Listeners’ Comments

We’re grateful for all the wonderful emails and comments on our blog. Hearing about your experiences with our podcast inspires us more than you can know. We thought we’d share some of your comments below. Often it enhances our own experiences when we read those of others, and my help us to tune into our own process with the meditations more.

Use the comment field at the bottom of the page to add your comments, or email us at:

“I just want to let you know how much I have enjoyed the comfort of your guided meditations. I have been exploring meditation on my own, yet I found myself struggling….your podcasts have helped me so much and I look forward to getting back to my meditation cushion daily. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your gift of meditation.” –US

“Just wanted to say thanks for the podcasts you have put out — I have used them for a few months now and found them to be very beneficial. I travel a lot on my own for my job, and I find the meditations help me to relax on my travels and help me sleep in the many different hotels that I have to stay in. Thanks for all of your efforts and for keeping me company on my travels. Kind regards…” — UK

“I just discovered your podcasts and I must say that I’m very, very thankful that I found out about your podcast. You guys are awesome and I am so grateful to you. So far I’ve tried a few episodes and as of now, my favorites are Body Awareness and Effortless Meditation, they’re fantastic. I wish to thank you for your great podcasts. Quality is awesome and I love your voice! I’m recommending them to my friends too. Keep them coming :).” –US

“Thank you so much for what you do. I searched several meditation podcasts at iTunes and yours is head and shoulders above anything else on there! Mary’s voice is the absolutely perfect instrument for the meditations. My wife and I both use the various segments on a daily basis. Our favorite (or most frequently listened to) is Stillness in the Breath. It is helping me in every facet of daily living. Thanks!” –US

“Hello, my name’s ____, and I’m 15. For the past few weeks I have been following your podcast, and trying to meditate daily. I have noticed a deep relaxation of myself, and I appreciate just being here in the moment. Hopefully these meditation will allow me to meet my spirit guide, as is my intention. Peace and Harmony.” — US

“I want to thank you so much for the podcasts that you have done. I am using a variety of them to help centre me and bring me back down in a grounding kind of way. I love the Mini meditation break as I always feel refreshed after listening to it and forget how I was before I listened to it. Thank you again.” –Northern Ireland

“Thank you again for your fantastic podcasts — they have kept me calm and sane through a very stressful year!” — Australia

“Your meditations are absolutely amazing — there is nothing that good on the net anywhere.” — UK

“I adore your podcasts… Thank you for your wonderful services, yours are the only meditations I listen to now.” — Australia

“I am so grateful that I found your website a few months back. I had just been incorporating meditation into my life and downloaded many of your free podcasts. Thank you for making these podcasts available to me. Your voice is soothing and the guided meditations keep my mind focused.” — US

“I enjoy your meditations. There are a few aspects of the meditations that stand out for me. One I like, is that they don’t seem to have an agenda. Another is that you stress that there is no wrong way. The open-endedness is lovely.” — US

“I have been listening to your guided meditations for some time now, and find them to be excellent. They help clear my mind and de-stress me. I always look forward to a new meditation. Thank you, really enjoy your podcasts.” — US

“I just wanted to say that I listened to your Chakra Meditation and it was very nice. I wanted to thank you for producing these meditations. It is so nice to just press play and relax completely for 20 minutes or so. I’ve really gotten into meditating and I have guided my friends through a few meditations as well. Once again, thank you and keep up the good work.” — US

“First off, I would like to thank you, your meditation podcasts have truly changes my life and ultimately, my health.” — US

“I love your meditations. I listen to ‘Simply Being’ every night before falling asleep. It reminds me to keep my feet on the ground & to always take time in relaxing. Thank you very much for putting them on iTunes podcasts!” — US

“I recently found your meditation podcasts on iTunes, and I wanted to thank you for making them available. I am a graduate student who has been struggling with anxiety. At the moment, I am taking my general exams, which include times exams… Your shorter podcasts allow me to take short but effective breaks, which help me to get control over the anxiety and return to my work with clearer thoughts… Thank you for making a challenging period more manageable.” — US

“I recently discovered your downloads on iTunes and am so grateful to you for making them available. One of the legions of meditation resistant, I am fine as long as I have someone’s voice to guide me. Mary Maddux’s voice is a thing of beauty in itself, though obviously an extension of her soul… I am finding the recordings I’ve downloaded to be quite a blessing! 1000 thanks and namaste.” — US

“I recently discovered your wonderful podcasts, and have been listening to them every night at bed time. I just wanted to tell you how much they have helped me relax and fall asleep. Your voice is so gentle and calming, and brings me comfort… I love what you’re doing, keep up the great work!!” — US

“I cannot describe how wonderful these podcasts are. Thank you so much for helping me find some inner-peace.” — US

“Hey there! Your meditation podcasts are the best around!! They are so useful and relaxing.” — US

“More podcasts, PLEASE! Your podcasts are my saving grace. Thank you.” — US

“I love your podcasts! Thank you for offering them freely. I use them almost daily to calm down before I sit in silent meditation. Thanks.” — US

“Hi, I would like you to know that your podcasts are fantastic. I often listen to Emotional Ease when I cannot sleep, I have Bipolar, the music and voice are so soothing I just drift away. I would not go anywhere without it on my iPod. Keep up the fantastic work.” — US

“I just discovered your meditations on iTunes and am thrilled. The timing was perfect as I have been wanting to start a regular meditation routine yet just couldn’t seem to get started. Resistance there for some reason! Your meditations motivated me — the words; the sounds, and I am now meditating each day. Thank you for the healing you provide to others.” — US

“I recently subscribed to your podcast and I think it’s great! Your voice is wonderful and the music is soothing. I was surprised to find that a guided meditation could be so mind-opening. Before trying your podcast, I would meditate on my own. I tend to get distracted by the outside noises though. Having your voice and the music in the earphones really helps a lot! I enjoy more and struggle less.”

“I just found you on iTunes and downloaded the three meditation sessions you offer. Love them! I’m new to meditation but am really interested in it and am really happy with the results I am finding. I’ve been emailing your website to family and friends to help everyone lower their stress. Thank you for making this so readily available. …you talk me to sleep each night and you talk with me each morning. :) I’m really enjoying the meditation sessions. Your voice is so relaxing… I had my husband listen to you and he became so relaxed that it knocked him out. (He has trouble sleeping too, if that’s any consolation). My Grandpa did the same thing. :) You’re a really nice part of my day.” — US

“I just discovered your wonderful meditation CDs on iTunes. I am 48 and my dear mother who was 85 passed away 2 months ago and I was looking for some relaxation. I downloaded many things, but yours are the best. I have Sleep Easy and The Ease of Being and a couple of your podcasts… Thanks for sharing your beautiful voice with me.” — US

“First of all, I’d like to thank-you for providing us such wonderful podcasts! They are all so very meaningful, and I find them very beneficial in my everyday life, so thank-you!! Secondly, I’d like to tell you how they have helped me in these past few months. I am 19 years old and I started my first year in college this past year. I was having problems sleeping at night which was due to anxiety. I came across your website one day and decided to download your podcasts and give them a try. I was frustrated at the time because I had tried everything to make myself go to sleep at night. After the first night of listening to your podcast, I fell into a deep sleep and I felt so rested the next day! Since then I continue to enjoy deep restful sleeps from listening to your relaxing voice and the relaxing music! I am so very grateful!

