Consciousness provides the platform for a living entity’s awareness: the intangible chalk board upon which the mind writes. Consciousness provides the capability of witnessing the mind’s musings, and so is the vehicle for introspection.
Consciousness takes precedence over everything, including physical reality itself. ~ Dutch psychologist Frederick Aardema
Awareness is the power of perceptiveness. The baseline level of awareness varies considerably among people. In most people, nattermind is incessantly active while awake. This internal chatter degrades attention to the environment, both of internal dynamics and the outside world. A quieter mind affords being in the moment, and so allows a greater apprehension of what goes on within and without.