Mindfulness Quiz - How Mindful am I?
Being more mindful in life means being less controlled by everyday stresses and automatic thoughts, and more focused on savoring experiences, and living with authenticity and joy.
If you are reading this, it is safe to assume that at some point you have probably wondered these things about yourself and your life:
How do I know if I would benefit from more mindfulness in my life?
Do I live life on autopilot?
Am I living my life according to myself or am I going where the wind (a.k.a. ego driven thoughts) take me?
Am I controlled by my thoughts and urges?
If any of these ring a bell – you are at the right place! Below is a list of statements that would, more or less, fall under the less mindful / mindless / autopilot category. The idea is simple: the more mindless statements you identify with or can see yourself in it (to some extent) the less in touch with mindfulness you and your life is.
Note here that these statements, their categories and what that means for your mindfulness are derived from my own experience as a meditator and experience from working with others as a meditation teacher on their mindful living journey. I am not a licensed medical care provider and I have no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind. These guidelines are not meant to fit everyone perfectly, nor do they hold universal truth. Just like anything else in life, you decide what works or doesn’t work for you.
Continue reading to find out how much you currently practice mindfulness in your daily life, and how you can promote more of it.
Am I living on autopilot?
Go through the following statements and count with how many you can relate to. Try to focus on recognizing those you truly relate to, rather than what you think you should relate to.
Attention and awareness of automatic thoughts, feelings and sensations
- When my mood changes, I don’t usually notice it for some time.
- When my mood changes, I am not aware of thoughts I’m having in those moments.
- I could be experiencing an emotion and not be aware of it until some time later.
- I usually don’t notice physical tension or discomfort until they get really strong.
- I am usually not aware of the sensations in my body when difficult feelings arise (for example, I can’t really tell what does stress or sadness feel like in my body).
- Often I am not aware of what thoughts are passing through my mind.
- When someone asks me how I’m feeling, I often can’t identify my emotions with ease.
- When I engage in a conversation or an activity, often I am not aware of the emotions I am experiencing.
Non-avoidance and acceptance of automatic thoughts, feelings and sensations
- I wish I could control my emotions more easily.
- There are things or aspects of myself I don’t want to think about.
- I tell myself I shouldn’ have certain emotions or certain thoughts.
- I often keep busy to avoid certain thoughts or feelings from coming to mind.
Being present and intentional with the enviroment
- When I engage in a conversation or an activity, I tend to zone out and not remember what was going through my mind or what the other person was talking about.
- I tend to break or spill things because I am not paying attention, or I am thinking of something else.
- I automatically check my phone for updates and often mindlessly scroll through my emails or social media feed.
- I rush through daily activities without being really attentive to them.
- I snack without being aware that I’m eating.
- I usually walk quickly to my destination, without paying attention to what I experience along the way.
- I often agree to things that I don’t want to do, then regret the decision after.
- I sometimes feel like life is just passing me by and taking me on a ride as merely a passenger.
- I do what’s familiar even though I am aware it is not serving me anymore.
- I often wake up and dread the day because there’s nothing I’m really looking forward to.
- I make myself so busy that I don’t have any time in my life for fun activities, joy or play.
- I feel guilty when I rest or take a break. I often feel like I have to be doing something or I am wasting time.
- I feel restless, anxious, and irritable a lot of the time and don’t know why.
- I often feel uninspired, stuck, blocked, and unable to follow through on tasks.
- I don’t trust my instincts and intuition and I have a hard time making decisions.
The general idea is this:
more statements you identify with
more prone you are to mindless & autopilot activities
more space for improvement and growth
How many did you count?
What can I do to be more mindful?
You finished the quiz and found yourself identifying with some or many of the autopilot / mindless statements?
No need to panic! First of all, you made it this far, which is already a sign that you are ready to take matters into your own hands and that is the first step to making fundamental changes.
How to become more mindful in everyday life and improve the quality of your life
By committing to private sessions, what you get from me:
- I will help you understand how to build systems that align perfectly with your core values, intrinsic goals and motivations.
- I will help you adopt a meditation mindset which will offer you a new perspective and attitude in dealing with adversity, as well as learning to be fully in the moment and savor positive experiences.
- I will teach you how to live more mindfully, which will help you re-discover your authentic self and live with more confidence and fulfillment.
Group sessions are the perfect starting point for your mindfulness journey, because you can:
- Learn how to meditate and build a lasting habit with more joy
- Find support and accountability with other meditators
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