“I was also very ill in this past March and was in a lot of pain. I was on painkillers to subside the pain but that wasn’t working so well. The only thing that helped ease the pain were the Meditations! By going into a meditative state, I was able to block out the pain and because of that I was able to sleep. I really do appreciate your podcasts, without them I’m not sure how I would have coped through these hard past months.” –US

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128 Responses to “Listeners’ Comments”

  1. Crystal on January 16th, 2008 9:57 am

    I’ve recently been listening to your podcast, and I want to thank you. Your voice is soothing, and the music is uplifting and gentle. I’m currently trying to finish graduate school in chemistry, so I like to start each morning and end each evening with meditation. It’s definitely taken the edge off, and has made me enjoy every day a bit more. Thank you.

  2. Mary on January 16th, 2008 11:37 am

    You are very welcome, Crystal. How wonderful that you are able to enjoy life more. Thanks for commenting and good luck with your studies. Mary

  3. Troy on January 23rd, 2008 12:23 am

    Greetings Mary and Richard.

    I am an undergraduate student currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy. That said, I have a first hand appreciation for both spiritual and mental calm. For the past 2 years I’ve been dealing with a debilitating seasonal depression with an onset in the fall season.

    This has interfered significantly with my academic performance. I have taken necessary breaks, time out to center on myself, and for what its worth I’ve come to appreciate the sum total of my experience, I’ve learned a lot about who I am. During my “time outs” home away from school your meditations have played a large part in subsiding my symptoms, as an aid in centering my mind , my focus, and ambition. I’ve been a long time subscriber to your podcasts however this is the first time I’ve perused your site. I just wanted to take this time to thank you both personally for this contribution you have made. It truly is gift.

    All the best


  4. Mary on January 23rd, 2008 9:39 am

    Thank you so much, Troy, for taking the time to comment and share your experience with the podcast. It is so fulfilling for us to hear reports like yours. How fortunate that you have “come to appreciate the sum total of my experience”. That’s a rare gift.

    We wish you all the best with your studies.

    Mary & Richard

  5. Jackie on February 11th, 2008 8:44 pm

    Thank you for your podcast! You are clearly sincere about what you do. I recently drove across the country to Los Angeles to pursue what I really want to do. Going to the ocean is always a ritual for me, but this was more significant than other times, it was my arrival! In the warm sun, I was able to just reflect to your meditation and realize I created this for myself, I made this happen out of focus and positive thinking, and your meditations keep that momentum going. Thanks!

  6. Mary on February 12th, 2008 8:59 am

    Welcome to California, Jackie! Taking time to meditate and settle into ourselves can give us clarity on what we want and support us in “going for it”. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We wish you well with this new phase in your life. Mary

  7. Wendy M on February 13th, 2008 9:27 am

    Thank you so much for the meditation podcasts. I have started doing them everyday with my favorite one being the Chakra meditation. I have noticed a considerable difference in my energy levels and the way that I’ve begun to attract good. I have been seeking a number of goals for many years now and I had battled against the blockades and barriers that kept me from achieving many goals. I always felt as if I was fighting for everything I wanted.

    Through meditation I believe that all that I am working on will manifest. I have felt many barriers simply melt. Through you, I have found what has been missing from my life for many years. I am overjoyed.

    Can you suggest a meditation that helps to dissolve energy blocks?

    Thank you so much.


  8. Mary on February 14th, 2008 9:15 am

    You are so welcome, Wendy. I’m so glad you’re getting such positive results from meditating. It’s certainly true that when blocks in our energy system dissolve that is reflected in our environment and what happens in our lives.

    Any meditation that provides deep rest allows blocks to dissolve. The body and mind take the opportunity to throw off stress, or “energy blocks”, when rested (much like in sleep but the rest in meditation is different). In some meditations, like the chakra meditation and body awareness meditation, we begin by getting into a relaxed state and then directing our attention (to the chakras or body) and this causes blocks to move. Having our awareness on an area brings energy. The increased flow of energy moves blocks. That’s probably why you especially like the chakra meditation.

    Basically, you are already doing meditations that remove blocks! You’ve already noticed more energy during the day. Meditating regularly will keep that going. There might be some stronger meditations, such as the Chakra Dhyana CD by Khrishnaraj Bhagavaddasa on our website, that you would like. You could try that out and see how that goes, but it sounds like you are doing well already and it’s better not too have the blocks move out too fast — that can create roughness.

    Wishing you the best, Mary

  9. Erica on February 15th, 2008 6:06 am

    I discovered your podcast about six months ago and it really is a blessing. Thank you.

    I am wondering if your style of meditation is rooted in any specific philosophy. I have had an interest in Buddhist Vipassana meditation (Insight Meditation) for several years. I seem to hear many of the same principles in your meditations and on your website. Could you share a little more about the origins of your meditations and life outlook? Sorry, I know it’s kind of a big question… I’m just curious.


  10. Mary on February 15th, 2008 1:25 pm

    Hi Erica — so glad you’ve found the podcast to be a blessing. Interesting that you ask this question, in that I’d been thinking about writing a bit about basic philosophy, outlook and so on. In fact, this is inspiring me to write a post on this topic, hopefully today.

    I will say here that I don’t have any formal background in Buddhist Vapassana, although often people have found that in my work. People have also found similarities to Christian centering meditations and other traditions. I think that’s because the same principles and philosophies are arrived on many different paths. Meditation is an exploration of our own consciousness and that’s an eternal exploration that transcends tradition. Look for my next post for more!

  11. Amy on February 16th, 2008 1:21 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for making your podcasts available for free on iTunes. I’m someone who has dabbled in yoga for years (I’m 30 now), never quite got into meditation – but know that I NEED to in order to ward off anxiety. I really enjoy your meditations – the way you speak automatically relaxes me, and along with the sounds in the background – I often find myself falling asleep before they’re done (probably because I listen to them in bed).

    Anyways, thank you so much for sharing your meditations.

  12. Mary on February 17th, 2008 8:52 am

    You are welcome, Amy! Great that you’ve added meditation to your life — yoga and meditation go hand in hand.

  13. sknutrition on March 18th, 2008 6:22 am

    Dear Mary & Richard,

    I would also like to acknowledge you for sharing your meditations – like many others, I discovered your podcasts from browsing iTunes and have found them to be really soothing and relaxing – I often listen in the evening to help me unwind… and yes, I also frequently relax so much I fall asleep.

    I have recommended them to both friends and clients that I think would find them beneficial and they all seem to love them too – thank you very much.


  14. Mary on March 18th, 2008 8:44 am

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the meditations. It is so heart-warming for us to hear how people are touched by the podcast. You are welcome!


