Learn your ideal meditation style

 
 

The NMSI is a quick questionnaire and will only take a few minutes to complete. We hope to provide you with a new understanding of yourself that will help you choose a style of meditation practice to match your goals.

1. My mind wanders*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

2. I am easily distracted*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

3. I don't pay attention to what I'm doing because I am daydreaming, worrying, or thinking about something else*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

4. I find it difficult to stay focused on what's happening in the present moment*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

5. I rush through activities*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

6. I have a tendency to do multiple things at the same time*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

7. Things have to be very stimulating to keep my attention*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

8. I get bored easily*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

9. I have trouble holding information in my mind while I am working on a problem*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

10. I have difficulty sitting still*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

11. I do or say things without thinking first*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

12. I find myself running on auto pilot without much awareness of what I am doing*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

13. I watch my feelings without getting caught in them*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

14. I am aware of the stories my mind makes up about myself or other people*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

15. I pay attention to physical sensations, such as tension in my body, the wind in my hair or the warmth of the sun on my skin*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

16. When I have upsetting thoughts or images in my mind, I am able to step back and observe them objectively*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

17. When distressing thoughts, images or feelings arise, I am able to let them go*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

18. I tell myself I shouldn't be feeling the way I am feeling*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

19. I make judgements about whether my thoughts are good or bad*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

20. In difficult situations, I can pause before responding*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

21. I have a tendency to get fixated on certain thoughts, feelings, or sensations*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

22. I am able to shift gears and change plans without difficulty*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

23. When distressing thoughts or images pop up in my mind, I can let them go*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

24. I like hearing others opinions on a variety of topics*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

25. When I sit quietly, I can easily shift to a peaceful place*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

26. My mind is constantly providing critical commentary about my thoughts and actions*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

27. I get stuck in repetitive loops of thinking or feeling*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

28. I have a tendency to be close-minded*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

29. My internal state is often agitated*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

30. I have difficulty seeing other perspectives*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

31. It is hard for me to relax*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

32. If I think about something bad happening, I am afraid it will come true*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

33. I have a difficult time managing unpleasant feelings*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

34. I feel grateful and appreciative*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

35. I am generous*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

36. When I hear about something bad that has happened to someone else, I feel sad*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

37. I experience strong feelings in my heart and gut*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

38. I enjoy helping others*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

39. I have a hard time shifting out of a negative mood*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

40. I tend to see the good in others*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

41. Sometimes I feel too strongly*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

42. I tend to think of myself first*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

43. I think of things I would like to do for friends and family*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5

44. I am pessimistic*

Very Rarely Almost Always
1 2 3 4 5