A 2007 US national Government survey found that 9.4 percent of respondents (representing more than 20 million people) had used meditation in the past 12 months. As more people in the Western world take up meditation and more anecdotes circulate, more research is undertaken corroborating the health and well being benefits of regular practice.
From the pioneering work of Harvard Medical School's Dr Herbert Benson to university research projects across the US, Europe and Australia, meditation continues to be studied and reported on, invariably in a justifiably positive light.
Herein is a cross section of relevant articles and links to web sites of interest.
'About Dr Herbert Benson' - Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
'Study suggests meditation can help train attention' - New York Times May 2007
'Can meditation curb heart attacks?' - New York Times November 2009
'How meditation may train the brain' - New York Times January 2011
'The Benefits of Meditation' - Psychology Today April 2003
'Stress does shrink your brain' - Daily Telegraph October 2011
'The Use of Meditation in Cancer Treatment' - Neuroscience March 2011