The benefits of meditation are wide ranging: from slowing the heart rate down to helping with concentration and memory.
But it is only in the last few decades in the West that these benefits have started to become well known. Although meditation has been around for thousands of years and has been practiced in many societies and religions across the world, it is only really since the 1960s that meditation has become popular in the West.
The Beatles and Meditation
The Beatles' infamous visit to the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 60s where they learned Transcendental Meditation was one of several high profile reports about meditation and the benefits of meditation.
More and more scientific studies have been made about the benefits of meditation
and more and more concrete reports have been filed on what tangible benefits meditation has on both the mind, body and spirit.
In terms of stress management a regular meditation practice is a key component of recovering from stress.