Martha N. Beck




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Martha N. Beck

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I grew up wanting to be an ecologist or a professor. However, after bearing three children while acquiring three Harvard degrees, I decided I’d rather just lie down for a few decades. During that time I became an author and life coach. My books include Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your Own North Star, The Joy Diet, Steering By Starlight, Finding Your Way in Wild New World, and The Martha Beck Collection: Essays for Creating Your Right Life, Volume 1. My most recent book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening, is part of a new trilogy I'm calling The Bewilderment Chronicles and it will be released in the spring of 2016. I’ve been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine since its inception in 2001.

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One of my favorite stories EVER comes from many Native American traditions, and is estimated to be at least 10,000 years old. I read it when I was 15, in the book

Seven Arrows, by Hyemeyohsts Storm. I didn’t know why I began to sob as I read this apparently simple tale of a mouse who wants to find his way to the sacred lake that is the source of all things. I didn’t know until decades later tha...

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Expecting Adam: A True Stor...

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Leaving the Saints: How I L...

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The Joy Diet : 10 Daily Pra...

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“The way that other people judge me is none of my business.”
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“Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive... The pain leaves you healthier than it found you.”
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“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.”
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“I am bewildering you a little. Just enough to help you forget what you came to believe, so that you can remember what you’ve always known.”
Martha N. Beck, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

“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?”
Martha N. Beck, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

“Have you ever felt your destiny unfolding, beloved? Have you experienced the intensity of the hunt, the fixation of attention that only fate can explain? Have you ever told yourself your feelings were
excessive, but known that something huge and pivotally important was carrying you along like a riptide? You can fight that current all you want; you know it will still have its way with you. Or you can
try swimming along with it, and grow amazed by your own power—until you pause and realize that you aren’t moving but being moved. You’re not in control, not at all, and that’s what makes the feeling so
exquisitely exciting.”
Martha N. Beck, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

“Just like any civilized person, you’ve spent practically your whole life torturing an innocent wild creature. Starved it, then force-fed it, cut it, cursed it, driven it to exhaustion. Imprisoned it with other creatures who tormented it.”
“What?” Diana shakes her head in miserable confusion. “I don’t
even kill spiders! I never wanted to hurt anything.”
“The innocent wild creature to which I refer, my darling, is you.”
Martha N. Beck, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

“The mirror image of suffering is the truth. Try it. Change the story. Change the course of your entire history. Right now.”

“You want me to lie about my past?” Diana wipes tears from her face with the back of her hand.

“No, to tell the story a truer way,” says Herself. “Any story can be told infinite ways, dear, but listen to me. Listen well. If a story liberates your soul, believe it. But if a story imprisons you, believe its mirror image.”
Martha N. Beck, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

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