Living with Tolle : The Teachings of Eckhart Tolle Applied to Everyday Life
Summary: We explore "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth" and try to answer one practical question asked by many fans of Eckhart Tolle: How can you apply these teachings to daily life? In each podcast, hosts Greg Larsen and Leo Aristimuno guide you through relaxed conversations, interviews with special guests, practical spiritual practices, reflexive meditations, and simple recommendations for practicing presence and stillness in everyday life. For videos, articles, and information visit our web site please visit www.livingwithtolle.com
How can the teachings of Eckhart Tolle help you in daily life? As you deal with the challenges of your job, your business, your family, or your own awakening, how can you apply these teachings to daily life so you can be present and effective? On this recording of the July 6th, 2010 teleseminar Greg and Leo reflect on their journey since launching Living with Tolle in the summer of 2008. On the two year anniversary of Living WIth Tolle, they share the ways that the teachings of Eckhart Tolle have made a difference in their own daily lives.
We discuss how nature reflects back to us how to be present in the moment. We explore how Nature can also be a portal to the now by inspiring breath-taking moments of no thought. We talk about connecting to the inner aliveness in nature, in pets, and in young children, a practice that can help us honor the life force in other human beings around us, and ourselves.
In this episode of Living With Tolle, Greg interviews Holly Alastra. Holly applied the teachings of Eckhart Tolle to free herself from her own food addiction, and she is now helping others do the same. Learn how present moment awareness can help you change your relationship to food.
Bring more presence into your life so you can simply live the Truth! Live in the natural flow of your life and tap into the full depth of your intuitive guidance! Discover your own flow and authenticity, with our special guest, Amir Zoghi, on Living With Tolle
Special Guest Brendon Lumgair discusses how Tolle's teachings can help you sleep better and cope with insomnia and anxiety.
In this episode of the Living With Tolle Podcast, we continue our search for teachings that enhance our understanding of Eckhart Tolle and invite us to experience the Power of Now. Greg interviews spiritual teacher Scott Kiloby, who explains that freedom is available and actually contained in your very presence. Inspired by Eckhart Tolle and other non-duality teachers, Scott shares his special approach to realizing presence, awareness, and inner joy.
On this episode of Living With Tolle: We focus on “Enjoyment,” the second modality of “Awakened Doing,” as explained by Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth. Key Highlights From Our Conversation: Awakened Doing: In A New Earth (Chapter 10) Tolle describes Awakened Doing as “the alignment of your outer purpose – what you do – with your inner purpose – awakening and staying awake." Acceptance: whether it’s cold soup, spilt milk or a dirty diaper, accept the reality of this moment as it is. Enjoyment: Experiencing the “joy of being” in everyday activities & through creative expression. Enthusiasm: Combining what you enjoy with a goal or vision. Be aware of what keeps us from experiencing enjoyment in the moment : Ego The ego is never satisfied with the present moment and has a voracious appetite for more. The ego looks for enjoyment in a projected future, resisting the flow of enjoyment available in the present moment. How to generate awareness of this condition so the power of the ego is diminished in your life. Spiritual practices you can use to discover greater enjoyment The key is your state of presence. Engage in any spiritual practice that will allow your state of presence to expand. Eckhart offers a specific spiritual practice on page 299 of A New Earth. Make a list of daily activities that you find tedious, stressful or irritating. Then bring a greater degree of awareness to them as you engage in these activities throughout the day, sensing the joy of being flow through you as they become vehicles for greater awareness. Feel enjoyment by engaging in activities that naturally allow for a timeless experience to arise When you are engaged in activities that naturally permit a timeless experience of life they are typically activities you “enjoy.” These activities can range from sewing to working on the car, from fishing and hiking to playing the piano. What creative activities or hobbies do you partake in that allow for a timeless experience to arise? Questions to continue the conversation: Do you see value in Eckhart Tolle's concept of Awakened Doing? Have you experienced enjoyment as a flow of energy from within? Does the spiritual practice discussed on today’s episode seem practical? Do you currently engage in activities that allow you to experience the “joy of being?” What was the key insight for your in today’s episode? As always, we invite listeners to send us questions and feedback, to share their experiences, and to suggest topics for future episodes. Use the section below to add your comments. Till next time, Peace.
