MAAS Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale

Our ability to live mindfully may rely on our levels of trait mindfulness, which the MAAS test has shown to be useful in measuring below.  If you would like a general idea of how well you are able to live in the present moment, consider taking this quiz.  As in all self-assessment tools, they serve us best when we can answer each question with the uppermost of openness and sincerity.  This can be very useful information to acquire that may help clarify some inner questions you may have had.  Or it may help you develop new inquiries that may well serve your next steps on your life adventure.

Day-to-Day Experiences

Instructions: Below is a collection of statements about your everyday experience. Using the 1-6 scale below, please indicate how frequently or infrequently you currently have each experience. Please answer according to what really reflects your experience rather than what you think your experience should be. Please treat each item separately from every other item.







I could be experiencing some emotion and not be conscious of it until some time later.(Required)
I break or spill things because of carelessness, not paying attention, or thinking of something else.(Required)
I find it difficult to stay focused on what’s happening in the present.(Required)
I tend to walk quickly to get where I’m going without paying attention to what I experience along the way.(Required)
I tend not to notice feelings of physical tension or discomfort until they really grab my attention(Required)
I forget a person’s name almost as soon as I’ve been told it for the first time.(Required)
It seems I am “running on automatic,” without much awareness of what I’m doing.(Required)
I rush through activities without being really attentive to them.(Required)
I get so focused on the goal I want to achieve that I lose touch with what I’m doing right now to get there.(Required)
I do jobs or tasks automatically, without being aware of what I'm doing.(Required)
I find myself listening to someone with one ear, doing something else at the same time.(Required)
I drive places on "automatic pilot" and then wonder why I went there.(Required)
I find myself preoccupied with the future or the past.(Required)
I find myself doing things without paying attention.(Required)
I snack without being aware that I’m eating.(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Brown, K.W. & Ryan, R.M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 822-848.