2020-05-21
Being present means accepting each moment as it comes, not obsessing about the past or worrying about the future--a challenge for most of us in busy everyday life. But the fruits of being fully here are many, among them feeling more connected, happy, and alive. How "here, now" are you? Take the quiz to find out.

Andrea Ferretti is the executive editor of yogajournal.com.

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Do you remember someone’s name the first time you meet them?

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When a friend tells you a funny story over lunch, do you find yourself:

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On your commute to work do you:

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Which description suits you best during cold and flu season:

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How would you describe your attention from day to day?

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A year ago, you set a career goal for yourself and after much hard work, you’ve finally achieved it. What’s your internal reaction?

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You go out with a group of close friends or family for dinner and everyone is fighting over who’s ordering what, if you’re sharing dishes or not, and who’s going to pay. How does that make you feel?

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How easy is it for you to fall asleep at night?

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Your roomate or family member calls you on the way home from work and asks you to pick up five things from the store. How likely are you to remember all five things?

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You go to the post office during the lunchtime rush and the postman behind the desk is moving like molasses. How well do you cope?

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You have a crush on someone at your church/meditation group/weekly AA meeting and he or she caught you smiling stupidly at her last week. What do you do?

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A friend confronts you about something you did or said to hurt his feelings. Do you:

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Do you have an active fantasy life?

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You want to take your sweetie out to a birthday dinner so you make reservations at one of the best restaurants in town. When you arrive, they don’t have a table for you. How do you feel?

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When you experience free-floating anxiety, what do you do?

Your result is:

You Are Here Now

Congratulations! You have the well-honed skills of a monk when it comes to being in the moment. You tend to be right where you are, not fretting about the past or worrying about the future. This means you accept what is happening without inner resistance, you’re an excellent listener, and you let go of past mistakes and betrayals easily. You are open and available in most of your interactions.

You also value the quality of surrender. You’re aware that being in the moment differs from being in control of the moment. Because of this, you are able to see the humor in life when things don’t go your way; you’re able to find joy and a sense of inner peacefulness in even the smallest sensations.
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Your result is:

You Are Sometimes Here

Like most of us, you go in and out of being present. Though you try to be in the moment, you sometimes find yourself spacing out, fantasizing about the future, or replaying the past. With practice, you can transform your tendency to meander into a more satisfying pattern of recognizing and enjoying each moment that unfolds before you.

Try this simple mindfulness technique: At any given moment throughout your day, ask yourself, “Am I here?” If the answer is “No,” don’t cast judgment. Instead, bring your awareness to your breath. Notice its quality – is it shallow or deep? Quick or slow? Don’t worry about changing your breath. Simply notice what is. Then expand your awareness to what’s happening around you. Can you notice without judging, resisting, or trying to change things? Can you practice being gently present with yourself no matter the circumstance? Developing the skill of presence can make life infinitely easier when things don’t go your way.
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Your result is:

You Are Not Often Here

You find it difficult to stay present. You tend to walk through life stuck in your thoughts and not grounded in the moment. You often find yourself wishing things were different and frustrated that you can’t control situations.

To coax yourself into a state where you are more aware and accepting of the present, tune into your senses. What do you see, smell, or hear around you? Is there sun on your face or is the wind blowing? How does your body feel? By tuning into your senses, you’ll get a clear picture of what is happening right now. Often your senses provide you with a pleasurable feeling. But if you’re in an uncomfortable place, you can still practice feeling without pushing present sensations away. By learning to notice what is, you pave the way toward more acceptance.
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