Letters

Taf Retouched

One of the best parts of doing what I do is getting letters from people who've been helped by the books and teachings. They always make me feel renewed gratitude to the teachers who've shared liberating knowledge with me, and to all the friends near and far who bring that knowledge to life by putting it into practice. Here are a few letters, in the hope that they'll encourage you on your path.

New letters are added from time to time. If you have experiences or reflections you'd like to share, please write to me at dean@deansluyter.com

Thank you …

– Dean

 

'I was meditating because our Twelve Step program says we should. But … '

 
Hi Dean,
 
I just want to take a moment and tell you how grateful I am that B. introduced me to you and your Tuesday night meditation sessions. I’ve been in AA and sober for 37 years. I’ve practiced different meditations throughout those years, notably TM and Goenka's Vipassana. 
 
I was meditating because Step 11 in our Twelve Step program says we should. But I didn’t love it the way I do Natural Meditation. In fact, it was a chore. Each day I look forward to my late afternoon 30-minute meditation. I have a completely different attitude than I’ve ever had before. I love meditating now. I mean, I really LOVE it! 
 

 

'The impact has amazed me.'

 

Dear Dean,

I bought your book Fear Less after watching your Batgap interview (I’m on chapter 11).

I want to thank you for making available such a generous offering of resources on your website. I have listened to (and now purchased) Just Being, and also the Rest as Awareness album. That made me think how good it would be to be able to join you on a Tuesday night in Santa Monica. Then, exploring your website yesterday, I discovered you have started streaming your sessions. How wonderful to watch from where I live in central Spain!

I was deeply moved, so grateful to watch from start to end, sitting there in the silence with you all, feeling like I actually was a part of the group in your home. And the questions and answers resonated strongly with me. So I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for making it possible for me to be there, and would you please convey my grateful thanks also to the people attending, who are open to the filming of the sessions and the sharing online of their questions. It is a huge gift for me.

I have spent quite a few years now engaging in effortful meditation from different angles, with little satisfaction, although in recent months it had become less of an effort and more of a welcome space of peace. The impact of the Just Being tracks has amazed me. With your words and silence I do indeed drop into and rest in that welcome spaciousness. I don’t know why something so simple is easy to do with your accompaniment and seemingly not so easy without it.

So thank you again.

With warm regards and much appreciation …

 

'Your books have made it clear that any time is enough.'

 

Dean,

I have read and enjoyed all of your books and can't put the latest one down. I just wanted to thank you for making something like meditation so accessible. As a father of four, I barely have time to meditate, but your books have made it clear that any time is enough.

I also appreciate that you have made all traditions accessible. Its easy to get married to one path but again you make it clear that freedom is the goal

Thanks so much …

 

'I recommended it to my ex … '

 

Hi, Dean!

To be honest, my entire meditation journey is due to the fact that I had a very rough and tumultuous break-up. So, in many ways, you helped free me from that bind that I had with my ex and my own thoughts/suffering/what have you. I actually found such comfort in your book that I recommended it to my ex, and he said he bought it and he'll start reading it shortly. Sometimes things really change you for the better and you want to share them with the entire world — even with people who have hurt you. 

You'll be pleased to know that I'm still loving meditation just as much as I loved it when I saw you last month.

My meditation sessions are still delicious. My anxiety has decreased substantially. And I just remind myself that everyone is doing their own thing, let tomorrow worry about itself, and just be cool.

S'all good.