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Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by [Martha Beck]
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"Martha Beck writes like a wizard -- her magic trick is turning people into their true selves. This is a very smart book, and better yet, a wise one. How nice to change through rueful laughter, not just tears; through the heart, not just the head."
-- Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way

"Martha Beck has a rare ability to see the world with wisdom and heart. She is a teacher in the truest sense of the word."
-- Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger

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Put the telescope away; the North Star mentioned here is a human body, not a heavenly one. And like Polaris, which has guided sailors for centuries, the human body's gut feelings and emotions can help guide a wayward soul back to his or her "essential self." In this absorbing combination of detailed self-awareness exercises and true stories from her own counseling experience (equal parts sobering and hysterically entertaining), Harvard-trained sociologist Martha Beck invites readers to explore their heart's desires and the vast social webs that keep such desires in check. The goal is not to forsake the "social self" and indulge every emotional impulse of the "essential self." Rather, Beck gives readers the tools and the encouragement to achieve maximum happiness by harmonizing these typically divergent voices.

Beck (author of Expecting Adam) admits that repairing a damaged emotional compass and setting out on such a vital journey--which often involves painful realizations and changes--"has all the combined attractions of suicide and childbirth." But the payoff, she concludes, is a love affair with real life. To that end, she walks readers through a lengthy exercise to evaluate their current lifestyle's pleasures and pains, teaches the process of listening to the body for directional cues, describes how to extract "soul shrapnel" (healing all those nasty, self-defeating emotional wounds), and provides an intriguing "Map of Change" to achieve an authentic life. Beck's impressive knowledge, her engaging (if somewhat irreverent) voice, and her ability to parse this scary process into achievable steps make her a new champion in the self-help arena. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


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  • File size : 21337 KB
  • Publication date : June 3, 2008
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 367 pages
  • Publisher : Harmony; Reprint edition (June 3, 2008)
  • ASIN : B0019O6IXE
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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