What is the biggest challenge to wake up?
We must be able to let go of our old known world! The old world is the world in time and space – all that we can think, feel and sense. To wake up we must be able to let the old world, that we have known, slip away for just a short moment. Enlightenment is not something we can understand with our mind, feelings or experiences.
Enlightenment happens when we are still, without trying to be still. Because when we are trying we are not still!! Stillness must arise by itself. Stillness can happen spontaneously when we are in love, in deep trust or facing beauty. It can also happen when we are in a situation where life brings us totally into the here now. For example, I am quite sure that extreme sports and other strong challenges can bring us there.
I remember when I was a small boy fishing that I could be totally overwhelmed with peace and beauty. I was somehow brought into the stillness of the here and now in order to get a fish on the hook.
So the world, as we know it, must step aside for a moment and then a shift can happen spontaneously.