LWT 9 | Maintaining Presence With Kids Through the Teachings of Eckhart Tolle

| March 3, 2009 | 4 Comments

In this episode: How to maintain presence when your kids challenge you with tantrums.


Living With Tolle “Take 5″ is a new series of podcasts full of practical tips to guide you through the challenges of daily life.

In this series, we look at specific, real life situations that challenge our ability to stay present. Life Coach Greg Larsen and Leo Aristimuno guide us back towards a state of awareness and presence through the fundamental teachings of Eckhart Tolle. We also continue to produce our longer, more in-depth podcasts once a month.

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Leo Aristimuno helps people develop mindfulness, inner peace, and joy in their daily lives. He teaches mindfulness meditation courses in Montclair, NJ, and offers inspirational workshops, retreats, and personal consultations. Leo has worked with Eckhart Tolle's teachings many years. He's the organizer of Living With Eckhart Tolle Meetup groups in NJ and NYC with over 1,400 members. Leo is also co-producer of the popular podcast LivingWithTolle.com

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Hello, I just discovered your podcasts and I’m really enjoying them. Listening to them has helped bring me back to the present moment and has been such a great follow up to Tolle’s webinar with Oprah. Thank you.

    My question is…I seem to be able to remain in the present moment when a crisis arises or something needs my urgent attention. My brother passed away last October at the age of 42 and I was surprised at the level of peace I experienced when I accepted his passing. I occassionally have moments when I resist his death and I suffer briefly before I remember to become present and accept what is happening in this moment. My struggles mostly deal with the day to day stuff. It’s the little things that easily distract me from the present moment and activiate my pain body. I do things that I know aren’t good for me; like zoning out in front of the computer, eating unhealthy things and drinking wine on the weekends that brings me below thought and makes me unconscious. Though I am aware when I’m doing this, I choose to do it anyway (even though I know how it will make me feel afterwards). How can I firmly keep myself anchored in the present moment, so that, when I see myself wanting to bring myself below thought (with food, wine, etc), I won’t fall into my old behaviors.

    I would love to listen to a podcast on this topic. Thank you very much for keeping Tolle’s teachings alive.

  2. Greg says:

    Thanks Jennifer and I’m glad to hear you feel the podcast is a great follow up to the Oprah/Tolle webinar!

    I understand your situation quite well! My ego and pain-body seem to have zeroed in on food also, since this is something I cannot abstain from.

    I have a video on Youtube that speaks specifically to this challenge.


    Ultimately, what we focus on expands, so the practice would be to be in acceptance of these distractions and then continue to focus on the aliveness of the moment, the aliveness of your body. Trying to “drop it” does not work. Eckhart also states that it does not work and that the solution is to focus our attention on the feeling of aliveness within the body (the inner-body) and grow in presence power.

    You keep yourself anchored in the moment by allowing the moment to anchor you. Invite presence into your life at a deeper level and it begin showing up in your life as they anchor or grounding presence that you are looking for. All the best on your journey!


  3. Kelly Fielden Nastasi says:

    Hi guys! Can you do a talk on helping a child recognize his/her painbody, as Tolle talks about it in “The Power of Now”? I’m a teacher and a godmother, and hopefully a future mother, and I would really like to know how to guide children to recognize and diffuse the painbody. They are so aware and can grow so much in a short time. What a way to empower children!


    • Greg says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Kelly! I will discuss with Leo and see if we can fit in the next time we record! We both have young children and this is something I’ve been meaning to give more attention. I would recommend you pick up a copy of Eckhart’s children’s book: Milton’s Secret. Eckhart uses a dream sequence to help shed light on the pain-body and I think he does a great job. The flip side of the coin is to help them grow in presence power. When my kids were infants and toddlers, when they’d take a nap on my chest, I would meditate (inner-body meditation) and shower them with presence vibes. But bringing awareness to the pain-body is also an important part of the teaching. Thanks to the suggestion! Greg

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