Cover of A Daily Dose of NOW

A Daily Dose of Now:
365 Mindfulness Meditation Practices for Living in the Moment

Reduce stress, ease anxiety, and increase inner peace-one day at a time-with a year of easy-to-follow mindfulness meditation techniques.

Certified mindfulness teacher, bestselling author, ultramarathoner, wife, and dog-mom Nita Sweeney shares mindfulness meditation practices to help anyone break free from worry and self-judgment.

Mindfulness meditation trains you to live in the present moment-the now. Feel calmer. Think more clearly. Respond more effectively and enjoy a more fulfilling life. Even in tiny doses, mindfulness is scientifically proven to enhance physical and mental health, boost creativity, and improve cognition function.

CONVENIENT, ACCESSIBLE FORMAT: Each of the 365 short entries includes a meditation-related quotation, a real-life example of how Sweeney uses mindfulness to enhance her life, and a new practice to show how to apply that day’s technique to your life. No need to stop your thoughts, travel to a monastery, or contort your body into a pretzel. Go at your own pace. Follow the suggestions in order or use the comprehensive index to find entries tailored to your needs.

BACKED BY SCIENCE: Numerous studies show that mindfulness meditation is an antidote to scattered thinking and emotional distortion. Instead of escaping from reality into denial or distraction, each daily entry offers an expert meditation method for escaping INTO reality as a powerful way to deal with life’s inevitable ups and downs.

BASED ON CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION: In A Daily Dose of Now, Sweeney not only draws on her life and meditation experiences, her coaching and teaching, but also on her decades of study with highly respected teachers in traditions that date back centuries. These include Shinzen Young, author of The Science of Enlightenment and founder of Unified Mindfulness, Natalie Goldberg, Zen practitioner and bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones, and Sensei Sean Murphy, author of One Bird, One Stone and co-founder of Sage Institute for Creativity & Consciousness.

RELATABLE, PRACTICAL ADVICE: Sweeney has lived with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder for most of her adult life. She formulated the exercises over thirty years as she experimented to find the most effective tools to recover from addiction, improve her mental health, and gain insight into the nature of reality. The resulting book, written in her uplifting, straightforward style, is a wellness toolkit for beginning and seasoned meditators alike.

Discover the power of now as you incorporate the time-tested wellness tool of mindfulness into your life with this daily meditation practice guide.

Grow by Using Exercise as Meditation

Praise for her past work includes “A great narrative on how moving your body can actually transform your brain! —Richard C. Davis PhD, BCN, Psychologist and Brain Trainer

In Make Every Move a Meditation, learn how to find freedom using the mind-body connection as you transform movement into a powerful practice of mindful movement.

Exercise can be meditation. What do you think of when you hear the word meditation? A quiet room filled with monks? An instagram influencer? What about moving meditation? Yoga? Tai Chi? For too long, meditation in books has focused on specific periods of meditation, rather than mediation through fitness or daily activities. What if lifting weights, dancing with your love, or walking across a room counted? What if you could use exercise as meditation? What if you could make every move a meditation?

Connect with the present moment in each movement. In Make Every Move a Meditation, award-winning author, meditation leader, and mental health advocate Nita Sweeney shows readers that fitness can be mindfulness. She teaches readers how to bring meditation and mindfulness into any activity by incorporating centuries-old techniques. Studies show that both exercise and meditation reduce anxiety, stabilize blood pressure, improve mood and cognition, and lead to a deeper self-relationship and wisdom. Movement is medicine, and meditation is medicine. Let’s combine the two with exercise as meditation.

Inside Make Every Move a Meditation, you’ll learn to:

  • Turn exercise into a meditation tool and use exercise as meditation
  • Make any activity, even walking through the house, a mindful practice
  • Enjoy the benefits of meditation while getting fit

If you like meditation books and best sellers such as Think Like a Monk, Practicing Mindfulness, or Breath, you’ll love Make Every Move a Meditation.

Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink

Nita Sweeney was 49-years-old, chronically depressed, grief-stricken, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds when she discovered running. Nita then gained an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed, and with the help of her canine companion, found herself on the way to completing her first marathon. In her running and mental health memoir, Sweeney shares how she faced emotional and physical challenges to finish the race and come back from the brink. Published in May 2019, her first memoir won the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for the Human/Animal Bond.

You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving

Every page of this lovely new writing journal includes wisdom from famous authors like T.S. Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut and Zadie Smith to serve as writing prompts. The journal will help new writers to begin and seasoned authors to continue and finish that manuscript. Author quotes and micro-essays organized by theme, provide general advice, helpful instruction and tips for particular areas of writing such as storytelling and the writing craft. Coauthored by award-winning authors Nita Sweeney and Brenda Knight, and released by Mango Publishing.

“Nita Sweeney’s Depression Hates a Moving Target is a gallant new memoir about persistence in the face of long odds. Nita not only found a way to survive crippling depression, she created a way to thrive. Come along on this inspiring journey.”

Lee Martin, Author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever

“Nita Sweeney’s Depression Hates a Moving Target is a gallant new memoir about persistence in the face of long odds. Nita not only found a way to survive crippling depression, she created a way to thrive. Come along on this inspiring journey.”

Lee Martin, Author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever