Reboot Podcast Episode #82 – Compassion and Resiliency – with Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

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.

Episode 82 // April 26, 2018


Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

Founder, Upaya Institute and Zen Center

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Episode Description

As leaders, navigating the balance between serving our vision and supporting those who are integral to its success can be a delicate line to walk. When we stand as warriors, with strong backs and open hearts, the seeds of servant leadership are planted. As servant leaders, we create safe, structured containers to bear witness without judgement, allowing for us to build and create meaningful connections. It is in the opening of ourselves to true genuine acts of compassion, that an enhanced sense of resiliency to weather the storms of our lives is nurtured and strengthened.

In her second appearance on the Reboot podcast, Roshi Joan Halifax, author of Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, works with Jerry to unravel the power of edge states, the importance of taking a compassionate stance in leadership, and how the suppleness that stems from compassion leads to enhanced resiliency and true freedom.

Roshi Joan Halifax on Twitter | Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet | #55 – Fierce Compassion – with Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

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Show Highlights

“Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

“How does a leader serve not only the vision but the people who are involved with implementing the vision – the team.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Edges are places where opposites meet. Where fear meets courage and suffering meets freedom. Where solid ground ends in a cliff face, where we can gain a view that takes in so much more of our world, and where we need to maintain great awareness, lest we trip and fall.” – Roshi Joan Halifax, excerpt Standing at the Edge:Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

“Living in places where freedom and courage in a place where I am called to learn more, to do more, to grow … Is a kind of edge state.” – Jerry Colonna

“By standing at the edge, you’re able to take in the entire landscape.” – Jerry Colonna

“Many of us engage in acts that are helpful to others, or serving others, but we are really caught in a kind of ego need for social recognition, for appreciation.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“One of the fascinating things about compassion is that when we engage in acts of compassion, we experience a sense of moral elevation.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Cultivating compassion and staying at the edge state, standing on the edge…Creates a kind of resiliency that enables us to withstand the vagaries of being in that place.” – Jerry Colonna

“We need a certain kind of stress in our lives in order for ourselves to be strong.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Genuine acts of compassion and compassionate leadership fosters the ability to withstand the forces that cause burnout.” – Jerry Colonna

“The coach bears witness to whatever is happening in the client, in addition to recognizing that the client really has the solution.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Gather your attention, recalling your intention, attuning to your body, heart and mind, attuning to the other, bringing forth your expertise, considering what we’re serving, and then engaging. That’s GRACE.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“It’s very difficult for us not to be operating out of our biases when we’re ungrounded.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Resilience means that we are pliable, nimble, that we have this capacity to adapt. That we can uphold ourselves in the midst of these complex conditions of life. As we experience it, day in and day out. And when we can’t, uh, we become brittle and we break. And freedom is not breaking. Freedom is bending.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“Freedom is that capacity to transform the adversities that we encounter and others encounter, into strengths.” – Roshi Joan Halifax

“The capacity to be fully present but not feel that you have to fix or help, bearing witness is a way that we serve. It’s a way that we receive the world as it is.” – Roshi Joan Halifax