  15. Cameron S. on April 27th, 2008 8:13 pm

    Dear Mary and Richard,
    I am a sophomore in high school, and I was under a great deal of stress, not too long ago. About a month ago (I was under a great deal of stress), I decided to go into iTunes and look for podcasts. All of a sudden, I accidentally clicked on something wrong, and I ended up in the Meditation Oasis podcast. I enjoyed the preview, but I wanted to hear others… The others were not as good as yours and I am really telling you guys it is great to hear something so relaxing. After I downloaded your podcast to my iPod, I began meditating three times a day. I began meditating when I wake up, during lunch time at school, and before I go to bed. After I meditate, I feel great! Thanks to your wonderful podcast, my grades have gotten to their peak, a 100+ average in each class! My average was a 93, then I got it to a 100+ in each class because I meditated, which actually allowed me to calm down, take it easy, and try to remember all I learned. I have made meditating such a ritual, that whenever I have a test or a quiz, I meditate before I take them, and I end up remembering everything. Thank you guys so much for creating this podcast, because I would not have released all of my stress without it.

    Cameron S.

  16. Mary on April 28th, 2008 9:03 am

    Wow, Cameron, what great news about your grades! You are very welcome. We love hearing the many different ways these meditations have helped people. It’s so inspiring to us. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

    Wishing you the best of luck with the rest of high school and beyond! Mary & Richard

  17. Linni on July 9th, 2008 2:10 pm

    Dearest Mary and Richard,

    Where does one start to thank someone for doing what they believe in…

    Thank you… I’ve browsed itunes to find meditation cd’s, listened to many, but kept coming back to yours. It is something in your voice… with the calming music in the background. It just works with me…

    I’ve been wanting to meditate for years, which I didn’t because I was too scared. One of my goals this year is to meditate… and I started 2 weeks ago.

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 8 years, went the adoption route, decided not to go that route and keep on trying. Monday afternoon a friend phoned and asked us if we would be available to adopt a little one and a half year old boy. Any emotion you can think of came rushing to the surface.

    The meditation I did yesterday was one of the heart, as well as where you have to release emotions… and with this phone call, you can just imagine all the emotions there are, and the release was powerful and emotional and it felt so good to be allowed to let it all out.

    Today I did a grateful meditation. I feel extremely calm, and content and collected.

    I think because of this meditations (and your beautiful voice) I’m in much better space today.

    And for that I would love to thank you!

    So… thank you.

    Warm regards,
    Linni xx

  18. Mary on July 10th, 2008 8:56 am

    You are so very welcome, Linni. I’m sure you were flooded with emotions with that phone call, and I’m so glad the meditations helped. It’s so moving for Richard and I to hear from people like you who are in very stressful situations and getting help from the podcast.

    Certainly meditation has been a great boon in our lives, and to be able to pass that on is a blessing for us. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We both wish you well and hope you continue to find peace from meditation.


  19. A on July 31st, 2008 1:13 am

    Dear Mary,

    Thank you so much for these podcasts. They are so helpful to me–I can’t even begin to explain. I just wanted to let you know that your work is truly appreciated and huge positive force in this world. I made a playlist on my iPod so I can have them available all the time. You both have such a gift and I am very grateful.


  20. Mary on July 31st, 2008 11:03 am

    Hello A,

    Thank you for taking the time to express your gratitude. We’re so glad the podcasts are helpful to you and you are most welcome.

    Wishing you well, Mary & Richard

  21. Willem on September 16th, 2008 11:31 pm

    Thanks for your music.

  22. Mary on September 17th, 2008 9:31 am

    You are welcome, Willem!

  23. Alan on September 24th, 2008 1:23 pm

    I’m the kind of person who’s always worrying, particularly I find myself dwelling on things that might happen in the future. Of course, fretting on these things stops me enjoying the present.

    Do you recommend any of your meditations in particular for an inveterate worrier like me?

    With thanks,


  24. Mary on September 25th, 2008 8:57 am

    Hi Alan,
    Best thing to do is try some out and see which works best for you. All of our meditations help develop the habit of not following the “stories” of the mind, but it may be that the Breath Awareness Meditation (on our podcast and also on the Meditation Oasis CD) or the Body Awareness Meditation (on our podcast and Body Aware CD) would be particularly useful.

  25. Alan on September 30th, 2008 1:22 pm

    Thanks Mary! I’ve been trying it and have a lot of difficulties with feeling physically restless and my mind going to other topics, but I’m going to follow your tips in the ‘difficulty meditation’ section and stick with it.

    Thank you both for taking the time to keep producing new meditations for us. I for one very much appreciate it.

  26. Mary on September 30th, 2008 1:52 pm

    You are welcome, Alan.

    As you’ll read in the Difficulty Meditating section, it’s perfectly alright if your mind goes to other topics, even if it does that for the entire meditation. Each meditation will be different.

    It is true that sometimes as we meditate there can be some discomfort such as restlessness. The trick is to be with it, letting go of attempts to resist it or fight it in any way. Eventually it should subside.

    There may be some other things you can do for your tendency to worry, the restlessness, etc. Yoga and stretching might help, and you might want to look into Ayurveda as a resource for lifestyle tips that help those tendencies.

    Keep us posted!

  27. Liam Norman on December 4th, 2008 11:21 am

    Hi, I have just today started listening to your podcasts, I have listened to the first and the how to get the most out of them.

    I have tried to meditate before but I could not stop myself from thinking intently on a single subject, or got lost in the persuit of something. Today I felt entirely relaxed, calm and at peace, your voice is very soothing, your guidance is comforting. When I began I was OK, I saw swirls of colour, purple and yellow undulating into one another, twisting and turning, this way and that, soon I became distracted by it and began to concentrate more on what I was seeing and questioning, I kept managing to pull myself out and to calm the mind once more, I think with practice and time I won’t wander into conscious thought as much.

    I feel a MASSIVE amount of emotional pain during my meditation, I began to cry, but I continued, not stopping, riding my pain as if it were a wave, and sure enough it subsided but it keeps arising and becoming more apparent. I do not know the cause of it and I was wondering if you could help me to overcome whatever it is that is making me so sad.

    I am glad to have found your site, I will be visiting on regular occasion as from now.
    Liam xxxx

  28. Mary on December 4th, 2008 1:53 pm

    Hi Liam,
    You are welcome. Glad you found us.

    In this style of meditation, it is just fine to be “wandering into conscious thought”. (This could include getting caught up in something visual like the colors you were seeing.) The purpose of our meditations is to learn to flow with life, and thoughts are a part of life. I suggest you read our General Guidelines and Difficulty Meditating sections under How to Meditate. That understanding may make it even easier for you.

    As for the emotional pain, strong emotions can come up in the deep relaxation of meditation. You can also read about that in the pages I’ve mentioned. Also listening to the Emotional Ease meditation podcast might help. I don’t know if you need to find out what is making you so sad. It may be that simply allowing the sadness to be felt will allow it to be released and go. If you need understanding of it, some kind of counseling could help.

    Best wishes.

  29. Liam Norman on December 4th, 2008 2:13 pm

    Thank you for your advice, I’ll read the pages you suggested and I’m sure I’ll be speaking to you soon xxx

  30. Donna on December 15th, 2008 8:42 am

    I listen at bedtime because I have trouble sleeping. I am falling asleep faster and I am sleeping better during the night. Thank you so much for this incredible gift of sleep that you have given me.

