American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker
Martha Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck
American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker
If you did nothing but pursue the truth about yourself for the rest of your life, you would never run out of fresh discoveries.
Imagination is the doorway you walk through into every future moment. Are you walking through doorways to pain or to joy?
It was the first time I had spoken to them directly. In doing so, I felt myself cross a fine but very distinct line, the line between speculating about the existence of a metaphysical plane of some sort and climbing aboard for the ride. I knew I had let go of my sanity. It was terrifying. I only did it because my fear of what was happening to my body had become greater than my fear of holding on to rational beliefs.
Many of us assume that we have to do things a certain way: ignore passion in favor of safer bets, act stoic amid inner turmoil, run on an upward trajectory of success and money acquisition at any emotional cost. But these are not rules.
No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
Perpetually doing, without ever tuning in to the center of our being, is the equivalent of fueling a mighty ship by tossing all its navigational equipment into the furnace.
Somewhere in there, among the worries, questions, advice and advertising jingles, lives your intuition, your true 'inner voice.' You can hear it to the extent that you give it your attention.
The knowledge of your destiny is available to you, well before it actually happens, as a message streaming continuously from your heart to your brain, written in the language of longing.
The secret of mastering creativity in any field is knowing how to work with metaphor without getting caught in language...
Though we often see life troughs as the universe's conspiracy to ruin us, they're actually our own true nature inviting us to lay down our weary heads.
We are a time-starved people, obsessed with fitting huge achievements into our few years. In the process, we often fill our buckets with things that don't matter or work. But when we give up on trying to change what can't be changed and simply embrace what we love, a miracle occurs. We notice that the moment to be happy has already arrived. It's here, now.
When the road of life gets bumpy (and then bumpier, and bumpier still), sometimes it's best to try a radical solution.
You have the freedom to live and let live, to love and let love. Granting yourself that freedom is one of the healthiest, most constructive things you can do for yourself and the people who matter to you.
If you feel stuck in your present life, if you feel no enthusiasm for anything, if you think you have no purpose or that you lost that purpose somewhere along the way, I guarantee you are living in a dungeon made of stories. And that none of those limiting stories are true.
Imagine the choices you?d make if you had no fear?of falling, of losing, of being alone, of disapproval.
It's important to stay happy. Solving a knotty problem can help us be happy, but we don't have to be happy to feel good. If that sounds crazy, try this: Focus on something that makes you miserable. Then think, "I must stay happy!" Stressful, isn't it? Now say, "It's okay to be as sad as I need to be." This kind of permission to feel as we feel?not continuous happiness?is the foundation of well-being.
Many of us have spent a lifetime trying to be what we?re not, feeling lousy about ourselves when we fail, and sometimes when we succeed. We hide our differences when, by accepting and celebrating them, we could collaborate to make every effort more exciting, productive enjoyable, and powerful. Personally, I think we should start right now.
No matter where you are, no matter how small or pathetic you may feel, freeing your wayfinder?s Imagination by embarking on an adventure turns you into some kind of crazy-strong electromagnet. Take out all the stops, drop into Wordless Oneness, laugh and play and love and dream beyond all reason, and miraculous things begin happening. Doors open. Paths appear. Team members you?ve never met find their way through time, space, and every other barrier to help you. You simply wait, Imagining, as the islands rise out of the sea to greet you. It?s not necessary that you believe this. Imagining it is enough. HOW NOT TO IMAGINE
Play until it's time to rest, then rest until it's time to play.
Standards of beauty are arbitrary. Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
The mirror image of suffering is the truth. Try it. Change the story. Change the course of your entire history. Right now.
The shortness of life, which we all discuss, but which is very clear to me at the moment, makes keeping and spreading a joyful peace more crucial than ever before. Let us keep our minds on what matters, which is our work, which is astonishment and gratitude. From this quiet magic comes a power for all other New Year?s wishes to come true.
Tiny steps will get you to your goal months and months sooner. A little is better than a lot.
We are supported by a universe that has no interest in hurting us, only in teaching us to dance
When we run from our feelings, they follow us. Everywhere.