Awake in the Heartland celebrates the actuality of daily life--with all its messiness, complexity, uncertainty, paradox, and apparent imperfection.
If there seems to be a gap between what the enlightenment books describe and what you find in your own life, if you still think enlightenment is something that will happen to you in the future (or not at all), or if you're still chasing experiences or self improvement, then this book may be just what you need to wake up to the truth that what you're seeking is already here.
Awake in the Heartland takes a fresh look at questions of addiction, free will, good and evil, authority, and identity. Using a non dualist understanding of life, you will learn who or what you really are, without clinging to old opinions or relying on outside authorities. Honest, funny, and profound, this is a book that invites you to realize the undivided immediacy and aliveness of all that is in the here and now.
One reader writes, "Of all the books that I have read, Joan Tollifson's Awake in the Heartland is the one book I want to share with all of my friends. Her story is unique in this genre in that Joan shares this material as if each and every reader were a long lost friend. Personal and open, deeply moving and alive, Joan invites us into her life with the absolute and uncompromising awareness of a true and genuine human being. I am very grateful to have found this powerful and clear expression of love and presence as it exists in the eternal now."
About the Author
Joan Tollifson writes and talks with people about the living reality Here / Now. She has an affinity with both Buddhism and Advaita, but she belongs to no formal tradition. Her approach is simple and down-to-earth, pointing beyond concepts and beliefs to the immediacy of direct knowing and being. Her first book, Bare-Bones Meditation, was published by Bell Tower in 1996. Tollifson has lived in Northern California, rural New York, Chicago, and Southern Oregon. Her main teacher was Toni Packer, but she spent time with many other teachers as well.