I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.

— Martha Beck

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Basic human contact - the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words - is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you're feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.

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Given the eclectic and constantly shifting nature of my metaphysical inclinations, I will probably never feel certain exactly what an angel is.

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At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely.

At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.

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

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If a problem looks difficult, relax. If it looks impossible, relax even more. Then begin encouraging small changes, putting just enough pressure on yourself to move one turtle step forward. Then rest, savor, celebrate. Then step again. You’ll find that slow is fast, gentle is powerful, and stillness moves mountains.

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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.

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I am free, and always have been; free to accept my own reality, free to trust my perceptions, free to believe what makes me feel sane even if others call me crazy, free to disagree even if it means great loss, free to seek the way home until I find it.

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The way that other people judge me is none of my business.

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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.

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Every day brings new choices.

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

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Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.

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About Martha Beck

Quotes 220 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday November 29, 1962

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.

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Welcoming imperfection is the way to accomplish what perfectionism promises but never delivers. It gives us our best performance and genuine acceptance in the family of human -- and by that I mean imperfect -- beings.

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Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result: Do it and the child heals.

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When you are in a creative or appreciative zone, you literally have no access to your inner lizard, to that fear-based, non creative, shrieking little beasty who's so afraid you're going to be a bag lady.

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When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.

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Your individuality is the most valuable thing you have.

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No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.

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Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.

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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.

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Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t hide love. If you feel it, express it-not to demand that others love you back, but simply to live outwardly the best of what you feel inwardly. The worst that can happen to your heart is not rejection by another person but failure to act on the love you feel.

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The way to find your own North Star is not to think or feel your way forward but to dissolve the thoughts and feeling that make you miserable. You don't have to learn your destiny--you already know it; you just have to unlearn the thoughts that blind you to what you know.

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A true leader is not someone who feels fully informed but someone who continuously receives insight and guidance.

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

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

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Any moment you spend attacking yourself is a moment away from your higher purpose and your power to love. Don't go there.

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You're exactly where you're meant to be, meandering along a crooked path.

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If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You'll grow up.

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Slow is fast, gentle is powerful and stillness moves mountains

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What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.

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To follow your life's guidance, you may have to reassign some seemingly important things to 'unimportant.' If you believe that pleasing your horrible boss or having a spotless house is a higher priority than playing with your children or sleeping off the flu, be prepared for a long and strenuous battle against destiny. Also, be prepared to lose.

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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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Criticism is an alluring substitute for creation, because tearing things down, unlike building them up, really is as easy as falling off a stump. It's blissfully simple to strike a savvy, sophisticated pose by attacking someone else's creations, but the old adage is right: Any fool can burn down a barn. Building one is something else again.

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If your life is cloudy and you're 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.

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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.

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When fear makes your choices for you, no security measures on earth will keep the things you dread from finding you. But if you can avoid avoidance - if you can choose to embrace experiences out of passion, enthusiasm, and a readiness to feel whatever arises - then nothing, nothing in all this dangerous world, can keep you from being safe.

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Fear is the raw material from which courage is manufactured.

Without it, we wouldn't even know what it means to be brave.

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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.

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Breathe in, breathe out, no fear, no doubt.

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Try seeing your world and yourself this way, eyes open to whatever is before you, mind free of dichotomies. Are you good or bad, fragile or tough, wise or foolish? Yes. And so am I.

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

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No part of your experience is wasted.

Everything you've experienced so far is part of what you were meant to learn.

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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.

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Connecting with the people who are meant to be part of your own North Star is much more important than any aspect of business. It's the essence of happiness, the full realization of your potential for joy.

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People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.

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