Martha Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck

Beck, fully Martha Nibley Beck

American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker

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Make stuff up. Anyone who ever did something new or interesting was making it up as they went along.

My real feeling, the one I couldn't articulate yet, was that my entire life hinged on knowing that there were people who would continue to love me unconditionally, even if I were damaged, even if I were sick. Such love was the only thing that had sustained me during the turmoil of the past months. If I eliminated my child because of his disability, if I put him out of my life, I would be violating the only thing that was keeping me alive.

People who get what they want tend to be the ones who make the effort to KNOW what they want

Sometimes a psychic tells you something and it feels wrong and others may be right on the money. It's your choice about whom to trust, and giving that trust is something we do ourselves.

The innocent wild creature to which I refer, my darling, is you.

The repercussions of one person living in stubborn gladness are incalculable.

This very moment of your life, if you experience it fully, will show you astonishing wonders and exquisite delights.

We all have our little sorrows...and the littler you are, the larger the sorrow.

When making a decision, focus on what feels shackles off versus shackles on.

You get social pressure from your parents, who teach you to pay attention to certain things and not to others. You get it in school.

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances, including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee, in which case we feel 107.

Be brave enough to turn away from shiny objects, and toward the light that makes them shine.

Diana frowns. You?re taking me home, right? You just said you would. Hoink hoink! Of course, piglet. But I meant your real home. Which, last I checked, says Diana acidly, is in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, solar system, planet Earth. Hmm, says the boar, hiccupping dreamily. That?s what you think, darling. Tell me, can you say you?ve felt really at home at that address? Haven?t you been homesick your whole life?

Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot.

Here's how my oxford dictionary defines it: The spasmodic utterance, facial distortion, shaking of the sides, etc., which form the instinctive impression of mirth. To me this sounds like the array of symptoms caused by a lethal virus, but it's actually a description of one of the best things life has to offer: laughter. With certain exceptions, the Joy Diet requires you to do it at least thirty times a day.

I only put down on paper what works for me, and since I started out as a human train wreck, the ways I?ve learned to be happy also work for others.

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.

Be well, my dear one, be safe, my love, live in joy and peace, sweet friend. Then

Do whatever it takes to convey your essential self.

External circumstances do not create feeling states. Feeling states create external circumstances.

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.

I practice staying calm all the time, beginning with situations that aren't tense.

And thus I learned that at Harvard, while knowing a great deal is the norm and knowing everything is the goal, appearing to know everything is an acceptable substitute. I pondered this great truth during the two-hour seminar. I was so buoyed up by it that I didn't pay enough attention to snorkeling up little bits of food in order to keep my nausea under control. I sailed right on into my next class, another seminar, confident that I could get through it without losing my lunch.

Bracketing has turned all my experiences, remembered and present, into a gallery of miracles where I wander around dazzled by the beauty of events I cannot explain.

Do whatever work feeds your true self, even if it?s not a safe bet, even if it?s like a crazy risk, even if everyone in your life tells you you?re wrong or bad or crazy.

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American Sociologist, Life Coach, Author and Speaker