  31. Mary on December 15th, 2008 10:47 am

    You are so welcome, Donna. How wonderful to hear that your sleep is better!

  32. Catherine on April 9th, 2009 1:43 pm

    Thank you so much Mary. Listening to your podcast helps me so deeply to survive with a smile on my face most of the days though changing times.
    tonight listening to your podcast “gratefulness” I’ve thought of you, a lot, a nice thought, light and pure.
    thank you Mary, I wish you peaceful full of love days;)

  33. Mary on April 9th, 2009 2:19 pm

    What sweet words, Catherine! You are welcome, and I wish YOU “peaceful full of love days”!

  34. Laura on April 15th, 2009 12:20 pm

    Just had to thank you for the guided meditation for pain. I suffer terribly with migraines and find it difficult to relax to help my pain relief to work. This morning I woke with a really bad migraine, I took two painkillers and put the guided meditation for pain on…I came out of it so relaxed and feeling much better. This is the first time I have not had to take time off for a migraine. Thank you so much. I also use your other guided meditations and the have also yielded benefits to my life.

  35. Mary on April 16th, 2009 3:46 pm

    So wonderful to hear this story, Laura! I’m so glad the pain meditation helped with your migraine. You are very welcome.

  36. Lisa on April 19th, 2009 4:52 am

    Many, many thanks for making your meditations available on podcast.

    I have just dicovered them on iTunes and I am very thankful.

    Mary, you have the most beautiful voice I have ever listened to on any meditation. Purity itself.

  37. Mary on April 19th, 2009 12:03 pm

    What a sweet comment, Lisa. Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying the meditations.

  38. Kerry Anne Harris on August 4th, 2009 4:26 pm

    thank you for this site and the trouble you have gone to, to create it xx

  39. Mauro on August 8th, 2009 10:50 pm

    I have almost reached an orgasm with the universe as I sit still and follow your sweet angelical voice instructions.
    This is deep. Thank you so much.

  40. Mary on August 9th, 2009 9:25 am

    You are welcome, Mauro. The sense of union with the universe is a precious thing…

  41. AH on September 19th, 2009 11:00 am

    While searching iTunes podcasts for some form of meditation, I discovered your podcast. This was over a year ago! (Sept. 2, 2008). I live with a debilitating terminal illness and have found your meditations bring me great peace.

    I have passed on a couple of my favorite meditations (“Flowing with Change,” “Self Love,” “Beyond Pain,” “Letting Go,” “Relaxing Into Healing” and more) to those in my support group. We have listened to others, but all agree we like yours the best! Thank you for giving us some peace, distraction, and relaxation during this trying times in our lives.

    Thank you!

  42. Mary on September 20th, 2009 1:03 pm

    Kerry Anne, you are welcome.

    AH, It is touching to hear from you. I’m so glad that the meditations are helping you and your friends. Richard and I send our best to all of you.

  43. Georgina on October 3rd, 2009 4:16 pm

    I really love meditation and your podcasts have greatly assisted me and changed my life. But even though I love meditation and I know it is good for me, I find myself resisting doing it almost daily… why is that? Do you have any insight on why we resist meditation? Why I find it so hard to sit for just 10 minutes a day sometimes? Is it the mind not wanting you to go away from it? Thanks again for your wonderful gift of the podcast.

  44. Mary on October 4th, 2009 9:40 am

    You’re welcome, Georgina. This is a great question, and I would imagine the reason for this isn’t always the same. Best thing is to investigate for yourself what the resistance is. That could lead to valuable insights.

    I love the question you raise — “Is it the mind not wanting you to go away from it?” This is a question to investigate as well. Can you go away from the mind? Does the mind have its own will?

    Again, I suspect the resistance may be different for different people but a couple possibilities come to mind. It may simply be the momentum in our busy lives that keeps us moving at fast speed, as well as our culture which is telling us to do, do, do. When you sit to meditate, the mind and and body are in high gear and it feels like you need to get up and go. In a sense you need to be prepared for that and to sit anyway and let it unwind.

    The resistance could also be emotional, in that all of our busyness keeps us from feeling things we don’t want to feel. That can result in resistance to meditation as we avoid feeling.

  45. Nikki on October 28th, 2009 3:49 pm

    I found your meditation podcasts on iTunes and have since saved this site in my ‘favorites’. At the moment i am a student, a full time health care worker and a carer for an ill parent. Thank you for helping me lower my anxiety, clear my mind and return to my centre. Your work has improved my overall health immeasurably. Thank you

  46. Mary on October 29th, 2009 11:37 am

    So good to hear this, Nikki, you are welcome!

  47. Mark on November 15th, 2009 3:20 pm

    I want to thank you for your work and even more so for sharing it with the world free of cost. It is the best series of meditations I’ve found anywhere. These work well with Tolle’s ideas on self-actualization. I wish you the best. Thank you.

  48. Mary on November 16th, 2009 11:38 am

    You are welcome, Mark, and thank YOU for your kind words.

  49. Why do we resist meditation? | Meditation Oasis on November 19th, 2009 2:19 pm

    […] Do you ever find yourself resisting meditation? Perhaps you’ve resolved to meditate regularly either because you think it’s good for you, or you’ve enjoyed meditating and what it does for you. And yet, for some reason, you find yourself resisting meditation. Georgina asked about this in a comment: […]

  50. Colleen on January 19th, 2010 5:49 am

    I’m just beginning to meditate, and I really enjoy your fantastic podcasts. Could you create one specifically for increasing calmness to be used during a 15 minute break at work? Or would you suggest a particular one that could be used in that manner?

    Thank you for blessing us with your work.

  51. Mary on January 19th, 2010 10:19 am

    Colleen, you are welcome! Most of the podcast episodes are 15 minutes or less, so you have lots of choices. Relief from Stress and Pressure might be ideal for a work break, or Letting Go or Deep Rest or any number of others. I’ll add this request to the list of requests and perhaps I’ll create a special meditation in the future for a work break.

  52. JOSE on February 4th, 2010 3:30 pm


  53. Mary on February 4th, 2010 3:54 pm

    You’re welcome, Jose. So glad you are enjoying the CD!

  54. Kathleen Vallee Stein on February 21st, 2010 8:05 pm

    I love your podcasts and listen to them before I go to sleep at night. I would like it if the background music was a little louder. I know some people find the music a distraction but I find it an integral part of the meditation. Is there any way I can turn the music up? Thanks.

  55. Mary on February 22nd, 2010 10:07 am

    Kathleen, glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Unfortunately, we’re not able to program the ability to adjust the music vs. voice volume in a podcast. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, we have two applications which do allow you to control the voice and music volumes independently. At present, that’s the only solution we can offer. You can do a search for Meditation Oasis in the iTunes store to find the apps — Simply Being and Rest & Relax.

  56. Miguel on April 16th, 2010 1:03 pm

    Dear Mary and Richard, I enjoy your podcasts very much.
    I have one suggestion and one personal issue: I find it difficult to maintain a natural breathing during the meditations, so I end up breathing too intensively. Any tips?
    My suggestion: a guided meditation for people with low self esteem. A meditation that not only teaches people to believe in themselves but also one that actually says these positive things that a lot of people (i am quite sure) never get to hear from someone. I hope I explained it clearly, if not I am willing to give it another chance.
    Keep up the great work, Miguel

  57. Mary on April 16th, 2010 2:43 pm

    Hi Miguel,

    Glad you’re enjoying the podcast. You don’t have to “maintain a natural breathing”. Just let the breath go the way it goes naturally. Unless you are doing a breath awareness meditation, you can completely ignore the breath.

    Thanks for the suggestion. We’ll add it to the list of requests!

  58. Michelle on April 20th, 2010 2:35 pm

    I find myself window shopping on your site, because I grow curious about your cds, and I found your Walking Meditation CD. I absolutely love walking peacefully and when I was younger used to have a mantra for walking…but have never before found a guided walking meditation…
    Would you mind putting a version of the walking meditation on the podcast? I intend to buy the cd when things get more monetarily stable, but I would love something until then for my daily walks.

  59. Eleanor on August 29th, 2010 7:09 am

    Some days ago I saw a book on Celtic spirituality at a Catholic book store. It impressed me that the Celtic people were so sensitive to the cycle of Nature. They had specific meditations for the morning, evening, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

    While glancing through the book (but I didn’t buy it), I was reminded about your “Morning Energy Guided Meditation”. It has helped me become more sensitive to my physical reactions towards different times of the day. I learned from this meditation that I should follow my biological clock in my everyday life.

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder if you would consider producing guided meditations about the evening or night time, spring, summer, autumn and winter? Hope that these ideas for podcasts sound interesting to all listeners.

  60. Mary on August 29th, 2010 9:29 am

    This is a great idea, Eleanor! We have a number of projects in mind, and we’ll add this idea to the list.

  61. Eleanor on August 29th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Thank you very much, Mary! I look forward to more podcasts from you.

  62. Anthony on September 28th, 2010 1:57 pm

    Thank you so very much for meditations. You deliver them beautifully which helps a beginner such as myself.

  63. Mary on October 1st, 2010 1:27 pm

    You are welcome, Anthony. So glad the meditations are working for you.

  64. anonymous on November 17th, 2010 10:29 pm

    Hello, first I wanted to say thank-you!! your meditations help me so much. But I was wondering if you could put a determination/inspirational podcast. I am a student and sometimes the work gets so overwhelming that I just feel like giving up. So I think it would be nice if when I felt like that I could listen to an inspirational meditation. Thank-you again

  65. Mary on November 18th, 2010 9:27 am

    You are welcome, anonymous! We do consider every meditation request, and will add this to the list. In case we can’t get to this request, or it takes a long time, here are some thoughts. Usually the feeling of overwhelm and the desire to give up come when you are tired or overly stressed. Whenever that feeling comes up, take some time to meditate, whether it’s a short break or a longer meditation. When you feel refreshed, your attitude will change! Some good ones for this would be the Mini Break or Relief from Stress and Pressure. Good luck!

  66. Saul on November 18th, 2010 2:28 pm

    I would like to thank you for this excellent site. I use your podcasts daily and they have helped through a very difficult time. You have also inspired me to go to some mediatation classes here in London and explore the power of mediation more.

  67. Mary on November 18th, 2010 4:36 pm

    You are welcome, Saul. Good to hear that you’ve been helped and inspired to explore meditation further!

  68. Juliana on February 23rd, 2011 5:22 am

    Dear Mary and Richard,

    Thank you so much for providing your meditation podcasts! They have been a great help for me! I’m amazed at how much they help me. I was wondering if you could do some sort of meditation about motivation. I find myself unmotivated in my work even though it’s something I’ve always loved. Maybe you could make a meditation about how to find motivation within yourself? Anyway, I’m very grateful for the meditations you’ve given, I have learned so much from you!


  69. Mary on February 24th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Juliana, you are so welcome. Try doing the Accessing Intuition Guided Meditation with the intention of discovering why you lack motivation. Hope this helps!

  70. Helen on March 9th, 2011 1:11 am

    I have done your meditations on and off for a couple of years now and always feel better when doing them daily, but haven’t been as active over the last few months. We had an earthquake here in Christchurch 2 weeks ago and it was pretty horrific even though me and my loved ones were safe and ok. The images of death and destruction and the loss of a lot of our beautiful city has just been harrowing and traumatic, plus the changes involved in work and everyday living. I just noticed today how stressed I have been and have had anxiety/panic attacks today for the first time. I have just done 2 small meditations back to back and feel a bit better. Can you advise what course of action to take and what would be good meditations in these uncertain times, with continuing aftershocks? Thanks xx

  71. Mary on March 9th, 2011 10:46 am

    Helen, we are so sorry you were hit with the earthquake in Christchurch. It must be a horrible thing to go through. At first, you’ve probably in shock which is numbing and then when that wears off, you become aware of the stress and the anxiety comes up. I would think that grounding meditations would be good, such as Body Awareness and the Grounding Meditation in the podcast. Emotional Ease might also help the emotions to move through. We also have a special program for anxiety — At Ease – Anxiety & Worry Relief, available as an iPhone or Android app or as a program on the website. It has three breathing meditations especially geared for anxiety and a journaling process. Get extra rest and take especially good care of yourself. If you can get some sort of counseling support, that would be great. We wish you well.

  72. Hannah on March 21st, 2011 3:56 pm

    Mary, I just wanted to say thanks again for your podcasts, I have been listening to them now for almost 3 months and the difference I am feeling within myself is amazing, I am learning not to resist or dwell on negative emotions but to just accept them as a part of me and it really helps. Something is guiding me I think as by coincidence someone lent me a book called emotional clearing by John Ruskin, which has many similar themes and language and is complimenting what I am learning from you beautifully. I am so grateful that I found your site when I needed it most. With love.

  73. Mary on March 22nd, 2011 8:42 am

    Hannah, you are so very welcome. It’s so inspiring to hear of the changes you are experiencing. Thank you for being so open to this work and following this path of growth.

  74. Pravesh on June 1st, 2011 11:30 pm

    Hi Mary,
    one of your meditations turned out to be really effective for me. So much that I felt oneness and pure awareness everywhere, throughout creation. It lasted 2 full days! I’m deeply grateful!!!

  75. claire on September 21st, 2011 1:19 am

    Thank you for your wonderful podcasts, I use them often. Just wondering if you have any plans to do a podcast for overeating/emotional eating in the future? I find in times of stress and anxiety I comfort eat and would like to learn to control this through mindfulness and meditation.
    Many thanks, Claire

  76. Mary on September 21st, 2011 8:35 am

    Claire, you are welcome! I will add this to the list of requests. Just so you know, the list is quite long and I probably won’t be able to do all of them, but thank you for the idea. One thing you could do is use the Relief from Stress and Pressure meditation when you feel the urge to eat/overeat. Being able to feel the stress/anxiety that are motivating the eating, and be present to it and allow it to process through you, could really help. That way, you are feeling what’s going on underneath the surface rather than acting it out in eating. Another strategy is to learn to nourish yourself in other ways, learn new ways to be comforted. Best wishes.

