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Publisher's Summary

A simple meditation guide for people with busy minds.

Want to manage your busy mind? Now you can with Meditation Illuminated, a clear and engaging “how-to” book. Concise and easy to follow, this straightforward primer offers you:

  • A comprehensive overview of how to meditate
  • Easy and accessible techniques
  • Practical ways to find time to practice
  • Strategies for reducing stress and anxiety
  • Step-by-step instructions for 21 guided meditations

Learn from an experienced meditation teacher.

Author Joy Rains skillfully guides you, imparting knowledge from her decades of meditation experience — plus wisdom from ancient and modern sages. She uses compelling stories and memorable examples to give you a strong foundation for your meditation practice.

Gain the confidence and know-how to meditate.

If you want to learn to meditate, listen to Meditation Illuminated. This simple and enlightening book is a handy resource to purchase for yourself or give as a gift. The first part of the audiobook is designed to give you a complete understanding of how to meditate. Then, Joy guides you through more than 20 meditations (with brief periods of silence woven through), so you can discover the styles that resonate with you. Most meditations range from six to nine minutes, an ideal length for beginners. You’ll also find a longer exercise to help you release tension and relax your body. With her soothing voice, Joy’s meditations have helped thousands of listeners worldwide find simple ways to manage their busy minds.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Joy Rains (P)2013 Joy Rains

Critic Reviews

"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 listening to an audiobook. 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 country...now available to you and me! Listen to Meditation Illuminated and let her guide you - with wisdom and humor - toward a less cluttered, chaotic mind." (Elisabeth Leamy, columnist, The Washington Post)                             

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Making meditation approachable

So many times I hear people proclaim that meditation takes too much time, their mind is too busy, or it’s too complicated. Joy does a beautiful job of shining light on the simple elegance of meditation to sooth and enlighten us about our selves.

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A wonderful hand-holding experience

I've been trying to meditate for years. I think I've listened to or read more than 20 books on the subject. I just couldn't stick with any set schedule for meditation. But then Joy came along. Full disclosure, I was gifted an audible copy but I am an audible member and would have bought this book if I had not received the gift.

I appreciated the wide variety of meditations offered. It really helps when you might not enjoy the more traditional meditation process. I highly recommend this book.

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A Perfect Start!

I just loved this audio book by Joy Rains! It is such a wonderful guide for anyone interested in learning to meditate. It is saturated with content to set you off on an easy path . The book provides a clear, logical progression of information in a positive and non threatening manner. Joy reinforces the information with practical and relatable anecdotes, and real life experiences. She has an energetic and engaging voice that is positive and calming. Such a pleasure to listen to! This book will assist you in making the mind-body connection, and providing the clarity of mind, that you have been wanting to achieve!

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Anyone can meditate!

This is a perfect audiobook for a person who wants to learn how to meditate.

Meditation always seemed like something that was too difficult and confusing for me. How would I be able to shut out everything and go into some alternate state? This book taught me that this is not what meditation is. Using engaging stories and simple exercises, Joy Rains guides you through the process of learning to bring your attention to your breath (as an example) to slow down your STUFF (an acronym for everything in your mind.) There are lots of types of meditation included, so you can try and find the ones that work best for you.

After listening to Meditation Illuminated, I can actually meditate!

I highly recommend Meditation Illuminated!

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Really Was a Siple Guide for my Busy Mind

I just finished listening to Meditation Illuminated and I wanted to share what a pleasure it was.

I am not someone who has time to meditate. This book not only convinced me I should, but shared techniques for finding time when you have none. This was a great guide to meditation. Rains offers examples of different meditation styles and explains them in an easy to understand way. And the chapters are broken down in such a way that you can go to one section to hear about one small part of the bigger puzzle, or to try one meditation technique, and then can jump to a different chapter if you want to try a different approach.

A really great guide for this newbie.

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A fantastic meditation resource

I cannot recommend this book enough as a simple but effective way to add meditation into your life and daily routine. I found the myriad of guided mediations a rich resource, with enough variation to give even the most meditation-hesitant listener an opportunity to practice in a way that works for them. I listened on 1.2x speed, and found that to be just perfect for me. Very happy I found this book!

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Love this audiobook

Great way to learn to meditate, with engaging stories and simple descriptions of topics I used to think were confusing before listening to this audiobook. I liked having the author guide me through the different styles of meditations — the progressive muscle relaxation meditation was my favorite!

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Written to be an audio-book!

I just finished Meditation Illuminated and if any book was written to be experienced through audio, it's this one! Joy Rains has done the research, knows the topic and is masterful at simplifying the process of mediation, making it accessible and memorable with acronyms (like STUFF - brilliant!) and ABCs. With more than 20 unique meditations, this book offers valuable practice opportunities that makes the concepts come to life. And to hear it all and experience the meditations in the author's own voice is a real gift. I'll return to this book frequently!