Standing at the Edge

Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet
Narrated by: Joan Halifax
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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"In Standing at the Edge, Joan Halifax weaves together scientific research and her own powerful personal experiences as a social activist and humanitarian to show how we can transform our biggest challenges with compassion and wisdom. Standing at the Edge is essential reading for our time." (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global)

Standing at the Edge is an evocative examination of how we can respond to suffering, live our fullest lives, and remain open to the full spectrum of our human experience.

Joan Halifax has enriched thousands of lives around the world through her work as a humanitarian, a social activist, and an anthropologist and as a Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. Through her unusual background, she developed an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom - and how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others.

In this audiobook, Halifax identifies five psychological territories she calls Edge States - altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement - that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.

Recounting the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, and rooted in Halifax’s groundbreaking research on compassion, Standing at the Edge is destined to become a contemporary classic.

A powerful guide on how to find the freedom we seek for others and ourselves, this is an audiobook that will serve us all.

©2018, 2018 Joan Halifax, foreword copyright by Rebecca Solnit (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Halifax offers an invitation to hold these states not only in our minds, but in our hearts.” (Psychology Today)

"...narrator Joan Halifax's meditative voice takes us by the ear and reorients us toward serenity... Her slow and steady pace allows listeners to keep up with the considerable wisdom she is passing along. This title will likely leave listeners feeling serene." (AudioFile)

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A treasure

Nearing the end of a long and adventurous life, Joan Halifax shares concepts for both coping with life, and personal growth. These concepts are clearly based on personal experience and observation, therefore, all the more valuable. I felt sometimes as if was having an informal session with a wise and sensitive therapist. I’ve returned to it several times since I bought it to solidify her concepts. Her speaking voice is gorgeous and soothing. I always have a little problem with the audio quality of Audible downloads (hey Audible!) - I’d gladly take the time for a slow download and a larger file size if the audio would have more detail and sound less digitized.

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Can't stop listening

This audio and the hard copy are an outstanding duo. I get something more from them each time I listen or read it.

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Compassion

Stunning, gentle, and revelatory. For those seeking to serve with open minds and open hearts.

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listen again and again

joan halifax describes so eloquently the keys to finding groundedness and joy. her examples are personal stories guaranteed to invoke feelings. her path, on high moral ground as a zen buddhist priest, is inspiring and yet relatable. this book i will play again and again. ॐ

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  • Mystic Wings
  • 06-30-20

I enjoyed & learned a lot.

Greatly researched and authentically shared. Thank you. I would recommend to people who function mostly from the intellect perspective and need researched data.

Joan's reading voice would get groggy, out of breath and struggle to flow at places, but it didn't ruin the over all experience of listening.

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  • Phillip
  • 05-16-20

Phenomenal from start to finish

Wow loved this book so much, learned allot, must read or listen for anyone in the Ngo or a work field where you are constantly giving of yourself. Joan Halifax brilliantly narrated her book :)

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  • Jeroth Diggeden
  • 07-26-19

Great Wisdom!

Great wisdom for anyone trying to navigate the psychology of true altruism, without destroying your own life in service of others.