Maybe it was from the book and movie ‘Dune,’ but once believed in the concept of expanding one’s awareness.
Now realize, it’s more about being open to what’s already there.
Expansion implies mental effort which actually gets in the way of a grounded, present oriented mind.
And yes, it DOES take mental effort to learn something (even here though there’s diminishing returns with trying to hard versus calming down, noticing, and taking one step at a time), but in the context of awareness it’s something we already HAVE.
It like the concept being in such a rush to find our keys that we don’t feel them in our hand.