Along the road less travelled, sometimes it is necessary to do shadow work. Shadow work is necessary for relaxing the mind mentally and emotionally. The conscious mind (thought) and the subconscious mind (heart) must both be relaxed and at peace in order to hold an Inner stillness that merges with Soul Awareness.
There are some that do not need shadow work and can jump straight into mindfulness and meditation. Then there are the rare few that just wake up because they are tired of suffering, however these Souls have lived a lot of lives to reach this point. Examples of these rare few are Eckhart Tolle and Sri Ramana Maharshi who is my personal favourite. Both woke up in a single event.
For most however, awakening is a process.