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

Episode #14

Sleep For Your Life

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Sleep: it’s not just for wimps and sissies.

Until Martha and Ro dug into the topic of this podcast—the innocent little universal need for SLEEP—they didn’t realize how much of a cultural minefield sleep is. There is SO MUCH sleep-shaming [...]

Episode #13

As Good As It Gets?

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Why is it that sometimes when life looks most amazing, it often feels so…meh? Martha and Ro dig into the difference between a life that’s prescribed by culture, and one that we invent from our inner wild selves. Ro [...]

Image for Episode #12 Ghosting the Argument (Empty Boats) for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In this episode Martha and Ro talk about the “ultimate spiritual lifehack” for dealing with other human beings. Conflict is everywhere, and you can’t win enough arguments to ever escape the culture of argument itself. So Martha and Ro [...]

Image for Episode #11 When They Don’t Get You for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In this episode, Ro and Martha talk about a disheartening phenomenon that can happen when you bring your truest truth into the world. Instead of positive or negative feedback, some people just won’t get you. This non-response is weirdly [...]

Episode #10

More Than Five Senses

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Martha and Ro reveal that they’ve both had “coming out” moments as mystics: people who seek to commune with, unite with, and understand “the mystery.” Both have had many inexplicable experiences, and they sustain a willing suspension of disbelief [...]

Image for Episode #9 Brave Enough to be Weird for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

When a listener reports that this podcast allows her to “be more eccentrically myself,” Martha and Ro dive into the topic of individual nonconformity. Going out into the world as your full and genuine self, how can you be [...]

Image for Episode #8 Getting Back on the Horse for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Returning to activities that we’ve temporarily abandoned—due to, say, a global pandemic—brings a whole slew of challenges. Do we do things how we used to, even though we’ve changed fundamentally as people? If not, how can we approach our [...]

Episode #7

On Top of Things?

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Has anyone ever told you that a particular life-changing app or journaling technique will help you get a handle on everything in your life? If so, Martha and Ro would like to inform you that they were LYING! Life [...]

Episode #6

Comparing Lives

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Adulting is hard. So why is everyone on social media doing it SO MUCH BETTER than we are? In this funny and heartfelt episode, Martha and Ro unpack the comparison trap and remind us to define ourselves by ourselves. [...]

Image for Episode #5 An Over-Cluttered Life for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Stuff, things, objects, physical belongings. We need them to live our lives, but they can feel like SUCH a burden! Martha and Ro examine our collective desire to accumulate stuff, which conflicts with our instinct to feel wild, unfettered, [...]

Episode #4

The Courage to Rest

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How do we justify resting in a world that wants us in constant motion? Martha and Ro address this question with compassion and irreverence, digging into the cultural context of human exhaustion. They explain that we work our fingers [...]

Image for Episode #3 Self-Doubt and Creativity for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In this episode, Martha and Ro dive into an eternal creative conundrum: how to manage inner criticism. They explore ways to quiet the voice of your destructive inner critic, making way for the discerning inner critic who can improve [...]

Image for Episode #2 The Productivity Addict for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Productivity addicts! You don’t have to burn your to-do list … but in this episode of BEWILDERED, Martha and Ro explore the manic edge of productivity fever and how we can all come back to our senses—without having to [...]

Image for Episode #1 The Happiness Imperative for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

In the very first episode of the BEWILDERED podcast, Martha and Ro unpack the importance of embracing our WILDNESS. Now, running naked through the woods has its charms, but wildness takes many forms, including mindful rebellion against conformity. Our [...]

Episode #0

Bewildered Trailer

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A podcast for people who are trying to figure it out. Join Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan for help figuring out everyday conundrums. If you’re bewildered, join us!

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