Book Testimonials

It’s a beautiful book that feels good in the hand. . . Not a word is wasted, yet the writing throughout is graceful and generous. . . The simple language, short sentences, and easy flow of the writing will calm even the most hurried reader. . .

Washington Times Communities

With a calming tone and clear explanations, Meditation Illuminated introduces beginners to meditation in a way that is completely accessible, even for those with the busiest of minds.

Washington Parent Magazine

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

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 was a featured speaker at our conference, MindSpring Metro DC’s 2015 Helping You Grow Conference. Participants thoroughly enjoyed her session on the benefits of meditation, many telling us that they left the session refreshed with several strategies to use in their busy lives. Thank you Joy!

Christina Eanes, Senior Partner, MindSpring Metro DC

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 LiaisonProgram: The Wednesday Morning Group Lecture Series Meditation

The course is a wonderful six weeks filled with strategies to help people become mindful of their relationship to food. In this day of fast, processed food, it is helpful to return to the real reason we eat – to nourish the body.

Participant, MCRD Mindful Eating ClassProgram: The CARE Mindful Eating Program 6 week class

I really got a lot out of your class. I’ve struggled a good deal of my adult life with overeating, and I realize that any successful solution will involve lifelong vigilance. The value of your class has been teaching me to look on this lifestyle change in a 100% positive light, rather than wringing my hands over the past. I’ve lost over 15 lbs. since class started last month, and I feel great. Thanks for all of your great advice and support!

Participant, MCRD Mindful Eating ClassProgram: The CARE Mindful Eating Program 6 week class

Your voice is perfect for meditation – so calm and soothing.

Conference participant and principal, MCPSProgram: Summer Leadership Conference. Part of a group of mindfulness trainers teaching meditation to approximately 100 school principals and administrators.
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