On this episode of Living With Tolle we focus on "Acceptance," the first stage of "Awakened Doing," as explained by Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth. Practicing acceptance can help us cope with tragic loss, daily life, and the challenges of personal awakening. Play Now or Listen in a new window (32 minutes) Right-click to save to your computer (44MB) If you enjoyed this podcast, you can share it with friends. Simply use the ShareThis button at the end of this post. Thanks! Key Insights From Our Conversation: Sharing transformative experiences with others feels good. The process of awakening, on a personal and spiritual level, affects you in unexpected ways. Personal Awakening is not about creating a fixed paradise, but about being in the process of continually creating paradise “Acceptance” can help you deal with and recover from loss and tragedies, such as hurricanes. The Ego creates itself through identification by attaching itself to form, to things around us, and even to our thoughts. When those are stripped away, we have an opportunity to realize “I am not my possessions” or “I am not my thoughts.” Even in the face of loss, you can still experience the present moment, inner aliveness, and the joy of being. An explanation of Awakened Doing: (from Chapter 10 of A New Earth) Step 1: Acceptance. Step 2: Enjoyment. Step 3: Enthusiasm. Begin with Acceptance: It is fundamental. [Watch Greg speaking about acceptance] How do you accept a flat tire? How do you accept cold soup at a restaurant? How do you accept your kids’ tantrums or daily messes? A state of non-acceptance is a state of resistance, which creates Negativity. Acceptance can help you listen to your kids, accepting their emotions, creating deeper empathy and better connections with them. How can we practice acceptance without “putting up with” undesirable situations and challenges? Acceptance is not about a passive resignation to life’s situations. Accept the situation, acknowledge the problem, then consciously correct the situation through acceptance. Though your conditioned way of being can react to problems by complaining, creating drama, anger, and frustrations, acceptance allows you to engage life’s challenges in more clear-headed, dynamic, and creative ways. Acceptance allows for clarity of mind. Don’t engage in drama, false stories, internal complaints, inaccurate interpretations of what’s happening around you. All this energy wasted in the drama can actually make the problem worse. Rather, accept the situation and the present moment as it is unfolding. The solutions you seek are more readily available through acceptance than through resistance. Questions to our audience: How is your inability to create acceptance wasting energy in your life? How is your resistance to life creating more anger or anxiety than necessary? How do you experience resistance in your life? How do you experience acceptance? What has happens when you have accepted the situation differently, more fully, without the resistance? Have our conversations helped you to reach that moment of acceptance? Please share your experiences and your feedback in the "Response" section below. As we continue to develop our site, your comments on everything from content to design will be very valuable. Thanks for listening. Peace. Leo & Greg
Annie Burnside has been called the "Eckhart Tolle of parenting." Her Soul-to-Soul Parenting strategies nurture presence, joy, and mindfulness in the practice of everyday parenting. Annie shares specific tips and a unique approach to parenting with Living With Tolle's Greg Larsen.
This is the recording of the September 1st Living With Tolle Teleseminar. On this call, we're joined by Maggie Wilkins, who shares a simple strategy that will help simplify your life, reduce stress and anxiety, become closer to your family, and experience the stillness and space that allows your spiritual growth.
