When meditating, practicing one's art, or simply just living, it is important to abide in the unbiased, unconditioned mind that one has innately. If one acts with contrivance or forcing, then one will be less appropriate and real than if one had remained in the unconditioned mind.
If one hopes to accumulate merit or to gain egotistical outward reward, one will only be changing the clear natural and autonomous mind for an inappropriate and clouded mind. Seeking some special kind of awareness is to misguided. It is only putting some new perception on top of what is already there, and in the end such action is simply creating illusion.
All one has to do is acknowledge with profound insight and realization that without resorting to any cleverness or shrewdness, everything around can be naturally recognized and distinguished. This is due to the fact that the marvelously illuminating unbiased mind is inherently of its own right unclouded,
Allow the mind to function naturally, and do not add excess to what is already perfectly functioning. To add more is like adding legs to already existing legs or hands onto already existing hands. All one has to do is take away all excess and delusion, contact reality, and use the clear mind that already exists.