If you practice meditation, or what I call the art and science of stillness, but have not yet become absolutely clear that you are willing to pay the price to become an enlightened person, the mere act of paying attention won't really help you be more awake. It will just end up being the ego watching itself, which is like looking in the mirror. There are many different forms of spiritual practice that can help us to cultivate awareness, focus, and attention. But only if we want to evolve beyond ego will paying attention have the power to shatter the ever-selective mirror of pride, narcissism, and self-concern.
~ Andrew Cohen