your word of the day: awaken

Wake up! Refuse to sleepwalk through your life any longer. Wake up! Open your eyes and dare to see the world in a new and different way. Wake up! Awaken your passion for life and awaken it in those around you. Awaken yourself spiritually. Find something larger than yourself to believe in. Find a way to lift yourself above the mundane. Wake up! Smell the coffee! Take a long, hard look at all you’ve been missing, and decide not to miss any more. Awaken your senses, your intuition, your desires. Awaken the parts of yourself that have been sleeping: the lover, the trickster, the artist, the warrior, the healer. Wake up, and don’t go back to sleep. Life is a dream, and to live it, you must be awake.

Excerpted with minor revisions from Words of Wisdom for Women, by Rachel Snyder (Fall River Press, 2003); buy it here.

Also available in slightly different format here, under the original title, 365 Words of Well-Being for Women (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary, 1997).

4 thoughts

  1. Thanks, all, for doing your part in awakening the world!

    13th-century Persian poet/theologian Rumi says it magnificently (of course):

    “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you; Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want; Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”


  2. Awakening – the corridor through which life can speak to us directly. Each moment, each breath, each kiss, leading us to the infinity of who we are.

    Thanks for sharing with us Rachel.


  3. After my Animas Valey Institute vision quest last year, I wrote on the mirror of my bathroom: Stay awake! Don’t go back to sleep!

    I left it there when I moved. I wonder if the new occupant thought it literally was a reminder not to go back to bed on early mornings… It meant a great deal more, of course.

    I too am awake! (Most of the time.) Thanks for this one.


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