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Meditation refers to a range of techniques that are practiced to help stop the chatter of the mind and internalize consciousness. The regular practice of meditation can lead to deep levels of self-exploration, inner awakening and shifts of consciousness. Most of these techniques originated in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions and have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. These days, many people practice meditation for health and wellness purposes to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and to address physical and emotional symptoms that may be associated with chronic illness.
Meditators commonly report feeling a deep state of relaxation, mental calmness and emotional balance after their practices and there seems to be a large body of practice based evidence of its health and psychological benefits. Experiments have shown that people in the state of deep mediation commonly show decreased muscle tension, lowered blood pressure and a slowing down of the heart and breath rates. Results of a study on children suffering ADHD found a 35% improvement in their symptoms after having practiced meditation twice a day.
For more information see:
Inner Space Techniques
NCCAM: Meditation for Health Purposes
ABC Science News: Meditation helps kids with ADHD