The conviction that meditation is good for you is about as old as meditation itself, and with meditation having had at least a few thousand birthdays, this is very old. For much of its history meditation has been a spiritual pursuit, but has recently entered the mainstream, having moved beyond individual enthusiasts to become applied in both corporate and medical settings.
Those who would have dismissed meditation as airy-fairy or mystical have been won over by increasing scientific validation of meditation’s benefits. Scientists have become interested enough in meditation to conduct over 3,000 studies on the subject, and there have been common themes and notable discoveries that make it clear that meditation has a tangible effect on those who practice it.
One of the purported advantages of meditation, stress relief, seems to be the thing that interests people most. As this post explains, reducing stress can be particularly helpful when you want to lose weight, and it comes with array of other health benefits. Scientific insight has given us the opportunity to understand exactly how meditation can reduce our stress levels, and why this is good for us.