Rowan Mangan and Martha Beck, with Rowan's arm around Martha

BewilderedTM

with martha beck
and rowan mangan

What if we stopped listening to the controlling voice of the culture around us, and instead learned to reconnect with our own true nature? 

Sometimes we aren’t even sure why we feel so bewildered… and discontented… and even downright miserable. Often it’s because we have let the forces of society replace our own instinctive knowledge of what is right for us. 

Now, it’s time for us to find that voice again—before it’s too late.

For Martha and Rowan, Job One is to live according to our deepest truths, making the commitment to feeling good even when it means looking weird. We believe that this is how we will reinvent our world—from the inside out— to create a society that’s kinder, more equitable, and more ecologically sustainable than the one we see around us right now. 

This is the vision that we laugh and stumble and chat and feel our way towards here on this podcast.  Did we mention LAUGH? We want no part of personal and global transformation if it isn’t fun!

So if you struggle to find a place where people who are as idealistic and brokenhearted, as silly and deeply sincere, as bewildered as you are—you might have just arrived. 

Welcome!

Latest Podcast Episodes

Image for Episode #54 The Anxiety Files, Vol. 2: A Tiny Crunch of Fear for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Anxiety in the culture—what exactly is going on there? 

That’s what Martha and Ro are trying to figure out in this special Anxiety Files episode of Bewildered.

As a society we create structures to control things and keep us safe so [...]

Image for Episode #53 The Anxiety Files, Vol. 1: Courage and Avoidance for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Anxiety is like breathing for Martha and Rowan…maybe it is for you too?

If so, you are sooo not alone! All over the world, anxiety is skyrocketing, and Martha and Ro are exploring this subject in depth over a series [...]

Image for Episode #52 Not Getting Enough Done for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Most of us are plagued with the fear that we’re not doing enough—it’s practically the fuel our culture runs on. We’re pressured to constantly do more and more, and we’re taught that suffering is necessary for success. 

But where is [...]

Episode #51

In Pursuit of Balance

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In this BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro answer a question from listener Kathryn about how to live a balanced life each day instead of bouncing between extremes.

While our culture demands high-level productivity all year round, the [...]

Image for Episode #50 Living Without a Script (Special episode!) for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Martha and Ro are doing something completely different for this episode of Bewildered, teaming up with their friends Eric Zimmer and Ginny Gay from The One You Feed podcast. 

Tune in as they talk about what drags you into the [...]

Image for Episode #49 Nice Work If You Can Get It for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

When it comes to the topic of jobs, the culture has a lot to say—and all of it is scary. There’s a strict path we’re expected to follow, which we’ve been led to believe is the only logical way.

In [...]

Episode #48

How to Get Started

Image for Episode #48 How to Get Started for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro answer a question from listener Josephine, who’s trying to understand and overcome her resistance to doing things that are good for her.

The culture tells us that if something is good for [...]

Episode #47

Drift Patterns

Image for Episode #47 Drift Patterns for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro talk about drift patterns, the cultural currents we can get stuck in that could be carrying us far away from our true nature.

One function of cultural patterns is to “save” us [...]

Image for Episode #46 The Upside of Necessary Evils for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

It’s another BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, and Martha and Ro are answering a question from listener Gazit, who’s trying to co-parent with a difficult ex, and the experience does not feel joyful or authentic.

Martha says when trying to [...]

Image for Episode #45 Getting Through the Tough Stuff for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

There will always be hard things we have to do in life. That’s just a given. So how do we go about doing them without suffering? 

Martha and Rowan say the key is freedom, and in this episode of Bewildered [...]

Episode #44

Wild Energy

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In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Rowan are talking all about emotional energy—the moods, feelings, or intentions that come across without any words or physical action.

This kind of energy can be a powerful teacher and director of the [...]

Image for Episode #43 Vulnerability Hangovers for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Have you ever bravely shared your authentic self, only to agonize over it later thinking you shared too much?

We’ve all been there. It’s what Brené Brown calls a ‘vulnerability hangover,” and Martha and Ro are taking a deep dive [...]

Image for Episode #42 The Problem with Productivity for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Our culture teaches us that we should jam as many things as possible into our days, and many of us learn to equate success with how many things we’ve checked off our to-do lists or how much stuff we’ve [...]

Image for Episode #41 The Secret to Perseverance for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Do you enjoy setting goals but have a harder time reaching them?

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro talk about how to travel from where we are in life to where we want to be—and how our cultural [...]

Image for Episode #40 The Procrastination Episode for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Procrastination. We’ve all been there. 

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro explore why we procrastinate (hint: cultural conditioning strikes again) and how we can find our way out of it by listening to—and negotiating with—the wild parts of [...]

Episode #39

Always Growing Up

Image for Episode #39 Always Growing Up for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Many of us buy into the cultural idea that there is only one way to parent, and if we do it correctly, things will turn out okay, and everyone will approve of us. But when grown children leave home, [...]

Episode #38

Smashing Language

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Can we be free from the culture if we still use language? That’s the question Martha and Ro discuss in this episode of Bewildered. While we are all encased in the language we learned as children, when we learn [...]

Episode #37

Blowing Up Your Life

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Blowing up your life—why such violent imagery?

Martha and Rowan say it’s because the culture is so powerful you need an explosion to break out of it! 

On this BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, they talk about making the decision to [...]

Image for Episode #36 Making the Right Choice for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

The culture believes there’s always a single right choice, and if you don’t make that right choice, you could end up wasting your whole life. So is it any wonder a lot of us freeze in panic when faced [...]

Episode #35

Helping Too Hard

Image for Episode #35 Helping Too Hard for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Martha and Ro are back with another BeWild Files episode of Bewildered to discuss things that YOU, their listeners, are trying to figure out.

This episode is all about codependency—sacrificing your own needs for those of someone else—behavior that can [...]

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