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Imagine this: you’re sitting with a friend and you feel a sharp pain on your side. You think it’s nothing. The next thing you know you’re being wheeled to emergency surgery because your appendix is about to explode. In the midst of extreme pain and disorientation, how do you think you’ll treat others around you? Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, and anthropologist, Roshi Joan Halifax, shares why in any and every life situation kindness is the way to go, and she has some powerful reasons to back up her advice.

Joan’s a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, receiving her PhD in Medical Anthropology in 1973 and lecturing on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She’s the founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Roshi’s authored several books and it’s her newest book that’s our focus today, Standing At The Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear And Courage Meet available May 1st.

Understand the profound and new meaning of living life on the edge–listen now!

Key takeaways:

The kind remedy. Right from the start, Joan identifies logical altruism, empathic distress, moral suffering, disrespect, and burnout, as signs of fraught–sound familiar? At some point in our lives, we’re all faced with at least one of these, but there’s hope! The simple secret to fighting such misery starts HERE…[11:36].

The moment of grace. There are moments where you might sympathize for someone, feel connected in their suffering in some way–yet you just don’t know how to act on your concern–and you want to help. Breaking down empathic distress is doable if you only remember this ONE mnemonic device…[20:45].

The spectrum of admiration. The idea of respect is usually one that’s transactional–in which you have respect for someone who mirrors the same kind regard for you–but is that ALL there is to this idea? An authentic relationship starts with understanding these THREE dimensions of R-E-S-P-E-C-T…[26:02].

This is an episode you’re going to want to listen to a few times to uncover the all the wisdom Roshi Joan delivers. For now, give it a once-over and then click here to access this week’s OIA Momentum Builder. There we’ll start to uncover how you can find a balance between vice and virtue in your own life and, in-turn, use your struggles to fuel your strengths.

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.