  77. Ray & Dawn on October 7th, 2011 7:40 am

    I want to thank you for you HEARTS and CONCERN for others!
    Your Blessing us all for your giving and love for others!
    We are parents of 9 children with 7 still at home, married 30 years and life has its pressures for sure!
    I’m 100% Disabled Service connected from the Marine Corp, since my wife found your sites my sleeping while listening to your Meditation’s I sleep much better, Dawn and I both dooooo!
    Out of all the others YOU BOTH have the BEST MEDITATION SERIES EVER!!
    God bless, you rest our souls!
    I can’t say enough to THANK YOU BOTH for your giving HEARTS!
    Life with 6 girls and wife incl 3 boys is and has been heavy and stressful, though I (we) would not change a thing, your PodCast is God sent!
    I must say also that I never knew how powerful the word LOVE IS!
    we have been married 30 yrs our oldest is 27 youngest 10 all two years apart… Married 3 yrs ( strongly recommend ) before we had a child as we needed to KNOW US FIRST!!!
    My wife asked me to marry her!
    I have the most beautiful, understanding, loving, kind, God loving woman!
    I now know that LOVE is just not a word to throw around in a relationship. The word,a four letter word is FOREVER GROWING! I before God love my wife more today then yesterday! It’s awesome to be in LOVE, it does not stop! Yes, we have problems disagreements etc, but I know and my wife knows that we go to bed together and wake together in UNITY in love and happy for another day together..
    GUYS WOMAN, love eachother share this MEDITATION and live! There is nothing better in this WORLD then having a FRIEND that is with you BACK TO BACK!
    Yes I know marriage is NOT EASY, but its the MOST IMPORTANT PROMISE two people can make ON THIS EARTH between eachother! TILL DEATH DUE WE PART, remember that? WELL I TAKE IT BEYOND DEATH, I NEVER WANT ANOTHER WOMAN, so beyond life I’ll have my wife!!!
    Meditate Together face LIFE together, it’s awesome!
    To look at my wife no one could EVER guess she had 2 children let alone 9!
    FEED THE MIND, BODY & SOUL with GOOD, then rest in the FACT that you have given your life to your WIFE/HUSBAND!
    Do the MOST IMPORTANT JOB EVER GIVEN MAN a 100% there is NO OUT, you want greener grass WORK ON IT TOGETHER!
    Remember MEDITATION OASIS has given us the ability to be AND REMAIN CALM, take TOGETHER THESE GIFTS it is AWESOME having people like this that GIVE FOR OUR BETTER WAY OF LIFE!
    God bless you all and may your spirit be filled with the teachings and comforts FROM
    Thank you, I did not mean to go on like this, I guess I needed it as well!

  78. Mary on October 7th, 2011 8:49 am

    You are welcome, Ray. It’s humbling and inspiring that the podcast has helped you and your family so much!

  79. Linda on November 14th, 2011 6:23 pm

    I am so grateful for access to the many meditations on your site. Your generosity & sweet soothing voice are blessing every time I listen to you. Your husband’s music is an added blessing! Peace, Linda

  80. Mary on November 16th, 2011 10:50 am

    Thank you for taking the time to commit, Linda. It’s fulfilling for us to hear from you. Best wishes.

  81. Marguerite on December 6th, 2011 10:46 am

    As a therapist who inevitably has spent time and action energy on self, I found your podcast (inner child) to be the key to unlocking the power of laughter, forgiveness and unbridled joy, which I saw for the first time, when I located not the expected wounded child, but the child of immense wisdom. This gave me tacit permission to allow (her) to heal the adult me. Respect and gratitude.

  82. Mary on December 6th, 2011 1:45 pm

    How beautiful, Marguerite! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  83. lisabeth wotherspoon on December 30th, 2011 5:28 am

    I wondered how to make a CD of your podcasts? I can download them to my computer, but I don’t want to listen to my computer all night while listening to the Deep Rest meditation. Is there any way to make it into a CD? I tried right-clicking on the podcast, and it says it will save to ,y CD drive, but it only saves the shortcut, not the mediation. When I try to right-click on the actual meditation, it takes me to a QuickTime program that I have to buy. Any suggestions?

  84. Mary on January 1st, 2012 2:28 pm

    Lisabeth, as long as your computer has a CD burner you should be able to burn the audios to a CD. We don’t know anything about your computer, so please check out the instructions that came with it about how to burn CDs from downloaded mp3s.

  85. Marcel on January 2nd, 2012 1:41 pm

    I just discovered your podcasts. Listening to them makes me feel like coming home. Thanks for sharing them with us. – Netherlands

  86. Mary on January 6th, 2012 9:38 am

    You are very welcome, Marcel!

  87. Djole on March 9th, 2012 12:21 am

    I have only started listening your podcasts. They are special, different from the stuff I have found up to now. Thank you for your wonderful work and assistance in these tough times.

    Djole, Serbia

  88. Mary on March 9th, 2012 2:32 pm

    You are very welcome, Djole. Glad you found us!

  89. aimessa on March 12th, 2012 6:10 pm

    Hi Mary
    First I would like to thank you for this podcasts and your calming voice.

    Ineed to check about bying Cds.Is it possible to have it downloaded directly or should it br through shipping?
    And what meditation can help for overcome obssessive thoughts which come while praying and also ossessive actions.

    Thanks again

  90. Mary on March 13th, 2012 10:00 am

    aimessa, you can download all of the albums directly — here’s the page for this — Our approach to obsessive thoughts is to not resist them and try to push them out. That only makes them stronger. All of our meditations use this approach to thoughts. The Pure Relaxation album is a good one for most people. If your obsessive thoughts and actions are a troubling problem for you, you might want to consider counseling. Best wishes.

  91. Helen on March 19th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Hi Mary
    I have just done your ‘change’ meditation and I experienced something which has happened in dreamlike states as a child and was very frightening. It is an extremely heavy, dense feeling and its like I have no idea where my arms and legs are and I have to move them to feel normal. It came on after I went with the feeling (whatever it was) and tears were pouring down my face and I couldn’t name the feeling, but it felt like I was tight and bound and heavy and empty. I opened my eyes and moved a little which made it go away. I have been doing your meditations for a couple of years and this is the first time it has happened. It happened a couple before when I did silent mediations a few years ago. I don’t know what to do about it
    Do you have any ideas?

  92. Mary on March 20th, 2012 9:34 am

    Helen, it’s really hard to say what this experience is. It’s possible in the deep relaxation of meditation, when the awareness becomes “expanded” and the mind lets go of it’s usual ways of perceiving things, to lose a sense of where our limbs are, feel heavy, etc. This is usually a pleasant experience, but may be frightening for a variety of reasons. If it happened spontaneously as a child, it may have frightened you.

    On the other hand, it may not be that experience at all. It could be the surfacing of a memory of something that was traumatic. Or it could be an expression of some underlying anxiety. Or it could be something else entirely! Whatever the cause, you can always stop an uncomfortable experience as you did, by opening your eyes and moving. If you think it’s possible that something traumatic happened in your childhood that is coming up, you can see a counsellor to explore it. Best wishes.

