The experience of the meditation itself, described as meditative awareness, is the third stage of meditation. Meditative awareness allows the continuation and deepening of witness consciousness – the ability to simply witness your experiences, thoughts or feelings, rather than engaging in them.
With meditative awareness, you can begin to experience:
Flow: Once the meditation process has been grounded through the use of technique you can become progressively interiorized, where attention gracefully flows to the point of focus. This is a relaxed allowing of your attention, as opposed to an efforting or focused concentration, and indicates the point at which true meditation occurs.
Awareness: Thoughts and feelings may still continue to arise at this point, but they are more subtle and you no longer become involved with them. You simply remain awake and aware, established in the witness consciousness.
Being: Meditation allows you to rest in the experience of being. As busy people always doing, we rarely take the time to experience the state of being. As you experience being, you discover your own pure nature, and may sense a true inner peace.