On this episode of Living With Tolle we explore ways to cultivate your intuition through the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. We discuss how to trust your intuition to help inspire your decision-making process in everyday life situations. Key Insights From Our Conversation: We begin the conversations exploring how the question “how am I being called to serve?” can be answered through "intuitive knowing," a process in which we listen to our intuition. Typically, with that answer comes a sense of expansion and a positive feeling. But soon we begin to hear the voice of the ego that second guesses our own intuition with words like: “you could never do that,” or “you don’t have enough money to do that.” This can thwart or challenge your intuitive sense around how you're being called to serve. So, is the guidance you are hearing that of your intuition or that of your ego? A good way to know this is to sense how the thought makes you feel. Do you feel expansive, positive, creative, or do you feel constricted, contracted and closed off to your creativity. Remember, the goal of the ego and pain body is to thwart your intuition if it does not feed the ego! Leo shares his experience at a recent meeting at work, how intuition was guiding his decision to participate, and the energy that kept him from contributing – the energy of internal doubt. Once he was able to let his intuition speak, there was an expansion of his ideas and the ideas in the room. How do you foster and nurture intuition? Greg shares a key insight from the works of Tolle – the body is a portal into the now. Unlike your mind, which can project a phantom self into the past and future, your body is completely grounded in the present moment. You body is fully anchored in the now. The key is to give your conscious attention, or your energy, to your body – instead of allowing you energy to be consumed in thoughts about the past and future. A fundamental practice is to give you attention to what Tolle describes as your “inner-body.” This spiritual practicing involves tuning into the inner energy field of the body and sensing an inner tingling sensation, or inner “aliveness.” (There is a video on the website that will guide you in the process of connecting to the inner body.) Intuition is a response of the body, the intelligence of the body and how it perceives the energy of another person, along with what is being spoken. The body interprets the vibration and the information. So trusting your intuition is really a process of trusting the intelligence of the body, even though the ego is generating thoughts that are second guessing your intuitive responses. The ego is trying to protect itself, and your intuition can be a threat to the ego. Awareness of your thoughts is key. A great practice to determine the source of your thoughts, whether your intuition or ego, is to ask the questions: what is the nature and quality of these thoughts. If they are expansive, foster creativity, connection and service, it would be a good guess they are coming from your intuition. If your thoughts are contractive, selfish, constrictive, fearful or limiting, they are probably emerging from the ego. What experience are your thoughts creating? How can your intuition guide your productivity? Greg shares that with all the information coming at us in today’s world, using your intuition to evaluate the “value” of the information coming across your awareness will be an invaluable tool for increasing your personal productivity. In the past, you may have been able to look at each piece of information and analyze it, to really digest the information, but now there is just too much. It is far more effective to use your intuition to sense the value of what you are doing right now, and also how those actions resonate with how you are being called to serve. Greg also shares how your intuition can be of value in your dealings with clients. By sensing the state of your client,
On this episode of Living with Tolle we talk about the pain-body, a powerful spiritual insight Eckhart Tolle first introduced in The Power of Now. We explore how the pain-body manifests in life and strategies for dealing with the short term and long term effects. What is the Pain-Body? The pain-body has been described by Eckhart Tolle as past emotional pain alive in your life today. The pain-body is a living entity or energy field that is attached to the authentic expression of your life. As such, it can be described as a parasitic energy field engorging itself on your life energy. Think of a tapeworm: it releases a chemical in the body that makes you crave food that feeds and engorges the parasite, but is actually bad for you. "The pain-body is a semi-autonomous energy-form that lives within most human beings, an entity made up of emotion. It has its own primitive intelligence, not unlike a cunning animal, and its intelligence is directed primarily at survival. ~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth But the pain-body is not just a personal problem. The pain-body is a collective phenomenon. The pain-body is transferred to the individual through social and cultural conditioning. You experience the collective pain-body on a personal level and through the many ways it can manifest in your life. In fact, the collective pain-body survives through individuals remaining unconscious and contributing “pain” from personal experiences. Eckhart has stated that your greatest responsibility is to personally cleanse yourself of the