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 LiaisonThe WMG Lecture Series: Introduction to Meditation

Joy was very prepared and made this easy—wanted more!

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Very rewarding. Highly recommend this class.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Joy Rains is really skilled in her teaching.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

I liked how the instructor went step by step to clearly explain the methodology.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Incalculable value!

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

This class was excellent and well-organized.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Joy is a wonderful teacher: organized, prepared, accepting of all questions & viewpoints, caring.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

This class helped me to understand more of what meditation actually means, as opposed to the myths of what people think it is.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

I gained a feeling of confidence that I know what I’m supposed to do.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

The instructor is very good at explaining meditation—thank you, Joy!

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Thank you—loved the class and the real-life applications.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Joy took time to make us feel comfortable to work on meditation by practicing & not just talking. Very beneficial & practical & helpful as a catalyst to continue meditating.

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Joy is a wonderful source of knowledge on subject! Great teacher!

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

The many techniques covered have been VERY helpful. Great class! Thank you SO much!

Class participantMontgomery County Rec Dept Learn to Meditate Classes 2009-2014

Loved the method of teaching.

Class participantOASIS/Suburban Hospital Program March 2018

Terrific. Great way about her. Great personality, very personable and approachable. Great voice.

Class participantOASIS/Suburban Hospital Program March 2018

Meditation is wonderful and especially as she teaches it!

Class participantOASIS/Suburban Hospital Program March 2018

Joy was a great teacher. We have never done meditation before and now we always will.

Class participantOASIS/Suburban Hospital Program March 2018

Love her!! Please do more with Joy.

Class participantOASIS/Suburban Hospital Program March 2018
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