  93. Eleanor on May 15th, 2012 5:08 pm

    Dear Mary,

    Some time ago I purchased the chakra balancing meditations through your website. I found that the centering meditation is very helpful, not only for chakra balancing, but also for regaining focus and calming my emotions. Therefore I would like to suggest that the centering meditation may become a podcast episode, so that more meditators may benefit from it. What do you think?

    Thank you once again for all the wonderful podcast episodes!

    Best wishes,


  94. Mary on May 18th, 2012 3:28 pm

    Eleanor, glad you’re enjoying that meditation. We’ll certainly consider your suggestion! Best wishes.

  95. Eleanor on May 27th, 2012 12:17 am

    Dear Mary,

    Thank you very much! I look forward to the next podcast episode! All the best with your wonderful work of promoting meditation!

    Best wishes,


  96. Dale on July 22nd, 2012 10:22 pm

    Podcast #20, your talk on meditation was so helpful to me. It was helpful in a way that I think you would be glad to hear- that is, it did not give me a definitive, specific, limited understanding of the practice (one which I would actually assume would be more helpful to my logical mind), but it served as a very good framework on which to build upon, or vantage point in which I can begin to see a little bit clearer just what this “illusive meditation” is all about.
    It did simplify it for me, but in doing so, it has allowed for expansion in perspective. I suppose that, just like awareness, meditation by its very nature, must continue to expand. It would follow that my understanding of it would fo the same. Just my way of saying “More please!” These types of podcasts are equally valuable to me as the meditations. In one way, it has proven more valuable – it helped me to quiet my mind by giving it something “to chew on” that would not compete with what we are trying to accomplish through the practice in the first place.

  97. Mary on July 23rd, 2012 8:51 am

    Dale, thank you for sharing about the effect the talk had for you. I have had other requests for more podcasts like this, and this is a good nudge in that direction!

    My feeling is that “a definitive, specific, limited understanding of the practice” would limit the experience of meditation. It is indeed the case that meditation has the potential to allow the mind to “expand” beyond limitations. Concepts cannot capture the meditative state!

  98. Laura on August 4th, 2012 8:58 pm

    Dear Mary & Richard,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. I do yoga and did body scan meditations long ago, but it has only been one month since I have started a regular meditation practice. This comes in response to an incredibly difficult time for me – and I am faced with coping with the present as well as acknowledging and understanding traumas from my past. I often cry and sob while following your podcasts- there are decades of repressed emotions. It is amazing to release them, though I am not sure when they will ever lessen. I wanted to ask if you could recommend (or create) a meditation on fear. I have fears that bring great anxiety and stress – fears based on past trauma that makes it hard to let go and trust. Fear of pain and hurt. Most meditations help ease this, but for me – the effect does not last long when the main source of my stress/fear is always present. I am also working with a counselor… But she will be unavailable for the next month. I am planning to meditate LOTS to help me through this time. Blessings to you and thank you again for your wonderful gift to us all.

  99. Mary on August 7th, 2012 9:29 am

    Hello Laura, you are very welcome. First I wish you well with this healing journey. As painful as it is, I think you will find it is ultimately very rewarding. I’m so glad you are working with a counselor. We created program for anxiety and fear — At Ease – Anxiety & Worry Relief. That’s the best thing I can recommend for what you are experiencing. It is available as a program on our website or as a smartphone app (also on iPad). I hope you can take advantage of that.

  100. Hayatti on September 22nd, 2012 9:28 pm

    Hi Mary, I love your podcasts. Your voice and the background music are so relaxing to hear. I love hearing them when I meditate :)
    I have been practicing meditation for almost a year. I am also involved in energy healing work just recently. Nowadays whenever I meditate, I experience an intense sensation somewhere in the middle and inside my head. The sensation doesn’t stop even after I am finished with my meditation. Do you know what it is? Should I be worry about it? The sensation is rather unpleasant and to be honest I do find myself bothered by it. Do you have any guidance on how I can handle this issue? I look forward to hear from you.
    Thank you Mary for the gift that you are. Namaste.

  101. Mary on September 24th, 2012 5:19 pm

    Hayatti, wonderful to hear that you are enjoying the meditations. I can’t be sure what the sensation is coming from, but one possibility for pressure in the head is straining in meditation. If it starts up during meditation, try to notice if you are making some kind of effort (such as to keep thoughts from coming or to feel a certain way or control things in any way). If you notice that there is some effort, however slight, let it go. Chances are the sensation will then fade away. Let is know if this answer doesn’t help.

  102. Hayatti on September 24th, 2012 7:58 pm

    I think you are right Mary with the straining in meditating. I used to resist to feel the sensation instead of letting the sensation be there and just experience it. It did go away when I let go of wanting to get of it.
    Now the sensation is there even though I am not meditating. It got intense at some time and faded afterwards. Since I started to let it be, the sensation comes and goes. I guess it will eventually disappear as I allow myself to experience it.
    Thank you for your feedback Mary. I truly appreciate them. :)

  103. Marla Rogers on October 30th, 2012 11:55 am

    I am new to meditation, but I found your podcasts on ITunes and downloaded them to my phone. I’ve been meditating with them ever since. Thank yiu for making this wonderfu service available.

  104. Mary on October 31st, 2012 10:19 am

    You are very welcome, Maria. It’s great to hear that you are meditating regularly!

  105. Carole on November 29th, 2012 6:27 pm

    Mary, I must thank you with all my heart for sharing these wonderful meditations with us all.
    I, with your help have been releasing nearly 50 years of
    grief and negativity, some of which had been hidden from me for so long that I didn’t know what they were but, By doing your meditations they have begun to surface for me to release.
    Thank you again, Carole x

  106. Mary on November 30th, 2012 9:32 am

    Carole, you are so very welcome. It’s inspiring to hear this. Your openness and courage and desire for healing are your great allies, and I’m so pleased the meditations are helping with your journey.

  107. sara schmidt on January 2nd, 2013 12:11 am

    I have been listening to your podcast for a few months now, and it has helped me be to be more in contact with myself in many ways. Thanks so much
    i have tried to learn to meditate for a long time and listening to your podcast has helped me start understanding what all this is about, a simple thing like focusing on one’s breath is an eye opening

  108. Mary on January 2nd, 2013 11:09 am

    Sara, you are so welcome. It’s great to hear that the podcast is helping you meditate and be more in contact with yourself. Thank you for letting us know!

  109. Michal Stein on January 22nd, 2013 2:03 pm

    Thank you folks! My eight years old daughter has been listened to your sleep meditation for children for the last few nights with fantastic results. She has always found it hard to fall asleep, despite a calm and sleep-supporting routine. Since starting to listen to the meditation she’s asleep in less than 25 minutes and wakes up more refreshed in the morning. If you ever plan to record a sleep podcast for pre-teens and teenagers, please let me know as I’m sure I’ll need it for her. A big thank you again.

  110. Mary on January 23rd, 2013 10:25 am

    You are so welcome, Michal. We’re so pleased that your daughter is sleeping better with the meditation. Our next project is to create an app for children, and hopefully one for younger children and one for older children. Hearing from you adds fuel to our inspiration!

