While the stages are taken from the book, The Mind Illuminated, I’m going to define them here as they relate to my practice.
I’ll define some of the later stages as I reach or approach them. This way I will be speaking from experience and within the context of my own practice.
||You have established a regular practice and very rarely miss a session.|
||You are able to keep a focus on the breath for several minutes without the mind wandering|
||Rarely (if ever) forgetting the mediation object or falling asleep.|
||Distractions no longer push the breath into the background, or make the breath sensations fade.|