BBC audio broadcast on research on meditation and mindfulness
In 2003 there were only about 60 peer-reviewed studies, and now, peer reviewed studies on meditation and mindfulness coming up with the rate of 40 per month.
Research confirms mental health benefits of sitting still in a silence for few minutes each day. Mindfulness combats stress, can reduce pain, improves brain elasticity. It is a simple practice, that is slowly disassociated with extreme religious practices, and becomes part of everyday life in the western culture.