The fundamental question is - who you really are? This question is repeatedly asked by those who want a new way of life. You may be a bus driver, a fireman, a rich man, a poor man, etc. that is your occupation but not who you really are. It is not your essence; the celestial you. The question of who you really are can be approached as a theoretical question, though; the response would necessitate observing more intensely into yourself.
On the road to attain a growing, one might have to go into profound meditation. Many may advise a dissimilar method though. The aforementioned is also meditation but more of a complex reflection. Observing carefully the internal mechanisms of your observance would be a dissimilar tactic but can be real like meditation. You are a third-party onlooker to your thoughts which is a great exercise for splitting yourself from your thoughts, thus, leading you to find out who you really are and what your purpose in this life is.
Methods may be different but what is significant is that you are meditating on what is happening now. This understanding will not come if you keep bringing up the past nor will it happen if you think about the future too much. Meditating and concentrating on your thoughts at this very minute or second would be the correct way to go. It is important you don't think about past adventures, previous engagements, your college years, etc. during meditation. It is vital that you think of the present; think of the way you exist at this very moment. Detect what you are at that this moment and spiritual awareness might come quickly or it might take some time. Though, you might need more endurance and keep trying to get something out of the exercise.
However, you could insist on leaving everything as they come and dealing with them as they enter your consciousness. Everything is part of your reality. Fighting them is like fighting part of yourself. Everything is happening now and not paying much attention to them will not help. Most people insist on not delaying those feelings.
It is important that you continue to feel peaceful. Observe the moment and keep coming back to that moment. Remember to leave everything behind you and pay attention to the moment. The fact is it is vital that you always pay attention to the moment. Do not worry if you unexpectedly find yourself drifting from your meditative mood, go back to that moment where you are at peace with yourself.
Spiritual awakening is certainly the solution, but you have to remember, it might not come instantaneously to you but it comes instantly to others. The fact is you need to be patient if you belong to that crowd that spiritual awareness does not come effortlessly too.