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The End of Self-Improvement

Joan Tollifson

This book celebrates the great stripping process of aging, dying and spiritual awakening. Beautiful, poignant, at times humorous, transcendent, messy, down to earth, refreshingly honest—the book explores death, and more importantly, being alive, through a rich mix of personal stories and spiritual reflections.

Joan writes about her mother’s final years and about being with friends and teachers at the end of their lives. She shares her own journey with aging, anal cancer, and other life challenges. She explores what it means to be alive in what may be the collapse of civilization and the possible extinction of life on earth due to climate change.

Pointing beyond deficiency stories, future fantasies, and oppressive self-improvement projects, Joan invites an awakening to the immediacy of this moment and the wonder of ordinary life. She demonstrates a pathless path of genuine transformation, seeing all of life as sacred and worthy of devotion, and finding joy in the full range of our human experience.

6" x 9", p.286, paperback, isbn: 978-1-9162903-0-3

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A conversation with Will Pye, author of Blessed with a Brain Tumor and The Gratitude Prescription. Joan talks about her new book and how we see death on both a personal and global level.



In conversation with Rabbi Rami Shapiro on his “Conversations on the Edge” podcast discussing her new book and related topics:


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