The First Step in Awakening is Recognizing You’re Asleep

Ever had that moment when you suddenly jolt awake and realize, “Whoa, I was dreaming”. Thank goodness for that! Life tends to mimic that sometimes. We stroll through our days, rushing from A to B, focused on what’s happening all around us, yet not fully tuned into what makes us tick or light up. It’s like we’re snoozing without even knowing it. Well, that’s the first step in awakening. Not just waking up from a dream but really awakening to who you are.

Realization in the First Step of Awakening

Waking up to the realization that we’ve been on autopilot is where the magic begins. Think of it as finding a hidden door in your favorite room – how exciting is that? This acknowledgment isn’t just about realizing you’ve been asleep; it’s about the first step in awakening for real this time.

So let me give you an example:

Meet my friend Alex. On paper, she had it all: a stable job in finance, a comfortable apartment in the city, and a social circle that many would envy. To outsiders, Alex’s life was the epitome of success. But beneath this polished exterior lay a deep sense of dissatisfaction—a feeling that you would liken to running on autopilot without truly engaging with life.

Alex’s days were monotonous cycles of work-home-social gatherings-repeat. And that may sound good for some but each day blended into the next without distinction; weekends offered no respite but served as brief pauses before the cycle resumed. Despite achieving what society deemed successful, she felt disconnected from any genuine sense of fulfillment or purpose.

A Turning Point

The turning point came during an unexpected solo trip—intended originally as just another escape from routine. Away from familiar surroundings and daily distractions, Alex found herself in moments of solitude that initially felt uncomfortable but gradually opened doors to introspection she had previously avoided no matter how much I had encouraged her in the past. Alex was realizing that she had been asleep for many years and this way the first step in awakening from the dream.

She said it came to a head one quiet evening under the stars which prompted this unsettling question: “Is this it?” This simple inquiry became the catalyst for her first step in awakening, a reevaluation. For years, Alex had been asleep at the wheel—pursuing goals set by society’s standards rather than aligning actions with personal values and passions.

Recognizing your First Step in Awakening

Let’s pause and think about your daily routine for a moment. Does it feel like you’re just going through the motions? If yes, consider this your personal alarm clock buzzing. Because the first step in awakening is recognizing that you’re even asleep. Waking up means more than recognizing you’re sleepwalking through life; it means actively choosing to stop hitting ‘snooze’ over and over again.

But even when you recognize you’ve been sleeping through the best part of your life, shifting from dreamland to living fully aware doesn’t happen overnight. It asks for patience, dedication, and yep, a bit of bravery too because facing our true selves head-on can be scary but oh-so worth it.

X twitterYou have to recognize that you’re asleep before you can wake up and truly live.
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There’s nothing you need to DO in this moment.

Just as Alex found, when you recognize you’ve been asleep, you also begin to question what is real. It sparks curiosity about what your true purpose is and how you can live a life that’s fulfilled and has meaning. This first step in awakening is a dive deep with some soul-searching questions about what really matters to you – beyond surface-level happiness to what gives you genuine joy and fulfillment. These questions gently nudge us toward full consciousness.

Adding mindfulness into the mix can make a huge difference in waking up too. Whether that’s meditating or simply pausing throughout your day to really experience the moment helps connect with our inner world on a deeper level.

Discovering new hobbies and passions lights up parts of us that get dimmed down by daily duties. Carving out time for stuff we love reminds us why feeding our spirit is non-negotiable if we want to flourish.

Important Part of the First Step of Awakening

And most importantly on this first step of awakening is to understand that what is happening is other’s lives, is not our business.

So why bother with all this awakening business? Because living consciously lets us align more authentically with who we are meant to be rather than just existing somewhere near ourselves. The first step in awakening leads to a life filled with purpose and passion. We shift from just existing day-to-day without direction or fulfillment to expanding our potential and truly embracing the unique individual we were meant to be.

The First Step in Awakening to a Beautiful Journey

So, if you feel lost, know that this is just the first step on a beautiful journey towards self-realization. Let go of fear and doubt; instead, embrace the opportunity for personal growth with open arms. You are capable of discovering and becoming your true self—believe in that possibility wholeheartedly. It’s never too late and you’re never too old.

Remember: each step taken towards understanding who you are reveals another piece of your puzzle. So keep moving forward with courage, one loving step at a time. The path may not always be clear but trust in your ability to use your inner guidance.

You Gain Immense Rewards

Ultimately, the first step in awakening is an ongoing process—one filled with challenges yet also immense rewards. So embrace each moment as a chance to learn more about who you really are and your place in this world.

You’re never alone on your quest for discovery. Your soul holds the answers so seek them out with patience and exuberance. The journey to find your true self can be one of the most rewarding adventures of a lifetime—and you’re already on your way!

Gayle Maree soul guidance

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