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Om on the Grange by Gary Lee, Washington Post Staff Writer, November 12, 2006
They're Seriously Meditating In Fairfield, Iowa

Is Buddhism Good for Your Health? by STEPHEN S. HALL, Newyork Times
In the 2,500-year history of Buddhism, the religion has directed its energy inward in an attempt to train the mind to understand the mental state of happiness, to identify and defuse sources of negative emotion and to cultivate emotional states like compassion to improve personal and societal well-being.

''In Buddhist tradition,'' Davidson explains, '''meditation' is a word that is equivalent to a word like 'sports' in the U.S. It's a family of activity, not a single thing.'' Each of these meditative practices calls on different mental skills, according to Buddhist practitioners.
Meditation lowers heart rate, blood pressure by VIKKI CONWELL, Cox News Service
About 10 million Americans say they practice the ancient art of meditation, transcending their minds from active to silent states of consciousness for 10 to 40 minutes a day. Meditators suppress and control the flow of emotions and thoughts in their minds.

Meditation and the Brain by David Benner
Indeed, one of the goals of meditation is the "mindful state," which is awareness of objects, mind-states, and physical states but not attachment to them. Buddhism puts a great emphasis on empirical understanding of the world (3), through meditation and through observation, and the "mindful state" is one which recognizes distractions and attachments, and acknowledges them, in order to achieve awareness of one's true nature.

While a person in meditation does not dwell on possible objects of consciousness, he/she is yet mindful of them - a different sort of awareness without attachment.
Meditation found to increase brain size by PhysOrg.com
People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.

Studies Prove That Learning Meditation & Self Hypnosis Techniques Work For Stress Relief Management by abbasabedi , www.theopenpress.com, November 9th, 2006
Meditation has become very common and is well documented so little more needs to be said. Numerous studies have proven beyond any doubt that meditation will reduce and even reverse the harmful effects of stress, including cellular breakdown (which in turn causes ageing). "Looking for the fountain of youth? Consider meditation." USA Today 12/01/1992

Brain Activity During Meditation by www.crystalinks.com
The brain is an electrochemical organ using electromagnetic energy to function. Electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves.emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves. There are four categories of these brainwaves. They range from the high amplitude, low frequency delta to the low amplitude, high frequency beta. Men, women and children of all ages experience the same characteristic brainwaves. They are consistent across cultures and country boundaries.

Thai retreat seeks to train 'monkey mind' by The News Journal, November 5, 2006

Students learn to manage their minds before managing the world by Anuradha Mane, 5 Nov 2006,
In Pune’s management institutes, Bhagwad Gita text, vipassana course form a part of curriculum

Investigating The Field Effects Of Consciousness On Socioeconomic Indices by Maharishi University of Management, 05 Nov 2006
Can the large collective practice of a scientifically documented stress-reducing meditation technique positively impact a larger population through the "field effects of consciousness"--reducing societal stress, crime, and violence, and improving economic and climatic trends? Yes, according to a rigorous, controlled econometric analysis of the first 100 days of a $12 million scientific demonstration project to monitor the effects of 1200 advanced Transcendental Meditation practitioners on U.S. quality of life indicators.

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