Naked in the Now

Juicy Practices for Getting Present

Non-Fiction - Self Help
304 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2024
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Author Biography

Marijke McCandless is a mindfulness coach, playful spirit, and acclaimed author, dedicated to guiding others toward the joy of living in the present moment. Her latest book, "Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present," endorsed by Kirkus Reviews, offers accessible and transformative mindfulness practices. Marijke's work has been featured in prestigious publications such as Thrive Global, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Best Self, and more. Recently, "Naked in the Now" earned a coveted 5-star review from Readers' Favorite, solidifying Marijke's reputation for crafting impactful and engaging mindfulness resources. With her playful approach and adventurous spirit, Marijke inspires readers to embrace vulnerability and savor the richness of each moment.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present by Marijke McCandless is a refreshing and insightful guide that invites readers on a transformative journey of self-discovery and mindfulness. McCandless presents a playful yet profound approach to reconnecting with vitality and embracing the present moment, offering diverse practices designed to foster authenticity and inner peace. The book is structured into chapters that explore various facets of self-awareness and emotional well-being, each accompanied by practical exercises and reflections. From cultivating self-compassion and mindfulness to nurturing intimate relationships and embracing vulnerability, McCandless provides readers with the tools and guidance to navigate life's challenges with grace and authenticity.

The author’s emphasis on vulnerability and self-acceptance stands out. McCandless encourages readers to let go of societal conditioning and embrace their true selves, free from judgment and shame. Through practices like "Naked Reverence" and "Inner Striptease," readers are invited to explore the depths of their being and cultivate a profound sense of self-love and acceptance. Naked in the Now draws inspiration from spiritual traditions and teachings to weave elements of meditation, divination, and mindfulness throughout the book. Whether practicing "Breath of the Beloved" meditation or engaging in tarot readings for self-reflection, readers are encouraged to explore these practices with an open mind and heart, allowing for deep insights and personal growth. The book emphasizes practicality and accessibility, and McCandless recognizes that many readers may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives. The author also offers simple yet powerful practices that can easily be integrated into even the busiest schedules. Whether it's a five-second presence exercise or a sensory awakening ritual, readers are empowered to find what works best for them and embark on their journey of self-discovery. This book was eye-opening for me —packed with insight, wisdom, and practical exercises.

Marijke McCandless

What Other People are Saying about Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present:
"Being unclothed, the author writes, also means getting in touch with one’s authentic self, which exists apart from social conditioning. The book offers numerous practices that aim to show readers how to access this self…Refreshingly uncomplicated ways to improve relationships with a partner or with oneself. Get it! ~Kirkus Reviews

Naked in the Now presents a sensual, accessible, and playful guide for anyone committed to cultivating a nourishing spiritual life...brimming with practical insights to help you forge a deeper connection with your own true essence. ~Ari Honarvar, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, A Girl Called Rumi
Marijke is a beautiful writer who helps you create a more intimate relationship with the most valuable and worthy person in your life... you. ~Susie Moore, bestselling author and top-rated podcast host of Let It Be Easy
If you have been interested in meditation but always found it too difficult—too time-consuming, and too boring, this book is for you…she gently guides you into the deeper waters of physical, psychological and spiritual practice, where you can begin to shed all the unwanted baggage that has prevented you from swimming in the now, naked and truly free! ~Joel Morwood, Spiritual Director of The Center for Sacred Sciences, author of The Way of Selflessness

Reading Naked in the Now is like taking a masterclass on presence taught by a lifelong friend. Marijke’s gentle encouragement and relatable stories teach a new approach to life, one with less suffering and more joy…This book is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves constantly wanting more but unsure where to find real satisfaction. ~Sanni Honnold, life coach and cofounder of OutWildTM, featured in Free Solo
A Fresh, Must-Read... Naked in the Now is for anyone that wants to accept a sacred and joyful invitation to play their way into the vibrant now. This book is much more than just a fresh take on meditation. Yes, it is lighthearted and fun, filled with creative, easy- to-understand exercises. But it is also deep in the most tantalizing of ways, with insightful new ways to view and practice age-old teachings…~Marni Freedman, author Permission to Roar, co-founder San Diego Writers Festival
Intimate, inspiring, and beautifully written, Naked in the Now is the ultimate guide to romancing your own soul…It is a treasure trove of wisdom and heart with insights and practices to enliven and awaken us all! ~Cherie Kephart, award-winning author of A Few Minor Adjustments
I strongly recommend reading Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present if you feel drawn to find your real, authentic self and want to find joy living in the moment. ~Nere Lartitegui PhD, author of The Missing Peace
Naked in the Now takes the reader on a journey to bring more confidence and awareness to their mind, body, and spirit. Marijke naturally blends relatable lessons from her own lived experiences with supportive tools to help the reader tap into their own personal transformation and the transformation of their relationships.~Courtney Sanford, event producer and community builder, cofounder OutWild

In reading this book, I am reminded to stay present at many levels. I love the manner in which Marijke shares her own journey as part of the process of helping the reader to be right there with her in the discovery of how to make the new connection to spirituality in the present moment. ~Paul Steinkoenig former National Capital Area Disaster Relief assistant director for American Red Cross, sculptor

My drag is my personal practice of self-love, acceptance and expression — it’s my playground where anything is possible. I see the practices Marijke offers with her inner striptease doing the same thing. Her practices encourage us to discard old conditioning and reveal our wild and authentic inner selves. Either way, it’s about getting naked in the now! ~Pattie Gonia, drag queen, environmental and LGBTQ+ activist, and community organizer

Amazon/Goodreads readers:
“Light-hearted, full of Connection tips, and generous with stories”

“Create a sacred space for your intimacy”

“An entertaining guide to meditation”

“A big hug of a book”

“A breath of fresh air”

“A mindful and actionable read”

“Such a gift”

“If you want to celebrate living every moment to the full, but feel blocked or inhibited, then this is the happy happy book for you!”

“Such a talented author full of amazing insights! definitely adding this book to the list for a book club I am forming for [my podcast] Please Me!”