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    Compassion’s Edge States: Roshi Joan Halifax on Caring Better

    “Be very mindful of what is appropriate for you because, I tell you, to stop in this world is to create the conditions where a lot of unusual experiences can rise up. So be very respectful of your situation and proceed with love and with care as well as courage.”

    It can be a stretch to summon buoyancy rather than burnout in how we work, live, and care. Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen teacher and medical anthropologist who’s been formed by cultures from the Sahara Desert to the hallways of American prisons. She founded the Project on Being with Dying. Now she’s taking on the problem of compassion fatigue, though she doesn’t like to use that phrase. For all of us overwhelmed by bad news — and by the attention we want to pay to suffering in the world — Joan Halifax has bracing, nourishing wisdom on finding this buoyancy in our daily lives.

    You can download this mp3 or subscribe to On Being’s podcast on iTunes , or even listen to us in the “old way” on your local public radio stations.

    I haven’t listened yet - noting for later for myself, colleagues, and friends. We get into this business because we care. We burn out of this business because we care. We engage intellectually/analytically while turning off our emotions to create distance, then lose faith that our hearts are no longer in it… #balance

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    This is the episode I was listening to on Saturday morning.
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    I haven’t listened to it all yet… but I like this idea of finding buoyancy rather than burnout when we look at the world...
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    I haven’t listened yet - noting for later for myself, colleagues, and friends. We get into this business because we...
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    A lot of great advice as I prepare to make a very important decision for this year!
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