  111. Paul on February 18th, 2013 1:10 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I have been using meditation oasis for about a year now. I suffer from chronic Fibromyalgia, early onset Osteoarthritis. Can I just say that last night I left it running all night by accident and something utterly profound happened that I couldn’t explain if I tried. Now being in Australia I’m in Summer which is usually better for my condition. It’s been a very bad twelve months yet during that time, I’ve more than halved halved my pain medication, yes a powerful one with an unfair dirty name for chronic pain sufferers. The last 4 mornings I’ve woken to a pain level of 0 for the first time in easily 5+ years. I know it’s from your podcasts because it I miss them for a few nights I get very sore again. I also use them in-conjunction with isochronic tones. So thank you Mary and BE PERSISTENT everyone. Paul :)

  112. Mary on February 18th, 2013 3:45 pm

    This is wonderful to hear, Paul! It is amazing how much healing can come from profound m relaxation. Best of luck with your ongoing journey. I am going to quote some of this on Facebook. It is so inspiring!

  113. Meg Oceanna on April 3rd, 2013 6:10 am

    Dear Richard, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful music you give to us all during your Music for Meditation and Relaxation podcast. I do it not only when I am feeling fine and doing artwork, but also during my work session with a particularly painful Healing Workbook. Dealing with intense emotional issues head-on is tough to do alone. But with your music playing in the room, I am able to tackle this project with much more peace and a general feeling of support and well-being. Great job!!

  114. Richard on April 5th, 2013 1:13 pm

    Hi Meg, thanks for taking the time to share with me how you use the music. It’s good to hear that it can support your in your healing. You are welcome.

  115. Laurence on May 30th, 2013 1:45 pm

    Hi, so I started meditating a short while back and I really enjoy the experience of unwinding or just having some time by myself, but I don’t really think I could meditate without either music or guidance. On the other hand I find listening to the same podcasts over and over rather repetitive. Will my ability to meditate without assistance increase the more I practice and/or could you recommend some music :) enjoying the podcasts greatly atm 😀

  116. Mary on May 31st, 2013 1:15 pm

    Laurence, your ability to meditate “on your own” will most likely increase the more you practice. There is actually a value to the repetition of the same meditations. When you listen, listen easily, not trying to follow all the words and letting go of the meaning of the words. Use the basic meditations like Simply Being, Letting Go, Effortless Meditation. The words are there to encourage the mind to let go, allowing you to experience a meditative state. If you listen without trying to focus too hard, you won’t even be aware that you’ve heard the words many times before. If music alone helps and you enjoy the music on the podcast, we have three albums of music available on the website or through iTunes, or GooglePlay.

  117. jenny suzanne on February 20th, 2014 12:33 am

    Very simply, your podcast has saved me from serious anxiety, ocd and a lifetime of suppressing emotions. Your soothing voice and the relaxing music have become a safety net when relaxing (i often find it difficult to relax due to fear of letting go completely). Thank you so much for making this available for anyone and everyone. It’s very kind and generous of you. So much love and light to you. May God bless you.

  118. Mary on February 20th, 2014 10:35 am

    Bless you, Jenny! You are so very welcome. We’re so inspired to hear this. We wish you well on your ongoing healing journey…

  119. Alison on December 27th, 2014 9:26 am

    Hi there, your meditation podcasts have helped me immensely. Usually I download the podcasts to my ipod (please keep them coming!). I read about your At Ease program on your website and am considering purchasing to help my anxiety, but not sure what I will receive. Is it a CD? I don’t have an iphone/ipad so the app would not be for me.

  120. Mary on December 27th, 2014 10:47 am

    Alison, good to hear that the podcast meditations are helping you. If you have an iPod Touch you should be able to get the app. You do not receive a CD with the online At Ease program. It has audios which can be listened to on the computer or you can download them and play them on your iPod. It also has a journalling component. You can do that online or print out the instructions and do your journalling on paper.

  121. Luba on December 29th, 2014 2:21 pm

    Hi Mary,
    I’ve just come accross your website and listened to some podcasts which I am impressed with. I have done various meditations in the past and have received great benefit from. I have a question regarding my sister. She is very depressed and has had schizophrenia since young adulthood (she is now 54 years old). I seem to recall being told that people with mental health issues should not use meditation cds. I am trying to confirm this but feel she may receive a lot of benefit from positive mediations as she is filled with self doubt and low self esteem and self worth. Of course I do not want to make things worse for her, just help improve her quality of life.

    Would you know of any studies or such that encourage meditation for people with mental illness? I would so much like to help her and feel helpless in this regard.


  122. Mary on December 29th, 2014 5:14 pm

    Luba, I think the best thing would be to check with your sister’s psychiatrist or therapist. The probably isn’t a “one size fits all” answer to this. Even if meditation isn’t recommended, though, there might be other ways to help her feel more calm and relaxed, like the right kind of music. You might ask a Music Therapist about that. Wishing you and your sister well…

  123. Samantha Halls on January 30th, 2015 2:33 am

    Mary I would just like you to know that I have been using your meditations for years, I have been recommending them for years too. Last year in September I opened my first real business doing what I really want to do – kinesiology and energy healing. I have given your podcast and website address to so many of my clients. Recently I put together a gift bag of different things to say thankyou to some of my new and existing clients. I put a CD in of two of your meditations and the response has been phenomenal! I don’t think most people did their ‘homework’ until I gave it to them in a bag, but when they did they loved it!
    So thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so VERY grateful to you for what you have produced. Not only has it helped to change my life but it is now helping to change the lives of my clients.
    Peace and love to you, and a lot of gratitude… xox Sam.

  124. Mary on January 30th, 2015 3:51 pm

    This is wonderful to hear, Sam, and you are so very welcome! It’s so fulfilling for us to hear that people are benefitting from our work. Congratulations on setting up your energy healing and kinesiology business. There’s nothing better than doing what you love, and so many people benefit from that. All our best to you!

  125. leigh on February 28th, 2015 9:56 pm

    thank you so very much for all that you do. i have been in the midst of multiple root canals in a very short period of time. i have been so uncomfortable and experiencing intense sensations of pain. i needed to surrender, find peace and sleep and have been listening to your podcasts the entire duration. they have moved me through so much, helped me with letting go, and to identify less with the pain, see that i had been holding tight to that story, and they helped ease me to sleep when i needed it so much.
    thank you so much,
    i am so grateful and look forward to listening again tonight.

  126. Mary on March 1st, 2015 1:28 pm

    Leigh, I am so glad to hear the podcasts are helping with your pain. You are so very welcome, and thank you for letting me know. Are you mainly listening to Beyond Pain, or are there other meditations that have been especially useful?

  127. Jean on October 1st, 2015 12:16 pm

    Wow, just followed the 1st guided med. on your podcast and it was wonderful. I have tried to meditate for 30 yrs, off and on and not been overly successful at it. But with your site I had an entirely new experience of peace and acceptance that has me thinking maybe I can do this after all. I hope vegetarianism isn’t far off, another practice I’ve never been good at. Thank you for all you do and share.

  128. Mary on October 1st, 2015 3:21 pm

    Jean, how wonderful to hear this! We’re so glad you’ve discovered your ability to meditate. Keep it up and let us know how it goes!

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