Martha Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck

Martha
Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck
1962

American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker

Author Quotes

What is it that people do? What do we live to do, the way a horse lives to run?

Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.

Your life follows your attention. Wherever you look, you end up going.

If you're feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.

It comes from looking at the heart of things, from stopping to smell not only the roses but the bushes as well. It is a quality of attention to ordinary life that is so loving and intimate it is almost worship.

Life is full of tough decisions, and nothing makes them easy. But the worst ones are really your personal koans and tormenting ambivalence is just the sense of satori rising. Try, trust, try, and trust again and eventually you'll feel your mind change its focus to a new level of understanding.

Most unhappy people need to learn just one lesson: how to see themselves through the lens of genuine compassion, and treat themselves accordingly.

Pain is like a life coach in your body. It?s what made me a life coach because I started paying a lot of attention to what made me hurt and what didn?t. It turned out my body was trying to steer me away from a life that was absolutely wrong for me and into a life that was absolutely wonderful.

Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.

The end goal of all of this striving is to live joyfully, and that there are often more direct ways of achieving this than conforming to rigid standards set by social custom.

The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.

They decided to allow their baby to be born. What they did not realize is that they themselves were the ones who would be 'born,' infants in a new world where magic is commonplace, Harvard professors are the slow learners, and retarded babies are the master teachers.

Trust in your truth. It will be the best decision you ever make.

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.

Working hard leads to success. Baby mammals, including humans, learn by playing, which is why "the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton." Boys who'd spent years strategizing for fun gained instinctive skills to handle real-world situations. So play as you did in childhood, with all-out absorption. Watch for ways your childhood playing skills can solve a problem (see #1). Play, not work, is the key to success. While we're on the subject...

Your life is not little, and your playing small doesn?t serve the world. Your living large, on the other hand-your being your true self despite fear, fatigue, doubt, and opposition - will serve the world more than you can imagine. In fact, it may help save it. And saving the world, after all, is what all heroes (including you) are here to do.

If you're living completely on your own, break out of solitary confinement. Seek to understand others, and help them understand you

It is a frightening thing to love someone you know the world rejects.

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My anguish came from my hypothesis that other people's hypothetical hypotheses about me mattered. Ridiculous!

Paradoxes haunt the lives of born wayfinders, driving them to seek resolutions to the apparent contradictions in their lives, enticing them into the world that is beyond words and can therefore contain paradox without contradiction.

Seek art from every time and place, in any form, to connect with those who really move you.

The heart is a tender but hardy organ. Daring to have a wonderful experience, even though you may get hurt, is the only way you'll realize its deepest desires.

The power to bring me out of solitude - or to push me back into it - had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine.

They needed someone to explain, to spin, the parts of the tale that couldn't be suppressed. Someone reputable and educated. Someone brilliant yet absolutely committed to the faith. Someone like my father.

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First Name
Martha
Last Name
Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck
Birth Date
1962
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American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker