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Joan Tollifson writes and talks about the ever-changing, ever-present living reality Here / Now. Her approach is open, direct, nonconceptual and down to earth. Joan is interested in seeing through the imaginary problems that we think are binding us, the stories of lack and imperfection. She invites us to wake up to the aliveness and freedom of open, aware presence, and to discover the simplicity of being this moment, just as it is. Joan has an affinity with Buddhism, Advaita and other forms of nonduality and meditative inquiry, but she belongs to no particular tradition. In her books and meetings, Joan draws from her own experiences with addiction and other common human issues. She is the author of Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life (1996), Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is (2003), Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality (2010), and Nothing to Grasp (2012). A forthcoming book, Death: The End of Self-Improvement, which looks at growing old and dying (among other things) from a nondual perspective, will hopefully be available soon. Joan has lived in California, New York and Chicago, and is currently living in southern Oregon.