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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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Martha Beck, PhD, is an American author, life coach, sociologist, and inspirational speaker. After leaving the Mormon church, both she and her husband subsequently came out as gay. Beck has been a contributing editor and writer for several popular magazines including Redbook, Real Simple, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and is president of her own company, Martha Beck, Inc., which offers life coach training as well as products and live events related to life coaching.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageStay a verb—don’t become a noun.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLife’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into the circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIf you bring forth what is within you it will save you. If you do not, it will destroy you.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAvoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run, but it will never make you less afraid.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe overuse of prescription drugs provides a vacation from personal responsibility.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe cannot make another person change his or her steps to an old dance, but if we change our own steps, the dance no longer can continue in the same predictable pattern.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOnly through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageHow strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageI thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageNo great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.

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Emotional and Mental Health