Awareness is inner directed attention to consciousness through feelings. In the beginning your mind and emotions will fight this and your thoughts and imagination will pollute it. This is because a separation has not been established between mind and simple feeling.
The mind likes to work through elaborate routines, rituals, ideas, and complex techniques that boost the ego and give a sense of superiority and separation from others. Awareness is a natural process that develops as one feels and directs their attention inward within their consciousness. It is relaxing into yourself and quieting the mind chatter. Awareness rises from the silence within you as a greater knowing of who and what you are within. It is not a revelation of the mind, but a deeper expression of yourself within your cosmic being.
In the beginning, because many try to understand this with their mind it seems foreign and unusual, but with the first glimpse of awareness you realize that other rooms of life exist within you and not just the mind, emotions and imagination.