Sunday, March 22, 2015

What's the Best Mindfulness Practice for Me? (quiz)

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Interested in mindfulness, but not sure where to start?  Or looking for some new ideas to add to your existing practice?

Answer True or False to the following questions.
 ___ 1. I feel guilty whenever I take a break.
___ 2. It’s hard for me to concentrate because I try to do too many things at once.
___ 3. People sometimes say I should slow down.
___ 4. I don’t tend to get a lot of exercise.
___ 5.  It’s hard for me to relax because my mind is always busy.
___ 6.  People sometimes say I worry too much.
___ 7. I hold onto grudges for a long time.
___ 8. It’s hard for me to forgive myself when I make a mistake.
 ___ 9. People sometimes say my standards are too high.

10. Complete this sentence.  My mind is like a/an:
a) endless to-do list.
b) ping-pong ball, bouncing from thought to thought to thought to thought.
c) courtroom.  I’m constantly judging who’s right and who’s wrong. 



If you answered A to question 10, and you answered True to questions 1-3…

You’re wearing yourself down as your mind and your body go, go, go all the time.  You would benefit most from Stillness and Staying in the Moment.

Here are a couple of practices you might want to try:




Here's a book you might want to read:

How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays



If you answered B to question 10, and you answered True to questions 4-6…

You spend too much time sitting around brooding.  You would benefit most from Taking a Mental Break while you get some Physical Exercise.

Here are a couple of practices you might want to try:

Counting Sounds: A Mindful Walking Practice



Here are a couple of books you might want to read:

Yoga Sparks by Carol Krucoff




If you answered C to question 10, and you answered True to questions 7-9…

You seem to be pretty hard on yourself and others.  You would benefit most from practicing Compassion.

Here are a couple of activities you might want to try:




Here are a couple of books you might want to read:

Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert and Choden

Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff



I hope these suggestions are helpful.  You might also want to check out the full list of free mindfulness activities and recommended mindfulness books.

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