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).


  1. 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.


  2. rachel

    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.”


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