Martha Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck

Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck

American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker

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Where your attention goes, your life goes.

Your first daily priority should be stillness, attention to what you really know and what you really feel.

If your life is cloudy and you are far, far off course, you may have to go on faith for a while, but eventually you'll learn that every time you trust your internal navigation system, you end up closer to your right life.

Instead of hiding your loneliness, bring it into the light. Honor it. Treat it. Heal it. You'll find that it returns the favor.

Learning to let go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis?small or large, brother-in-law or end-of-quarter office lockdown?like a beach ball on water. The next time a problem arises in your life, take a deep breath, let out a sigh, and replace the thought Oh no! with the thought Okay.

Most people go through their whole lives, John went on, and never have one miracle happen to them. You've had dozens and dozens, and you still want more! It's like God gives you a brownie, I mean a really good brownie, but you can't be content with it. You want the whole pan of brownies. Nobody gets that.

Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people worked in places away from their homes or been left to raise small children without the help of multiple adults, making for an unsupported life.

Remember that it?s okay to ask for help when you?re stumped, because sometimes you really can?t be expected to handle everything alone.

The difference between success and failure isn't the absence of fear but the determination to pursue your heart's desires no matter how scared you are.

The past doesn?t exist except as a memory, a mental story, and though past events aren?t changeable, your stories about them are. You can act now to transform the way you tell the story of your past, ultimately making it a stalwart protector of your future.

There's more God in one hurt child than in all the religions humans ever created.

To make an activity joyful, keep adding things until the activity as a whole becomes more appealing than repulsing.

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Whether you've seen angels floating around your bedroom or just found a ray of hope at a lonely moment, choosing to believe that something unseen is caring for you can be a life-shifting exercise.

Your individuality is the most valuable thing you have.

If you're a bit spongy, vulnerable to the unsettling energy of others, count yourself lucky. You've been given an incentive to armor up, to consciously screen out the ubiquitous stresses that afflict humanity.

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Learning to spot narcissists and deal with their destructive behavior can save you the world of hurt that awaits anyone who mistakes the near enemy for a friend.

Most people think that once they've found their purpose and the power to practice it, they'll finally be at peace. Actually, though, it's only by starting in a place of peace that we find our purpose and power. Peace is the first step and the final lesson we all need to learn.

Own your failure openly, publicly, with genuine regret but absolutely no shame, and you?ll reap a harvest of forgiveness, trust, respect, and connection-the things you thought you?d get by succeeding. Ironic, isn?t it?

Remember, intimacy increases with honesty. Share less to keep people away and more to draw them closer.

The effect of emotional venting is to sustain an unsatisfactory status quo. Most people think the opposite, that complaining is part of an effort to change an unsatisfying situation. Nope. Complaining lets off pressure so that we neither explode with frustration nor feel compelled to take the often risky steps of openly opposing a difficult person or situation. Keeping emotional pressure tolerably low doesn't change problematic circumstances but rather perpetuates them.

The poet Mary Oliver did this in one of her poems, brazenly asking, Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? If you?re afraid you?ve come to this question too late, you are wrong. Ask your Stargazer self. It will tell you what my fallen-noble friend Marianna told me in one of my darker hours: that the world is re-created in every instant of time, and this moment is always your life?s beginning. No matter how many years have been stolen from you by your own ignorance, by cruel fate, or by the acts of others, you have a clean, broad slate before you. In this instant?this one now?you can begin steering by starlight, and if you do, the rest of creation will conspire to guide, teach, and help you.

There's tons of magic in the world, and it's all science.

True freedom starts with absolute honesty. The moment you call a problem by its real name, you?re already learning how to make it less harmful.

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American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker