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. Award-winning author, meditation leader, and mental health advocate Nita Sweeney shows listeners that fitness can be mindfulness. She teaches listeners 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; and enjoy the benefits of meditation while getting fit.
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About Nita Sweeney
Nita Sweeney's articles, essays, and poems have appeared in magazines, blogs, and in several newspapers and newsletters. Her memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink, was short-listed for the 2018 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award. Nita earned a journalism degree from The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, a law degree from The Ohio State University, and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. For ten years, she studied with and assisted bestselling author Natalie Goldberg at weeklong writing workshops teaching the "rules of writing practice" and leading participants in sitting and walking meditation. Goldberg authorized Nita to teach "writing practice" and Nita has taught for nearly twenty years. When she's not writing and teaching, Nita runs. She has completed three full marathons, twenty-six half marathons (in eighteen states), and more than sixty shorter races. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband and biggest fan, Ed, and her yellow Labrador running partner, Scarlet.