What is this moment like if we stop assuming that it needs improving? What if we just stopped trying to make it be different than it already is? This would mean not having an agenda about what it is supposed to be like or NOT supposed to be like. What if we finally let go of thinking we knew how it should be, as opposed to how it already is?

We can notice in any moment that, outside of all the measuring, comparing and efforting behaviors of mind we habitually listen to, there is something else. It is like another world out there beyond mind. Out beyond our mentally mediated version of the world, there is something real and substantial. It is the actual world as it is–a world vibrantly alive with stillness and motion embracing each other–a world doing the one-step dance of just being what it is.

This world is inviting us to dance with it, and we find we know the step. All it takes is not interfering. Not thinking we already know what is in front of us, or what should be happening instead. Not even trying to be more spiritually right. That is just another overlay. We simply accept every thought, feeling or circumstance as perfect, inviting it all to the table, so to speak. It can then show itself to us fully, and as we feel ourselves falling into its blessed embrace, we realize we have been embraced all along.

Author's Bio: 

ALICE GARDNER found herself radically transformed after a retreat with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle in October of 2002. This completed her 30 year spiritual search and was the beginning of a new and vital exploration about fully living the realization while in the very human moments of everyday life. Alice has also been influenced strongly by the teachings of Adyashanti and by having lived at the Findhorn Foundation for seven years. Since 2003, Alice has maintained a website at www.wideawakeliving.com providing support and inspiration to the awakening process. It includes a free monthly e-newsletter, along with poetry, a reading list, nature photography and much more.

Alice's 2008 book, "Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living as Spiritual Practice" is about how everyday life already is our most vital spiritual practice, no matter what our religion or tradition. It is a book that crosses the spiritual and religious boundaries through the commonality of our everyday experience as people living our ordinary lives. It's practical offering of life beyond our beliefs puts spirituality back into its rightful place, at the center of what is happening each moment in our day to day life. It is a deeply personal book which gives an honest, sincere and human account of the experience of spiritual awakening and the process of learning to live again from an entirely new experience of Self. It is available on amazon.com.