pain-body, so you no longer add to the collective pain-body. Why is acceptance such a powerful spiritual practice in dealing with the pain-body? The pain-body has two states: active and dormant. When it is active, it is a sign that you are not conscious enough to keep from reacting to life from the pain. And even though it may be uncomfortable and counterintuitive, when the pain-body is active the only constructive response is to be in acceptance of what is happening in this moment. "The beginning of freedom from the pain-body lies first of all in the realization that you have a pain-body. Then, more important, in your ability to stay present enough, alert enough, to notice the pain-body in yourself as a heavy influx of negative emotion when it becomes active. When it is recognized, it can no longer pretend to be you and live and renew itself through you." ~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth If you enjoyed this podcast, you can share it with friends. Simply use the ShareThis button at the end of this post. Thanks! Key Highlights From Our Conversation Leo opens the conversation by talking about his recent feelings of depression. In short, daily life kicks in and overwhelms him. He describes a sense of “falling off the wagon,” specifically around his inability to feel present, to practice acceptance, and to connect with others in daily life, especially around his work life. Lack of time, work obligations, lack of joy all led him to a feeling of disillusionment with the spiritual teachings he’s been exploring. Even though intellectually the teachings make sense and have led him to a sense of awakening and greater presence, this “down” episode fundamentally challenges all he’s been working towards. He describes it as a feeling of having to go back and starting from the beginning. Greg points to the pain-body as a way to explain Leo’s situation. Thus begins a great conversation about the role of the pain-body on both a personal and a collective level and on the importance of acceptance as a powerful spiritual practice for dealing with the pain-body. (16:00) Many times people complain about the pain-body and don’t want it to come up. This is the ego complaining about the pain-body, but the energy of the complaint is what feeds the pain-body itself! So you have to go back to step one, which is acceptance. The best response is to be in acceptance when the pain-body is active,
Join "Living with Tolle" co-hosts Greg Larsen and Leo Aristimuno in person for a special live event Saturday July 30th in NYC. In this 2-hour interactive lecture and discussion Greg and Leo will discuss specific techniques to apply the teachings of Eckhart Tolle in your everyday life. You will go beyond theories and strategies and directly experience your own state of presence in a fresh, new way. You'll learn how to apply the teachings in your life to enable greater relaxation, clearer thinking, and a deeper connection to the intelligence of your heart and your inner voice of wisdom. Living With Tolle Seminar in NYC Saturday, July 30th 7:00 - 9:00pm Integral Yoga Institute 227 West 13th Street | New York, NY 10011 Click for Google Map $20 Donation Payable at the door. Reserve your space by calling 646-535-7536 or 310-971-7223 P.S. Greg's wife, Dr. Sarah Larsen, will be presenting her popular "Learn to Read Your Palm" workshop at Integral Yoga Institute on Monday, August 1st, from 7:00 - 9:00pm. For more information on Dr. Sarah's event please visit http://drsarahlarsen.com/events/
Are you looking for an effortless way to experience the joy and tranquility of your true inner self? Would you like to dissolve the “sticking points” that block you from your own awakening? Elaborating on many of the same concepts explored by Eckhart Tolle, our guest, spiritual teacher Matt Khan, guides us through a surprisingly simple, fun, and non-denominational path towards effortless freedom, presence, and inner peace. On this recording of our May 3rd, 2011 teleseminar, we were joined by special guest Matt Kahn, a spiritual teacher, mystic, and intuitive healer who travels the world inviting seekers of all faiths to discover their true divine nature. Matt’s upcoming book, “Effortless Freedom – A Timeless Dialogue of Life’s Deepest Teachings,” served as a springboard for our discussion as we continued our journey of exploring teachings beyond Eckhart Tolle. We invite you to listen and put into practice the wisdom and guidance that Matt offers during this conversation. We also encourage you to share this conversation with your friends and experience "effortless freedom" as you explore the simplicity of that which never changes! ~ Peace, Leo & Greg
Awaken to the power of your presence and detox from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Learn how Eckhart Tolle's teachings can provide relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Use presence to find inner peace, heal a traumatized body and mind, and reconnect with your deeper spiritual essence. For this episode, we were joined by special guest John Green, a former Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army Special Operations and former group leader for a daily Alcoholics Anonymous group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. John shares his work helping soldiers experience inner peace and presence through the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. He also shares how presence and the power of now can help provide relief from drug addiction, anxiety, and PTSD.