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Mindful : February 2018
A Q Am I Doing This Right? The latest installment in our ongoing series of helpful answers to common meditator questions. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steven Hickman is a clinical psychologist and executive director of both the University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness and the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self- Compassion. I keep hearing that science has proven the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Is that a thoroughly accurate statement? Does research show, in a way that’s objectively measurable, that you will definitely have greater well-being if you meditate? Science can’t definitively show anything, especially when it comes to human experience. That’s not to impugn the value of science, but to note its limitations. Science does its best to predict outcomes in the future based on obser- vations of the past. With meditation science, there is a large and growing body of research that suggests the odds are good that med- itation practice will have a generally salutary and positive impact on someone who practices it regularly. But science works with statistics and probabilities, usually regarding groups, so that what happens for 80% of the population, for example, doesn’t translate into an 80% chance that you will experience it. Sta- tistics can be misleading. If you roll a die five times and each time it comes upasa5,whenyouroll that die again, what are the chances you will get another 5? The same as all the other times: 1 in 6. So, putting the statistics lesson aside, we all know that life is uncertain. The same is true with medita- tion, but research does sug- gest that certain practices and programs do seem to have a measurable, and in some cases, clearly observ- able positive effect on things like mood, well-be- ing, and self-compassion, among others. My advice would be to let this science lead you to be a skeptic, which means to explore the practice with an open, curious mind that has let go of pre- conceived notions. As I like to tell my students: Don’t take my word for anything. Let your own experience be your guide. ● To read Mindful’s feature on what researchers are uncovering on the science of mindfulness, go to mindful.org/ mindfulscience By Steven Hickman • Illustration by Susan Haejin Lee 32 mindful February 2018 LIVING | the mindful faq