Don't take my word for it.
The research is overwhelming.
1. Overcomes stress. (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2003.)
2. Boosts Creativity. (Science Daily, 2010.)
3. Improves physical intimacy. (The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009.)
4. Supports the cultivation of healthy habits which lead to better food choices. (Journal Emotion, 2007.)
5. Improves digestion and lowers blood pressure. (Harvard Medical School, 2012.)
6. Decreases risk of heart attack. (The Stroke Journal, 2009.)
7. Helps overcome anxiety, depression and anger. (The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009.)
8. Increases focus and attention. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.)
9. Decreases perception of pain and improves cognitive processing. (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2010.)
10. Increases synaptic connection and thickens cortical walls. (Harvard University Gazette, 2006.)
In years past, these students were largely out of control... Absenteeism rates were among the city's highest, as were suspensions... Now these students are doing light years better. In the first year of [scheduled meditation] the number of suspensions fell by 45 percent... within four years daily attendance rate climbed to 98%... Grade point averages improved... While [scheduled meditation] is no panacea, it's a game changer for many students who otherwise might have become dropouts...
...neuro-imaging and genomics technology... allowed scientists to measure physiological changes in greater detail... one session of relaxation-response practice was enough to enhance the expression of genes involved in energy metabolism and insulin secretion and reduce expression of genes linked to inflammatory response and stress...
Sustained meditation leads to neuroplasticity... increased gray matter... better than sleeping... profound effect on blood pressure... protects telomeres (protective caps at the end of our chromosomes)... pain relieving properties can beat morphine...