Reboot Podcast Episode #167 – From Isolation to Openness: Engaging Fully with Real Life – with Sharon Salzberg

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Author, Co-founder of Insight Meditation Society

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Episode Description

When confronted with the realness of our lives, how we choose to respond matters. It’s no easy feat to turn toward suffering when the world around us gets messy. However, when we open ourselves to love, we create a current of empathy that can lead us, and others, to community, connection, and healing.

In this episode, our friend and teacher Sharon Salzberg returns to discuss her latest book, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom. Sharon reflects on how her COVID experience helped shape the book, and she shares how she found inspiration and connection in unexpected places during that time. The pair consider what it means to truly engage with real life, and explore the transformative potential of embracing challenges with courage, love, and openness.

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Real life is about what happens when we fully engage with our everyday lives. Whatever shape our lives take, whatever challenges and obstacles that life may bring.” – Sharon Salzberg

“We’re not gonna have what we normally have, and what can be intact, what can be whole, what can be flourishing even in this kind of time.” – Sharon Salzberg

“I’ve often said to other people, it’s really important as far as I can tell to practice in the boring times, to practice in the ordinary times, to practice in the repetitive times, cause it’s like strength training. And when the bottom falls out, you’re going to need it and it’s going to be there. And it was there.” – Sharon Salzberg

“The response to real life is real love. Which is really hard.” – Jerry Colonna

“We, in effect, create the constriction. We add to the isolation. But if we can allow ourselves the breath to lean into even those most difficult moments, we get to create this encounter that comes back to us, that is powerful.” – Jerry Colonna

“By encountering the realness of that suffering, even if it triggers our own stories and shame, we create a currency of empathy that enables us to overcome that isolation.” – Jerry Colonna