Mindful Attention Awareness Scale
Mindfulness has been recognized to be a core attribute of meditation practice. As Brown and Ryan (2003) indicate, the MAAS measures have been shown in correlational, quasi-experimental, and laboratory studies to measure a unique quality of consciousness related to a variety of well-being constructs--rendering it possible to differentiate mindfulness practitioners from others.
Below is a collection of statements about your everyday experience. Please answer according to what really reflects your experience rather than what you think your experience should be.
Mindful Attention Awareness Scale Questionairre
Make sure you rate each statement to obtain your score.
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(4), 822-848.
Interpreting your score
The higher the score, the higher your mindfulness. On average, people score around 3.86. The highest score is 6. The lowest is 1. By the time you have been practicing Vajrayana meditation for twelve weeks, you will most likely see some increase from your current score.
After finding out your score in this small assessment,
how much increase of mindfulness would you like to have after practicing meditation for three months? 20% increase? 50%?
MM1/DD/YYYY, current MAAS score = 3.5
MM2/DD/YYYY, targeted MAAS score = 5
- among the fifteen items on the questionnaire, are there any particular items you feel significantly relevant to your effective functioning? What are the implications?
E.g. item #2: the implications could be related to safety reasons, not only of self but also others, etc.
Tip: You may want to organize your thoughts and ideas more meaningfully in a personal meditation journal.